Are you looking to pursue a career in the skilled trades?
If yes, you’ve made a smart decision. Whether you want to become an electrician, plumber, phlebotomist, automotive service technicians, or machinist, the demand for tradesmen is high in most industries. And the salary is competitive.
To get started in your preferred occupation, though, you first need to get specialized training. This means one thing: joining a trade school. But with so many trade schools across the country, which one should you join?
Here’s your guide to choosing a trade school that suits your needs.
1. Location of the Trade School
You can join any trade school in the country, as long as you secure admission.
However, you’ve to consider the location of a school you’d like to join. Ideally, and especially if you’re on a budget, you want to join a trade school that’s in your state. Choosing a school in a distant state will significantly add to your costs and can keep you away from your loved ones for extended periods of time.
2. Does the Trade School Offer Programs in Your Skilled Trade?
Although most trade schools offer a wide range of skilled trade programs, it’s possible to find that your preferred trade isn’t offered in the school you were hoping to join.
Browse through the institution’s website and see the vocational and trade school programs on offer. If you aren’t finding clear information online, call up the school and ask. You don’t want to waste your time applying to a trade school that doesn’t offer your program.
Also, depending on the type of program you want to pursue, you might want to choose a school that focuses on specific professionals.
For example, if you want to pursue a skilled trade in the healthcare field, find a school that only offers healthcare skilled trades.
3. Does the School Offer Accredited Programs?
To maintain high standards of training, there are professional associations that accredit programs in specific occupations. Other bodies, such as the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, accredit entire schools.
It’s super important to pursue a program that’s properly accredited. If you’ll need to be licensed before you can start to practice, one of the requirements for state licensure will be that you must have completed an accredited program.
Don’t assume that just because a particular school is reputable it offers accredited programs. Seek accreditation information before you apply.
4. Does the School Have Adequate Facilities?
A skilled trade is a highly technical occupation. You need the best training you can get to improve your chances of being excellent at it.
This is why it’s essential to consider whether the school has adequate facilities. Are there enough labs? What’s the average number of students in a class? Are there enough instructors?
If a school looks like its straining to accommodate its students, it’s better to find another one with adequate facilities.
Choosing a Trade School Shouldn’t Be Hard
Unlike traditional colleges, trade schools are cheaper and can unlock your path to an illustrious, fulfilling career. However, these schools aren’t created equal. You need to do thorough research and follow these tips when choosing a trade school that’s right for you.
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