Knowledge Pillars Solutions for Career and Technical Education.


Why Should I Care About Student Certification and Credentialing?

A Knowledge Pillars certification provides students with the opportunity to elevate their coding and web-editing knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help them become productive employees and community members. Providing the opportunity for students to achieve an international vendor-neutral certification or credential validates the process.

In the past, teachers have validated their programs by teaching skills that will have long term effects on a student’s future careers. However, in today’s workplace environment, employers are seeking the most highly qualified applicants for available positions. As a result, industry-based knowledge and skills certification and credentialing, such as the Python Coding Apprentice, HTML and CSS Coding Specialist or WordPress Certified Editor, are increasingly vital for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

International certifications offer CTE students the opportunity to showcase and validate the knowledge and skills students have achieved from direct classroom instruction, observation, job shadowing, internships, and laboratory time. The certification and credentialing of students provide benefits not only for the student, but also for the school, the department and teachers, parents, employers, and post-secondary institutions. As budgets get tighter in the school systems, more and more administrators will be asking how students benefit from a program of study and what certification and credential opportunities are available to the students.

Student learning that culminates in an industry-based, knowledge and skills assessment, leading to certification or credentialing, is vital to the success of a program of study. 

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There are many benefits to the student of an industry-recognized skills-based assessment.
Some of those benefits include:

Recognition of technical skills.

Potential for higher pay.


Sense of pride and accomplishment.

Money saved during a post-secondary education by not duplicating coursework that has been successfully achieved during high school and validated by a certification or credentialing.

Increased value to the high school diploma.

The benefits of an industry-recognized assessment for the school include:

Acknowledgement of a rigorous program of study.

Validation that the education content is effective for providing a competent, skilled workforce.

Alignment and compliance with Perkins IV guidelines.

Employers benefit from employees who achieve certification and credentialing include:

Having better, stronger, and more reliable employees.

Having a link between secondary education and a highly skilled workforce.

Finally, the benefits for post-secondary institutions include

Reducing student duplication of previously mastered coursework.

Assisting with student recruitment.

Facilitating curriculum alignment, relevance, and rigour.

Reducing the attrition rates at both the high school and post-secondary level.