Developing a Work-Based Learning Credential Standard

Workcred is exploring the opportunity to partner with ASTM International and others to create a national standard that will aid entities offering or wanting to create an industry-validated, work-based learning credential. The standard will be developed as a conformity assessment standard to be used by certification accrediting organizations.

The Standard

The standard will be developed with the objective of achieving and promoting a nationally accepted benchmark for organizations offering industry-validated, work-based learning credentials.

Below is the initial outline and general categories of what the standard should include:

  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Structural requirements
  • Policy, procedures, and records of the learning process
  • Outsourcing of support
  • General personnel requirements
  • Work-based learning process
  • Program evaluation
  • Management system
  • Appeals and complaints


To develop the standard, volunteers are needed to participate in a technical subcommittee of the ASTM E36 Committee on Accreditation & Certification.

Volunteers should represent:

  • community colleges
  • certification bodies
  • employer/industry associations
  • unions
  • industry/employers
  • government

Overview of the Process and Time Commitment

Subcommittee members will be requested to participate in several rounds of 2-3-hour drafting sessions, as well as other review and commenting requests as needed, over a 6-12-month period.

Call for Volunteers

If you are interested in participating in this process, or just want to learn more, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. We will be conducting an informational webinar in January 2023 for everyone who signs up. Please sign up by December 30, 2022 to be included in the webinar and next steps.