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Career Progression Through Workforce Credentials

Workforce credentials such as licenses and certifications are issued to individuals who demonstrate proficiency and/or expertise in certain fields. Workforce credentials can be an invaluable tool for career progression. Learn about the advantages of workforce credentials and who to contact if you have questions.

Many industries require you to obtain a license or certification to work. These workforce credentials show that you meet the standards and requirements needed to practice in the field. To obtain these credentials, you may need to complete a vocational or technical training program or on-the-job training before you can work. Some professions, such as teaching, require you to earn a college degree before you can obtain a license.

Workforce credentials are typically issued for a specific time period and must be renewed with training, college courses or continuing education units related to the profession. Here are some of the advantages to obtaining workforce credentials such as licensures or certifications.

  • Qualify for an entry-level position. Many occupations require you to have credentials before you can work. To determine if your desired occupation requires a license, you can use the CareerOneStop License Finder and Certification Finder tools to search for the issuing agencies for your state.
  • Qualify for a promotion. You can position yourself for a potential promotion or new opportunities when you obtain additional workforce credentials. These certifications and licenses can demonstrate increased knowledge in your field and show a commitment to your profession.
  • Qualify for a higher salary. Obtaining workforce credentials allows you expanded opportunities to work in your career field. You may qualify for similar or more advanced positions within your career field, or you may qualify for independent contracting opportunities.

If you currently have a professional state license and are transitioning to a new state, you can visit the Military State Policy Source website and the Spouse Licensure Map to explore solutions to key issues and licensure portability for military spouses.

You can also visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for local information on obtaining licensures. Select 'Spouse Education, Training and Careers' under the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu and your installation or postal code to find a point of contact near you. If you need additional information regarding the benefits of licensure, visit the Licensures and Certifications section of the Education, Training and Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO or speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647.

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