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Testing Center Certifications

Southern State understands that employers are looking for employees who are up-to-date with current technologies. Make your personal brand stand out in a crowded job market by validating your skills—and building your confidence—with professional certifications of in-demand skills that make you marketable to employers.

ACT WorkKeys

ACT WorkKeys® Assessments are the cornerstone of ACT workforce solutions. The assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. We are currently offering:

National Career Readiness Certificate

Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys Assessments – Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents – earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate® (WorkKeysNCRC®), a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills.

Applied Math

The Applied Math assessment measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving techniques for situations that actually occur in today's workplace.

Graphic Literacy

Workplace graphics come in a variety of formats, but all communicate a level of information. From charts to graphs, diagrams to floor plans, identifying what information is being presented and understanding how to use it are critical to success.

Workplace Documents

Employees need to be able to understand written text to do a job. The Workplace Documents assessment measures the skills people use when they read and use written text such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job.

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Workplace demand for digital media skills using Adobe's video, graphic and web design software is on the rise. Expand your career opportunities and demonstrate proficiency in Adobe digital communication tools by enrolling in an Adobe Certification Course at SSCC! We are currently offering:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015
  • Adobe Animate CC 2015
  • Adobe Premiere CC 2015
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
  • Adobe InDesign CC 2015
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American Medical Technologists Testing

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification and Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) certification are now offered at the Testing Center. Upon completion of the Southern State Medical Assisting program or Phlebotomy Technician program, students can take their certification test conveniently located at our on-campus Testing Center.

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Autodesk Certified User

Strong design software skills are a great asset in both the academic and professional arenas. Teaching students to use state-of-the-art Autodesk® design software such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, Maya, 3DS Max, and Fusion 360, along with providing Autodesk Certified User certification gives them a significant advantage in achieving college or career success.

Autodesk Certified User (ACU)

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering (470A) and the Mechanical Design Technology (460C) programs.


Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP)

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering (470A) and the Mechanical Design Technology (460C) programs.


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Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy identifies and develops the skills people and businesses need to thrive in a changing economy.

Employers worldwide recognize the quality of the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum in preparing students for networking IT jobs. More than 1 million students participate each year, and 1.2 million students obtained new jobs between 2005 and 2013.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2233 – CISCO Introduction to Networks & CSCI 2236 – CISCO Routing and Switching Essentials courses.

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CompTIA Testing

CompTIA A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ Certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 1150 – IT Essentials and CSCI 2246 – IT Fundamentals courses.

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CompTIA Security+ Certification

The exam covers the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk. Access control, identity management and cryptography are important topics on the exam, as well as selection of appropriate mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities. Candidate job roles include Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Network Administrator, IA Technician or IA Manager.

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CYBR 2210 – CompTIA Security + course.

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CompTIA Network+ Certification

The exam covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.

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GED Testing

The Testing Center offers a convenient online GED certification for adult learners. The exam lets the candidate work independently and, by completing a section early, the candidate can move onto the next section without having to wait.

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Earning high school credentials and developing basic technology skills are cornerstones for success in today’s world and Southern State wishes to support the enterprising individuals looking to achieve these goals. Southern State’s Adult Opportunity Center offers GED preparation classes to assist a candidate in getting ready for the exam. Participants in the AOC’s program receive discount vouchers to take the online GED exam.

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Microsoft Office Specialist

Southern State is a Certiport Authorized Test Center and offers Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) testing. We are currently offering:

Microsoft Office 2010, 2013, and 2016

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2016

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2219 – Word Processing I course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2016

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2218 – Excel course.

MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2217 – PowerPoint course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2016

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2216 – Outlook course.

MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2016

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the CSCI 2213 – Access course.

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Microsoft Office Specialist certification is now available to members of the community. Register for your test at and Contact the Testing Center to schedule your appointment.

Ohio Assessments for Educators

The OAE: Initial Licensure program is designed for candidates who are seeking initialOhio educator licensure OR who are adding a new licensure area. The tests included in the program assess content-area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge.

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Quickbooks Certified User

Bookkeeping in the 21st century requires more than knowledge of GAAP principles or an eye for detail—students need relevant computing skills. Intuit® QuickBooks, the industry leader in managerial accounting software for entrepreneurs and small business, provides an easy-to-understand platform for students to grasp accounting concepts while honing skills in the most prevalent bookkeeping application in small business today. Students can validate their QuickBooks knowledge by becoming an Intuit QuickBooks Certified User (QBCU).

Quickbooks Certified User (QBCU)

Southern State teaches toward this certification in the Accounting (429D) and Accounting (429G) programs.

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The ServSafe Ohio Food Handler Online Course and Assessment has been approved by the Ohio Department of Health, ODH #89-17, for food service operations and retail food establishments that need Level One Training.

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