In an era of accountability, New Horizons Career and Technical Center views credential testing as a means to show that quality program curricula, of value to both schools and industry, are being offered. In addition, the high school industry credentialing initiative encourages students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements.

A credential is defined as:

  • A complete industry certification program, e.g., Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).
  • A pathway examination that leads to completed industry certification, e.g., automotive technician examinations from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
  • A state-issued professional license, e.g., Cosmetology.
  • An occupational competency examination, e.g., skills assessments from the National Occupational Competency Institute (NOCTI).

In addition to providing student-selected verified credit(s) and adding value to a student’s resume' for obtaining entry-level positions in today’s technical job market, credentials provide the following benefits to students:

  • Evidence that the student has completed advanced educational preparation by verifying competency in career and technical education skill areas in demand by business and industry.
  • Increased job opportunities for advancement in a chosen career path.
  • Enhanced self-esteem for students through achieving national occupational competency standards recognized by business and industry.

Below is a list of credentialing exams available in the various programs offered to students who attend New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center.

Program Credentialing Exam
Auto Body National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
Auto Tech Automotive Youth Excellence System (AYES)
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Carpentry NOCTI Assessment
Computer Networking NOCTI Assessment
Networking Plus
Cosmetology NOCTI Assessment
Virginia State Cosmetology License
Criminal Justice/ Law Enforcement NOCTI Assessment
Culinary Arts NOCTI Assessment
Dental Assistant NOCTI Assessment
Early Childhood NOCTI Assessment
Electronics NOCTI Assessment (Electronics Technology)
NOCTI Assessment (Computer Repair)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) State EMT Basic Certification
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) EPA Certification Exam
Machine Tech NOCTI Assessment
Medical Assistant NOCTI Assessment
Nurse Assistant NOCTI Assessment
Virginia Nurse Aide License
Practical Nursing Virginia Nurse Aide License
Welding American Welding Society (AWS)
NOCTI Assessment