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Career Academy – Certifications


Students are eligible to take individual based certification to give a competitive edge when applying for jobs.


Certification coursework is designed to prepare students to pass the industry-designed certification that will evidence our students’ skills and knowledge to prospective employers. Please note that certification tests are rigorous and linguistically complex. They are not appropriate for all Northstar Career Academy students. We provide opportunities to take industry certifications to better equip our students to enter their chosen field. However, when allocating instructional time, providing appropriately leveled, individualized instruction that leads to work skill development will always be a higher priority than providing instruction that primarily prepares students to pass a certification test. As the year progresses, we will be in conversation with families about whether or not certification tests are appropriate for specific students.

Course Name Test Company website Name of Certificate
All Courses ACT Work Keys:

-Workplace Documents

-Applied Math

-Graphic Literacy

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate Assessment (must score 3 or above on all 3 tests)
All Courses Skills USA Customer Service


Skills USA Customer Service Examination
Business Marketing and Technology Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, Word 2013 Microsoft MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2013
Business Marketing and Technology Microsoft Office Specialist Certification, PowerPoint 2013 Microsoft MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013
Construction and Maintenance Skills USA Carpentry Skills USA Carpentry Examination
Construction and Maintenance OSHA-10 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Carpentry Examination
Hospitality -Front Desk Representative Certification



American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Certified Front Desk Representative
Hospitality Restaurant Server Certification AHLEI Certified Restaurant Server
Hospitality Guestroom Attendant Certification


AHLEI Certified Guestroom Attendant
Hospitality Kitchen Cook Certification AHLEI Certified Kitchen Cook
Hospitality Serve Safe Virginia Restaurant lodging and travel association (RVLTA) Certified Food Handler
Vet Assisting Pet Sitter Certification NAPPS Certified Pet Sitter

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