This list of fast trade school programs includes those ranging from about 1 month to 1 year in length. The following programs don’t take a lot of time or money to complete and a few of them can even be taken online. The jobs these trade school programs lead to have good salaries and that information is noted below.

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Fast Trade School Programs With Good Pay

The salaries listed below are the average pay from the official BLS website. Keep in mind, entry level pay is less, but as you gain experience, your paycheck will increase to match. In some areas the jobs listed, like truck driver and HVAC technician are moving very fast and have been paying more than this list would indicate. Find a local trade school now.

Truck Driver

  • Commercial driver’s license (CDL) training programs are fast! They take 3-6 weeks to complete; average pay: $46,850 per year or $22.52 per hour.There is a major trucker shortage right now.

Read: What does a truck driver do?

Diesel Mechanic

  • Diesel mechanic training programs take 6 months to 1 year to finish, but some schools do offer 2 year associate’s degree programs; average pay: $50,360 per year or $24.21 per hour.

Read: What does a diesel mechanic do? for more.

Medical Assistant

  • Certified medical assistant programs can take as little 6-8 weeks to complete. This is another career where you can stay in school longer, up to an associate’s degree; average pay: $35,720 per year or $17.17 per hour.

Find a medical assistant school near you.

Dental Assistant

Read: What does a dental assistant do? for more.

Home Health Aide

  • Home Health Aide courses are fast generally taking only 3 months; average pay: $26,440 per year or $12.71 per hour.

Read: What does a home health aide do?

Medical Coder

  • Medical coding programs take about 8 weeks to complete and it’s a popular online course that you can complete at your own pace; average pay: $40,350.

Read: What does a certified coding specialist do?

Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Certified Nursing Assistant college courses take 6-12 weeks to complete, this is also a popular online course; average pay: $30,720 per year or $14.77 per hour.

HVAC Technician

  • HVAC school programs take about 6 months to 1 year to finish; average pay: $51,420 per year or $24.72 per hour. HVAC jobs are plentiful in many areas.

Read: What does an HVAC technician do?


  • Phlebotomy Technician training takes 1 year or less of college classes; average pay: $36,480 per year or $17.54 per hour. Phlebotomist is also career that requires some hands on training but hybrid classroom-online courses may be available.

Find a phlebotomy school near you.


  • Plumbing trade school programs take about 1 year of school, then you start your apprenticeship; average pay: $59,800 per year or $28.75 per hour. Read: Becoming a plumber

The program times listed are estimates based on hours of credit needed or other references from our partner trade schools and technical colleges. I will probably add to this list so check back periodically.

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