Career Competency Qualifications (CCQs)

Career Competency Qualifications (CCQs) are field-based performance tests that assess students’ ability to complete tasks related to their career pathways. CCQs complement cPass® computer-based assessments by going beyond the scope of knowledge typically measured in those assessments to evaluate hands-on experiences.

By completing CCQs, students can demonstrate that they possess requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to enter the workforce or pursue further training or postsecondary education related to a specific pathway.

Related: Learn how CCQs are developed

The Career Pathways Collaborative currently offers several CCQs to correspond with the computer-based assessments for three of its pathways: Comprehensive Agriculture, Animal Systems, and the General Assessment. One CCQ is available for each subject area within each pathway.

Click on a CCQ title below to learn more about it.

Comprehensive Agriculture CCQs

Animal Vaccination

This assessment is designed for students interested in a veterinary, ranching, or other related career. Read more…

In this assessment, students complete a vaccination procedure on an animal simulator by reading and interpreting labels, selecting equipment, determining dosage, selecting a site, demonstrating safety procedures, and administering a vaccination.

By successfully completing the Animal Vaccination CCQ, students indicate that they are able to:

  • read and interpret product labels
  • understand withdrawal dates
  • understand tools and methods for administering medication
  • calculate amount of medicine needed
  • determine product dosage
  • prepare dosage correctly
  • administer dosage appropriately in the proper location
  • utilize a scenario to make herd health decisions
  • understand vocabulary related to animal health

Plant Propagation

This assessment is designed for students studying plant science and horticulture. Read more…

The Plant Propagation CCQ tasks students with demonstrating their knowledge of sexual and asexual plant propagation. Students identify plants as either herbaceous or woody and create and plant three stem cuttings.

By successfully completing the Plant Propagation CCQ, students indicate that they can identify or demonstrate:

  • differences between herbaceous and woody plants
  • plant parts essential for herbaceous stem cuttings
  • plant propagation methods specific to plant identification
  • safe and proper use of materials and tools
  • proper labeling techniques
  • proper techniques of selecting, making, and preparing a cutting
  • proper procedures for sticking or planting
  • proper preparation of the media for sticking
  • proper labeling of each cutting

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)

This assessment is designed for students interested in a career in the welding industry. Read more…

Taking this CCQ can help students determine whether they are prepared to pursue certification from the American Welding Society. In this CCQ, students use gas metal arc welding techniques to create a quality product aligned to a provided welding blueprint.

Students who successfully complete the GMAW assessment indicate that they can:

  • operate welding equipment safely
  • read and interpret blueprints with welding symbols
  • follow proper GMAW processes
  • set up joints and properly finish welds
  • perform the following GMAW welds:
    • square butt weld, flat position
    • multi-pass fillet weld on a tee joint, flat position
    • lap weld, flat position
  • measure, appropriately position, and tack weld joints

Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)

This assessment is designed for students interested in a career in the welding industry. Read more…

Taking this CCQ can help students determine whether they are prepared to pursue certification from the American Welding Society. In this CCQ, students use shielded metal arc welding techniques to create a quality product aligned to a provided welding blueprint.

Students who successfully complete the SMAW assessment indicate that they can:

  • operate welding equipment safely
  • read and interpret blueprints with welding symbols
  • follow proper SMAW processes
  • set up joints and properly finish welds
  • perform the following SMAW welds:
    • square butt weld, flat position
    • multi-pass fillet weld on a tee joint, flat position
    • lap weld, flat position
  • measure, appropriately position, and tack weld joints

General Assessment CCQs

Employability

This assessment is designed for students who plan to forego postsecondary education or training to immediately pursue employment opportunities. Read more…

Taking this CCQ can help students determine whether they are prepared to pursue post-secondary employment. Students taking CCQs in other pathways may benefit from also taking this CCQ.

In the Employability CCQ, students use appropriate job search resources to choose one job for which to apply, create a nonfictitious résumé, and draft a cover letter for the job. Students then participate in a ten- to fifteen-minute mock job interview. The interviewer follows a list of questions designed to assess students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to align content from a résumé to the interview, and knowledge of professionalism in the workplace.

Students’ successful completion of this CCQ indicates that they understand:

  • appropriate job search resources and employability options
  • attractive qualities in an employee
  • why functional skills and competencies should fit the job description
  • how to think critically and solve problems
  • how to communicate effectively, both verbally and nonverbally

Additionally, this CCQ assesses whether a student can:

  • effectively use electronic resources for job exploration
  • reflect on knowledge, skills, and experience and apply them to a job description
  • create and revise professional goals
  • create an organized résumé and cover letter
  • respond to interview questions by identifying and summarizing issues
  • use proper grammar and enunciation

Presentation

This assessment is designed for students who intend to enter positions that might require them to professionally present information to an audience. Students taking CCQs in other pathways may benefit from also taking this CCQ. Read more…

In the Presentation CCQ, students write a research outline on a topic related to their interests and use that outline to prepare a presentation with references. Student then deliver their presentation to one or more evaluators and answer questions during a question-and-answer period.

Successful completion of this assessment requires students to:

  • understand how to approach an important, current topic
  • understand how to evaluate multiple sides of topic
  • create an organized research outline and presentation
  • assemble a list of relevant, current references
  • use appropriate supporting materials to engage an audience
  • demonstrate effective written communication
  • demonstrate effective oral communication
  • demonstrate effective and appropriate nonverbal communication

Research Decision

This assessment is designed for students who are interested in positions that might require them to conduct research to inform decision-making. Students taking CCQs in other pathways may benefit from also taking this CCQ. Read more…

In the Research Decision CCQ, students conduct research on a product of their choosing. Students select and present on three examples of their chosen product, weighing each example’s strengths and weaknesses based on relevant and important characteristics. They then make a decision about the best product to purchase and give a five-minute presentation about what they decided to research, why they wanted to research it, how their research went, and what their final decision was.

Successful completion of this assessment requires students to:

  • understand different research approaches, and conduct research using appropriate research methods
  • gather technical information and data using a variety of resources
  • know how to use data analysis tools (e.g., spreadsheet software, database software)
  • know how to collect data (e.g., searching literature, interviewing others, using questionnaires)
  • collect and analyze data
  • generate reports showing analysis of interrelated data elements
  • present findings in an organized manner
  • know how to organize findings in a presentation (e.g., using presentation software, creating a poster presentation, using an online or cloud-based presentation system)
  • align the information gathered to the needs of the audience

Animal Systems CCQs

Animal Health & Clinical Practices

This assessment is designed for students interested in a veterinary career. Read more…

The Animal Health & Clinical Practices CCQ requires students to identify common parasites and veterinary equipment, as well as identify common symptoms of infection by various parasites and diagnose possible parasitic infections based on a scenario. Students also must demonstrate proper animal restraint and handling and proper use of a microscope.

Students’ successful completion of this CCQ demonstrates their ability to:

  • identify parasites
  • identify equipment necessary for the care and treatment of small animals
  • properly handle and restrain animals
  • properly set up and use of microscopes and slides
  • safely work with animals
  • use proper animal health and behavior terminology
  • identify symptoms or effects of common parasites in small animals

Expected Progeny Differences

This assessment is designed for students interested in a career in ranching or a related area. Read more…

In this assessment, students use a Punnett square to calculate the probability of traits being inherited by offspring in two real-world scenarios. Students also answer questions about the possible traits a certain parent may pass to its offspring and use data to make management and genetic decisions in a specified scenario.

Successful completion of the EPD assessment requires students to:

  • interpret EPD data
  • use a scenario to make herd management decisions in selecting an appropriate sire
  • construct a Punnett square to calculate the probability of inherited traits
  • use proper labeling techniques
  • understand vocabulary common to EPDs
  • understand production systems
  • understand the relationships between and meaning of specific EPDs to the breed average
  • use EPDs to meet production goals
  • understand genetic terminology associated with inherited traits

Meat Fabrication

This assessment is designed for students interested in a career in the meat processing and fabrication industry. Read more…

The Meat Fabrication CCQ requires students to indicate the origin of a retail cut in relationship to its primal cut for beef and pork and then fabricate a whole chicken into retail cuts.

Students successfully completing this assessment indicate that they can identify or understand:

  • retail and primal cuts
  • safe fabrication processes for retail cuts
  • safe use of tools
  • the skeletal system of common meat animals
  • the muscle groups of common meat animals
  • current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for meat processing
  • current Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) for meat processing