Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) & Industry Recognized Credential (IRC)

Approved IRC and TSA List

New IRC and TSA Guidance (Updated 9/7/22)

This guidance document provides the list of approved IRCs, TSAs, and stackable credentials.

Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) and Stackable Credential Applications

The window for submitting an IRC or Stackable Credential application is open May 1 through May 31. Only Missouri local education agency administrators can submit an application for consideration. 

  • An DESE-recognized 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 Questions (subject to change)