General Admissions Requirements for Career Certificates

Section 1004.91, Florida Statutes (F.S.), Career-Preparatory Instruction and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.040 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) requires students who enroll in a career certificate or applied technology diploma program offered for career credit of 450 clock hours or more to complete an entry-level examination within the first six weeks after admission into the program. 

The purpose of assessment is to determine whether or not the student has the basic skills necessary to be successful in the chosen CTE program. Assessment instruments meeting this requirement are annually adopted in Rule 6A-10.040, F.A.C. and include: 

  • Any common placement test where a minimum score has been achieved pursuant to Rule 6A-10.0315, F.A.C.; 
  • Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), GOALS 900 Series
  • Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) 11&12; and
  • 2014 GED® Tests: Reasoning through Language Arts and Mathematics Reasoning where a minimum score (145), as required in Rule 6A-.6.0201, F.A.C., has been achieved, on each test. 

Exceptions and Exemptions from the Basic Skills Examination

  •  Adult students with disabilities may be exempted from meeting the basic skills level required to earn a Career Certificate of Completion and be reported as a completer.
  • Students who are exempt from basic skills exit requirements 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 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 CTE program in which the student is enrolled; or 

4. Is enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with FDOE in accordance with Chapter 446. 

If a student has met or exceeded standard scores in one area of one test, another test may be used to meet the additional skill area requirements. It is acceptable to combine test scores from more than one test. 

A student who was previously tested and referred to developmental education at a Florida College System (FCS) institution college may be reported as meeting basic skills requirements once they successfully complete the required developmental education and will not need to be retested. 

A student who has taken the 2014 GED® and attained the minimum achievement scores on both the Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA) and Mathematic Reasoning, does not need to be tested. A student who takes the 2014 GED® and does not attain the minimum score on the initial test, but then subsequently attains the minimum score on each test after admission into the CTE program, may be counted as a full completer from the program once the student successfully demonstrates mastery of program content as determined locally. Earning the achievement scores on both the 2014 GED® RLA and Mathematical Reasoning subtests must occur before or within the reporting year that the student completes the CTE program. All requirements for full program completion would need to be earned by the end of the reporting year for the year in which there was enrollment. Once a reporting year has closed, there is no longer an opportunity to update records and indicate the student was a full program completer. School districts and FCS institutions may still update local system records, it just would not be transmitted to the state and the student would not be included in Perkins calculations as a full program completer. 

If a student successfully completes his or her coursework, does not meet the basic skills requirements for completion from the program utilizing an approved assessment instrument, takes and passes a related licensure exam identified by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Career and Adult Education (DCAE), and posted on the website at, the student shall be counted as a completer and does not have to be retested on one of the basic skills examinations. This provision includes career dual enrollment students.

  1. Career Certificate students (previously named PSAV) must follow Seminole State general admission procedures.
    • Career certificate programs include:
      • Correctional Officer
      • Crossover Criminal Justice Academies
      • Electrician Helper
      • Fire Academy/EMT Combined
      • Firefighting
      • Fire Sprinkler Apprenticeship
      • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
      • Law Enforcement Officer
      • Plumbing
      • Welding Technologies
  2. All career and college credit certificate programs require that students have a high school diploma or GED® with the exception of:
    • Building Trades Technology
    • Electrician Helper
    • Fire Sprinkler Apprenticeship
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
    • Plumbing
    • Welding Technologies
  3. These programs require the Criminal Justice Basic Abilities Test (CJBAT), not the TABE:
    • Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections
    • Correctional Officer
    • Crossover Criminal Justice Academies
    • Law Enforcement Officer
  4. Students are informed of registration procedures by the Admissions Office prior to registration. Students must provide the Admissions Office:
    • A completed Seminole State College application for admission.
    • An official high school transcript(s) (in a sealed envelope) with their date of graduation or an official GED® transcript.
    • Documentation of English proficiency (only for students whose first language is not English).
    • Results of required placement tests.
    • Verification of minimum age requirement of 18 (driver's license or birth certificate).
    • A completed residency statement with all required documentation. Students who are not Florida residents for tuition purposes must pay non-resident tuition fees.
  5. All first-time-in-program students who designate themselves as career certificate-seeking in a program of 450 hours or more are required to satisfy the Basic Skills Exit Requirement.
    • The following students are exempt from the Basic Skills Exit Requirement:
      • Students who meet the following criteria based on Senate Bill 1720:
        • 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.
        • Serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services.
      • Students who have an A.A.S., A.S., A.A., bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree posted on their MySeminoleState transcript from a regionally accredited college/university.
      • Students who have ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or PERT scores posted on their transcript, which meet the minimum test scores in all three areas (reading, writing and math), placing them at college level in all three areas (scores may not be mixed; ie: SAT: Verbal and ACT: Math). Acceptable scores are:

        ACT (must have all scores):
        Reading ≥19
        English ≥ 17
        Math ≥ 19

    • Since March 1, 2016:
      SAT (must have all scores):
      Reading test ≥ 24
      Writing and Language test ≥ 25
      Math test ≥ 24

      Accuplacer Next Generation(must have all scores):

      QAS (Math) ≥ 261
      Reading ≥ 256
      Writing ≥ 253

      PERT (must have all scores):
      Reading ≥ 106
      Writing Skills ≥ 103
      Math ≥ 114

    • Students who have passed all parts of the CLAS requirement (posted on their transcript).
    • Students who passed an approved state, national or industry licensure exam (see an advisor for a list of approved licensure exams). Students must provide documentation, such as an official copy of their licensure credentials, official test scores or an official transcript. Apprenticeship students who have earned journeyman status in their area of study may be exempt.
  6. Students requesting an exemption from the Basic Skills Exit Requirement based on one of the above conditions must complete and submit an exemption request form through the Assessment & Testing Department.

  7. Students requesting a Basic Skills Exit Requirement exemption based on Senate Bill 1720 do not need to submit a Waiver Request form, but must have official high school transcripts on file with the Registrar's office to be recognized as an exempt student.