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The exhibit below provides an overview of federal data collections that include questions on education, training, and non-degree credentials for work. Links are provided to questionnaire items and instruments; where instruments are not available, links are provided to the data collection websites. An overview of certification/license items by survey is here Excel File (56 KB).

Certification and Licensure Questions Included in Federal Surveys [updated May 2019]
Full-scale Survey Administrations (with data release)
Survey/Office Admini-stration Data release (planned) Population Survey mode Survey cycle Notes and links
Wave 13, 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), Census Bureau Summer-Fall 2013 Jan. 2014 Adults in households who are at least 18 or have finished high school CATI/CAPI (Extended) 4-year rotating panel Nine questions included in the final wave (wave 13) of the 2008 SIPP. Data and report released Jan. 2014. Link to SIPP data. Link to SIPP report.
Current Population Survey (CPS), Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015-2019 April 2019 Civilian noninstitutional population age 16 years and over CATI/CAPI and web 8-month rotation panels Three questions asked of all rotation panels in Jan. 2015 and then in months 1 and 5 thereafter. Link to tables. Link to data.
Education Longitudinal Study (ELS), NCES, ED Summer 2012-Spring 2013 Jan. 2014 Cohort of students who were in grade 10 in 2002 (Class of '04) CATI and web 10-year longitudinal study Seven questions included in last follow-up, when students were about 26. Link to ELS website.
Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B), NCES, ED Fall-Winter 2012 Summer 2015 2007-08 Bachelor's degree recipients CATI and web 10-year longitudinal; new cohort every 8 yrs. Two questions included in 2012 follow-up (2nd of 3 follow-ups). Link to B&B website.
Beginning Postsecondary Students Survey (BPS), NCES, ED 2014 2016 Postsecondary students enrolled for first time in 2011-12 CATI and web 6-year longitudinal; new cohort every 8 yrs. Two questions included in 2014 follow-up (1st of 2 follow-ups). Link to BPS website.
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), Census Bureau Feb. 2014 Summer 2017 Adults in households who are at least 18 or have finished high school CATI/CAPI 4-year rotating panel Two questions included in initial wave beginning in 2014. Link to SIPP website.
National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG), National Science Foundation 2015, 2017, 2019 Jan. 2017, Oct. 2018, and (Summer 2020) Adults under age 76 with at least a bachelor's degree Mailout and web, with CATI follow-up 4-cycle biennial rotating panel; new cohort every 2 yrs Eleven questions included in 2015 and and twelve question included in 2017. Link to NSCG website.
Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES), NCES, ED 2016 2018 Adults in households, ages 16-65 Mailout Cross-sectional survey Link to the ATES questionnaire. Link to the ATES First Look report. Link to ATES data.
High School Longitudinal Study (HSLS), 2nd Follow-up, NCES, ED 2016 2018 Cohort of students who were in grade 9 in 2009 (Class of '13) CATI and web 12-year longitudinal study Two questions included in 2nd follow-up, when students were about 20. Link to HSLS website.
National Postsecondary Student Aid Study 2015-16 2018 Students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions during the 201516 academic year Web (mobile-enhanced) Cross-sectional survey Four questions included in
2015-16 questionnaire.
Pilot-test Survey Administrations (future data release)
Survey/Office Admini-stration (planned) Data release (planned) Population Survey mode Survey cycle Notes and links
National Training and Education Survey 2020 (formerly ATES) (Expected data release 2021) 2020 2021 Adults in households, ages 16-75 Web, Mailout, CATI Panel Twenty-six questions included in the questionnaire for administration in 2020.
GEMEnA Pilot-test Administrations (no data release)
Survey Admini-stration Report release (planned) Population Survey mode Survey cycle Notes and links
Adult Training and Education Study (ATES) Pilot test 2010 2013 Adults in households, ages 16 or older CATI One time This was the first study to field test new items on certifications, licenses, and educational certificates. Findings are available in the ATES Pilot Test report. The ATES questionnaire is included in Appendix E of the report.
National Adult Training and Education Survey (NATES) 2013 2017 and 2018 Adults in households, ages 16-65 Mailout One time This was a response rate study to test the feasibility of a mailout administration. One report focuses on the efficacy of using a single-stage all-adults study and the other on the nonresponse bias study. Link to instrument.
Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) feasibility study (within the NCES National Household Education Survey (NHES)) 2014 2015 (Internal) Adults in households, ages 16-65 Mailout One time This study tested the feasibility of including an adult data collection within the NHES program. The study fielded a revision of the original ATES instrument, as well as a shorter "Credentials for Work Survey" (CWS) instrument. Link to NHES website. Link to 2014 ATES questionnaire. Link to 2014 CWS questionnaire.
CATI=Computer assisted telephone interview
CAPI=Computer assisted personal interview