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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

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

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

NORA Silver Seminar & Exam

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: August 17, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday,
Time:  9:00am - 4:30pm

Certification opportunity for oil heat technicians that meet requirements for NORA Silver. Upon successful completion, this seminar meets the requirements to obtain a VT Oilheat Certificate of Fitness

Career Field: Skilled Trades
Training Center: North Country 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

Vermont Propane/Natural Gas Continuing Education Seminar

Type of Class: in-person
Start Date: August 24, 2021
Class Days: Tuesday,
Time:  8:00am - 4:30pm

VFDA’s 8 Hour CETP Seminar fulfills the renewal requirements for Propane & Natural Gas Certification. The seminar includes the required two hours of CO/Venting instruction (VTFP-1)

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