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A Guide to Student Occupational Competency Testing

Pennsylvania utilizes two methods of measuring the occupational competency of career and technical education students. The two methods are assessments from the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Click on the following link for comprehensive information on assessments used in career and technical education in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate: A Guide to Student Occupational Competency Testing (PDF).

Students who successfully meet the state's requirements are awarded a Pennsylvania Skills Certificate. This certificate is an important addition to their portfolios when exiting the secondary career and technical education program.

For more information about career and technical education testing, visit Student Occupational Competency Testing in Pennsylvania.


For additional information, please contact:

Kevin Springman | Educational Research Associate
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career & Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6623
kspringman@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us