CTE Teacher Certification
Professional Personnel Development Centers
The Career and Technical Education Professional Personnel Development Centers
provide technical assistance to schools in the areas of teacher preparation and
certification, performance-based curriculum design, classroom instruction and
technology. The three centers are:
In order to access updates to the Certification of Professional Personnel, as
mandated by the Pennsylvania School Code, Chapter 49, please refer to PA Code Chapter 49
; and, to Vocational
Vocational Teacher Occupational Competency Assessment
Teacher candidates for certification are evaluated for their knowledge and
skill by one of three testing methods. The method of testing is determined by
the occupation the candidate intends to teach. The three types of tests are: NOCTI Skilled Worker Test
, Committee Evaluation, or Credential
Review. For more information on the NOCTI test click on the link above to go to
the NOCTI Web site.
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)
The NOCTI Skilled Worker test is a form of assessment that consists of two
parts. One part is a written knowledge test of the trade area a candidate
intends to teach. The second part is a practical, hands-on demonstration of the
trade area skills where the candidate will be given tasks to perform related to
the trade area.
Committee Evaluation A Committee Evaluation is used to
determine the skill and knowledge base of a teacher candidate. A committee for
the evaluation is usually made up of three to five members. A typical committee
might have three members from the trade or industry represented, a teacher of
the same area, and a school administrator.
Credential Review A Credential Review is coordinated between
the administration of the local education agency (employer) and the Professional
Personal Development Center (vocational teacher preparation facility). This
method is employed when a State Licensing Bureau credentials the teacher
candidate, or the candidate holds a credential from a state recognized licensing
or certificating agency.