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High School Early College Programs

Career & Technical Competency Program For Counselors

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs prepare students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers by earning college credit through CTE Technical Competency Credit (TCC). These credits are designed to feed into the Technical Programs at one of the six Technical Colleges in the state of Idaho. Transferability is at the discretion of other institutions depending on the requirements of specific programs.

Students participate at the high school in CTE courses that have been aligned with Industry standards and postsecondary curriculum. Students who complete SkillStack® Badge competencies, pass the high school Technical Skills Assessment (TSA), and pass the postsecondary exam (when applicable) are eligible to purchase the Technical Competency Credit for $10 per credit at the time they enroll at the Idaho Institution offering the credits after high school graduation.

Steps to Purchasing Credit

Once the student has completed the requirements to obtain the college credit, they will receive notification from the postsecondary institutions identifying how to go about purchasing the credits.

  1. Students will need to complete the Credit Request Form at the time they enroll at the Postsecondary Institution offering the Technical Competency Credit.
  2. Students will pay the $10 per credit to make the high school credit official college credit.
  3. Students have 2 years from the completion of the course or from the successful passing of the postsecondary exam (when applicable) to purchase the credit.

Paying for Credits

Technical Competency credits are out of pocket expenses and are separate from the Idaho Advanced Opportunity program.

Paying for CTE Exams

Students can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay some Career Technical Education (CTE) exams. Please see the following link for specific exams covered.

Resource File – Advanced Opportunity Programs – Approved Exams and Costs

Student Application Portal registration instructions are as follows:

Registration is a two-part process:

Step 1: The student must create an account with the State Department of Education.

  • Go to Advanced Opportunities Portal
  • Select “Create an Account” 
  • Fill in all the information (if you don’t know your EDUID, leave it blank)
  • Choose “Enroll New Student” to submit
  • Verify the account, using the confirmation email sent to the student. (Sometimes these go to student spam folders. If they aren’t received instantly, there is a problem.) From here, your school will verify your account. Once this is done, you may sign up for funding. From here, your school will verify the student's account. Once this is done, the student may sign up for funding.


  • Go to Advanced Opportunities Portal and login
  • Choose “Student Landing” 
  • Apply for funding
    • Choose Exam or Course
    • Register the information for that course/exam (Most courses/exams are available in a drop-down menu. If you don’t see your course/exam, contact your counselor. He/she may need to enter the course for you.)
    • Submit your registration 
  • Counselor verifies your registration
  • Payment will be disbursed directly to the college or school district at the end of the semester. (Student accounts with providers may show a balance due until that time.)

Reasons Students May Not Be Able to obtain credit

  • Student did not complete all SkillStack® competencies.
  • Student did not pass the Technical Skills Assessment (TSA).
  • Student did not pass the postsecondary exam.
  • Student attempted to purchase credits after the 2-year expiration date.
  • Student applied to a college where the Technical Competency Credit did not apply to a program of study.

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