CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) is the US Department of Education's taxonomy of standard terminology for workforce education programs throughout the United States. As more digits are added to a CIP code, it becomes more specific. A 2-digit CIP Code refers to programs within a broad career field. A 4-digit CIP code refers to programs within a career sector. A 6-digit CIP Code refers to instructional awards (degrees and/or certificates) relating to a specific occupation or job title. Based on the nature of the discipline, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) groups technical programs either at the 4-digit or 6-digit level.
For example, CIP code:
50 is Visual and Performing Arts.
50.04 is Design and Applied Arts.
50.0402 is Commercial and Advertising Art.