Career Development & Occupational Studies (CDOS) Credential

About the CDOS Credential

The CDOS Credential recognizes students’ preparation and skills for post-school employment. All students with an IEP who do not qualify for New York State Alternate Assessment are eligible, including those earning a Regents/Local diploma. There are two options for earning a CDOS Credential:


Student must have developed a Career Plan aligned with the CDOS standards, including:

  • Student’s self-identified career interests
  • Career-related strengths and needs
  • Career goals
  • 216 hours of CTE coursework, 54 hours of which must be in work-based learning experiences

Student has met the requirements of the following nationally-recognized work readiness credentials:

  • National Work Readiness Credential
  • SkillsUSA Workforce Ready Employability Assessment
  • National Career Readiness Certificate WorkKeys (ACT)
  • Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems Workforce Skills Certification System