Each student at Rowanty has multiple opportunities to earn a certificate in Career and Technical Education, many of which are are recognized by the specific industries students are studying. Additionally, students enrolled in Nurse Aide and Cosmetology have the opportunity to take an industry-specific licensing exam upon successful completion of the course.

The following is a list of of certificates and credentials students can earn at Rowanty:


National Occupational Competency Testing Institute

NOCTI tests are developed by curriculum leaders and industry experts for each test offered. These standardized tests are reviewed and revised as needed by the institute in collaboration with field experts to keep up with change in industry. Rowanty offers the NOCTI certification test for second year students in the Cosmetology, Nurse Aide, Criminal Justice, Welding, and Electricity programs. Each test has a pre-test at the beginning of the year and a post-test at the end of the year.

The Virginia Department of Education has established that a passing score for each test shall be the current national average as published by NOCTI each year. In cases where a test has been newly revised for the current school year, the VDOE will release its own cut score value in May of that school year.

Please visit NOCTI to learn more!


Career Essentials Assessments

SkillsUSA is a career and technical education organization based in Leesburg, VA serving hundreds of thousands of students enrolled in trade education programs. The Career Essentials certifications were developed to recognize students’ proficiency in the knowledge and concepts of their chosen technical field. Rowanty offers this certification opportunity for second year students in Carpentry, Masonry, and Electricity.

CTECS Workplace Readiness Skills

Career and Technical Education Consortium of States

The Workplace Readiness Skills (also known as “the First 21”) are the first 21 competencies in each CTE course in which all Virginia students must be proficient in order to successfully complete that course. The WRS Test was developed by the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States, a non-profit organization which has operated for over 40 years and of which Virginia is a charter member. This assessment is a culmination of collaboration between educators, employers, and Virginia research groups and represents a measure of the knowledge students have with respect to the Workplace Readiness Skills.

Rowanty administers the pretest in October to allow students to become familiar with the type of material they will be presented with during the WRS Test which is given in February. Students must achieve a score of 75% or higher to pass the test. CTECS allows two retake attempts per school year.

Virginia Nurse Aide Competency Test

Virginia Department of Health Professions

Information coming soon!

Cosmetology License Examination

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR)

Information coming soon!

AWS 3G SMAW Plate Welding Exam

American Welding Society

Information coming soon!

ASE Entry-Level Examinations

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation

The ASE Entry-Level tests have been developed by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence Educatoin Foundation in cooperation with SkillsUSA and are accredited by NATEF. These tests are well recognized and are the industry standard certifications for all automotive service technicians. Some employers require technicians to obtain ASE certifications as a condition of employment. The entry-level tests lay the foundation for students to begin a career as an automotive service technician.

Students who are enrolled in Automotive Body Technology II will have the opportunity to obtain the ASE Entry-Level Painting and Refinishing Certification. Students enrolled in Automotive Technology II will take the complete ASE Automobile series which includes 10 tests: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle, Automobile Service & Technology, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Maintenance and Light Repair, Manual Drive Train and Axles, and Suspension and Steering. These tests will be given once during the end of the first semester and any retakes needed will be taken at the end of the second semester.

Virginia State Inspector Certification

Virginia State Police

Second year students in Automotive Technology have an opportunity to test for and receive a Virginia State Inspector’s Certification provided the student meets all requirements set forth in the Virginia Administrative Code 19VAC30-70-31. This certification is highly sought after in Virginia; many employers seek auto mechanics with this certification. The test is administered by an officer of the Virginia State Police.