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Short-term Training

Short-term training usually includes programs that last for two years or less. There are several options.

Certificate programs. A certificate program is an academic program. It generally requires nine to 30 credits that can be completed in a year or less by a full-time student. Some are designed to provide specialized programs for people who already have diplomas or degrees. Others are for people who want to quickly enter a specific job. Many community and technical colleges offer short-term training programs. Use CareerOneStop’s Short-term Training Finder to locate specific programs in your local area.

Other short-term training. Career colleges and other locally operated training schools also offer short-term training. You can search for these opportunities with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Eligible Training Finder.

Certifications. A certification verifies by exam a worker's expertise within an occupation. It allows the worker to perform job duties using a specific occupation title. Non-certified individuals may perform the same duties, but may not use the title. Certifications are often offered by national organizations that specialize in particular fields or technologies. Certifications are usually voluntary, but they may be required by some employers in occupations such as nursing and financial planning. You can find certifications related to your career with CareerOneStop’s Certification Finder.




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