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The Development of Pennsylvania Programs of Study (POS)

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 required the development and implementation of career and technical programs of study (POS). Programs of Study incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements; and, include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education. This includes the opportunity for secondary education students to earn postsecondary education credits through articulation agreements with participating postsecondary institutions, which could lead to an industry recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level or an associate or baccalaureate degree. To review the POS template, and the components and definitions of POS, please go to the following phrase: POS Template and Components and Definitions of POS (PDF) 

The development of statewide POS satisfies the requirements of the 2006-2013 Perkins IV Act related to the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes that align to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry High Priority Occupations list. Currently, 42 POS have been developed by the Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) and are available for access below. Each local recipient of funds under the Perkins IV Act will be required to offer the relevant courses of all POS.

For each POS, a committee was established which included statewide representation from business and industry, instructors and administrators from secondary and postsecondary education, and other interested parties. A blended competency list was developed from submissions of competency lists from career and technical education programs across the state. Then national competencies were included from sources such as Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (VTECS), Multistate Academic Vocational Curriculum Consortium (MAVCC) and Occupational Information Network(O*NET). The POS committee validated and aligned these materials to an end of program assessment.

The POS were aligned to high priority occupations, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. As POS were being developed, it became necessary to organize them into groups, called phases. Five phases were defined, each containing a specific number of POS. The initial organizational framework of each POS task list was labeled as version A, and encompassed a three year graduation period for secondary school students. Version B will continue to represent a three year graduation period for secondary school students.

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To review the manner in which Pennsylvania meets the 10 federal components for developing POS, please go to the following phrase:  Resources Used for Developing POS (PDF)

Instructions on the POS Framework
  1. Introduction. Each POS is represented by an introduction. These documents specify the nature of the POS, the skills necessary to perform the accompanying occupations, the level of training and education required to attain various occupational levels, and the variety of occupations which are associated with the POS.

  2. CIP Code. This number is used by schools and postsecondary institutions to categorize the POS, which will outline the scope and sequence of educational offerings for the student.

  3. Task list. The task list is a secondary school assessment instrument used to measure the technical competency of a student in a specific program of study. Task lists are arranged for each program of study, according to the student's year of graduation from a secondary school. Task lists are found on the POS webpage. On this page, Version A pertains to various task lists which refer to the stated years of graduation. Version B pertains to revised task lists which refer to different years of graduation. Students should refer to the task list version which correlates to their year of high school graduation. Questions or inquiries regarding all task list revisions should be directed to the Coordinator - Programs of Study, via email at dehart@pa.gov or at 717-346-9735.

  4. Crosswalks to Academics. These documents contain important information that demonstrates proper linkages between task lists and Pennsylvania Core Standards. By examining each crosswalk, it is possible to observe individual tasks and the corresponding Academic Standard in reading, writing, and mathematics. The National Common Career Technical Core Standards are also linked to many of the tasks on each task list.

  5. Instructor's Guide:  Linking PA Core Standards to Career and Technical Education Programs of Study.

  6. Secondary schools are accountable for the fulfillment of academic standards. The academic standards are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Standards Aligned System (SAS) website at www.pdesas.org.

  7. Secondary School Partners. These documents exhibit the secondary schools which have approved POS. Additional information listed includes the school's address, the year of POS approval or deletion, and the CIP code.
PA Programs of Study


Phase I
Title/Introduction,
CIP and Additional Information
Version A
Graduation Years
2010, 2011, 2012
Version B
Graduation Years
2013, 2014, 2015
Task Lists Task Lists Crosswalk
to Academics
Accounting Technology/Technician & Bookkeeping (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 52.0302
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Agricultural Mechanization, General (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 01.0201
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Carpentry/Carpenter (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 46.0201
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners

Child Care & Support Services Management (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP:19.0708
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners

Dental Assisting/Assistant (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP:51.0601
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners

Health/Medical Assisting Services, Other (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP:51.0899
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners

Welding Technology/Welder (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP:48.0508
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners



Phase II
Title/Introduction,
CIP and Additional Information
Version A
Graduation Years
2010, 2011, 2012
Version B
Graduation Years
2013, 2014, 2015
Task Lists Task Lists Crosswalk
to Academics
Administrative Assistant & Secretarial Science, General (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 52.0401
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Autobody/Collision & Repair Technology/Technician (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 47.0603
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 47.0604
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Commercial & Advertising Art (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 50.0402
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 11.0901
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Drafting & Design Technology/Technician, General (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 15.1301
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers, Other (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 46.0399
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering Technology/ Technician (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 15.0303
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
General Office Occupations & Clerical Services (PDF) PDF Phased Out in 2014
CIP: 52.0408
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Graphic Communications, Other (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 10.0399
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences, Other (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 51.9999
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 47.0201
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 48.0501
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Medical/Clinical Assistant (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 51.0801
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Sales, Distribution & Marketing Operations, General (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 52.1801
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners


Phase III
Title/Introduction,
CIP and Additional Information
Version A
Graduation Years
2011, 2012, 2013
Version B
Graduation Years
2014, 2015, 2016
Task Lists Task Lists Crosswalk
to Academics
Biotechnology (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 26.1201
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Building/Property Maintenance & Manager (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 46.0401
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Cabinetmaking & Millwork (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 48.0703
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 15.1202
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Construction Trades, Other (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 46.9999
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 15.0403
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting & Related Protective Services, Other (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 43.9999
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Institutional Food Worker (PDF) PDF Excel PDF
CIP: 12.0508
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain Management (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 52.0203
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Mason/Masonry (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 46.0101
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Medium/Heavy Vehicle & Truck Technology/Technician (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 47.0613
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Plumbing Technology/Plumber (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 46.0503
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Vehicle Maintenance Technology, Other (PDF) Excel Excel PDF
CIP: 47.0699
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners

Phase IV
Title/Introduction,
CIP and Additional Information
Version A
Graduation Years
2012, 2013, 2014
Version B
Graduation Years
2015, 2016, 2017
Task Lists Task Lists Crosswalk
to Academics
Communication Technology/Technicians & Support Services (PDF) Excel Excel
CIP: 10.9999
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Engineering Technologies/Technicians (PDF) Excel Excel
CIP: 15.9999
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Management Information Systems (PDF) Excel Excel
CIP: 52.1201
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners

Phase V
Title/Introduction,
CIP and Additional Information
Version A
Graduation Years
2013, 2014, 2015
Version B
Graduation Years
2016, 2017, 2018
Task Lists Task Lists Crosswalk
to Academics
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Operations, General (PDF) Excel
CIP: 01.0601
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef (PDF) Excel
CIP: 12.0501
Additional Info:
Secondary School Partners
Criminal Justice/Police Science (PDF) Excel
CIP: 43.0107
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design (PDF) Excel
CIP: 11.0801
Additional Info: Secondary School Partners