Promising Credentials

Browse through credentials that lead to in-demand careers

Identifying the right credentials to offer students matters now more than ever. Our state must make sure we are preparing students for jobs that are forecasted to increase in demand, pay a family sustaining wage, and have a promising career ladder. Through intensive labor market analysis and outreach to local Hawai‘i businesses, here is a list of Promising Credentials that are associated with in-demand, living wage occupations throughout the state.

Ensuring that Hawai‘i residents are prepared for promising occupations requires a combination of academic and technical preparation. To assist learners and educators in understanding both the academic and technical training needed for these occupations, the Promising Credentials list groups credentials into four broad categories associated with the typical entry level education that is most commonly requested alongside these technical credentials.


Foundational Credentials

Prepare learners with essential knowledge and skills for a range of priority occupations, including workplace safety. They are requested across a range of occupations and are often coupled with other credentials.


Springboard Credentials

Signal proficiency in industry-specific skills for priority occupations that often do not require a postsecondary certificate or degree.


Advanced Credentials

Signal proficiency in industry-specific skills for priority occupations that may also require a Bachelor’s degree. Within these broad organizational categories, we acknowledge that educational training may be more nuanced for specific occupations.


If there is a new or existing credential that you believe meets the wage and demand thresholds but does not appear on the Promising Credentials list, complete this form. The Promising Credentials team will evaluate submissions against the criteria and update the list periodically.