The Alabama Committee On Credentialing and Career Pathways

The ACCCP is established as a committee of the Alabama Workforce Council to annually identify regional and statewide in-demand occupations, career pathways, and credentials of value. The ACCCP is tasked with analyzing primary and secondary labor market data and data from the Alabama Terminal on Linking and Analyzing Statistics (ATLAS) on Career Pathways to determine, annually, among the sixteen (16) career clusters and seventy-nine (79) associated career pathways, which occupations and career pathways are in-demand at the regional and state level.

The system outcomes of the ACCCP work will create financially sustainable aligned career pathway systems for youth and adults, increased number of skilled workers with credentials of value to the labor market and great cost efficiencies by reducing duplication of services.

Two-Pronged Mission of the ACCCP

Career Pathways

Identify the in-demand career pathways, both statewide and in each of Alabama’s seven workforce regions.

  • Develop competency models for each of the in-demand occupations
  • Develop career lattices and pathways out of sequences of the in-demand and associated occupations


Identify the necessary credentials linked to each high-demand occupation in Alabama, in an effort to inform the development of relevant education and training programs.

ACCCP Structure

The Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways is co-chaired by Alabama State Superintendent of Education and the Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, and the ACCCP is composed of ex officio members, appointees, or their designees. In October 2019, Governor Kay Ivey appointed the seven regional members from the Alabama Workforce Council (AWC) ACCCP Committee.


  • Governor
  • Chair of Alabama Workforce Council
  • Chair of Alabama State Workforce Development Board
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Deputy Secretary of Alabama Commission on Higher Education
  • President of Alabama Council of College and University Faculty Presidents
  • Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • One gubernatorial appointment for each of the seven workforce regions

ACCCP Leadership

  • Alabama Workforce Council
    • ACCCP Committee (Cleve Poole, Chair)
  • Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs) consisting of representatives from ACCS, ALSDE, Department of Commerce, ACHE, ADOL, and others

Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) & Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

The ACCCP also includes 16 Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) that are each composed of seven gubernatorially-appointed members who are members of business and industry.

Each of the TACs are led by an officer. There are 64 subject-matter experts (SMEs) who are employed by state education and workforce agencies. The SMEs help TAC members translate their ideas into action by navigating the education and workforce systems.

In-Demand Occupations

How are in-demand occupations determined? Through analysis of Labor Market Information and utilizing a five-star rating system the ACCCP evaluates each occupation within each of the 79 career pathways. The five-star rubric evaluates each occupation with one star being awarded for satisfying each characteristic below. Criteria I-III and either IV or V must be satisfied to be considered an in-demand occupation.


At Least 70% of median regional wage


Shows annual positive growth for the next ten years


Projected to have a minimum of 15 openings a year


Median wage exceeds 70% of the Lower Living Standard Income Level


Requires a post-secondary degree, certificate, or credential for initial employment

Career Pathway Development & Competency Models

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Read more about how the ACCCP fits into Governor Ivey’s Success Plus Plan


ACCCP Comprehensive Overview

How the ACCCP identifies in-demand occupations and relevant credentials, influencing education and workforce development to match labor market needs.

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Credential Registry Overview

How Alabama’s Credential Registry promotes credential transparency, supports ACCCP work, serves all education & training providers, and contributes to the national database.

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ACCCP Orientation Video

View the ACCCP Orientation video, an in-depth introduction to understanding Alabama’s workforce development initiatives.