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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 Refrigeration and Charging Procedures – HVACR

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: April 5, 2021
End Date: June 14, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  3:00 - 6:00pm

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

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

FUNDAMENTALS OF NATURAL GAS CERTIFICATION

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: March 31, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Wednesday,
Time:  5:30 - 8:30P

This 30-hour course focuses on subjects critical to ensuring the safe and efficient use of natural gas including:  Combustion Theory, National Fuel Gas Codes, Venting, Hazard Recognition, Carbon Monoxide, Electricity, …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: Hannaford Career Center

Heavy Equipment Operation Program

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: July 5, 2021
End Date: July 23, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
Time:  7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Customize Your Training! Orientation:  18 hours  Work Zone Safety Training: OSHA-10 and Flagger Certification OSHA-10 Construction is an online course safety program required by employers to meet insurance requirements.  We …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: River Bend Career and Technical Center

HVACR Technician Training Program

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: August 31, 2021
End Date: May 12, 2022
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  5:30pm - 8:30pm

his program provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and skills necessary to begin a HVACR career and/or continue to post secondary training. Students will master a variety …

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

Introduction to Blueprint Reading

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 1, 2021
End Date: March 11, 2021
Class Days: Monday, Thursday,
Time:  6-8 p.m.

Introduction to Blueprint Reading: Mar 1 – Mar 11, M/TH 6-8 p.m. (8 hrs); $125 Designed for the absolute beginner, this course will introduce elements of architectural, structural, and civil …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: St. Johnsbury Academy’s Applied Technology Center

NATURAL/PROPANE GAS RECERTIFICATION

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 27, 2021
End Date: March 27, 2021
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  8:00AM - 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: Central Vermont Career Center

NORA Technician Certification – Bronze

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: March 4, 2021
End Date: May 25, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday, Thursday,
Time:  3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Bronze Certification is a program for those who have minimal field experience as an Oilheat technician. The Bronze Level certification will give individuals recognition and further incentive to train. The program …

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

OSHA-10 Construction Certification at SJA

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

OSHA-10 Construction: Online; open enrollment; $79 includes OSHA card             Students will learn safe work practices and earn their OSHA-10 Construction industry cards.  Fully online, asynchronous format allows students to …

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: St. Johnsbury Academy’s Applied Technology Center

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
This is a flex class, with ongoing enrollment.
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 – All Levels

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: April 3, 2021
End Date: April 24, 2021
Class Days: Saturday,
Time:  9am - 1pm

Learn skills in basic electric arc, oxy-fuel, gas metal arc, and gas tungsten arc welding processes, as well as the safety procedures required to set up and shut down welding …

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

WELDING – Introduction

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