Pennsylvania regulations require that candidates for vocational teacher certification must have "a minimum of four years of wage-earning experience in addition to the learning period to establish competency in the occupation to be taught."
The following guidelines may be used to meet wage-earning employment experience requirements.
A minimum of four years (8,000 hours) wage-earning experience beyond the learning period in an occupation directly related to the occupation to be taught. The experience should be comprehensive and include a major coverage of the skills of the occupation -- not a narrow sampling of a few skills of a specialized nature.
The following may be accepted toward the learning period requirement:
Documentation for the learning period can include transcripts, certifications, and/or licenses, as well as on-the-job training.
Wage earning experience as a trainee (on-the-job training) in the occupation to be taught.
Graduation from an approved four-year college curriculum when the major field of study is directly related to the occupation to be taught.
Military training or instruction directly related to the occupation to be taught.
Military employment or service beyond the training period is acceptable if directly related to the occupation to be taught.
State professional licensure or selected national certification in the occupation to be taught.
The following are other employment experience considerations.
Employment experience should have been completed within a ten year period immediately prior to successful completion of the Occupational Competency Assessment.
Teaching experience or supervisory experience in the occupational area cannot be counted towards the work experience requirement.
Part-time work experience will be evaluated on the basis of 2,000 clock hours as equivalent to one calendar year.
Work experience used to verify occupational experience in one occupation may also be used to verify occupational experiences in a closely related occupation, if a sufficient amount is held.