Occupational Competency Assessment

You must pass the OCA in the occupational area you are teaching as a requirement for a vocational instructional certificate. It is recommended that you apply for the OCA during your first semester of teaching. Successful completion of the OCA verifies that you possess the occupational competence required to teach. There are three types of assessments -- the type you will take depends on the occupational area you teach.

Scroll down the page to click on your occupational area for further test information.


2020/2021 Test Schedule*
  Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Applications due: September 18 January 8 March 26
Written Knowledge Examination: October 23 February 5 April 30
Performance Examination: late October - mid-November mid-February - early March mid-May - early June
 
   *Scheduled test dates are subject to change.


Application Materials

Click here to print the application materials for the OCA program. If you prefer to receive application forms by mail, call (724) 357-4434 or e-mail to info-cte@iup.edu.



Occupational Competency Test Areas

Click on a link for further test information.

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CIP Code*

CIP Title*

Test Type**

NOCTI Test Title & Code

Occupational Area & Code

01.0401

Agricultural and Food Products Processing

NOCTI

Agriculture and Food Processing
TBD

Agricultural and Food Products
2128

01.0201

Agricultural Mechanization, General

NOCTI

Agriculture Mechanics
5181

Agricultural Mechanics
2026

01.0301

Agricultural Productions Operations, General

NOCTI

Agricultural Production Operations
TBD

Agricultural Productions
2129

01.0901

Animal Sciences, General

NOCTI

Animal Sciences
TBD

Animal Science
2130

19.0905

Apparel and Textile Marketing Management

NOCTI

Textile Production & Fabrication
TBD

Textile Production & Fabrication
2071

01.0601

Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations,
General

NOCTI

Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations
5957

Horticulture/Floriculture
2012

15.1303

Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD

NOCTI

Architectural Drafting
5920

Architectural-Design Technology
2105

47.0603

Autobody/Collision and Repair
Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
5266

Automotive Body & Fender
2005

47.0604

Automobile/Automotive Mechanics
Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Automotive Mechanics Technology
5908

Automotive Technician
2575

12.0501

Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef

NOCTI

Retail Commercial Baking
5918

Retail Commercial Baking
2565

12.0402

Barbering/Barber

CR


N/A

Barbering
2011

26.1201

Biotechnology

NOCTI

Biotechnology
5189

Biological Technology
2580

46.0401

Building/Property Maintenance

NOCTI

Building/Property Maintenance
5923

Building Trades Maintenance
2013

48.0703

Cabinetmaking and Millwork

NOCTI

Cabinetmaking
5905

Millwork & Cabinet Making
2047

46.0201

Carpentry/Carpenter

NOCTI

Carpentry
5265

Carpentry
2017

19.0708

Child Care and Support Services Management

NOCTI

Child Care & Support Services Management
5930

Child Care Services
2216

50.0602

Cinematography and Film/Video Production

NOCTI

Audio-Visual Communications Technology
5904

Audio-Visual Communications Technology
2510

50.0402

Commercial and Advertising Art

NOCTI

Commercial and Advertising Art
5909

Commercial Art
2019

50.0406

Commercial Photography

CE

N/A

Commercial Photography
2020

10.9999

Communications Technologies/Technicians
& Support Services, Other

NOCTI

Communication Technologies
5964

Communications Technology
2559

11.0201

Computer Programming/Programmer, General

NOCTI

Computer Programming
5906

Computer Technology
2121

11.0901

Computer Systems Networking
and Telecommunications

NOCTI

Computer Systems Networking
5932

Network Systems Technology
2560

15.1202

Computer Technology/Computer
Systems Technology

NOCTI

Computer Technology
5999

Computer Servicing Technology
2102

46.9999

Construction Trades, Other

NOCTI

Building Construction Occupations
5263

Building Construction Trades
2014

49.0202

Construction/Heavy Equipment/
Earthmoving Equipment Operation

NOCTI

Heavy Equipment
5913

Heavy Equipment Construction-Operation
2596

12.0401

Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

CR


N/A

Cosmetology
2023

43.0107

Criminal Justice/Police Science

NOCTI

Criminal Justice
5269

Law Enforcement
2048

51.0601

Dental Assisting/Assistant

CR


N/A

Dental Assistant
2201

09.0702

Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia

NOCTI

Visual Communications/Interactive Media Design
5941

Digital Technology
2585

15.1301

Drafting and Design Technology/Technician,
General

NOCTI

Drafting and Design Technology PA
5935

Drafting
2027

15.0303

Electrical/Electronic and Communications
Engineering Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Electronics Technology
5907

Electronics Technology
2111

15.0399

Electrical/Electronic Engineering
Technologies/Technicians, Other

NOCTI

Electrical Construction Technology
5271

Electronics Technology
2111

47.0199

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair
Technology, Other

NOCTI

Electronics Technology
5907

Electronics Technology
2111

46.0399

Electrical and Power Transmission Installers,
Other

NOCTI

Electrical Power and Transmission Installers
5922

Electrical Occupations
2088

15.0403

Electromechanical Technology/
Electromechanical Engineering Technology

NOCTI

Electromechanical Engineering Technology
5936

Electro-Mechanical Technology
2109

51.0904

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician
(EMT Paramedic)

CR


N/A

EMT
2299

15.9999

Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

NOCTI

Engineering Technologies/Technicians
5991

Engineering Related Technology
2104

03.0511

Forestry Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Forestry
TBD

Forestry Technology/Technician
2131

10.0399

Graphic Communications, Other

NOCTI

Graphic Production Technology
5938

Graphic Occupations
2076

51.0899

Health/Medical Assisting Services, Other

CR


N/A

Health Assistant
2202

51.9999

Health Care Technology

CR


N/A

Health Related Technology 2214
Health Assistant 2202

51.0707

Health Information/Medical Records
Technology/Technician

CR


N/A

Medical Records Technology
2206

47.0201

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and
Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician

NOCTI

HVAC Maintenance Technology
5937

Air Conditioning
2010

47.0302

Heavy Equipment Maintenance
Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Heavy Equipment Maintenance & Repair
5912

Heavy Equipment Construction
2044

43.9999

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting
and Related Protective Services, Other

NOCTI

Homeland Security
5990

Protective Services Occupations
2122

12.0508

Institutional Food Workers

NOCTI

Commercial Foods
5167

Quantity Foods
2059

46.0303

Lineworker

NOCTI

Electric Power and Distribution
5919

Electric Power & Comm. Lineperson
2092

52.0203

Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain Management

NOCTI

Logistics
5914

Warehousing
2078

48.0501

Machine Tool Technology/Machinist

NOCTI

Precision Machining
5176

Machine Shop - 2043
Metalworking Occupations - 2072

52.1201

Management Information System, General

NOCTI

Management Information System
5926


46.0101

Mason/Masonry

NOCTI

Mason/Masonry
5933

Masonry Occupations
2082

51.0801

Medical/Clinical Assistant

CR


N/A

Medical Assistant
2207

47.0613

Medium/Heavy Vehicle and Truck
Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Diesel Technology
5270

Diesel Mechanic
2025

03.0299

Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other

NOCTI

Natural Resources
TBD

Natural Resource Management and Policy
2132

51.3902

Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide
and Patient Care Assistant

CR


N/A

Nurses Aide
2213

46.0408

Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer

NOCTI

Painting & Decorating
5903

Painting & Decorating
2049

46.0503

Plumbing Technology/Plumber

NOCTI

Plumbing
5924

Plumbing
2055

48.0599

Precision Metal Working, Other

NOCTI

Precision Machining
5176

Machine Shop - 2043
Metalworking Occupations - 2072

51.2604

Rehabilitation Aide

CR

N/A

Rehabilitation Aide
2223

48.0506

Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking

CE

N/A

Sheet Metal
2063

47.0703

Solar Energy System Installation & Repair
Technology/Technician

NOCTI

Solar Energy
TBD

Solar Energy Technology
2133

51.0909

Surgical Technology/Technologist

CR

N/A

Surgical Technology
2134

52.1905

Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

NOCTI

Hospitality Management-Lodging
5927

Hotel/Motel Management
2086

52.1907

Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and
Accessories Marketing

NOCTI

Retail Merchandising
5921

Auto Parts Counterman
2004

47.0699

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies,
Other

NOCTI

Small Engine Technology
5277

Small Engine Repair
2067

01.8301

Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician
and Veterinary Assistant

CR


N/A

Veterinarian Assistant
2550

11.0801

Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and
Information Resources Design

NOCTI

Web Design
5934

Digital Web Design
2586

48.0508

Welding Technology/Welder

NOCTI

Welding
5279

Welding
2079

46.0504

Well Drilling/Driller

CE

N/A

Well Drilling/Driller
2125

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**NOCTI=NOCTI Skilled Worker Test; CE=Committee Evaluation; CR=Credential Review