A certification is a designation earned by a person ensuring the individual is qualified to perform a task or job. Certification are often an employment qualification but not a legal requirement for that profession and can be earned through classes or tests.
Licensure is a means by which "permission to practice" is regulated and is a qualification required by law. Professional licensure protects the public by enforcing standards that restrict practice to individuals who have met specific qualifications in education, work experience, or exams.
Possible program areas for industry certification and licensures can include:
|Automotive Technology||Human Services||Practical Nursing|
|Computer and Information Technology||Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education||Professional Secretary|
|Criminal Justice||Marine Technology||Radiography|
|Culinary Arts||Nursing||Respiratory Care|
KCTCS accepts credits through licensure, registeries, proficiency exams, and industry standards exams as approved by the KCTCS Council.
See the industry certifications and professional licensures that are currently accepted at KCTCS and the maximum credit that can be awarded for each. Requirements for the awarding of prior learning credit through industry based credentials vary by discipline, and you should be aware of the particular requirements for your program area. Please speak with your advisor about the options available.
Industry certifications and professional licensures have various fees associated with them, and those fees are the responsibility of the student. Check with either the testing center or licensing agency for the explanation of those fees. There is no fee for the awarding of that credit at KCTCS, however.