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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.







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

Help Me Decide

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

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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Ashley M.


"Penn Foster's online college program made my life easier and made my goals possible. This college was very convenient for me. I needed something like this in my life because I was currently raising my 5 year old son and keeping up my household. On top of it all, I was also working full time."

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Construction and Extraction Occupations." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 8, 2021. 


Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.