Credentialed training refers to training that results in an industry-recognized credential, as defined by the US Department of Labor. This definition has grey areas but is meant to ensure that publicly-funded training results in a valuable credential. Generally, on-the-job training provided by an employer does not result in a credential; for that reason, these figures only show classroom training from a certified training provider. See also On-the-Job Training.
About a quarter of Dislocated Worker participants complete credentialed, classroom training, a rate that varies from a low of 20 percent among Asian or Pacific Islander participants to a high of nearly 30 percent among white and American Indian participants (Figure 49). Those who were financially struggling prior to participation have a slightly higher rate of credentialed training completion than those who were financially secure (Figure 50).
Differences by race and class among Adult program participants are much starker. Rates of credentialed training completion range from a high of 42 percent among white participants to 14 percent among Asian or Pacific Islander participants (Figure 51). Participants who were financially struggling prior to participation have higher rates of credentialed training completion (at 36 percent) compared to those who were financially secure (less than a quarter) (Figure 52).
Among program participants, those who engage in credentialed training are a select group: counselors report that good candidates for training are highly motivated, diligent, and are able to afford the time out of the labor market.