One-Year Option

Students Educators Process/Development Archive Secondary One-Year Option Contacts

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What is the One-Year Option?

The One-Year Option was established by House Bill 59 and allows graduate from Ohio Technical Center 900 or greater hour programs to earn a block of technical credit toward an Associates of Technical Studies. The goal of this initiative is to create a statewide agreement for awarding technical credit in addition to current statewide agreements such as Career Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs).


How is the One-Year Option different than Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs)?

There are several differences between the One-Year Option and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs). 

Degree Type Awards students a block of credit toward an ATS degree Awards students credit that can be applied to a variety of associate’s degrees (AAS, AAB, AIS, ATS)
Credit Application Awards a block of technical credit that applies to a general degree (ATS) and does not align to specific courses Awards a block of credit that may be applied to a specific degree type and  specific course requirements
Career Goal Awards students a general degree (ATS) that may be viewed as fitting those careers and job positions when the employer is neutral as to the degree earned Award course credit to more specific degrees that may be viewed as the standard within an industry and/or are required to take a licensure or registry exam
Program Completion Awards students in a 900+ clock hour program with an approved industry credential, 30 technical credit hours towards an ATS degree Awards students between 3 and 30 credits with the average number of credit hours being 14 credit hours.


What requirements do I need to meet in order to be eligible for the One-Year Option?

To be eligible for the One-Year Option, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a 900 or greater hour program at an Ohio Technical Center
  2. Hold an industry-recognized credential(s) approved by the Chancellor
  3. Meet the credentialing pathway requirements as determined by the applicable credit affirmation team

What credentials are required for a specific pathway?

The list of currently approved pathways and credentialing requirements can be found at the below excel link.

Who can I talk to at Ohio public colleges and universities about using my One-Year Option credit? 

The current list of points-of-contact can be found in the directory linked below: