Blueprints

A valuable preparation tool, Blueprints contain competency lists, percentage breakdowns, sample questions, and skill-based job examples. Teachers and students use Blueprints to identify the skills and knowledge needed in a particular career path and to focus studying on areas needing improvement. Use the index below to search for Blueprints alphabetically, by credential category, or by career cluster.

Credential Categories

Job Ready

Measure the skills of those completing a technical training program. Consist of both knowledge-based and skill-based components which can be administered together or independently. Ideal for programs that are two-to-three-years in length with a comprehensive focus on occupational skills.

Pathway

Broader than an occupational-specific assessment, measuring technical skills at the cluster and pathway level as well as employability skills and academic skills relevant to an occupational pathway. Ideal for programs that are a semester to one year in length and can be used across multiple occupational areas.

Employability Skills

Measure the skills representing critical knowledge, sometimes referred to as “soft skills” needed for success in the workplace.  Appropriate for all student populations including middle grades through postsecondary.

Foundational Concepts

Measure an individual’s understanding of a set of core skills and key concepts within a career field. Ideal for programs that are one-to-two-years in length and can be used across multiple occupational areas.

Partner Network

NOCTI partners with several professional associations offering a variety of credentials for learners of any level.

Teacher

Offered in over 50 technical areas for administration at state-designated authorized Area Test Centers across the nation.  States utilize these assessments to measure occupational specific knowledge of teacher candidates and as part of state licensing requirements.

Micro-Credentials

Learners of any age can confirm familiarity with a discrete, targeted set of knowledge and skills within an occupation with NOCTI Micro-Credentials. Learner resources are available through NOCTI’s Learning Management System (LMS).  A short, teacher-administered credentialing assessment is delivered through NOCTI’s online testing system and successful participants are awarded digital badges through NOCTI’s SkillBadge Locker.

 

Education Professional

CTE teachers are in an educational class by themselves and need a different set of pedagogical skills and background knowledge. These differences require a specialized credential to confirm baseline and advanced expectations for new CTE teachers and CTE administrators as well as those professionals working with CTE data. 

 

Blueprint Index

NOCTI respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask you to do the same. All NOCTI Blueprints, including those of its partners, are copyrighted materials and are intended for personal or educational classroom usage. No part of any blueprint content, including NOCTI competencies, may be reproduced in any form, incorporated into any information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, or used to prepare derivative works, or materials being sold for profit without NOCTI’s official consent.

Note: The CIP Codes indicated on each blueprint are examples of the types of occupations for which the credential may be applicable. Other CIP Codes likely align and NOCTI encourages a crosswalk of standards and competencies to your program content.

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Title

Category

Career Cluster

Partner

21st Century Skills for Workplace Success

Employability Skills

Employability Skills

None

A*S*K Entrepreneurship/Management

Partner

Business Management & Administration

A*S*K Institute

A*S*K Finance

Partner

Finance

A*S*K Institute

A*S*K Fundamental Business Concepts

Partner

Business Management & Administration

A*S*K Institute

A*S*K Fundamental Marketing Concepts

Partner

Marketing

A*S*K Institute

Accounting

Teacher

Business Management & Administration

None

Accounting Foundations

Foundational

Business Management & Administration

None

Accounting-Advanced

Job Ready

Business Management & Administration

None

Accounting-Basic

Job Ready

Business Management & Administration

None

Additive Manufacturing Essentials (NOCTI-America Makes)

Job Ready

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

America Makes

Administrative Assistant

State Program

Business Management & Administration

Pennsylvania

Administrative Assisting

Job Ready

Business Management & Administration

None

Administrative Assisting

Teacher

Business Management & Administration

None

Administrative Assisting-PILOT

Pilot

Business Management & Administration

None

Administrative Services

Pathway

Business Management & Administration

None

Advertising and Design

Job Ready

Marketing

None

Advertising and Design

Teacher

Marketing

None

Aerospace Engineering – Course 1

Partner

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

SREB

Aerospace Engineering – Course 2

Partner

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

SREB

Aerospace Engineering – Course 3

Partner

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

SREB

College Credit Recommendations

College Credit Recommendations

Most NOCTI credentials offer college credit recommendations. Experienced industry experts and professors working with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS), have evaluated the rigor of NOCTI credentials to translate the content into college credit equivalencies. College credit equivalents for NOCTI’s credentials may be found on the NCCRS website. Students may also request an official transcript from Excelsior College by completing an application.

Workforce Competency Credential

Students have the ability to validate skills with NOCTI’s certification. The Workforce Competency Credential is issued to individuals scoring at or above the NOCTI criterion-referenced cut score on a current NOCTI Job Ready, Pathway, or Employability credentialing assessment.

Workforce Competency Credential