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Career Development Incentive Program

Colorado Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit

Resources are available to support school and district leaders as they increase student and family access to, awareness of, and engagement in high-demand and low-supply industry credentials and opportunities that students have to prepare for earning them while in high school.

Learn more about the Career Development & Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit

The PWR of the Communications Toolkit webinar was held on May 5, 2022. View the recording here!

  • Description: The new Career Development and Industry Credentials Communications Toolkit, part of the Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP), contains a plethora of information on engaging students and families in career development and industry credentials, Colorado's Top 10 Industry Credentials, and integrating industry credentials in your district. Join members of the Office of Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness and partners to learn how this new toolkit can be utilized to benefit students in your district!



The PWR of Career Development Incentive Program

The Career Development Incentive Program, or Career Development Success Program Expansion in House Bill 18-1266, provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students, grades 9-12, to complete:

Tier 1: qualified industry credential programs; 
Tier 2: Workplace training programs; or
Tier 3: Computer Science Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Participating districts or charter schools could receive up to $1,000 for each completed credential, distributed in tiered order. 


2020-2021 Program Participation

  • 49 school districts and six charter schools reported students who completed qualified industry credential programs. A total of 63% of these local education providers were categorized as rural or small rural.

  • A total of 6,709 qualifying credentials/courses were reported. Only 4,685 were funded due to available appropriations.

  • As required by state law, Colorado Revised Statute 22-54-138, participating districts or charter schools cannot receive a distribution of more than 10%  of the total number of completed industry certificates reported by districts and charter schools. Therefore, three district received funding for only 483 certificates, rather than the amount reported, thus reducing the number of credentials funded.

Quick Links!

CDIP Grant Program

Apply for Funding

2022-23 CDIP List of Approved Programs 

Check out the list!

2021-22 CDIP List of Approved Programs

Check out the list!

Need a new certification on the list?

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Certification Inclusion


Year Number of Requests Amount Funded Dollar Amount
2016-17 3106 1807 $1million
2017-18 5777 3688 $2million
2018-19 6764 5133 $4.8million
2019-20 9110 6441 $4,279,837
2020-21 6709 6147 $6,033,028
TOTAL 31,466 23,216 $18,112,865

*The Colorado Department of Education received an additional  $1.5 million dollars for the 2020-2021 year. 

Credential Breakdown 2020-2021

Qualified Programs # Reported by Districts # Funded $ Amount Funded
Industry-Recognized Certificates 4831 4685 $4,685,000
Internships 700 700 $700,000
Residency Programs 0 0 $0
Construction Industry Pre-Apprenticeships 172 172 $172,000
Construction Industry Apprenticeships * * $1000
Advanced Placement Computer Science Courses 1005 589 passing tests $475,028
Total 6709 6147 $6,033,028

*The Colorado Department of Education received an additional  $1.5 million dollars for the 2020-2021 year. 

Reported Demographics:

  American Indian/ Alaska Native  Asian  Black or African American Hispanic or Latino  White  Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander Two or More Races
Industry Certificates 133 182 82 840 2965 412 217
Internships 21 22 * 175 406 43 21
Pre-Apprenticeships * * * 44 113 0 10
Apprenticeships 0 0 0 0 * 0 0
AP Computer Science Courses * 196 18 85 653 * 49

*Personally-identifiable numbers were removed to protect student privacy



  • 2021-2022 Career Development Incentive Program List of Approved Programs (Updated Dec 2020)
    • NOTE: We've encountered expired certifications in the 2021-22 List. If you are preparing your students for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or Swift Application Development certifications, please see the 2021-2022 CDIP Substitutions list for approved substitutions for this year. Contact Janae Hunderman with questions!
  • The 2021 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report - The Colorado Workforce Development Council is pleased to present the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report in partnership with the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with support from the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, the State Demography Office at the Department of Local Affairs, and others.
  • 2020-2021 Fact Sheet

Other Resources



Marina Kokotovic - General
Janae Hunderman - Questions about certifications and list of approved programs