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Career Development Incentive Program

2021-2022 Career Development Incentive Program Information Webinar

A webinar was held on December 1, 2021 covering SB21-119 and the changes coming to the Career Development Incentive Program.


The Career Development Incentive Program, or Career Development Success Program Expansion in House Bill 18-1266, provides financial incentives for school districts and charter schools that encourage high school students, grades 9-12, to complete:

Tier 1: qualified industry credential programs; 
Tier 2: internships, residencies, construction pre-apprenticeship or construction apprenticeship programs or;
Tier 3: qualified Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Participating districts or charter schools could receive up to $1,000 for each completed credential, distributed in tiered order. 


chart of previous and current CDIP funding

2020-21 Program Participation

  • 49 school districts and six charter schools reported students who completed qualified industry credential programs. A total of 63% of these local education providers were categorized as rural or small rural.

  • A total of 6,709 qualifying credentials/courses were reported. Only 4,685 were funded due to available appropriations.

  • As required by state law, Colorado Revised Statute 22-54-138, participating districts or charter schools cannot receive a distribution of more than 10%  of the total number of completed industry certificates reported by districts and charter schools. Therefore, three district received funding for only 483 certificates, rather than the amount reported, thus reducing the number of credentials funded.

2021 Reported Credential Breakdown and Demographics

chart of 2021 CDIP demographics 

Application Process - Coming March 2022

The 2020-2021 Career Development Incentive Program (CDIP) application will open in March 2022.

What's New?

Request Industry Certification Inclusion

Please complete the form below if there is a program or industry certification that is not on the official Approved Programs List in the Talent Pipeline Report and there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate industry demand and credibility for the requested program/certification.

Internship Criteria

Internship Criteria PDF (with active links)

Career Development Incentive Program Guidelines and Resources 

Application Resources

Other Resources


Marina Kokotovic