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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)

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Upcoming Classes

Basic Welding

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 10, 2023
End Date: February 9, 2023
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

Fundamentals Of Automotive Maintenance For Women

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: April 19, 2023
Class Days: Wednesday,
Time:  5:30pm-8:30pm

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 5:30-8:30PM Tuition: $60 Incentive for Mother/Daughter teams $50 each Daughters must be age 16 or older and have a parental waiver to be in a course …

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

HVACR – Basic Refrigeration & Charging Procedures

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: September 25, 2023
End Date: November 20, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  3pm - 6 pm

This course is an introduction to air conditioning and refrigeration theory, application, systems, components, troubleshooting, and system charging. Hands-on training in our HVACR lab will test students in a variety …

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

NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE UPDATE COURSE

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 4, 2023
End Date: March 5, 2023
Class Days: Saturday, Sunday,
Time:  9am-5pm

Class Dates:  Saturday March 4th, 9:00 – 5:00  Sunday March 5th, 9:00 – 5:00   Total Time:  15 hours  Tuition:  $245 Both Days $145 Day One (Type S)   Instructor:  …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hartford Area Career and Technology Center

National Electrical Code Update For Licensed Electricians

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 4, 2023
End Date: February 5, 2023
Class Days: Saturday, Sunday,
Time:  8AM-5PM

Date: February 4 & 5, 2023 Time: 8:00AM–5:00PM Cost: $250 (includes a light lunch and coffee) Place: St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Education 24 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, Vermont Full 2-Day Class — $250 1 Day …

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 25, 2023
End Date: February 26, 2023
Class Days: Saturday, Sunday,
Time:  8am-5pm

In this course you will learn about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you’re an electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility maintenance professional. Licensed electricians will earn …

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

National Electrical Code Update for Licensed Electricians

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 28, 2023
End Date: January 29, 2023
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 2023 NEC program as …

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

Small Engine Repair

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: April 27, 2023
End Date: May 25, 2023
Class Days: Thursday,
Time:  5:45pm - 8:45pm

This popular class offers hands-on experience diagnosing and addressing a variety of common issues with small engines. Students are encouraged to bring in their mowers, chainsaws, generators, and other small …

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

TQP Fire Alarm Continuing Education for Electricians

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: October 28, 2023
End Date: October 28, 2023
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  8am - 5pm

This course provides Vermont electricians who have the T1 fire alarm endorsement with the required eight hours of continuing education needed to continue providing inspection and testing of fire alarm …

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

Type S Electrical Test Preparation

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 9, 2023
End Date: February 15, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
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

VOICEOVER GPS PROGRAM

Type of Class: online
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Varies,

Prepare for your exciting new career in the voiceover industry!  Students will understand and master performance techniques, technical skills, hardware and software used in the field, and procedures and practices …

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

Welding – Advanced (3G and 4G SMAW Limited Thickness, All Positions Certifications) with Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 13, 2023
End Date: April 19, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30-8:30pm

Previous welding experience is required. Tuition excludes cost for certification attempt(s). Cost for each certification is $100.00 made payable to Advanced Welding Institute (AWI). This course includes up to two certifications. Cost to retake certification …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Welding – Advanced (3G and 4G SMAW Limited Thickness, All Positions Certifications) without Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 13, 2023
End Date: April 19, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30-8:30pm

Previous welding experience is required. Tuition excludes cost for certification attempt(s). Cost for each certification is $100.00 made payable to Advanced Welding Institute (AWI). This course includes up to two certifications. Cost to retake certification …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Welding – Intro to TIG

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 21, 2023
End Date: February 11, 2023
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  9am - 1pm

Learn basic skills in gas tungsten arc welding (TIG welding) processes, as well as the safety procedures required to set up and shut down welding equipment. This intro class meets …

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

Welding – Level I with a Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 16, 2023
End Date: February 15, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30pm

Includes your own welding gear. The package includes a welding helmet, a cap, MIG gloves, TIG gloves, welding jacket, weld cleaning tool, safety glasses and a gear bag for all …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Welding – Level I Without a Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: January 16, 2023
End Date: February 15, 2023
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30pm

This course is designed for beginners, the course can also be tailored to individuals seeking more advanced training.  This course introduces four types of welding: AC/DC stick, Metal Inert Gas …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Welding – Level II with a Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 9, 2023
End Date: April 13, 2023
Class Days: Thursday,
Time:  6 - 9pm

Includes your own welding gear. The package includes a welding helmet, a cap, MIG gloves, TIG gloves, welding jacket, weld cleaning tool, safety glasses and a gear bag for all …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Welding – Level II without a Gear Package

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: February 9, 2023
End Date: April 13, 2023
Class Days: Thursday,
Time:  6 - 9pm

Designed for intermediate and advanced students, the course can also be tailored to individuals seeking more basic training.   Welding II is a next step for those who have taken Welding …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Northwest Career & Technical Center

Woodworking – Basic

Type of Class: in-person
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
Class Days: Varies,

Designed for those interested in learning the basics of woodworking. Learn the basic techniques and tools needed to get started in woodworking. Classes will be held in our woodshop with …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center