Career and Technical Education

Occupational Competency Assessment Program

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The Application Process

  • Attend a CTE Certification Information Session. Call 215-204-8376 for dates, times and locations.
  • Schedule an interview with Center staff
  • Forward a completed OCA Application Evaluation Form to the mailing address below
  • Send a transcript verifying education attained: acceptable documents include a high school diploma, GED score or a college diploma Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution
  • Return a completed Notarized Record of Occupational Experience Form (reverse side of application form), including documentation from employers, as described below:.
  • Employment documentation must comply with the following guidelines:​​
    • Employment verification documents may include:
      • IRS Form W2
      • IRS Form 1040 Schedule C
      • IRS Form 1099
      • Applicant will make copies on which social security numbers and dollar amounts are obliterated with a felt-tipped pen.
  • Employer's letter must be dated and must be written on the employer's business letterhead
    • All letters must be mailed by the employer directly to Vocational Education/T&L (see mailing address given below)
    • The job title, dates of employment, hours worked per week, duties, responsibilities, and (if you are no longer employed by the company), the reason for leaving must be indicated in the letter
    • The letter should mention the degree of satisfaction the candidate has rendered as an employee
    • The letter should be signed by an official of the firm and must include that individual's official title
    • Applicants who have owned or operated their own business must provide a minimum of six notarized letters of verification. These letters should be from reliable sources, such as customers and/or suppliers, and should describe the nature of the business and the applicant's specific occupational competency, with dates indicating when the service was rendered. In addition, applicants should submit with the application, a brief notarized statement describing their business, including dates an the specific nature of the work performed
    • Applicants who are licensed in certain occupational areas (e.g., cosmetology, health, etc.) must submit a copy of their license
  • Individuals with special needs, please indicate physical conditions or handicaps that require special accommodation.

Updating Technical Skills

State-of-the-art occupational skills are critical in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Center assists by

  • Arranging occupational experiences for CTE teachers. Novice and experienced CTE teachers may update their skills by participating in a supervised work experience.
  • Offering variable 1 to 3 credit undergraduate and graduate courses in Supervised Work Experience
  • Offering occasional assistance to teachers who choose tutoring in a specific occupational area, or who would like to design a personal internship

All requirements are subject to change. Click here for the OCA page of the PDE website.


Contact Information

Dr. D. James Gilmour
OCA Coordinator
Phone: 215.204.6197        

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