Certification and Certificate Programs

Tacoma Public Schools is dedicated to ensuring every student will graduate with one or more Industry Recognized Credentials that will advance their competitiveness for entry-level employment and post-secondary education opportunities.

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The American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) is a holistic language evaluation used to determine global ASL proficiency. The basic precept in this type of evaluation is to find out through a face-to-face interview what an individual can do with the target language at a given point in time. The ASLPI is a 20-25 minute video recorded interactive dialogue between the examinee and the interviewer. The interview is rated by a team of evaluators and examinees are awarded an overall proficiency level on a 0-5 rating scale. Language proficiency evaluation was originally developed by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State and has been used by the government for decades. Adaptations to the language proficiency evaluation were made with respect to ASL and the ASLPI was born. The ASLPI is utilized by agencies, schools, universities, programs, and employers.

Read More about American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI): Level 1, Sign Language Proficiency Interview: Novice to Superior Certification

Students learn what a financial market is and how their own lives are impacted by the global financial market. They also explore the history of the markets and how stock exchanges have transformed over time. Acting as brokers, students attempt to predict how various industries are impacted by current events. Modules include financial markets, macroeconomics, company financing, and personal investing.

Read More about Everfi Financial Marketplaces Certificate

Demonstrates competency to create, edit, and enhance presentations and slideshows. The exam covers the ability to create and manage presentations, insert and format shapes and slides, create slide content, apply transitions and animations and manage multiple presentations. Presentation examples include professional-grade sales presentations, employee training, instructional materials, and kiosk slideshows.

Read More about Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint Certification

Demonstrates competency in the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets and workbooks, creating cells and ranges, creating tables, applying formulas and functions, and creating charts and objects. The exam covers the ability to create and edit a workbook with multiple sheets, and use a graphic element to represent data visually. Workbook examples include professional-looking budgets, financial statements, team performance charts, sales invoices, and data-entry logs.

Read More about Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Core Certification

Earning an Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) is verification by a third party, authorizing entity of a person’s qualifications or competency of specific knowledge and skills  and is accepted by employers in an industry as being a preferred, recognized, or even required when these employers are hiring, keeping, or advancing their employees. IRCs are called by many titles including credentials, certifications, degrees, and licenses.

What is the difference between credential and certification?

A credential is awarded following an advanced level examination which follows rigorous exam development protocols, is psychometrically validated, and is delivered through a third-party testing service. A certificate is awarded for completion of an educational program to gain knowledge in a specific area.

Certification Key

CS - Computer Services

  • Computer Science
  • Exploring Computer Science
  • Information Technology

HS - Human Services

  • Healthcare Careers
  • ASL
  • Teach 253
  • HCA
  • Business & Marketing

ES - Environmental Services

  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture
  • Plant Biology
  • Environmental Science

ST - Skilled Trades

  • Engineering, Video Production 
  • Woodworking
  • Print Making
  • Photography
  • Culinary
  • Glass, Welding
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics