This list of fast trade school programs that pay well 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. They’re noted below.
6 Week to 1 Year Trade School Programs
The salaries are the average listed on the official BLS website. Keep in mind, entry level salaries are less, but as you gain experience, your paycheck will increase to match. Some of the jobs listed, like truck driver and HVAC technician are moving very fast! Use our zip search to find a local school, read how it works.
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)
Medical Coder (8 weeks)
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.