VISD begins Industry-Based Certification testing

Testing has begun for CTI and high schools

VICTORIA, Texas – In October, Victoria ISD’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) department began Industry-Based Certification testing at Career and Technology Institute (CTI) and Victoria East and West High Schools.

One hundred percent of the participating students in the October testing passed their tests. They received their Non-Commissioned Security Officer Level II certification. Students prepared for the test by completing the following four courses as part of the Law Enforcement program of study:

  • Business Information Management I
  • Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security and Law & Enforcement I
  • Criminal Investigations and Law Enforcement II
  • Forensic Science or Practicum in Law, Public Safety Corrections, and Security

CTE students will learn, through the Law Enforcement program of study, about the development of, adherence to and protection of various branches of law. They will also study how to appropriately and legally respond to breaches in the law according to statutory rules and regulations.  Additionally, students will learn how to investigate how and why the breaches occurred.

Through this program, students will prepare for occupations such as:

  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers,
  • Correction Officers and Jailers,
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Officers,
  • and more.

Although testing takes place throughout the year, the majority is completed in the Spring semester. Students have the chance to receive a variety of certifications, depending on what career path they desire. A few of many certifications students can test for throughout the year include:

  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA),
  • Certified Veterinarian Assistant Level 1,
  • Automotive Service Excellence Certifications,
  • American Welding Society Certifications,
  • and more.

VISD’s CTE programs work with business, industry and higher education to combine academics, workplace knowledge and skills that are needed to prepare the future workplace to achieve a successful, ever-changing global economy.

Students are offered opportunities through these programs to earn industry-recognized certifications. This allows them a seamless transition into the workforce upon graduation. They are also able to obtain a job through these certifications and trainings that could pay for college or begin a career straight out of high school. Many CTE courses offered are articulated with post-secondary institutions. In return, students are eligible to earn college credit at the same time as earning high school credit, at no additional cost.

You can learn more about VISD’s CTE programs and the Industry-Based Certifications currently offered by visiting