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.

The 2022-24 IBC list and the 2019-22 IBC list are linked below alongside informational resources to support strong understanding and implementation of these lists. 

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.


Opportunity for IBC Re-evaluation – Submission Due 10/14/2022

Certifying entities with an IBC that was submitted for review and not approved for the 2022-24 list may request a re-evaluation. Evaluation criteria are described in 19 Texas Administrative Code §74.1003. Guidance on requesting re-evaluation and a preview of the re-evaluation submission questions is available here: Re-evaluation Process.

NOTE: An IBC that did not meet the criterion of industry-recognized and valued, which was determined through a research-based process facilitated by the Ray Marshall Center at UT Austin, will not be re-evaluated under this process. Certifying entities can verify whether they met the industry-recognized and valued criterion and are thus eligible for re-evaluation here: Industry Recognized and Valued List.

Requests for re-evaluation may be submitted through this survey link and must be received by 11:59pm CT on October 14, 2022. IBCs will be re-evaluated upon receipt of all relevant documentation and in the order they are received. The timeline for re-evaluation will be dependent on the volume of submissions made, but final determinations will be made no later than December 2022.