Our Work


Aligning and Embedding Industry Certifications with Bachelor’s Degrees

Improved career outcomes for students―including higher salaries, improved rates of hire, and faster promotion tracks―are the ultimate goal of this initiative that Workcred, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association have undertaken in exploring how best to align degrees and certifications.

Certification+Degree Pathways in Support of First-Generation, Low-Income, and Adult Learners

As part of a three-year grant from the ECMC Foundation, Workcred, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the National Student Clearinghouse are teaming up with the Higher Learning Commission to offer community colleges an affordable, scalable approach to align degrees with industry needs through Certification+Degree (C+D) Pathways.


Building Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs in Healthcare

Workcred, Dallas College, American Hospital Association, and Bufflehead Strategies, LLC are working together to support the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs) in non-clinical healthcare professions.

Credentials in Regenerative Medicine

Workcred is working with the Standards Coordinating Body for Gene, Cell, and Regenerative Medicines and Cell-Based Drug Discovery to develop assessment-based certificate programs in cell counting and ancillary materials.

Leveraging Industry Credentials

Workcred is assisting in the creation of a system-wide process for evaluating quality credentials, to help drive equity and completion in the Texas higher education system.


Certifications as a Vehicle for Increasing Labor-Market Mobility

Along with partners Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and George Washington Institute of Public Policy, Workcred is focusing on the current and potential roles for industry and professional certifications as a vehicle for increasing labor-market mobility. The research will also cover where certifications present the risk of being dead-end credentials that can limit access to opportunity, and how to instead ensure certifications serve as part of lifelong pathways for advancement.

Demonstrate Value through Linking Data

Workcred is convening a network of more than 30 certification bodies to explore the potential for data-linking efforts to improve understanding of the value of certifications, the labor market outcomes of individuals who hold them, and insights into successful career pathways into the workforce.

Manufacturing Credentials: Now and for the Future

Workcred, George Washington Institute of Public Policy, and NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership are conducting a research study to uncover the return on investment of manufacturing credentials. Expected to be published in 2022, this study has the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of hiring in the manufacturing sector.


  • Credential Transparency Initiative
  • Economic Opportunity Project
  • National Apprenticeship Program for Management System Auditors
  • Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections Program