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Technical Skills Attainment & Industry Recognized Credential

IRC Application Window is Now Open

The Request for Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) Status application process is now open.  This application must be submitted by a Missouri public school district or charter school administrator.  It is permissible for school staff to consult with vendors or business and industry partners to assure accuracy of information. 

The window for submitting a Request for Industry Recognized Credential Status application is April 11, 2016 through June 30, 2016.  An IRC Committee, consisting of career center and comprehensive high school leaders will review applications in early fall.  An updated IRC list will be posted on the DESE website on or before October 15, 2016. New IRCs will be added to the Core Data code set to be used beginning the 2017-18 reporting year.

IRCs are intended to be connected to an approved Career and Technical Education program.  Only applications that are complete and responsive to each question will be considered.  Incomplete or non-responsive applications will not be reviewed or approved.  All decisions by OCCR, based on input from the IRC review committee, are final.

Please contact Janice Rehak, Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) at (573) 526-4900 or [email protected] with any questions you may have about this process.


Guidance for Selecting IRC's and TSAs

New IRC and TSA Guidance 
(Updated 05/16/2016)

TSA FAQ Help Document 
(Updated September 2015)


Career Clusters

The National Career Clusters® Framework provides an organizational structure for framing CTE programs through well-developed programs of study. There are 16 Career Clusters and 79 Career Pathways in the National Career Clusters® Framework.  The Career Clusters include:  

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Finance
  • Government & Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

More information can be found on the National Career Clusters® Framework website.