Trade Schools & Their Top Programs


Yesterday, we mentioned that college wasn’t necessarily the best path for graduating high school students as some people do not have the interest to attend school for four more years. But, we also recognize the importance of getting some sort of training, mentioning trade schools as one of several options available to them.

Popular Trade School Programs

But, what sort of programs are available through trade schools? Many, actually. In fact, while some schools may specialize in one area, such as truck driver training, others cast a wider net and cover career paths which lead to certificates in auto body, HVAC, drafting, etc.

Among the many programs out there are the following choices:

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  • Auto Body
  • Automotive
  • Aviation Mechanic
  • Boiler Inspection
  • Building and Construction
  • Carpentry
  • CDL Training (truck driving)
  • Commercial & Industrial Maintenance
  • Conservation
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Diving Equipment Repair
  • Electrician
  • Electronics
  • Flight (scheduling, etc.)
  • Furniture & Cabinet Maker
  • Gunsmithing
  • HAZMAT Technician
  • Jewelry Design & Repair
  • Home Inspector
  • Home Remodeling & Repair
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning)
  • Landscaping
  • Locksmithing
  • Marine
  • Mechanical Drafting
  • Pet Groomer
  • Pipefitting
  • Plumbing
  • Motorcycle Repair
  • Welding

How To Choose A Trade School

The question many students ask is this one: how do I know which trade school is right for me? In most instances, a trade school is accredited or licensed by the state in which it is located. This could mean that the school paid a fee to the state in order to gain licensing, but it should also mean that their curriculum was submitted to a state department (as in Higher Education) for review.

Do a web search for the appropriate state’s educational department to see what licensing is in place. Also, get references from at least three current and former students of the school (they should be happy to share that information with you) and call them to see what their thoughts about the school are. Importantly, you’ll also want to learn if their training has resulted in a job in their field of study.

Finally, compare curriculum available at competing schools to see how they match up. In most cases, the longer a trade school has been in business the better the program. However, you’ll also want to attend a school which has kept up with the times.

Adv.Continuing Education students who aren’t planning to attend college but have their eyes set on trade school sometimes need financial assistance too. has information about all kinds of funding options, with a dedicated page that will help trade school students learn what is available to them.

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