Career Readiness Bootcamp

Career Bootcamp

Whether you’re currently a student, on the hunt for a job, or looking to advance in your career, Penn Foster Career School's online Career Readiness Bootcamp Certificate Program can help you build and sharpen essential skills. With short, focused online courses, you'll concentrate on the soft skills employers are looking for and add a credential to your resume or portfolio that can help you stand out!

  • Our Career Bootcamp can help students new to the workforce or those who may need a refresher course to develop essential skills that are vital in almost every industry.
  • Classes cover in-demand skills like leadership, communication, and decision-making skills.
  • 93% of employers said that soft skills are either an essential or very important factor in hiring decisions.¹
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
Self Paced

Cost of Program



$49/month, Start for as low as $20

1-800-275-4410 (9AM - 9PM ET)

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What You Will Learn

  1. How to effectively communicate with coworkers, employers, and customers through strong written and verbal skills.
  2. How to work effectively as part of a team, including building stronger relationships with teammates and coworkers, effective conflict resolution, and more.
  3. How to build strong time management skills using tools like SMART goals, to-do lists, and effectively delegating tasks.
  4. How to build customer service skills that can be beneficial in a variety of work settings.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Career Readiness Bootcamp Outcomes

Our online Career Readiness Bootcamp Program can help students learn or refresh skills that are in high demand. 80% of companies say they struggle to find job applicants with strong soft skills2, which means you can stand out when applying for jobs after completing your career readiness training with Penn Foster!

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Career Bootcamp Program Curriculum

  • 4 courses
  • 10 lessons

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = <1 month
  • Average time = 1 month

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

In our Career Bootcamp Certificate Program, you'll build fundamental soft skills that are in-demand and relevant to any jobs you pursue. Your online classes include:

  • Personal Skills
  • People Skills
  • Workplace Skills


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Career Bootcamp Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Career Bootcamp Certificate Program can help prepare you to stand out when applying for jobs or promotions through sharpening your soft skills. This program has helped recent graduates find new jobs or start their own businesses while learning at their own pace. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Nickoy P.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“Penn Foster has a great program that fits anyone's lifestyle.”

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Career Bootcamp Tuition

Take the first steps toward a new career by strengthening your soft skills with our online Career Bootcamp Program. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

Option 1: Pay in full

Cost of Program


  • Pay the full cost upfront
  • No monthly payments
  • Credit card, PayPal, or ACH from bank account
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Option 2: Monthly Auto Pay Plan

Cost of Program


  • Pay $49 per month
  • Start for $20 down
  • All major credit and debit cards accepted
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California residents please click here for Required California Disclosures.

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Our Proven Career Readiness Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Career Bootcamp FAQs

What are soft skills?

Being career ready doesn't necessarily mean you have a specific education or work background. One thing employers in every industry look for is job applicants with strong soft skills. Soft skills are the combination of communication, people, and leadership skills that enable someone to successfully navigate any work environment they're in. These skills, like adaptability, can make it easier for employers to train new hires and find employees that can work well on their team.

How long will it take to earn my career bootcamp certificate?

The Career Readiness Bootcamp Certificate is a completely online, skills-focused program. It's also self-paced, so you can study and finish your lessons at the speed that works best for you. However, on average, most students can complete the program in as little as one month.

Why is there a demand for employees with career ready soft-skills?

Soft skills are in high demand for employers who are looking to find new hires because, by possessing these skills, applicants are able to adapt to a variety of work environments, work well with others, are likely to be easier to train. While hiring managers know they can train new hires on company procedures and policies, it's not easy to help someone build career ready skills on the job. By showing that you have these in-demand soft skills, you can stand out from other applicants in the hiring process!

What are the nine soft skills that will help you be successful?

Soft skills that can help you be successful in any role include

  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving/decision-making skills
  • Organization skills
  • Technological skills
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork skills
  • Customer focus
  • Respect
  • Integrity

By developing these skills, you'll find the onboarding process at a new job or in a promotion is much smoother!