Occupational Competency Assessment (OCA)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, through the Bureau of Career & Technical Education, has authorized Temple University Center for Professional Development in Career and Technical Education to administer the Occupational Competency Assessment (OCA) examination for persons who desire to teach in career & technical education.  Satisfactory completion of the OCA is one of the legal requirements for issuing a career & technical education teaching certificate in Pennsylvania.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the candidate must submit the following documentation to be reviewed by the testing center.

  1. Education: Must be a graduate of a secondary school or equivalent.
  2. Work Experience: Documentation that verifies a minimum of four years or (8,000 hours) of wage earning experience in addition to the learning period in the occupation to be taught.
  3. For occupations requiring a credential review (i.e., cosmetology, EMT, medical occupations), the appropriate credential will be accepted in lieu of Occupational Competency Assessment. All other requirements apply.


  • $415- Written and Performance Exam
  • $155- Credential Review


Before you begin your application, you must download and complete the following forms as required.

CTE OCA Contact

Mary M. Miller-Ettwein, Director of Curriculum
Career and Technical Education
Temple University College of Education and Human Development
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone:  215-204-6249
Email: mary.miller-ettwein@temple.edu

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