Industry Recognized Credentials for Electricity

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.

The curriculum must offer at least 1575 hours of instruction to deliver the minimum level of required competencies in this framework. The Chapter 74 Electricity Framework is aligned to the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians Licensure educational requirements.

Work hours up to 2000
Theory hours up to 300 

CertificationCertifying Organization
Credit toward Massachusetts Electrician License (Work) 237 CMR 13.00State of Massachusetts

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 Certification for MASee Mass.gov for approved training programs
ALA Lighting SpecialistAmerican Lighting Association
ALA Lighting AssociateAmerican Lighting Association
ALA Certified Lighting ConsultantAmerican Lighting AssociationX
Certified Apprentice Lighting TechnicianInternational Association of Lighting Management Companies
Certified Senior Lighting TechnicianInternational Association of Lighting Management CompaniesX
Certified Lighting Controls ProfessionalInternational Association of Lighting Management Companies
Pre-Engineered Industrial Fire Extinguishing System TechnicianInternational Code Council
Roadway Lighting Technician Level IInternational Municipal Signal AssociationX
Electronics in Traffic Signal TechnicianInternational Municipal Signal AssociationX
"Fiber Optic Technician for ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm, and Communication Systems"International Municipal Signal AssociationX
Traffic Signal Technician Level IInternational Municipal Signal AssociationX
Certified Entertainment ElectricianProfessional Lighting and Sound AssociationX