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Work-Based Learning

In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.

Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and certified by the department to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.

WBL Email Updates

For important WBL updates, please sign up for the email list.

WBL Requirements


Fall 2021 WBL Certification/Recertification Training

This fall, WBL Certification and Recertification Training will be completed exclusively online.

Click here to register for Fall 2021 WBL Certification or Recertification online training. Registration will remain open through Friday, October 29.

After completing the registration, participants will receive an email with details about accessing and completing the training. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours of submitting your registration, please email

Online certification and recertification courses will be available on the department’s learning management system through close of business Friday, November 19.

For additional support with the online course, or to discuss WBL implementation strategies, email