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Teacher candidates for certification are evaluated for their knowledge and skill by one of three testing methods. The method of testing is determined by the occupation the candidate intends to teach. The three types of tests are: NOCTI Skilled Worker Test, Committee Evaluation, or Credential Review. For more information on the NOCTI test click on the link above to go to the NOCTI Web site.
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
The NOCTI Skilled Worker test is a form of assessment that consists of two parts. One part is a written knowledge test of the trade area a candidate intends to teach. The second part is a practical, hands-on demonstration of the trade area skills where the candidate will be given tasks to perform related to the trade area.
Committee Evaluation
A Committee Evaluation is used to determine the skill and knowledge base of a teacher candidate. A committee for the evaluation is usually made up of three to five members. A typical committee might have three members from the trade or industry represented, a teacher of the same area, and a school administrator. 
Credential Review
A Credential Review is coordinated between the administration of the local education agency (employer) and the Professional Personal Development Center (vocational teacher preparation facility). This method is employed when a State Licensing Bureau credentials the teacher candidate, or the candidate holds a credential from a state recognized licensing or certificating agency

For additional information, please contact:

Beth Marshall |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6860 | Fax: 717.783.6672
betmarshal@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us