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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Students can earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP). The ServSafe print and online food safety exams are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under CFP Standards and are nationally accepted

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FANUC Robotics: Handling Tool Operations and Programming credentials include these skills:

Power up and Jog the Robot
Recover from common program and robot faults
Execute production operations
Create, modify and execute a material-handling program
Create and execute MACROs
Monitor, Force, and Simulate Input and Output Signals
Backup and restore individual programs and files

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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.

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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 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.

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Seaman is the third enlisted rank from the bottom in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, ranking above seaman apprentice and below petty officer third class. Navy JROTC students who have completed at least 3 years (3.0 credits) can enlist at this higher rank above seaman apprentice.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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