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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There are standard terms and knowledge expected of all persons working in entertainment. From what the parts of a typical theatre are called e.g. fly rail, grid, downstage, proscenium, to basic safety knowledge of Personal Protective Equipment, what is OSHA and why do we have Safety Data Sheets. This exam covers workplace safety, stage directions, basic theatre architecture, and job descriptions common to the entertainment industry, the knowledge that is required regardless of where you work.

Read More about Level 1 Basic Terms & Safety Exam

The USITT BACKstage Exam (Basic and Comprehensive Knowledge Exam for High School Technical Theatre Students) is designed to evaluate the knowledge and work readiness of technical theatre students at the high school level.

Developed by educators and industry professionals, BACKStage is the most comprehensive examination of its kind and will assist students in determining their readiness for post-secondary activities in technical theatre.

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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

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

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