Initial Licensure for Career and Technical Education

Includes Specialized Trades, Business and Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing, and Technology Education

Virginia law requires that every teacher seeking an initial license with an endorsement in the area of career and technical education shall have an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement (Section § 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia). If a teacher seeking an initial license has not attained an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement, the Board may, upon request of the employing school division or educational agency, issue the teacher a provisional license to allow time for the teacher to attain such credential.

Please refer to the Industry Credentials for Teachers Seeking an Initial Virginia License with Endorsement(s) in an Area of Career and Technical Education Guidance Document (Word) (Revised May 2018) for additional information regarding the:

  • Teacher-eligible list of Board of Education-approved industry certification examinations;
  • Issuing organization; and
  • Cpecific career and technical education (CTE) area(s), including the corresponding endorsement codes.