The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) are collaborating to bring together a State Cohort on Credential Attainment.


A cohort is an interactive technical assistance forum where cross-agency participants representing a combination of States and/or regions participate in the development of solutions to a specific challenge.  Throughout the Credential Attainment Cohort, State Teams will explore different methods for determining which degrees, certificates, certifications, and licenses qualify as credentials (according to the definition outlined within federal guidance), address common and state-specific challenges related to the indicator, and develop a system-wide resource to assist states in similar efforts.


Cohort participants will have an opportunity to develop actionable solutions to some of the common challenges around collecting the required data and reporting on the credential attainment indicator.  They will also have the opportunity to strengthen their interagency partnerships, share promising practices, and establish an action plan that outlines a new or enhanced process for assessing and determining which degrees, certificates, certifications, and licenses qualify as federally defined credentials.


Up to nine individual state teams will be selected.  All states are encouraged to apply. 


For more information on the Credential Attainment Cohort, please review the cohort materials included on this page. 


The Credential Attainment Cohort Announcement– The announcement explains the cohort’s purpose, process, benefits, and eligibility guidelines. 

The Credential Attainment Cohort Timeline – The timeline outlines the cohort discussion topics, schedule, and team assignments. 

The Credential Attainment Cohort Application Document – This document provides an overview of the questions included in the online application as well as the information state teams must provide prior to its final submission. 


The online application must be completed by Tuesday, September 10th. Click here to apply.