Pursuing Career and Technical Education Certificates

The CTE resource list can assist you in identifying career and technical education pathways to civilian careers with high demand and positive growth potential.

The six career cluster designations, all with bright employment outlooks for job seekers include:

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Emergency Management Services and Homeland Security within the Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
  • Electronics Engineering Technology within the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

SOC Career and Technical Education Resource List

Benefits of Pursuing a CTE Certificate

  • Certificates offer a short-term pathway (15-30 credit hours) to gain a credential for civilian employment while enhancing skill sets and knowledge in support of your military occupational specialty;
  • Certificates can be a stand-alone educational credential or stackable, serving as a building block for an associate or bachelor’s degree;
  • SOC’s CTE certificates link to career pathways with bright employment outlooks (as determined by the U.S. Department of Labor O*NET predictive data);
  • Participating institutions agree to recognize and award credit for military training and occupational experiences, as appropriate to the certificate;
  • Institutions and certificate programs appearing on the CTE Resource list have been carefully selected based on program requirements determined by the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Programs Division/Chief.


Servicemembers in Active and Reserve Components, including National Guard, are eligible to use the CTE Resource list as a decision tool in preparation for transitioning from the military.

Servicemembers using military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds are eligible to enroll in a certificate from SOC’s CTE Resource list in preparation for transitioning from the military. Visit your education counselor before enrolling to obtain approval and a degree plan.

SOC’s CTE certificates are also approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Affairs education benefits. You can use your GI Bill education benefits to fund your certificate program while enlisted in the military or opt to continue the program as a civilian after transitioning from military service.

More Information

If you have questions about SOC’s Career and Technical Education Program, email soccte@aascu.org