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Fall WBL Certification Training registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served process until all available spaces are full. 

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WBL Requirements

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.

2017-18 WBL Update
  • WBL Policy Guide: This policy guide was updated in May 2017 to incorporate changes for the 2017-18 school year. For a brief description of these changes, see the 2017-18 WBL Policy Guide FAQ.
  • 2017-18 WBL Professional Development Updates: Updates include improvements to the certification and recertification process to improve flexibility for teachers in completing required training and accessibility to virtual and summer training options. For more information, review the webinar slide deck
  • WBL Student Placement Portal - This reporting portal is the result of a multi-phase process to redesign the Personalized Learning Plan Packet based on WBL coordinator feedback. Phase II of the new portal is currently under development and will be released in the fall of 2017. All capstone WBL courses will use this portal to satisfy the requirement for a personalized learning plan during the 2017-18 school year.​
    • Step-by-Step Guide to the WBL Student Placement Portal - Instructions and timeline for entering student information into the WBL Student Placement Portal. During the 2016-17 school year, this reporting is required for two courses: WBL: Career Practicum (6105) and Nursing Education (6000). 
    • Reporting Requirements and Checklist for 2016-17 - An overview and checklist of the reporting steps required for the 2016-17 school year.
    • WBL Student Exit Survey - This survey is a part of the reporting requirements for students completing year-long and spring term WBL capstone placements in either Nursing Education (6000) or WBL: Career Practicum (6105). Students completing other WBL capstone courses are encouraged, but not required, to participate.
WBL Training and Professional Development


Fall WBL Certification Training registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served process until all available spaces are full. 

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WBL Certification Training

 WBL certification training is a two-day intensive introduction to WBL for teachers and CTE directors who are not familiar with the new state requirements. Training addresses WBL Career Practicum course standards, paperwork and reporting requirements, WBL policies, and strategies to launch or improve your WBL program. This training will certify new teachers and recertify returning teachers. 

Fall 2017 WBL Certification Trainings (register here)

  • Sept 20-21: Middle TN (Murfreesboro)
  • Sept. 21-22: East TN (Knoxville)
  • Sept. 28-29: West TN (Dyersburg)

Spring 2018 WBL Certification Trainings

  • Jan. 25-26: Middle TN (location TBD)
  • Feb. 1-2: East TN (location TBD)
  • Feb. 8-9: West TN (location TBD)

Note: Registration for the spring 2018 WBL certification trainings will open October 16.

WBL Professional Learning Communities

Regional WBL Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings are held five to six times per year within each CORE region (see Centers of Regional Excellence). PLCs enable instructors to learn about successful practices from across the state and discuss topics essential to WBL program success. Attending four (4) or more PLC meetings within a single school year renews an instructor’s WBL certificate automatically. For teachers who have already attended the two-day certification training for WBL, the best way to recertify is to become a member and attend 4 or more WBL PLCs in your region (more information below).

Mark your Calendar: The WBL PLC calendar provides a schedule of meeting dates.

Become a Member: Registration to become a member of a WBL PLC team is required to ensure attendance tracking for the sake of recertification.