Fashion Textiles and Apparel

Description of the Assessment & Certification

The Fashion, Textiles, and Apparel Assessment and Certification are
  • driven by industry standards;
  • based on relevant content standards and consistent with the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the National Career Clusters Initiative;
  • appropriate to validate achievement of competencies related to fashion, textiles, and apparel;
  • useful in a broad range of education and employment settings, such as secondary and post-secondary education and employer-based human resource and staff development programs; and
  • advantaged to utilize a gold-standard, computer-based testing platform format that provides for valid and reliable competency measurement, and a reporting mechanism for data-driven program improvement, accountability, and individual remediation and acceleration.

Uses of the Assessment & Certification

The assessment and certification are used to:
  • document exit-level achievement in rigorous secondary programs and lower division post-secondary courses;
  • satisfy federal accountability reporting mandates required by Perkins IV legislation;
  • facilitate seamless articulation, placement, and credit-by exam within post-secondary institutions;
  • validate competencies required for employment at the pre-professional and/or paraprofessional level; and
  • provide an industry-recognized certification.

Assessment & Certification Resources

Alignment Matrices
21st Century Student Outcomes Career Ready Practices (CCTC) Employability Skills Framework

* Bulletin includes detailed information on assessment design, scoring, content, sample test items, and resources)

Fashion Textiles and Apparel Resource Directory 


The Fashion, Textiles, and Apparel assessment and certification will address a skill set necessary for success in the fashion industry. It is anticipated that this assessment and certification will be targeted for individuals preparing for careers related to fashion, textiles, and apparel, such as those associated with:
  • retail and wholesale buying,
  • apparel and textile development and production,
  • fashion and textile design, and
  • visual merchandising.


Once the assessment is submitted, results are immediately available to the test candidate. The results provide an overall percentage score, a breakdown of scores corresponding to domains, and the indication whether pre-professional certification was achieved. The national cut score for pre-professional certification eligibility is established annually by AAFCS. Scores can be used to demonstrate competency, pinpoint weaknesses or gaps in performance, improve programs and curricula, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. Through articulation agreements, scores may be used as the basis for advanced placement and/or credit-by-exam at post-secondary institutions. Thus, local and state entities have latitude for independently establishing passing or qualifying scores for other purposes.

Pre-Professional Certification Score:  Click here for the list of current certification scores

Developed by National Leaders and Professionals in Fashion, Textiles, and Apparel

AAFCS has engaged the assistance of a broad range of esteemed fashion, textiles, and apparel professionals, designers, and educators from across the nation to assist in identifying relevant industry standards and to develop the assessment instrument. Recognizing the value of a solid assessment tool in assuring that individuals have appropriate knowledge and skills for success in the industry, the following stakeholders participated on the development panel for the assessment and certification:
  • Amy Herriott, AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA
  • John Saldivar, Fashion Designer, New York, NY
  • Amanda A. Coglietti, J. C. Penny, Plano, TX
  • Belva Barrack, Viking Sewing Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Beverly Purcell-Guerra, San Antonio Woman (Magazine), San Antonio, TX
  • Kathy Payne, Dillards, Little Rock, AR
  • Amy Gardener, Textile Fabric Consultants, Inc., Smyrna, TN
  • Abby Johnson, Zales Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • Marjorie Baker, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Barbara Bundy, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Encino, CA
  • George Crow, Jack Yates High School, Houston, TX
  • Jan Wilson, Crosby High School, Waterbury, CT

Further Information

For further information please contact AAFCS at or 703-636-7641

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