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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Within a year of joining military service, soldiers will typically be promoted to Private First Class. Soldiers holding this rank are important to this branch. They are considered the backbone and workforce strength of the military. Lincoln and Mt. Tahoma Army JROTC and Silas Marine Corps JROTC students can enlist in the Army at this higher rank after completing three years of JROTC courses (3.0 credits).

Read More about E3 Private First Class (PFC) Certification

After completing Basic Combat Training, most soldiers receive the rank of Private Second Class. This is the first promotion the majority of enlisted soldiers earn after completing basic training, or they will get promoted after serving six months in the Army. Lincoln and Mt. Tahoma Army JROTC and Silas Marine Corps JROTCstudents can enlist in the Army at this higher rank after completing two years of JROTC courses (2.0 credits).

Read More about E2 Private (PV2) Certification

The OSHA Outreach Training Program is OSHA’s primary way to train workers in the basics of occupational safety and health. The OSHA Construction Outreach Training Programs were developed by the OSHA Training Institute with the intent to assist employers in training and introducing employees to the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating, and reporting hazards associated with their work.

Read More about Calibri 11 General A21 OSHA 10 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Certificate

The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED credential equips students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children, and infants and satisfies OSHA, workplace, or other regulatory requirements. Upon successful completion, a valid 2-year certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED is issued.

Read More about First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate

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

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