Industry Credentials

Industry credentials refer to certification issued by an occupational or industry group to demonstrate competency or completion of training for a particular job category. Many jobs require some form of industry certification as a prerequisite to hiring.  Credentialing provides employers with the candidate’s technical qualifications.

State licensure refers to a credential that meets the requirements of state licensing boards for various occupations.

Many of the programs offered by Workforce Services lead to industry credentials or state licensure such as small engine repair, welding, basic contractor licensing, computer certifications, foodservice sanitation, cyber security, basic life support, health career programs, customer service, specialist of wine and more.



A.W.S. Welding Certification

This 80-hour program, divided into five weekend classes prepares the student to take the American Welding Society D1.1 certification test for structural welding.  Primary emphasis will be on stick welding. Upon successful completion of the course and the passing of the test, students will be A.W.S D1.1 certified for structural welding.

As a certified welder, a student could be employed with welding and fabrication shops, VDOT (the Virginia Department of Transportation), naval yards in the Tidewater area, steel construction companies, maintenance departments or any company working with boilers and piping.

Basic Contractor Business Licensing

This class is required by the state of Virginia before the state will issue you a Contractor’s License. National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) manual included.

Small Engine Repair Certification

This program consists of a 12-hour introductory class and a 24-hour advanced class.  Completion of both classes prepares a student to take the EETC (Equipment and Engine Training Council) two-stroke and four-stroke certification exam.

With an EETC certification, a student can work in the power equipment industry as a manager, a certified technician, or a sales representative of a power equipment company.

Certified Professional Food Manager Review and Exam

This examination certification is based on the latest federal food code and is accepted in all states across the country requiring mandatory foodservice manager certifications. In Virginia, the person in charge of the facility must be knowledgeable about procedures to minimize the risk of food-borne illness as outlined in the 2010 Virginia Food Regulations. Proof of passing this examination is one way for the person in charge to demonstrate having this knowledge.

Having this certification gives anyone an advantage in securing a job in the food service industry.

Viticulture and Enology

Our certification program in Viticulture and Enology is the only one of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and some of our students go on to start their own wineries and vineyards.  To receive a certificate, a student must complete 10 required classes in viticulture and nine required classes in enology.  All classes are held on Saturdays, and industry professionals teach all classes. 

Having a certificate in viticulture or enology from PVCC gives any student an advantage in securing a job as an assistant winemaker, an assistant vineyard manager or a tasting room manager at any winery or vineyard throughout Virginia.

Analyst Boot Camp

Analyst Boot Camp (ABC) is a rigorous 10-week program designed to provide students with the necessary tools to be successful analysts in the Intelligence Community (IC). The program begins with introductory issues in the IC, essential analytic skills and the key Intelligences (INTs) used to answer intelligence questions before moving into more advanced topics in irregular warfare, Order of Battle analysis and Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (AGI).  Throughout the program, students will be regularly challenged with analytic exercises as well as writing and briefing assignments on current intelligence issues.  Course offerings and delivery dates are subject to change. During the ABC program, the process will be initiated for students to receive TOP SECRET security clearance.

Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are responsible for assisting with prescriptions, processing patient data and information, providing excellent customer service, answering phones and helping patients find over-the-counter medications.  This course prepares you for the National Pharmacy Technician Exam.

Online Industry Credentials

Industry credentials in are available through PVCC Workforce Services, including:

Clinical Dental Assistant
CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician+
Home Inspection
Indoor Air Quality Manager
Indoor Environmentalist
Lean/Six Sigma
Medical Billing and Coding
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
Personal Trainer
PMI PMP Exam Prep
Residential Interior Designer
Wedding Planner