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​CSPG 97 - Career and Technical Administrative Director 7-12

​Administrative Area Code 2300
Modified: January 1, 2020

The Career and Technical Administrative Director certification requires knowledge and competence in the management of a career and technical school program that educates students in grades 7-12.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid PA certificate as a Career and Technical Administrative Director is qualified to manage school operations and provide educational leadership in an area career and technical school or career and technical center (CTC), grades 7-12.

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid Career and Technical Administrative Director's certificate is qualified to provide services required in the operation of any area career and technical school or CTC, to include:

  • Serving as a career and technical education instructional leader;
  • Supervising and evaluating certificated and non-certificated staff persons required for school operation;
  • Addressing strategic planning for fiscal operations and resource and technology management for school buildings; and
  • Addressing budget planning and resource allocation.

Certification Clarifications

  • Career and Technical Supervision: A career and technical supervisory certificate or career and technical director certificate is mandated when 50 percent or more of an assignment is related to supervising career and technical education programs.
  • Chief Administrator of the area school:
    • The Director of Career and Technical Education is not a commissioned school officer. 
    • Area career and technical boards shall designate the executive director of the intermediate unit or a chief school administrator of the participating school district to serve in the capacity of the chief administrator of the area career and technical school (24 P.S. §1-101 through 27-2701).


  • An educator with a Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility may not serve as a Director of Career and Technical Education without a Career and Technical Administrative Director certificate.
  • An educator employed with the Superintendent's Certificate/Letter of Eligibility may continue to supervise career and technical education programs as long as this supervision is less than 50 percent of their assignment.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification

22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22, §4.23, §4.31

Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, §49.163

Chapter 339: §339.41(4), §339.41(5)

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject.  Previous printing dates on this subject: 1973, 3/75, 3/78, 2/82, 1/87, 7/04, 8/18.

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Major Changes to CSPG #97
​1/2020​Updated terminology per Act 76 from “ vocational” to “career and technical”
​8/2018​Corrected and clarified appropriate certification for a Vocational Director.
​7/2004​It was incorrectly stated that a District Superintendent/Letter of Eligibility was an appropriate certification to be assigned as a Vocational Director.

​CSPG #43: A certificate for Director of Vocational Education or Vocational Administrative Director, assigned as a Vocational Administrative Director or Assistant Administrative Director:

  • May perform the coordinative/supervisory functions in the total field of vocational education as part of his/her appointed administrative position.
  • The administrative certificates do not qualify the holder for an assignment as Supervisor of Comprehensive Vocational Education.

​CSPG #69,3(d): The Director of Vocational Education administers:

  • An Area Vocational Technical School and its Vocational Extension (Post Graduate and Adult) programs; or
  • In a comprehensive high school under the direction of a Secondary School Principal.
    • He/she directs the Vocational Education Program when such a program is not under the supervision of a person holding Supervisory certificates for the specific fields of Vocational Education.