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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

For most business and sales positions, you won't need certification. To teach elementary or secondary school classes, you'll need to be licensed under regulations established by the department of education of your state. The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a voluntary certification program. To become certified by the association, you must have at least a bachelor's degree and pass one of four standards-based examinations. The following credentials are available: certified in family and consumer sciences; certified in human development and family studies; certified in hospitality, nutrition, and food science; and certified personal and family finance educator. 

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