Industry Recognized Credentials for Carpentry

Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential credentials to all students in the program.  Credentials on the essential list are included based on the following criteria:

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.


For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 ConstructionOSHA

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.

For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) Levels 1 - 4National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER)
National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER) Levels 1 - 4National Center for Construction Education Research (NCCER)

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:  

  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
Hot Work Safety CertificationOSHA or National Fire Protection Association
Certified Graduate AssociateNational Association of Home BuildersX
Certified Lead Carpenter National Association of the Remodeling IndustryX
Adhesive Anchor Installer CertificationAmerican Concrete Institute InternationalX
Architectural Openings ConsultantsDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Certified Door ConsultantsDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Door + Hardware Specification ConsultantDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Door + Hardware Technician - Level IIDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Door + Hardware Industry Associate - Level IDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Door + Hardware Consultant - Level IIIDoor and Hardware InstituteX
Architectural Hardware ConsultantsDoor and Hardware InstituteX
InstallationMastersFenestration and Glazing Industry AllianceX
FenestrationMasterFenestration and Glazing Industry AllianceX
FenestrationAssociateFenestration and Glazing Industry AllianceX
LEED Green AssociateGreen Business Certification Inc.X
Rain Screen SystemsInternational Masonry InstituteX
Certified New Home Sales ProfessionalNational Association of Home BuildersX
Graduate Master BuilderNational Association of Home BuildersX
Certified Master CraftsmanNational Wood Flooring AssociationX
Certified Installer and Sand & FinisherNational Wood Flooring AssociationX
Certified CraftsmanNational Wood Flooring AssociationX
Certified Installer – BronzeVinyl Siding InstituteX
Certified Installer – SilverVinyl Siding InstituteX
Certified Installer – GoldVinyl Siding InstituteX
Certified Installer – PlatinumVinyl Siding InstituteX
Certified Installer - Platinum PlusVinyl Siding InstituteX