Career & Technical Competency Program For Counselors
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers by earning college credit through CTE Technical Competency Credit (TCC). These credits are designed to feed into the Technical Programs at one of the six Technical Colleges in the state of Idaho. Transferability is at the discretion of other institutions depending on the requirements of specific programs.
Students participate at the high school in CTE courses that have been aligned with Industry standards and postsecondary curriculum. Students who complete SkillStack® Badge competencies, pass the high school Technical Skills Assessment (TSA), and pass the postsecondary exam (when applicable) are eligible to purchase the Technical Competency Credit for $10 per credit at the time they enroll at the Idaho Institution offering the credits.
Steps to Purchasing Credit
Once the student has completed the requirements to obtain the college credit, they will receive notification from the postsecondary institutions identifying how to go about purchasing the credits.
- Students will need to complete the Credit Request Form at the time they enroll at the Postsecondary Institution offering the Technical Competency Credit.
- Students will pay the $10 per credit to make the high school credit official college credit.
- Students have 2 years from the completion of the course or from the successful passing of the postsecondary exam (when applicable) to purchase the credit.
Paying for Credits
Technical Competency Credits are NOT eligible for Federal Financial Aid or Fast Forward Funds.
Idaho State Department of Education - Office of Advanced Opportunities beginning July 1, 2016
The Fast Forward program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. The fund can be used for:
Students can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay some Career Technical Education (CTE) exams. Please see the following link for specific exams covered. http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/index.html
Resource File – Advanced Opportunity Programs – Approved Exams and Costs
An Advanced Opportunities Participation Form allows students to participate in the Fast Forward program through the Idaho State Department of Education as authorized by Idaho Code 33, Chapter 46: Advanced Opportunities. By signing the form, the student and parent/guardian agree to the conditions and provisions of the program. The participation form needs to be signed and sent to their participating high school counselor and will be retained by the student’s school district.
The Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities website link:
Portal registration instructions are as follows:
Registration is a two-part process:
Step 1: The student must create an account with the State Department of Education.
- Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov
- Select “Create an Account” in the top right corner
- Fill in all the information (if you don’t know your EDUID, leave it blank)
- Choose “Enroll New Student” to submit
- Verify the account, using the confirmation email sent to the student. (Sometimes these go to student spam folders. If they aren’t received instantly, there is a problem, please contact your high school counselor)
From here, your school will verify the students account. Once this is done, the student may sign up for funding.
Step 2: Sign up for Technical Competency exam funding, once you know the account is active.
- Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov and login
- Choose “Student Landing” in the top left corner
- Apply for funding
- Choose Exam
- Register the information for that exam
- Most exams are available in a drop down menu. If you don’t see the exam
- Choose Fast Forward
- Submit the registration
Reasons Students May Not Be Able to obtain credit
- Student did not complete all SkillStack® competencies.
- Student did not pass the Technical Skills Assessment (TSA).
- Student did not pass the postsecondary exam.
- Student attempted to purchase credits after the 2 year expiration date.
- Students applied to a college where the Technical Competency Credit did not apply to program of study.
Advanced Opportunities Office
Building #3 Room 377
Office Hours: 8am-5pm, M-F
Fax (208) 525-7026
Region 6 Dual Credit Coordinator
Region 6 Transition Coordinator
- Advanced Opportunies Flyer
- Associate of Arts or Science Journey Checklist
- College Cost Comparison Chart
- Concurrent Enrollment Form
- Credit Request Form
- Dual Credit Enrollment Packet
- Dual Credit Faculty Mentor Handbook
- Dual Credit Tracking Form
- Guidelines for Dual Credit Accommodations
- SkillStack & Career Atlas Lesson Plan