Industry-Based Certifications

Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability 

Industry-based certifications are a valuable component of strong student pathways.

TEC §39.053 requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to account for high school students who earn an industry-based certification as one indicator within the student achievement domain of the state's public school accountability system. The purpose of the IBC list is to identify certifications that prepare students for success in the workforce, military, or postsecondary education.

Combined IBC Lists

IBC to Program of Study Crosswalk


Additional IBC Information

IBC Evaluation 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) understands that new developments in industry occur regularly. Therefore, the TEA will engage in a bi-annual review of the list of certifications. The TEA solicits feedback from industry councils and employers to determine certifications that are industry valued and recognized.  A finalized list will be available in Summer of alternating years (beginning in Spring 2019). Please note that due to shutdowns caused by COVID-19, the 2020 evaluation and resulting list were postponed until 2021 and 2022, respectively.

IBC Certifications Earned by Graduates

IBC Re-evaluation Opportunity

Submission Closed 10/14/2022

Certifying entities with an IBC that was submitted for review and not approved for the 2022-24 list had an opportunity to request re-evaluation between September 19th and October 14th, 2022. Evaluation criteria are described in 19 Texas Administrative Code §74.1003. Information on the re-evaluation process is available here: Re-evaluation Process.