The purpose of the state-mandated database is to allow stakeholders across the state to better explain the skills and competencies that are earned through a credential — both in uniform terms and plain language using the CTDL. In addition, the legislation requires OHE not only to collect more information about credentials available in the state but to collect that information from more sources, including:
- Regional workforce development boards
- Community action agencies
- Institutions of higher education
- Private occupational schools
- Providers of alternate-route-to-certification programs approved by the Connecticut State Board of Education
- Providers of a training program listed on the State of Connecticut Department of Labor’s Eligible Training Provider List
Information about all credentials available in the state must be added to the database and published to the Registry by 2024. This will further align Connecticut with a regional effort launched in May 2018 by the New England Board of Higher Education, in partnership with Credential Engine, that uses the CTDL to increase visibility and comparability of credential programs throughout the region.