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Start or advance you career with credentials that document and verify your workplace skills, knowledge, and experience.

What are workforce credentials?

Workforce credentials include the various methods used in the workplace to measure on-the-job competency, such as educational degrees, licenses, certifications, and experience.  

What are the types of workforce credentials? 

  • Licenses are knowledge and skill credentials that are legally required for some occupations. Licensing requirements often vary by state. To identify requirements for specific occupations and states, search CareerOneStop's Licensed Occupations.

  • A certification is an award earned by passing a test in a certain occupation or profession. Certifications are valued by employers as a demonstration of workers' knowledge, skills, and experience. To find certifications by occupation, industry, or keyword, search CareerOneStop's Certification Finder.

  • Apprenticeship Programs offer supervised, structured on-the-job training combined with related technical instruction. Find Registered Apprenticeship sponsors.

  • Educational degrees or training courses serve as qualifications for many occupations. Use the Education and Training Finder to locate college degrees that prepare you for an occupation. You can also find short-term training options with the Short-Term Training Finder.

  • Work experience including on-the-job training, internships and volunteer or temporary employment, can help develop skills and qualifications. Research opportunities in CareerOneStop's Career Resource Library.

How can military training and experience lead to workforce credentials?

What is accreditation?

Accreditation refers to the process through which colleges and other institutions of higher education are credentialed. Learn more about this process and find lists of approved accrediting agencies at the U.S. Department of Education's Database of Accredited Programs and Institutions.