Q: What is BIC?
A: Business/Industry Certification (BIC) - All secondary Career and Technical
Education programs are required by the Alabama Administrative Code to
become Business/Industry Certified
.
  • Business/Industry Certification (BIC) is the review process where the Career Technical Education (CTE) director establishes quality to ensure that individual Career and Technical Education programs (Ex., Agriscience Education & Business/Marketing Education) meet a specific set of standards set by Alabama's business and industry.
    • "The purpose of BIC is to provide programs that are up to date by industry standards so that students will be equipped for post-secondary studies and for entry into the workforce" (Alabama Department of Education, 2005).
    • The BIC process is certified to the standards as developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and these standards are referred to as ISO 9001:2000 certification.
    • The ISO 9001:2000 certification is process-based and recognizes organizations that link business objectives with operating effectiveness.
    • NOTEWORTHY: The Alabama Department of Education is the only state-level educational agency in the nation to receive certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for its business/industry certification (BIC) process, used to certify CTE programs for industry compliance.
      • ISO indicates that Career and Technical Education demonstrates:
        1. Effective implementation of BIC documentation and records management
        2. Has the commitment of top management to local career/technical programs
        3. Has established clear policies
        4. Conducts good planning and implementation
        5. Performs good resource management
        6. Has efficient process control, measurement, and analysis
      • The ISO certification ensure that the BIC process is quality-oriented, consistently administered, and focused on customer satisfaction


Evaluation and Certification
  • The purpose of evaluation and certification is to provide programs that are up‑to‑date by business/industry standards so that students will be equipped for post-secondary studies and entry into the workforce.
  • All career/technical education programs in each local education agency (those programs supported through federal funds and/or programs that count toward maintenance of effort) will meet business/industry standards approved by the Department.
  • Policies and procedures for the evaluation and certification process are outlined in the CTE Methods of Administration Manual (download) .
  • Programs will be reviewed by a business/industry team according to their initial review date in Phase I (1998‑2003).
  • The Department will determine the appropriate method and/or certification agency for all programs (BIC or other approved certifying agency).
    1. Any program certified by a nationally recognized business/industry certification process must remain in compliance with national standards.
    2. Any program evaluated and certified must remain in compliance with all standards.
    3. Local CTE Administrators will verify continued compliance of all programs during years when on‑site reviews are not conducted.
    4. Teachers must possess knowledge and skills as prescribed by industry standards and the Department for a program to be certified.
    5. Any teacher who holds a valid Class B or higher certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught will be considered certified to industry standards.
    6. Any teacher who does not hold a valid Class B or higher certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught will be required to meet business/industry certification requirements as determined by the Department.
    7. Teachers must continually maintain business/industry certification and/or teacher certification at a Class B or higher level to continue to be employed.
    8. New programs must be certified within three consecutive years of the beginning of the program.
    9. Any program that does not attain or maintain industry certified status within three consecutive years will be recommended for termination.
    10. After one year, terminated programs may be reinstated. Programs must certify to industry standards during the year of reinstatement. Reinstatement may occur one time.
    11. After one year, locally closed programs that re‑open will certify on their Phase I cycle, or if that date occurred during the closed period, must certify the year re‑opened.
    12. State and federal funds formerly used for terminated programs may be reallocated to other CTE programs.


Works Cited:
Alabama Department of Education. (2005, July 13). Career/Technical Education Adminstrator Desk Reference. Retrieved March 3, 2009, from
Alabama Department of Education:
http://www.alsde.edu/html/sections/documents.asp?section:52&sort=39&footer:sections