DESE-Approved Industry-Recognized Credentials (IRC)
DESE-Approved IRC, Stackable Credential, and TSA List
This guidance document provides the list of DESE-approved IRCs, stackable credentials, and technical skills attainment (TSA) assessments. TSAs are no longer reported. Earning an IRC or TSA is one of the requirements of the CTE Certificate.
Industry-Recognized Credential (IRC) and Stackable Credential Applications
The window for submitting an IRC or Stackable Credential application opens May 1 and closes May 31 each year. Only Missouri local education agency administrators can submit an application for consideration.
- A DESE-approved IRC is defined as a portable, recognized credential that validates an individual has successfully demonstrated skill competencies in a core set of content and performance standards in a specific set of work-related tasks, single occupational area, or a cluster of related occupational areas.
- The IRC assessment must be comprehensive in nature to be considered.
- A stackable credential is defined as a series of aligned, recognized, preferred, and/or required credentials (stackable) within an industry or sector that support an individual’s ability to obtain related, career employment.
- Beginning in school year 2020-2021, students earning two stackable credentials in a program area will have the same effect on a district's Perkins V reporting as earning an IRC.
- IRC/Stackable Application (opens May 1 and closes May 31)
- IRC/Stackable Application Questions (subject to change)
- Core Data and MOSIS Reference Manual
Contact Lori Brown at 573-526-4900 should you have any questions.