2023–24 YouScience Brightpath Industry Certifications for high school students

Each academic year, the talented team at YouScience collaborates with industry specialists to meticulously assess and enhance specific YouScience Industry Certifications. This dedicated effort guarantees that the certifications remain precise and in perfect harmony with the dynamic skills demanded by various industries. With a commitment to staying up-to-date, YouScience diligently reviews all exams and standards, ensuring their relevance to industry needs at least once every three years and often more frequently.

2023-24 updates at a glance


New and updated exams of note

Behavioral Health Introduction is of particular interest because it focuses on mental health. According to Mental Health America, 19.86% of adults are experiencing a mental illness, equivalent to nearly 50 million Americans. Those interested in pursuing a career in Behavioral Health will likely find plenty of opportunities and go on to make a difference in the lives of many.

Additionally, two other new exams in the Human Services and Finance fields include Investing and Wealth Management, and Personal and Family Finance. Both of these exams are in the pilot phase and provide insight into often overlooked skills.

The full 2023-24 list of certifications for high school students that are new or updated

Here’s the detailed list of YouScience Industry Certifications that are new, updated, or renamed for the 2023-24 academic year.

New exams

All new exams are released as pilot exams. That means the standards and exams are available, but students can’t yet earn a certification when they take the exam.

The pilot phase is important to help set the cut score of the exam. To set the cut score, exam specialists work with subject-matter experts (SME), input and psychometric analysis of the pilot results and other data, and a modified-Angoff method (the most common method for determining the cut scores used for licensure and certification achievement tests).

New Exams for 23-24 (in PILOT status) Exam no. Career cluster(s)
Behavioral Health, Introduction 304 Human Services, Health Science
Individual and Family Relationships 306 Human Services
Investing and Wealth Management 237 Human Services, Finance
Material Science 625 STEM, Manufacturing
Personal and Family Finance 307 Human Services, Finance
Web Development, Advanced 895 Information Technology

Exams that have updated standards and a new name

Exams are sometimes renamed to better reflect the content of the standards and exam questions.

Reviewed Exam Name Exam no. Name Change
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 1 110 Was Agricultural Systems Technology 1
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 2 113 Was Agricultural Systems Technology 2
Graphic Print Design 1 562 Was Production Graphics 1
Graphic Print Design 2 564 Was Production Graphics 2
Graphic Print Design 3 567 Was Digital Print Design (568)

Additional existing exams that were reviewed and have updated standards

Reviewed Exam Name Exam no.
Agricultural Mechanics, Advanced 115
Agricultural Biology 1911
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 1 110
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 2 113
Business Law 240
Child Development 320
Commercial Art 1 530
Commercial Art 2 532
Commercial Art 3 534
Certified Protection Officer (LAPSEN)
Customer Service 403
Early Childhood Education 1 325
Early Childhood Education 2 328
Early Childhood Education 3 329
General Financial Literacy (GFL) 4501
Graphic Print Design 1 562
Graphic Print Design 2 564
Graphic Print Design 3 567
Health Science Introduction 700
Hospitality and Tourism 410
Physical Therapy, Introduction 735
Web Development 1 893
Web Development 2 894
Welding Technician 1 595
Welding Technician 2 596
Welding Technician 3 597

2022-23 certifications that moved out of pilot status

The following exams, which were introduced in 2022-23 or earlier, are out of pilot status, and students can now earn a certification after passing the exam or if they met the exam cut score.

Exam Name Exam no. Pilot status for 23-24
Agricultural Machinery Technology 114 Certificate Available
Criminal Justice Findamentals 571 Certificate Available
Unmanned Aerial Systems 1 670 Certificate Available

2022-23 exams that remain in pilot status

The following exams, which were previously introduced, remain in pilot status until sufficient data is available to determine a cut score. Students can’t earn a certificate until an exam is out of pilot.

Exam Name Exam no. Pilot status for 23-24
3D Animation 2 8192 PILOT
Algorithms and Data Sturctures 845 PILOT
Behavioral Health, Introduction 304 PILOT
Cloud Computing 1 891 PILOT
Cloud Computing 2 892 PILOT
Database Development 860 PILOT
Floriculture, Advanced 135 PILOT
Guide Dog Training 129 PILOT
Individual and Family Reationships 306 PILOT
Investing and Wealth Management 237 PILOT
Linux Fundamentals 890 PILOT
Material Science 625 PILOT
Medical Anatomy, Advanced 703 PILOT
Mobile Development Fundamentals 850 PILOT
Non-Destructive Testing 598 PILOT
Personal and Family Finance 307 PILOT
Web Development, Advanced 895 PILOT


New partner exams

In addition to the new and updated industry certificates for the 2023-24 academic year, one new partner exam was updated.

Certified Protection Officer (LAPSEN)

Exams that have a new name

These exams use the previous standards but have been renamed to better reflect industry trends.

Reviewed Exam Name Exam no. Name Change
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 1 110 Was Agricultural Systems Technology 1
Agricultural Mechanics and Technology 2 113 Was Agricultural Systems Technology 2
Graphic Print Design 1 562 Was Production Graphics 1
Graphic Print Design 2 564 Was Production Graphics 2
Graphic Print Design 3 567 Was Digital Print Design (568)

How are certifications updated or created?

YouScience creates new exams when industry needs to validate new skills. We review exams anytime industry requirements, products or processes, or standards change and when exam performance data indicates an exam needs updating.

The intensive multistep process starts with a review committee, consisting of YouScience exam experts, education and industry SMEs, and state or association specialists, that meets to:

  • Review or modify existing exam standards.
  • Build or modify an exam blueprint to define the scope of the exam. The blueprint ensures the exam and questions align to each standard. It also acts as a guide to focus the committee on a quality product.
  • Review psychometric data for the exam and each item (question) to ensure proper performance.
  • Review, modify, or add exam content as needed for each item in the exam.
  • Based on the review and SME input, exams or individual questions on the exam are enhanced, meaning information is improved to deliver better results, deleted, or rewritten, or a new question added.
  • YouScience exam experts create a draft of the updated exam.
  • The committee reviews the draft at least three times to ensure it matches the blueprint before the updated or new exam is released.


What’s the benefit of YouScience Industry Certifications?

Certifications give students tangible proof of the skills and knowledge learned in career and technical education (CTE) courses. They get proof they can use to enter the workforce or skip entry-level college courses. And proof of the skills needed by industry.

Educators access validated industry standards, exams, and data. They get ready-made tools to help with preparing students for life after school. They also access tools to support their programs and meet federal and state requirements.

Pre- and post-tests (where available) let them measure student growth, drive program improvements, adapt to local pathway needs, build stackable credentials, and easily meet and report on funding requirements. Data also lets educators increase diversity in certification programs to maximize funding.

Standards give employers and educators a common language about industry needs, which strengthens education-to-career connections.


Can colleges use YouScience Industry Certifications?

Yes. YouScience Industry Certifications were developed to be used in the secondary education sector as well as colleges and universities. Read this recent case study on how YouScience is making an impact in higher education.

To learn more about YouScience Industry Certifications, visit youscience.com/certifications