What is FastForward?

Many paths lead to success. Understanding that, Virginia created FastForward to bolster its workforce and make it easier for you to access careers by offering a low-cost training option.

FastForward is a short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth.

Most programs take between six and 12 weeks and are built so students can get their education while they work. At Virginia’s Community Colleges, we want students to gain the skills they need quickly and affordably, while creating more opportunity for their future.

145
credentials

There are more than 145 credential training programs to prepare Virginians for high-demand careers statewide.

8,000+
enrolled

More than 8,000 Virginians have enrolled in FastForward training programs to date, with a completion rate of more than 90%.

22
training centers

FastForward credentials are offered at 22 workforce training centers at a community college near you.

How To Earn Your FastForward Credential

Go from registration to graduation in just 5 steps

1

Meet with Your FastForward Coach

FastForward Coaches are here to help you explore your options, plan for your career, and guide you at every step along the way.

2

Check Out Grants & Other Funding

We'll help you navigate the financial aid process to help offset some of the FastForward tuition training costs.

3

Register for Class

Sign up for your credential course online or in person at your local community college.

4

Complete the Course

Each credential program is different, but most run between six to 12 weeks.

Internships & Externships

Some programs may offer a short internship or externship (such as job shadowing an employee) before graduating. Your FastForward coach can give you more information about internship opportunities.

5

Pass Your Credential Certification

After you finish your credential program, you’re ready to sit for your exam and earn your certification.

FastForward Coaches

Life happens, and we’re here to help at every step of the way.

Your FastForward Coach is your personalized support network, whether it’s helping you apply for grant funding or overcoming obstacles on your way to earning your credential. We have FastForward Coaches at each of Virginia’s community colleges to guide you on your path to success when life tries to get in the way of your education.