Learn a trade and always be in demand.

FastForward Skilled Trades Credentials

Do you have an aptitude for mechanical or electrical systems, or do you enjoy building things with your hands? Skilled trades, like power-line maintenance and heating and air conditioning repair (HVAC), are in high demand, because a large percentage of the current workforce is retiring. This means employers are looking for qualified workers who have the skilled training they need.

Skilled trades cut across all industries, and these jobs are in demand. Our skilled trades certifications train you for jobs in HVAC, power-line repair, commercial and residential carpentry, backflow prevention, pipefitting, and building maintenance.


Here’s what some of our skilled trades graduates are doing today.

Nate, Alberta, VA

Credentials: Power Line Worker, Commercial Driver’s License, Energy Industry Fundamentals

Current Position: Apprentice Lineman

“If you don’t try, you’ll never succeed. Instructors and FastForward Coaches at my community college were there for me and helped me find my new career.”

Miesha, Culpeper, VA

Credentials: Core Introductory Craft Skills

Current Position: Wirer for Control Panels

“My goal is to become an electrical engineer, and this program not only helped me get certified but gave me hands-on experience.”

What kinds of careers are available?

  • Electrical Power-Line Repairer
  • Cable Installer/Technician
  • HVAC Service Technician
  • Commercial Carpenter
  • Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • Backflow Prevention Technician
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Pipefitter

Virginia’s Community Colleges offer different training programs on each campus to respond to the needs of local employers. Your FastForward coach can tell you more about training programs and schedules at your local community college.

I’m ready to start my career in a skilled trade!

Reach out to a FastForward Coach now and get more information about careers in skilled trades!