Each career and technical education program that is 450 hours or longer has associated basic academic skills (reading, mathematics and language) that are required for completion from each career program. For the purpose of career education and basic skills requirements, completion is accomplished when a student reaches the final Occupational Completion Point (OCP) and receives a Career Certificate of Completion from the program.
Section 1004.91, Florida Statutes (F. S.) Career-Preparatory Instruction requires students who enroll in a program offered for career credit of 450 hours or more to complete an entry-level examination within the first six weeks after admission into the program. The examination is designed to assess student mastery of basic skills.
Hillsborough Technical Colleges use the Wonderlic Test for the basic skills assessment.
Students who do not achieve the minimum level of basic skills required for completion (final OCP) from his/her career education program will not be awarded a Career Certificate of Completion.
Students who are exempted from basic skills assessment include those who:
1. Possess a college degree at the associate in applied science (AAS) level or higher;
2. Demonstrate readiness for public postsecondary education pursuant to s. 1008.30, F.S. and applicable rules adopted by the State Board of Education;
a. A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student’s request.
3. Pass a state or national industry certification or licensure examination that is identified in State Board of Education rules and aligned to the career education program in which the student is enrolled; or
4. Is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) in accordance with Chapter 446.