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Skilled Trades

The Skilled Trades offer a wide variety of pathways to high-wage, high-demand jobs in Vermont.. According to the McClure Foundation/Vermont Department of Labor study on Most Promising Jobs, two-thirds of the most promising jobs that are available without a college degree are in the skilled trades. Adult education classes at your local Career and Technical Education center can help you find a hands-on skill that suits your abilities and passions.

Types of Classes Offered

  • EPA 608/609
  • Heavy Equipment Training
  • HVACR Technician Training
  • Natural Gas Certification
  • OSHA 10
  • Solar Installation
  • Welding

Our Training Centers with Programs and Certifications in Skilled Trades:

HVAC Installer: $25.70/hr (2020)
Heavy Equipment Operator: $19.66/hr (2020)
Welders: $19.67/hr (2020)

Upcoming Classes

Basic Welding

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 12, 2022
End Date: February 11, 2022
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn skills in basic welding techniques as well as the safety procedures in this 30 hour hands on Basic Welding course.  Teaching can be accelerated depending on the student’s experience. …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Green Mountain Technology & Career Center

CNC Wood Router, Intro to

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: October 26, 2021
End Date: November 11, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:00pm - 8:00pm

This class provides detailed safety and operations training on our CNC Wood Router. Students will learn how to operate the router and CAM software using VCarve Pro. This design and …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center

COSM-01: STAFFORD SIGNATURE SCHOOL OF ESTHETICS

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: September 27, 2021
End Date: July 19, 2022
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The health and beauty industry has grown significantly in the past decade leading to the creation of specialties and procedures that better serve the needs of its clients. Esthetics is …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center

National Electrical Code Update for Licensed Electricians

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 8, 2022
End Date: January 9, 2022
Class Days: Saturday, Sunday,
Time:  8:00AM–5:00PM

FOR ALL LICENSED ELECTRICIANS!  This class incorporates the International Association of Electrical Inspectors’ changes to the 2020 NEC program as well as Mike Holt’s Code Changes and is appropriate for …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education

National Electrical Code Update for Licensed Electricians

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 5, 2022
End Date: February 6, 2022
Class Days: Saturday, Sunday,
Time:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Calling all licensed electricians: earn your required 15 hours of board-approved code instruction locally!  This class incorporates the International Association of Electrical Inspectors’ changes to the 2020 NEC program as …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: North Country Career Center

Natural Gas/Propane Recertification

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: October 30, 2021
End Date: October 30, 2021
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  8:00am to 4:30pm

The State of Vermont requires that all natural and LP gas installers renew their certifications every three years. This one day, eight hour course satisfies that requirement and refreshes the …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex

Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 10, 2022
End Date: January 31, 2022
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

PA Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification This 21 hour refrigerant certification course will include the areas outlined below and will prepare you to successfully pass four areas of certification. They …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex

TypeS Electrical Vermont Test Preparation

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 18, 2022
End Date: February 17, 2022
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

The 30 hour SkillTech Type S Electrical Prep course is an excellent way to help you study and prepare to take the certification exam required for Type S Electrical licensure. This course is: approved for 8 hours …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Center for Technology, Essex

WELD-02: SMAW WELDING LEVEL I

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: May 3, 2021
End Date: June 1, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to standard welding procedures and thermal cutting (OFC/PAC).  Instruction will focus on developing hands-on proficiency using the SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) process …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center

WELD-03: SMAW WELDING LEVEL II

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: June 7, 2021
End Date: July 6, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This advanced course is designed to enhance SMAW welding skills and prepare students for taking a structural steel welder performance qualification test(s) in accordance with the requirements of the D1.1 …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center

WELD-04: INTRODUCTION TO WELDING PROCESSES

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: September 20, 2021
End Date: October 26, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This six week session is an introduction to a variety of welding processes commonly used today.  This course is structured to provide a demonstration of the equipment and fundamentals of …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center

WELD-09: PRACTICUM IN ADVANCED WELDING PROCESSES

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: July 12, 2021
End Date: August 10, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This course is intended to continue the education and training that was introduced in previous Stafford Welding School courses but at a more focused and advanced level of instruction.  The …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Stafford Technical Center

WELDING – Advanced

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: October 12, 2021
End Date: November 18, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:00P

Designed to enhance SMAW welding skills for those who have completed SMAW I or have equivalent experience. This course extends to out-of-position practice in horizontal and vertical welding, welding pipe, …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center

WELDING – Introduction

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: September 21, 2021
End Date: September 30, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:00P

A beginner course to introduce students to the art and science of welding. In this class you will learn the basics of Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) or stick welding. …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center