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Skilled Trades and Industrial

If you're looking for hands-on work, you can train for in-demand skilled trades jobs right from home with one of Penn Foster's online skilled trades training programs. These affordable programs are all offered online with flexible payment options and self-paced scheduling that allows you to work at your own speed. Demand for skilled tradespeople is rising and these programs can help you prepare for a lucrative career.





Popular Skilled Trades and Industrial Programs

Our Proven Skilled Trades Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Self-paced
  • Online
  • Start anytime


  • Digital study guides
  • Dynamic online practice
  • Video and audio content


  • Career Services
  • Live support
  • Academic Guidance


  • Credentialed Instructor Assistance
  • Student services
  • Student Community

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Resources to help you choose the right skilled trades program for you.

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Which is right for you?

Need help deciding which level of program to pursue?

Career Certificate

  1. Typically takes less than 6 months to complete
  2. Focus on job-specific skills needed for success in certain occupations
  3. For people looking to update their skills or pursue an interest in a field

Career Diploma

  1. Time to complete can vary depending on the program
  2. Provides the skills to prepare an individual to move to a new career path
  3. Help you prepare for industry recognized certifications

Associate Degree

  1. Multi-semester, long form college program
  2. Includes general education courses plus occupation specific curriculum
  3. Helps prepare people for occupations that require a degree

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Jump-start your college education, earn credits toward a degree, or learn new skill.

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Looking for skilled trades training for your workers?

Penn Foster currently works with hundreds of leading employers to meet their unique organizational needs.
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Student Success Stories

Penn Foster’s skilled trades training programs help students prepare for the next step in their career path. These programs have helped recent graduates learn at their own pace, find new jobs, and qualify for promotions. Learn more about their experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Valencia W.

Residential Electrician Career Diploma Graduate, 2023

“Since I started my electrical course, I felt way more comfortable working with electricity because I was able to use the right tools and equipment. Learning to use the NEC was like an awakening for me because things started to make sense in the field.”

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