Certificates and Licensures are needed for careers and jobs that require proof of skill based on knowledge rather than a degree. Certifications and Licensures show that an individual is up to date and competent both in current theory and skills necessary for employment in the specified career field and/ or job. This also shows they have met all industry, state, and/ or national requirements for employment.
Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) students are expected to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of both the College and their specific programs or courses. Detailed information concerning graduation requirements is available in Program Details. Responsibility for satisfying all graduation requirements rests upon the student. MTECH reserves the right to change graduation requirements at any time.
MTECH confers both COE accredited Program Certificates and Occupational Skills Certificates upon students who successfully complete all the academic and skill based requirements for the specific program or course.
Completing a program does not guarantee the student will receive an MTECH Certificate, a state/national licensure, an industry certification, or employment. In order to receive an MTECH certificate students must demonstrate all competencies. State/national licensure or industry certifications are required for employment in some occupations and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain them.
This level of recognition is established in many career fields to help establish a professional standard and code on a national scale. Training programs that lead to a national certification generally require the completion of a national exam and or skill based competencies by an authorized professional body. This type of certification is a professional marker for a person showing the acknowledgement toward a standard of knowledge and understanding in a specified area of study recognized on a national level. While this level of certification represents competencies usually established by a national board of professionals, individual states may also require the completion of other state level exams or certifications in order to practice in the workforce.
STATE LICENSURES / CERTIFICATIONS
This level of recognition is established as a means to give permission to practice in specified careers. Such licenses or certifications are usually required in order to regulate types of careers or operations that are deemed to involve a high level of specialized skill that may directly or indirectly threaten or be dangerous to a person or the public. This often involves accredited training and examinations, at a state level, which varies greatly for different occupations.
Industry certifications are usually skill-specific for a type of process, product, or understanding of unique skills needed for employment or advancement in the workforce. These types of certifications are a designation earned by a person to assure qualification in performing a job or task. Most industry certifications are affiliated with professional associations interested in raising the standards in the workforce and are therefore considered a particularly unbiased barometer of your skills.
MTECH – PROGRAM CERTIFICATE
An official credential issued to a student by a campus registrar (MTECH) documenting that the student has completed a program or a predefined subset of a program. Each program certificate within a program shall be defined and approved as part of the program, shall fully prepare a student for entry into specified employment related to the full program, and shall be included in the campus catalog.
MTECH – OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS CERTIFICATE
An official credential issued to a student by a campus registrar (MTECH) documenting that the student has completed a pre-defined course or set of courses approved as an occupational skills certificate by the campus board of directors in accordance with this policy. An occupational skills certificate shall provide mastery of a set of competencies that are documented as needed by one or more Utah employers, and that are not already provided as a program certificate.