This list of trade school certificate and license programs that can lead to high paying careers includes those ranging from about 6 weeks to 1 year. These following career 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 programs lead to have good salaries and that information is listed below.

3 Month to 1 Year Trade School Programs

The salaries are the average listed on 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.

Truck Driver (3-6 weeks)

Commercial driver’s license (CDL) training programs are fast! They take 3-6 weeks to complete; average pay: $42,480. and there is a major trucker shortage right now. Read: What does a truck driver do?

Diesel Mechanic (6 months-1 yr)

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: $46,360, Read: What does a diesel mechanic do? for more.

Medical Assistant (6-8 weeks)

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: $32,480. There are online CMA classes available in most parts of the U.S.

Dental Assistant (9 months-1 yr)

Dental Assistant programs take 9 months to 1 year for certification training; average pay: $37,360 (popular online course). There are online dental assistant programs available in most states. Read: What does a dental assistant do? for more.

Emergency Medical Technician (1-3 months)

Emergency Medical Tech training takes 1-3 months; average pay: $33,380. EMT is a career that requires hands on training but hybrid classroom-online courses may be available in some locations.  Read: What does an EMT do?

Home Health Aide (3 months)

Home Health Aide courses are fast generally taking only 3 months; average pay: $23,210. Read: What does a home health aide do?

Medical Coder (8 weeks)

Certified Coding Specialist: training programs take about 8 weeks and it’s a popular online course; average pay: $39,180. There are online CCS programs available in some locations.

Certified Nursing Assistant (6 months-12 weeks)

Certified Nursing Assistant college courses take 6-12 weeks to complete, this is also a popular online course; average pay: $27,520. There are online CNA programs available in many states.

HVAC Technician (6 months-1 yr)

HVAC Tech certificate programs take about 6 months to 1 year to finish; average pay: $47,080 and HVAC jobs are plentiful in many areas. Read: What does an HVAC technician do?

Phlebotomist (1 year)

Phlebotomy Technician takes 1 year or less of college classes; average pay: $33,670. Read: Becoming a phlebotomy technician. Phlebotomist is also career that requires some hands on training but hybrid classroom-online courses may be available.

Plumber (1 year + apprenticeship)

Plumbing trade school programs take about 1 year of school, then you start your apprenticeship; average pay: $52,590. Read: Becoming a plumber

The career programs above are not always the highest paying trade school careers, just some relatively quick ones.

The program times listed are estimates based on hours of credit needed or other references from our partner trade school and tech college websites. You’re almost guaranteed to have good employment and salary potentials if you go through community college or trade school programs. I will probably add to this list so check back periodically.

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