Vocational Trades Program

Academia & Makers offers practical, career-focused vocational programs designed to help students enter the workforce in a shorter amount of time than the more traditional approaches would. We offer entry-level certificate programs that concentrate specifically on teaching a particular skill and helping students gain industry-related experience.

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About the Course

At Academia & Makers you learn a combination of hands-on skills and theoretical knowledge directly related to the occupation you want to have. Depending on your intended vocation, you'll learn a range of very specific techniques using industry-relevant equipment in facilities that simulate real-world work settings. You'll also learn about any legal regulations or requirements that apply to your field. You will also get to practice your skills in an actual work setting as part of the Vocational Trades Program at Academia & Makers.


  1. Electrical Trades Program
  2. HVAC Trades Program
  3. Plumbing Trades Program
  4. Glazers Trades Program
  5. Carpentry Trades Program

Job opportunities

There will always be a strong demand for installation, maintenance, and repair professionals with specialized skills. In fact, there will be 388,000 net new jobs in this category by 2026*. You have the option of going and working for someone or start your own business.

Course Content

  1. Apprenticeships reinforce classroom learning through practical experience, preparing students to practice a trade. Students typically complete apprenticeships as part of an associate degree, vocational program, certification, or diploma program. Apprentices apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations.
  2. After completing the required courses, students complete apprenticeships under the supervision of professionals in the field. Schools determine specific guidelines for apprenticeships. For example, a carpentry apprenticeship may require students to work 120 hours at a carpentry company. A plumbing apprenticeship may involve experience supervised by a licensed plumber.
  3. To satisfy state requirements, schools often administer a final exam and require general education coursework in English and math. An apprenticeship can last up to one year. Some apprentices receive pay, though typically less than the salary of a fully qualified tradesperson. Tuition rates for apprenticeships vary, and some programs offer discounts for ungraded apprenticeships.


"Going through the Vocational Trades Program and it is intense, gotta go"

Jamie Rogers