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Florida College System Industry Certifications

Report 19-10, October 2019




Report Summary

  • Colleges receive $1,000 for each student-earned industry certification on a list developed and maintained by the Florida Department of Education.
  • The funding list includes over 200 types of industry certifications, and students earned over 15,000 fundable certifications in 2017-18. Most (87%) of the funded certifications earned between 2013-14 and 2017 18 were in the Health Sciences and Public Safety occupational funding areas.
  • Most (90%) earned industry certification types eligible for state funding were linked to at least one statewide HSHW occupation. However, only 24% of the potential 268 occupations linked to the earned certifications were on the statewide list of HSHW occupations. In 11 of the 14 occupational funding areas, industry certifications were linked to HSHW occupations in 10 or more of the 24 workforce regions.
  • Among early career certification earners, 98% were found employed the year after certification and 63% of those employed were earning HSHW entry-level wages. Among mid-career certification earners, 99% were found employed the year after certification, and 77% showed earnings increases.


Related Reports
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    Report 11-07 February 2011
  2. Profile of Florida's Public Workforce Education Program Providers by Service Area
    Report 10-65 December 2010
  3. Colleges Perform Slightly Better Than School Districts in Career Education; Neither Clearly Outperforms in Adult Education
    Report 10-63 December 2010
  4. School Districts and Colleges Share Responsibility for Workforce Education; Duplication Is Minimal
    Report 10-61 December 2010
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