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Why NOCTI Test Prep with iCEV Creates the Best Path to Student Success

September 5th, 2023 | 5 min. read

McKenna Garrison

McKenna Garrison

McKenna Garrison joined the iCEV marketing team in 2022 as the Content Marketing Specialist. Originally from a small town on the Gulf of Mexico, Garrison attended Texas Tech University from which she graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations & Strategic Community and an M.A. in Mass Communication & Media Studies. Garrison looks forward to bringing more of a storytelling element to iCEV social media pages. She also hopes to connect other CTE educators from around the country to the incredible curricula and resources iCEV has to offer.

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Finding the right test prep material for your students' industry certification exams is challenging, especially with many certifications not having a test prep at all. Not only do you want them to be successful on the exam, but you also want them to truly comprehend and retain what they’ve learned to carry that information into the workforce. However, not all certification test prep meets your needs. 

As a curriculum provider that aligns with over 45 industry certifications and counting, teachers like you often ask how they can implement iCEV to prepare learners for NOCTI certification exams.

Throughout this article, you’ll learn more about:

  • NOCTI Certifications & Test Prep
  • How iCEV Prepares Learners for NOCTI Exams
  • Utilizing NOCTI and iCEV for Student Success

By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of how you can pair iCEV’s comprehensive test prep curriculum with NOCTI resources to help your students find success.


About NOCTI Certifications & Test Prep

The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) is a leading provider of industry certifications, credentials and resources for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Through credentialing, NOCTI aims to build competent workforces by giving students confidence and credibility in their skills.

Currently, NOCTI offers over 390 certifications covering all 16 career clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Employability Skills
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

In addition to their credentials, NOCTI provides supplemental prep material to help educators prepare their students for the certification exam. 


In NOCTI’s Teacher Resource Center, you’ll find several resources for teachers to implement, including:

  • Study Guides
  • Pre-Tests
  • Instructor Prep Packs
  • Webinars & Workshops

Study Guides can be used individually or in small groups and contains one Teacher Companion Guide, 10 Student Study Guides, and 10 user codes for accessing online sample content. These study guides provide an overview of the credential content, a breakdown of the skills-based component, study checklists and sample questions.

The Pre-Tests are exams that determine a student’s baseline technical knowledge at the beginning of the course. You can use these to identify strengths and areas needing improvement, make curriculum adjustments, reduce test anxiety and craft more individualized instruction.

Additionally, Instructor Prep Packs prepare teachers for their role in the credentialing process. This resource includes a list of materials and supplies needed for skill-based administration, information on setting up the shop or lab for administration, and guidelines for administering the knowledge-based and skill-based components.

If you’re looking for more resources to level up your credentialing professional development, consider attending NOCTI webinars and workshops. These events address common challenges and answer questions related to teaching CTE programs and credentialing.

All resources are available to assist in preparing to earn a credential when purchasing a certification exam voucher. However, resources are only available to order by the school’s coordinator in the Client Services Center.


Why Do I Need Additional Resources for NOCTI Certification Exams?

While NOCTI does provide resources to help educators prepare their students for success on the certification exam, NOCTI does not provide any preparation curriculum for their certifications.

NOCTI’s resources are best used to understand what to expect for the certification exams. However, when it comes to mastery of the topics the students will be tested on, you will need to implement an additional resource. 

However, when choosing an additional resource, a comprehensive curriculum should be considered rather than supplemental certification exam prep content. A comprehensive certification preparation curriculum not only helps your students find success on their exams but also provides them with a deep understanding of the material and knowledge needed to find continued success in their academics or careers.

With that in mind, we find that students are most successful on the certification exams when they pair NOCTI supplemental resources with iCEV’s comprehensive certification preparation curriculum. Combining these two resources not only allows your students to understand what is expected of them but also allows them to meet those expectations.


How iCEV Prepares Learners for NOCTI Certifications

iCEV, a CTE curriculum provider, partners with NOCTI to provide a comprehensive preparation curriculum for a variety of NOCTI’s industry certifications.

iCEV currently offers prep content aligned to NOCTI certifications in 5 subject areas:

  • Architecture, Construction & Manufacturing
  • Business, Marketing, Finance, IT & Media
  • Family & Consumer Sciences subject areas aligned to NOCTI certifications
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Transportation: Automotive, Diesel & Small Engines

Within each certification preparation curriculum are various types of resources designed to meet every learner where they are in their learning experience. Resources in the prep content include lessons with multimedia presentations, interactive coursework, and teacher guides including an alignment guide, special populations strategies, and a social-emotional learning toolkit. 

With multimedia presentations, your students can prepare for the certification exam with engaging video and PowerPoint presentation lessons. Each lesson is developed through collaboration with industry experts to address industry standards within each certification.

You and your students will also have access to certification preparation playlists, a curated list of lessons that were selected to best prepare your students for their certification exams. 

Additionally, the interactive activities, projects, and assessments are based on real-world scenarios and reinforce comprehension of the industry standards assessed with each certification exam.

Prepare Your Students for Success with NOCTI and iCEV

Knowing how to best prepare your students for success on industry certification exams can be challenging. However, by pairing NOCTI instructor resources with iCEV’s comprehensive curriculum, you can rest assured that your students are prepared for success. 

Not only will your students have a solid understanding of what is expected of them on the certification exam but they will also have the resources available to fill any gaps in knowledge or skill they may need to ace the exam.

To help you use iCEV to prepare learners for certification success, we compiled all of our certification resources in one place. Explore all of the industry certifications our curriculum aligns with by clicking below:

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