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Only the most passionate people can make a career of helping others in times of need, especially when drugs or alcohol is involved.

Over the next five years, there will be jobs for more than 320,000 positions for alcohol and drug counselors in the United States.

These dedicated professionals save lives every day. They provide timely support to people with substance abuse disorders. Those who have a heart for helping people know that addiction can break apart people and families, and have selected a career to help families through these difficult times.

Fulfilling work is waiting for you.

What is Alcohol and Drug Counseling?

There are many ways to enter the field of drug and alcohol abuse counseling, but most states require some type of certification before you can work directly with substance use disorders.

At InterCoast, we provide an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate that’s fully available online or on campus, depending on your preference. Many students who want to change careers choose this certificate in substance abuse counseling. We are often the first step toward a rewarding career in this helping profession.

The field itself is changing at a rapid pace. It’s an exciting time to learn new treatments and intervention methods. The raging opioid crisis and the rise of dangerous synthetic drugs such as fentanyl have fueled the need for change and more workers.

Interested in this growing and potentially important field? This overview provides crucial information for prospective students and others.

What It Takes

Everyone wants to be successful in their career, but it takes certain qualities to be a good alcohol and drug counselor. It’s not an easy job, and counselors need to be naturally non-judgemental and caring.

Integrity is crucial to the position, and confidentiality standards are key to best practices. It’s also imperative to learn compassion practices, listening skills, patience, and interpersonal skills.

Cultivate a talent for listening to others without judgment — for it is the bulk of your work. You will also help diagnose and create treatment plans for achieving long-term sobriety or recovery.

Depending on your location and job opportunities in your area, you may be able to specialize in one type of client. Others choose to work with many different types of people, as addiction and substance abuse disorders do not discriminate.

All kinds of people from all walks of life are affected by addiction. Some of these people include the housing insecure, the uneducated, the wealthy, as well as teenage parents and even the elderly.

Prior Experience Unnecessary

You do not have to be in recovery to be a good drug and alcohol counselor, nor do you have to know someone who has struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the past. But more than one-third of alcohol and drug counselors have a history of addiction, and there’s a certain draw to lived experience.

You can still work well in this field if you or a loved one hasn’t struggled with substance use disorder. You need to understand the need for empathy and compassion for the people you will work with.

Seeking help for addiction has the power to change lives, but can also be stressful and fraught with strife for patients. Clinical counseling experiences will help you hone your approach with clients.

You don’t need prior experience if you have what it takes. InterCoast’s certificate program can help you learn the rest and be prepared for entry-level positions in the field.

Steps to Becoming an Addictions Counselor

It takes more than a positive attitude and commitment to helping to make a good substance abuse counselor. Our Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies Certificate Program is a non-degree program that will give you adequate preparation for entry-level jobs in the helping professions.

1. Get Your High School Diploma

You will need a high school diploma or GED to enroll in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Studies certificate program.

Many people entering the field have a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s. But our certificate program is a perfect way to get your foot in the door. With this education, you will qualify for entry-level positions.

People with lived experience are also at an advantage. But this doesn’t mean you have to be in recovery or have a family member in recovery to be great at your job!

2. Get Your Counseling Certificate

Take our 50-week, 41 academic credit program, and earn your certificate. You will learn about relapse prevention, recovery plans, dual diagnosis, personal and group counseling, case management, as well as how to navigate working with private medical records in adherence to regulations and laws.

You will also learn how to facilitate group counseling sessions, which will prepare you for both inpatient or outpatient treatment.

You will also learn strategies to communicate with patients and families that require substance abuse education and treatment interventions.

Pharmacology and the brain, as well as ethics and substance abuse counseling laws and regulations, are also part of your education. Cultural competency is another strategy you will learn so you can provide appropriate care to differing populations.

3. Find an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Job

You will be fully qualified for some positions in the field, and many of our graduates have gone on to jobs such as Alcohol and Drug Counselor Technician, Case Manager, Substance Use Disorder Counselors, Outreach Specialist, Prevention Specialist, Residential Treatment Advisor, Residential Assistant, and Addictions Counselor Assistant.

The job can be stressful but very rewarding when you are part of the team that saves lives.

4. Continue Your Education

Many people who complete their certificate will later go on to obtain a degree in substance use disorders or other types of counseling. At InterCoast, we offer a Substance Use Disorder associates degree, and many other colleges nationwide offer bachelor degree programs and beyond.

People with graduate or terminal degrees are mostly tapped to work in executive or manager positions at treatment facilities.

5. Stay Up to Date

The treatment field is rapidly changing, as drug policy becomes more focused on harm reduction than drug prohibition. To be effective, it’s necessary to stay engaged in the field and be flexible with your treatment approaches.

Medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone and Suboxone for opioid addiction, is becoming normalized. And with recreationally available and medically available cannabis throughout much of the U.S., you will need to be mindful of these issues as you follow treatment plans.

Stay client-focused, obtain guidance from your supervisor, and seek continuing education to stay relevant in the field.

Why InterCoast Colleges?

At InterCoast, the certificate program takes approximately one year of rigorous study. It can be completed in as little as 50 weeks!

There are 905 hours of instruction you must complete to earn your certificate.

More than 20 million people suffer from addiction disorders every day. Millions more are in recovery. There will be plenty of jobs you can apply for after finishing your certificate.

Accredited, Affordable, Online

Financial aid is available, if qualified, to students who attend InterCoast Colleges. InterCoast Colleges welcomes Veterans and there are benefit programs available to them, if eligible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today to start working on a financial plan for your education. Affordability is crucial to success.

Our certificate program is available both on-campus and is also available 100 percent online! We have designed it to work with your schedule and location. We also have five college branch locations throughout California, and invite you to come over and get information on this career.

Our instructors all have valuable on-the-job experience and provide real-world context to the written curriculum. Our students love this method and feel it helps them prepare for the workforce.

InterCoast Colleges have institutional approval to operate granted by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. We are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, or ACCET — which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Mostly, the InterCoast Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies Program is a CCAPP approved certificate program. This certificate program is also approved by CAADE.

A Successful Career for You

A successful career in substance abuse counseling is made up of many components. If you want to enjoy your job, make sure that you work to cultivate counseling skills. It helps if your personality and interests suit the profession.

You will also need certification to work in the field. Start by attending a CCAPP and CAADE approved institution.

You Can Save Lives

People struggling with alcohol and drug abuse often want to change their lives, but don’t have access to passionate counselors that are also formally qualified. If you think you have what it takes, InterCoast College would love to talk with you. Call 1-877-227-3377 with any questions and to ask about the entrance requirements for this program.

You should be commended for taking on this challenge! If you’re ready to get started, apply online today!

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Your Guide to Starting a Bookkeeping Business: Is it for You? https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/your-guide-to-starting-a-bookkeeping-business-is-it-for-you/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/your-guide-to-starting-a-bookkeeping-business-is-it-for-you/#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:11:54 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3693 Bookkeeping appears in the top 25 on the list of best business jobs available. Since bookkeeping involves considerable time and attention to detail, many businesses look to outsource the tasks involved. While many bookkeepers work for other companies, there’s potential to freelance with this career option. Does the idea of owning your own business sound… Continue Reading Your Guide to Starting a Bookkeeping Business: Is it for You?

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Bookkeeping appears in the top 25 on the list of best business jobs available. Since bookkeeping involves considerable time and attention to detail, many businesses look to outsource the tasks involved.

While many bookkeepers work for other companies, there’s potential to freelance with this career option. Does the idea of owning your own business sound exciting to you? With the right training, skills, and a plan you can take the steps for starting a bookkeeping business.

A bookkeeping business needs a good plan of action though. Before you dive in, make sure you know what you’re getting into.

What is Bookkeeping?

Bookkeepers take care of the financial side of a business. The services you provide depend on your specialization, but the basic services include:

  • Balancing accounts
  • Tracking and managing accounts receivable
  • Tracking and managing accounts payable
  • General tax prep support
  • Payroll

Some human resources support, such as tracking sick and vacation pay

Balancing accounts requires that you understand credits and debits, and the transactions required to have the accurate beginning and ending balances to each account. Another important factor for bookkeepers is to understand invoicing and accounts receivables and payables as bookkeepers help create and collect on accounts. They also ensure all bills get paid.

A bookkeeper also needs a good understanding of computerized accounting software. This helps keep accounts reconciled and secure for clients and keeps the information easy to access.

Why Consider a Bookkeeping Business?

If you have a good eye for detail, organizational skills, and an ability to deal with numbers, bookkeeping might prove a good option for you. If you’re willing to put the work in that’s needed to find clients, and you like the idea of independence, setting up your own business adds to the prospects.

Bookkeeping jobs are in demand.  You have even greater potential if, after experience, you begin your own bookkeeping business. You can set your own competitive pricing and have flexibility in your work schedule.

Benefits of Providing Bookkeeping Services

The startup costs for a bookkeeping business are relatively low. Your costs involve the software and tools needed, certification and insurance, and other setup fees. If you work from home, these costs can be even lower.

You also have options regarding the services you offer. You can offer overall services, or you can specialize in the areas that interest you. This will also depend on the market needs for your area.

You also have the option to create a virtual business with bookkeeping. There are many online tools that can help you provide all the services needed.

Steps for Starting a Bookkeeping Business

If you want to start your own business, you need to make sure you get the proper training to be able to offer these services. Then you need to set up a plan, get the necessary documentation, collect the needed tools, and set up your business as a separate entity.

It’s important to complete each step to protect your business and ensure you can break into the industry. You want to plan well so you avoid obvious issues that could arise.

Training

While a specific certification isn’t necessary to set up a bookkeeping business, it can help validate your business and your qualifications to do the work of your business. Online education programs provide useful ways to train for bookkeeping jobs. A certificate or degree program can teach you how to use the needed tools and understand the process behind the things you’re required to do.

Create a Business Plan

Any business requires a plan of action, including a freelance business. This means determining goals, options, finances, and market research.

You need a mission for your business. This includes how you want your business perceived as well as your plans for growth.

You also need to determine the services and package options you want to provide, including pricing. This also requires some market research to understand your competition and your opportunities. You also need to create a financial plan including startup costs and plans for financial growth.

Your business plan also needs to include marketing strategies. You need to combine all your research to determine how much you can spend on marketing and how you plan to get the word out.

Legal and Administrative Needs

You want to protect your business from possible legal issues in a financial career. This means it’s a good idea to incorporate your business to protect your personal assets. To do this you need to decide on a business name.

Once you have a business name you should also set up a business address, phone number, and email separate from your personal contact info. Even if you work from home, you want to keep your home info separate from the business.

You also need to determine the structure of your business. Will you have a sole proprietorship, a corporation, or something in-between? These decisions will help you make the other necessary administrative decisions.

Separating Business and Personal Finances

For added protection for your personal assets, you should look into business insurance based on your incorporation decisions. You should also protect personal finances with separate accounts for your business.

You need separate, checking, savings, and perhaps credit card accounts under your business name. If any issues arise, this will ensure any personal assets stay out of any legal problems.  It also helps you to divide your personal financial activities from your business.

You also need to determine how you’ll raise the funds necessary to start your bookkeeping business. You can use personal funds, but you don’t want to rely on this. Look into loans and other funding options to ensure you are sufficiently funded in order to cover the start-up costs.

Collect the Necessary Tools

You’ll need office equipment, including filing cabinets, a computer, and a printer. You may have some of this equipment already, but you might want to consider getting separate equipment for your business needs.

You also need accounting and CRM software. Do your research to determine which accounting software will fit your needs and make sure it will work with the tools you already have available. One good option is QuickBooks, which has an online version.

You want to have the proper software to keep up with separate clients and track your work to bill accordingly. Security is important, so make sure you have secure software with additional protection for the computer you use to protect from hacks and viruses.

The Paper Trail

You should also research file sharing options to determine the best way to share needed documents with your clients. You want to choose an option that your clients already have or can easily access.

If you have any paper trails, you need the ability to keep these documents locked up from any prying eyes. It’s your responsibility to ensure the safety and privacy of your client’s information. This includes anything with financial information as well as contact information.

Market Your Services

Once you have everything set-up, it’s time to market your services. There are industry job sites and professional associations you can join to help you find clients, but you also want to look into other options.

Create a Website

A website will act as your best marketing tool. Everything else you do can lead potential clients to this website, making it easier to share information about your services. You can set up a website for free or somewhat inexpensively to start, and may want to enhance it when your business starts taking off.

You should consider a blog with your website so you can share your expertise and any news. You also want a services page where you explain the packages you offer. Make sure you provide a contact page as well to make it simple to find you.

All these considerations will also help you show up in searches for bookkeeping services in your area. The content you add to your website can also get used in other marketing opportunities.

Industry Events

You also want to look into attending industry events to network and market your services. This helps you find clients while staying up with industry news.

You can set up a booth at these events to draw attention to your services. You can also network with others in your industry which can open up new opportunities from referrals.

You can also look into presentations at these events to further market your services. If you provide valuable information in these presentations, people are more willing to come back to you.

Advertise on Social Media

Since you can set up social media accounts for free, this proves an economical way to get the word out about your services. You will need to pay for some ads to reach more people, but you can post content from your website to funnel people back to your main marketing tool.

You can also use these sites to interact with leads. Answer questions and provide value to make them want to reach out to you.

Getting Started With Your Business Ideas

If you’re looking into starting a bookkeeping business, or you think another option will work better, your first step should involve education and training. Would you like to consider your options? Check out the online programs available for your new career.

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Switching Careers or Going Back to Work? How to Explain Gaps in Employment on Your Resume https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/switching-careers-or-going-back-to-work-how-to-explain-gaps-in-employment-on-your-resume/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/switching-careers-or-going-back-to-work-how-to-explain-gaps-in-employment-on-your-resume/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:41:48 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3592 More than 60% of U.S. adults have considered returning to school to resume their education. And yet, many decide that the risks of leaving employment for further study are simply too high. However, the days of jobs for life are over. Nowadays, the average worker spends around four-years at each employer. People chop and change… Continue Reading Switching Careers or Going Back to Work? How to Explain Gaps in Employment on Your Resume

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More than 60% of U.S. adults have considered returning to school to resume their education. And yet, many decide that the risks of leaving employment for further study are simply too high.

However, the days of jobs for life are over. Nowadays, the average worker spends around four-years at each employer.

People chop and change jobs all the time to go traveling, switch careers or return to school. Therefore, gaps in employment don’t have to be something to fear.

But, you need to know how to explain your employment gaps effectively to prospective employers on your resume. Check out our guide to find out how!

1. Should I Worry About my Employment Gap?

Most employers are understanding about the need for people to take breaks in their career. In fact, many employers will have undergone breaks themselves.

That’s why the best approach is to be direct and honest about the reasons for your employment gap. Never lie in your interview!

If you wanted to return to school to improve your qualifications and knowledge, just say it! If you have a sick parent who you wanted to care for, tell them!

Be honest and direct with your potential employer. But, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to think carefully about how to explain your employment gap.

2. Always Emphasize Your Progress  

For many employers, the concern is that you have not made any developments or improvements since your previous employment.

If this was several years ago, then alarm bells will ring for your interviewer.

That’s why you need to demonstrate that you have worked hard to improve your previous weaknesses during your employment gap.

For example, if you have undertaken education or training which has better prepared you for the next career challenge.

If you previously lost your job due to a particular problem, explain how you have corrected this.

If you were dismissed by your employer due to alcohol abuse, then you could cite your time in rehabilitation and extended period of sobriety.

You may even have decided to use your experience to switch careers by studying for a degree in AAS Substance Abuse Disorder. This creates a compelling narrative for your employment gap.

3. Remain Positive About Former Employers

You may be tempted to characterize your former employer as a villain when explaining your employment gap.

You need to avoid blaming other people. In many cases, your interviewer will be sympathetic to your former employer too.

Instead, underline the positive recommendations you received and examples of your success. This is much more effective than concentrating on how others prevented you from succeeding.

4. Do I Need to Explain Gaps in Employment?

No, you’re not obligated to reveal all of your experience in your resume.

This is especially true if the employment gap was in the past, and you’ve been in employment since then.

It is, however, important not to lie on your resume. You’ll be found out eventually and you’ll regret it.

However, there are ways that you can encourage prospective employers to breeze over your employment gap in your resume. Here are a few tips:

  • Years, not Months: list your employment history by the year (e.g. 2013-2015) rather than the month (e.g. November 2013 – March 2015) to hide your employment gap. This may get you the interview, in which you can discuss any additional gaps that stand out during the actual interview.
  • Experiment with Resume Formats: don’t highlight the dates on your resume with bold font, but include the dates with the lighter font and smaller size to play down the employment gap.
  • Omit the Gap: It’s not essential to include your entire employment history, especially if you have been employed for over ten years.

There are many ways to understate your employment gap in your resume. And yet, much of this depends on the reason for the gap in employment.

5. Reasons for Your Employment Gap

There are several common reasons for employment gaps in your resume.

You may need to explain your break from working differently according to your reason.

Did you Lose Your Job?

Unemployment can be mentally damaging to many people. It has been linked with identity loss and depression among other problems.

However, even if you continue to be embarrassed that you lost your job, put this aside in your job resume.

It’s much more difficult to explain your employment gap if you were let go or dismissed by your previous employer.

If you were laid off because of downsizing, then you need to highlight examples of your achievements and high performance.

Make sure you receive recommendations from your previous employer. But also, customer or colleague endorsements can also help you make the case.

However, if you were dismissed from your previous position due to incompetence or other reasons, you may find it harder to address your employment gap.

Did you Quit Your Job to go Traveling?

Your interviewer probably doesn’t want to hear about how you went scuba diving in Thailand or trekked up Machu Pichu.

Explain why you wanted to quit your job to go traveling. You might have wanted relief from demanding work life.

You need to focus on how your traveling experience was relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Concentrate particularly on how travel developed you as a human being. What did you learn about other cultures? Did you learn any languages?

If you volunteered on your traveling experience, then make sure you include it on your resume too.

Did you go Back to School?

In contrast to losing your job or going traveling, going back to school is much easier to explain to prospective employers.

This is especially the case if you completed studies on a relevant topic to the job you’re applying for.

If your education program is not relevant to your chosen career, then you can still explain why you wanted to return to school.

You can emphasize how your education has helped you to expand your career options going forward.

Now you have completed your studies, you can demonstrate your determination to achieve in your career too.

Why Education Filled the Gap?

Many employers think positively about returning to education. Instead of being concerned about your employment gap on your resume, explain to your interviewer why it was important for you.

Switching Careers

More than 80% of workers in their twenties want to switch careers already. We can’t be expected to find our dream jobs the first time around.

Many people can expect to be in the workforce for more than 40 years. Therefore, it’s understandable that we wouldn’t want to spend our whole lives doing the same thing.

Going back to school is a great way to switch careers or retrain yourself.

Improve Your Resume

If you want back to school to improve your resume in the first place, then you’re well positioned to make a compelling case for your employment gap.

After all, more than 38% of employers have raised educational standards over the past 5 years. Moreover, many high-paying jobs require more than an undergraduate college degree nowadays.

Experience is still valuable. However, you stand a better chance of being able to switch employers if you have educational qualifications to back-up your experience.

Saved up to go

We know there is over $1.5 trillion in student debt which is keeping many young adults from realizing their potential. However, if you’ve enjoyed employment and saved up the cash, you can afford to return to school to resume your education.

You can explain to your interviewer that you now had the money to pursue the educational qualification which you always wanted.

Instead of wasting money on a degree you weren’t sure about, you waited until you knew for certain it was the right choice.

Finish What You Started

There are numerous reasons why you might not have completed your studies the first time around. Maybe you stopped at an undergraduate degree, and now it’s time to resume your studies at a graduate level.

Employers will be impressed with your determination to continue the pursuit of your studies, even if it resulted in an employment gap.

Explain that when you had the opportunity to pursue your education once more, you grabbed it with both hands.

Emerging Fields in Education

From computerized accounting to robotics engineering, there are numerous emerging educational fields which may not have existed when you were in school.

You can explain on your resume that when you had the chance to study one of the newest disciplines in your field, you took it!

Gaps in Employment as an Opportunity

We often think about gaps in employment as a negative thing.

There are some reasons for your employment gaps which employers won’t look on positively. However, many employers understand the different demands of workers.

The desire to return to school to resume your education is mostly considered a sign of commitment and desire for personal development by employers.

If you want to discover more about the range of educational degrees and courses at InterCoast Colleges, get started here!

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How to Become Qualified For Today’s Top Skilled Trade Jobs https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/skilled-trade-jobs/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/skilled-trade-jobs/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:05:19 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3540 Are you looking for a job with no luck or stuck in a job you hate? If you’re not working your dream job, you may not have the skills relevant for many of the in-demand positions that need to be filled. If you’ve been applying for jobs and not hearing back, you know exactly what… Continue Reading How to Become Qualified For Today’s Top Skilled Trade Jobs

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Are you looking for a job with no luck or stuck in a job you hate? If you’re not working your dream job, you may not have the skills relevant for many of the in-demand positions that need to be filled.

If you’ve been applying for jobs and not hearing back, you know exactly what we mean. It’s not for a lack of effort. You’ve applied and submitted yourself repeatedly without luck. If you’re tired of scanning job listings that require training you don’t have, it may be time to change career paths.

Fortunately, changing careers doesn’t have to be a headache. Many of the most in-demand skilled trade jobs are within reach. If you’re ready to make a change, read on. You’ll learn how you can start a new career that you love and what to expect in the months ahead.

Why Make the Change Now?

Going back to college can be a costly and time-consuming process. For most Americans, they simply can’t afford to go back to school for years at a time. Add to that the crushing costs of student loans and returning to school can feel a bit hopeless.

If you’re tired of getting rejected from the potential employers you’ve applied to, you may recognize the need for additional job training and education. While you may feel like you’re at your wit’s end, it’s time for one more push.

It’s time to take a detour and get off the path you’ve been so tied to. Undertaking such a change can feel scary, but it’s important to recognize any feelings of upheaval for what they are: growing pains.

The world is changing and you’ve got to change with it too. Fortunately, a new exciting career is within reach. Choosing a respected career college is the first step toward your new life. It’s time to get excited about your life again.

What Are Skilled Trade Jobs Exactly?

Skilled trade jobs are jobs which may require more expertise than the traditional jobs offered to non-college educated workers. These jobs usually can include people looking to work outside their chosen field of study.

You may even be one of the many American college graduates who have found themselves in the same position. Just because you have a diploma, doesn’t mean you’re going to find work in the field you trained for.

If you are in a job that is not rewarding or seems like a dead-end situation, you may want to consider doing what many non-college graduates and graduates alike are doing:  Turning to skilled trade jobs and getting the specific training required for these in-demand fields.

Skilled workers have many options of who they want to work for and how they want to work. Some skilled workers, such as those who train as electricians, will have many options available to them once they become licensed, such as working for a company or for themselves.  

The gig economy may not be what you’re looking for long-term, but those trained in this field may choose to work for app-based contractors as they build their customer base and prepare to launch their own company.

What’s Your Dream Career?

Ready to take the leap? There are many fields of study to choose from. Here are a few of the in-demand careers you can start exploring

Electrician

Electricians are indispensable to our lives. From basic household lighting installation to office buildings are schools, electricians are needed by virtually everyone.

Electricians field mega-watt demands and provide electrical solutions for a variety of different businesses, hospitals, schools and data centers. Electricians are invariably in demand.

The rules and regulations governing electrician licensing vary in every state, so it is imperative you check with your state on the requirements.  Once trained, you can begin to work in the field and obtain documented work experience required for the license, in addition to testing. Many licensed electricians work for companies or decide to work for themselves in their own business.

Registered Dental Assistant

Thinking of becoming a registered dental assistant? You can expect more than just reading from your career training.

Prospective dental assistants can expect to complete lots of hands-on training before graduating. This includes CPR training and learning how to operate the various pieces of dental equipment you’ll encounter on the job. Dental assistants may become registered after attending an approved school for the education, and by taking a written and practical test.

Substance Abuse Counselor

If you or someone you love has struggled with alcoholism or drug abuse, you may feel compelled to use your personal knowledge to help others who are suffering.

Because of the American addiction epidemic, substance abuse counselors are in demand. Living with a parent or partner who has struggled with addiction isn’t easy but there’s a silver lining.

The experience and insight you’ve gained can help propel you toward a fulfilling career helping others. As a substance abuse counselor, your daily work will help reunite families and get lives back on track.

You can graduate with the skills needed to become a substance abuse counselor in as little as 50 weeks.

The best part? You’ll help others regain the lives they thought they’d lost as you build a career that you love.

There are so many careers to choose from selecting a training program, but no one can make the decision for you. It’s up to you to select what feels right and take the next step toward your new career.

Picking the Right Career College        

Selecting a well-respected career college can help give you the edge over other potential job applicants. Knowing what the job market currently requires will enable you to make the right choice for you and your family.

Picking a college where you’ll be adequately prepared for the road ahead is only the beginning! A great career college will give you the training you need, and will support you by providing job placement assistance after graduation.  

The possibilities are exciting in your new career.

Taking the Leap

Are you ready to start your new career? If you’re ready for the opportunities skilled trade jobs can offer, it’s time to enroll in a career college you can trust..

To learn more visit our website and start your journey toward a new career today.

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How to Become an Electrician In California: Courses For Electrical Trades In Rancho Cordova https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/electrician-courses-rancho-cordova/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/electrician-courses-rancho-cordova/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:58:00 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3527 Even as the way that we find tradespeople has changed drastically, the demand for them has only increased in recent decades. That’s why so many people are skipping out on vanity degrees and learning good skills that help to jumpstart their careers in the competitive state of California. If you’re wondering how to become an… Continue Reading How to Become an Electrician In California: Courses For Electrical Trades In Rancho Cordova

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Even as the way that we find tradespeople has changed drastically, the demand for them has only increased in recent decades. That’s why so many people are skipping out on vanity degrees and learning good skills that help to jumpstart their careers in the competitive state of California.

If you’re wondering how to become an electrician in California, it can be as simple as following a career path just as you would do in any other career.

Here are the five steps to get licensed to work in the electrical trades in the Rancho Cordova area.

1. Get Your High School Diploma or Equivalency

If you haven’t completed your initial high school diploma or something equivalent to it, you’re going to be stuck in a lot of ways. One of the things you won’t be able to do is to advance with your career as an electrician. You have to get your initial high school diploma or a GED to get into most electrician programs.

If you’re still in high school as you read this, you should choose classes to meet the demands of being an electrician. Mathematics is very important, so pay attention in algebra and trigonometry. You need to determine the angles of circuits, wire needs, and be able to calculate current accurately.

If you take a shop class or any kind of mechanics, you’ll learn valuable lessons. While the communication skills you get in English class are essential for life, being able to work with your hands is absolutely necessary to succeed as an electrician.

2. Enroll in a State Approved Trainee Program

Before you can work in the field, you will need to prove that you are fully trained or attending a state approved electrical trainee program.  When you are enrolled in a fully approved, whole curriculum program, you are able to apply for a trainee card or “T-Card” as it is known.  With this card, you can work if supervised by a licensed electrician.  Your college or trade school will need to sign the application, certifying that you are enrolled in an approved program and making satisfactory progress.  This is a simple step, but vital to prove your safety and aptitude. Once the application is signed and proof of enrollment is submitted to the state, the T-Card will be mailed to the student usually within three to six weeks. This registration is imperative, as anyone could walk onto a site and potentially harm themselves or others.

Fill out a form and pay your fee in order to have it processed. You need to renew your application every two years in California and be sure it doesn’t lapse while you’re working.

4. Get On-the-job Training

Your apprenticeship or on-the-job training, supervised by a licensed electrician, is a requirement in order to become an electrician in California. It’s vital that you have the kind of hands-on training that only an apprenticeship can provide. You’ll be supervised for several hours a week in order to learn how to be a professional electrician.

You’ll take four to five years of training while you earn an hourly wage and build up your career.

You’ll get to learn lots of valuable and transferable concepts. While many of the ideas you learn will seem specific to the kind of work you’re doing with a particular company, you’ll find that they’re broadly applied.

To become a valuable tradesperson, you’ll learn how to read blueprints and technical diagrams. These hold the key to reading electrical plans and dealing with wiring.

You’re going to have to repair a lot of electrical wiring, maintain fixtures, and deal with lots of distribution equipment. As you get more experienced with a wide variety of control systems, you’ll become adept at any electrical situation.

When you’re able to easily test and inspect any system, you’ll always work safely and ensure that no one around you deals with any dangerous situations.

Another important element of being a Licensed Electrician is having a thorough understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC®.) and the US Federal requirements set forth by OSHA.  When working with Voltage, safety and accuracy is essential.

5. Apply for Your License

If you’re looking to operate as an electrician in California, you will need to take and pass the Journeyman Electrician examination.  You can schedule this examination after you graduate from an approved school, or you can wait until you accumulate your work experience hours.

Once you’ve done all the required hours required to obtain your electrician license and have taken and passed the examination, you become a licensed electrician. You often need to show that you have 6000 to 8000 hours of verifiable work experience in order to qualify. After you’ve completed those hours, you’ll have the knowledge you need to serve the role with professionalism and safety.

It’s of utmost importance that as you become better acquainted with the tools and practices, that you never lose sight of safety. You’ll be in dangerous places working with dangerous levels of voltage coming in at high amperage. One wrong move and you could put the entire building and people, including yourself, at serious risk.

Learning How to Become an Electrician in California

Learning how to become an electrician in California is simple. Putting in the years of practice is what’s hard. Once you’ve learned how to become an electrician, you realize the value of trades in general.

If you want to learn more about the risks and rewards of becoming an electrician, check out our latest guide.

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The Complete Guide for Single Moms Going Back to School https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/the-complete-guide-for-single-moms-going-back-to-school/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/the-complete-guide-for-single-moms-going-back-to-school/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 02:27:35 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3485 In today’s world, it can be tough to stay on top of bills, responsibilities, and your personal happiness. As a single mother, you have a lot on your plate. You keep struggling to make ends meet. It’s an unfortunate truth that research seems to be stacked against single moms in the United States. For instance,… Continue Reading The Complete Guide for Single Moms Going Back to School

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In today’s world, it can be tough to stay on top of bills, responsibilities, and your personal happiness. As a single mother, you have a lot on your plate. You keep struggling to make ends meet. It’s an unfortunate truth that research seems to be stacked against single moms in the United States. For instance, one statistic shows that 27.5% of single moms were unemployed for a single year.

It’s clear that for many reasons, working as a single mother in today’s world can be tough. Still, you’re a responsible single mom. That means you’re determined to make the most of your potential and your career.

To start, you want to further your education. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know to succeed as a single mom going back to school.

Start By Finding Reliable Childcare

Going back to school is a huge commitment. If you’re taking your education seriously, you need to be willing to invest. In other words, this is going to cost you a lot of time, money, and energy.

Your family deserves to be cared for, though. When you’re either working on homework or in class, you won’t be giving a lot of attention to your kids. The is even true if you find a degree program that is entirely online.

You have to accept that at some point, you’re going to need proper childcare. Make sure your close friends or family members are supportive of your educational goals. That way, you can rely on them when you need time to focus on your studies.

If you don’t have anyone personally available for childcare you might have to be willing to pay for professional childcare services. If that’s the case, the good news is that such costs will definitely worthwhile investments.

Set Realistic Career Expectations

If you’re intimidated by going back to school, that’s okay. Many people like you have felt inadequate to handle the educational system.

Consider the fact that over 40 million adults in the United States have low literacy. If you’re a single mom nervous about going to school again after so long away, you won’t be alone. The point, though, is that if you’re ready to go back to school you’ll need some serious commitment to succeed.

Still, it’s important to truly believe that you can accomplish your educational goals. You can do this by setting realistic expectations.

What do you want to do with your future career, for example? If you have a general idea, you now need to determine the quickest, most sensible educational path to that career. Don’t waste your resources on education without a purpose.

Consider Your Many Different Academic Options

Once you have a clear direction for your future career, it’s time to choose an academic program. The good news is that there are going to be plenty available to suit your   desires.

As a single mom, you’re going to have to consider things like your schedule availability. You’ll need to factor in financial responsibilities, too. Take the time to figure out exactly what you need from your potential academic program.

Then, you can start researching through your options. Perhaps you’d do well with a full career education program or maybe you need to focus your energy on specialized certificate programs.

No matter what interests or benefits you, don’t settle for less than ideal. If you take the time to look around, you’ll find something that meets the standards of your ideal academic career. If you have to, you can even get professional advice to guide you on the best academic option.

Don’t Get Frustrated if You Struggle Through Your Semester

As mentioned above, it’s important that you stay committed to truly finishing your educational goals. You and your children deserve to make the most of life. By investing in your academic career, you’re investing in a better future for all of you.

Still, it’s likely that there are going to be times throughout the semester when you really struggle. Single moms have a lot more responsibilities than the average student.

In fact, perhaps that’s why single moms aren’t graduating  as much as the average student. Even though the above information might be discouraging you can avoid being a part of that statistic. Stay positive and stay focused and you can realize your ultimate academic goals.

Remember That You’re Not Alone

Don’t feel discouraged if you find yourself struggling with your academics. As mentioned above, there are many single moms going back to school who find it difficult, too.

When times get tough, it’s important that you stay connected to your community. Your educational system should be able to provide you with resources like student affairs and activities. Some of these on-campus events are great ways to connect with people going through similar situations.

Establish a Stable Support System in Your Community

When you go back to school, you’re going to need a stable support system. As a single mom going back to school, you’re going to have more responsibilities on your shoulders than ever before. In order to maintain a work-life balance, for example, you’re going to need some help at some point.

If you don’t have your own support system already, you need to spend some time developing one. Perhaps you have a group of single moms who go to the same church as you. Maybe your kids go to the same school.

It’s absolutely essential that you don’t isolate yourself as you’re going through school. It can seem appealing to keep your nose to the ground and just work, work, work.

Instead, though, make sure your investment in your future is worthwhile. Take care of yourselves by keeping other people around who care for you, too.

Stay As Organized As Possible

As you go through these busy times, you also need to prioritize your organizational skills. You’re going to need some serious time management skills, too.

Buy yourselves some pocket calendars and folders, for example. Invest in some high-quality file cabinets to organize your course materials. You can even redesign a room in your home to appeal to your productive mind.

No matter what, though, don’t get behind in your coursework. In order for your investment in a furthered education to be worthwhile, you have to succeed as quickly as possible. Don’t put yourself behind by missing deadlines and assignment.

Consider Online Courses

If you need a flexible schedule,  consider taking online educational courses. The good thing about these programs are their ability for customization.

Online courses, though, definitely require your ability to self-manage. You won’t be meeting in a classroom on a regular basis, no one is going to keep you accountable to your education but yourself.

Don’t Forget About Your Mental and Physical Health

In order for you to continue investing in your family’s future, you have to be okay with a little bit of self-care. You need to maintain a healthy mental and physical lifestyle too.

Of course, your mental stimulation won’t need much help since you’ll be getting an education. Instead, you might have to find ways to intentionally relax. Single moms go through a lot of stress, and it’s important to balance that out.

Plus, you will likely do better in your education career if you prioritize healthy habits. For one thing, nutrition plays a big role in our cognitive abilities. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is a good idea to maintain a well balanced mind.

Finally, you should also consider keeping up with a regular exercise routine. Not only will this help your sleeping habits, but you’ll experience more focus in class, too.

Every Single Mom Going Back to School Should Start Here

At this point in the article, you should feel pretty comfortable as a single mom going back to school. There are a lot of ins and outs to navigate when it comes to preparing for today’s educational system. Don’t miss out on any opportunities because you didn’t do the proper research.

You need to get started on your academic career the right way. You need to take advantage of resources that will guide you on your ideal educational journey. That’s why you need to start on our website.

We know how important it is, as a single mom, for you to make the most of your time,    we know that your money and your energy are valuable personal resources, too. That’s why we’re here to help you get your academic and professional pursuits on the right track.

When it comes to finding the right academic program, we encourage you to start here on our website.  

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InterCoast Colleges Now Offering Students Two NATE Certification Tests https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/nate-certification-tests/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/nate-certification-tests/#respond Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:04:31 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3514 The post InterCoast Colleges Now Offering Students Two NATE Certification Tests appeared first on InterCoast Colleges.

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The school is allowing students to sit for both the HVAC Support Technician and the Ready to Work exams, reports intercoast.edu.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Anaheim, CALIFORNIA)—InterCoast Colleges is pleased to announce the institution is now offering two NATE certification examinations for students taking the HVAC Program. The school is currently allowing students to sit for both the HVAC Support Technician test and the Ready to Work certification exam. InterCoast Colleges will be providing both examinations at the following campus locations: Riverside, Fairfield, Rancho Cordova, Anaheim, and West Covina.

“The nation is currently experiencing a severe shortage of high-quality, verifiably-trained HVAC technicians,” said Geeta Brown of InterCoast Colleges. “When it comes to choosing a technician, the majority of both homeowners and employers feel better and safer about hiring and working with certified professionals. With NATE being the largest and most widely recognized certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, contractors, manufacturers, distributors and educators across the industry partner with NATE to develop knowledgeable, competent HVAC technicians. Being NATE certified demonstrates that you are proficient in your profession, which leads to increased customer service and business possibilities. This is exactly what we want for our students.”

Designed for early career technicians with 6 months to one year of experience, the NATE HVAC Support Technician certification exam tests a candidate’s general knowledge and HVAC specific knowledge in the areas of safety, tools, heat transfer, comfort, basic science, basic electrical, installation, planned maintenance, system components, and design considerations.

For alumni who successfully become employed in the HVAC field within 90 days of graduation, and maintains that employment for at least 90 days, and successfully files all required placement documents and forms with the school, InterCoast will reimburse the graduate for the cost of the NATE HVAC Support Technician Certification Exam, up to $75, provided graduate takes and passes the examination within one year of graduation.

NATE’s Ready to Work certification exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of the fundamental job knowledge and skills for an entry-level technician in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety, and basic heat transfer. It is designed for entry-level technicians in the HVAC industry and tests knowledge of components, tools, unit measurements, electrical safety, basic heat transfer, and general safety.

HVAC Technician students at InterCoast are allowed to sit for the NATE Ready to Work Exam. InterCoast will pay for the student’s first attempt on the exam, as long as the student takes the proctored examination prior to graduation. Students who do not pass the examination on the first try may take the examination for a test fee of $35, which is the student’s responsibility. While successful completion of the exam is not required for graduation, achieving a passing score is required to earn the Ready to Work certificate.

Brown continued, “Certification is not just about contractor professionalism; it is about customer assurance and satisfaction. Home and business owners choose HVAC contractors who employ NATE-certified technicians to get repairs done right – the first time. NATE Certified HVAC technicians that have passed a nationally-recognized stringent certification test and show readiness to provide competent service. Our team is proud to offer these certification exam opportunities and send well-trained, high-quality, trustworthy technicians out into the world.”

Visit intercoast.edu to learn more about InterCoast Colleges’ HVAC training programs how they are providing students with vital opportunities to obtain NATE Certifications.

About InterCoast Colleges:

The central mission of InterCoast Colleges is to provide associates degrees and certificate programs for careers in allied health, business, and skilled trade industries and prepare students to meet employer expectations for entry-level employment. InterCoast strives to support a culturally diverse learning environment for its students.

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Anaheim, CA 92805

Telephone: 1-866-787-3888

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Website: https://www.intercoast.edu/

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Training to Become an Electrician? Here’s What to Expect in Your Training Program https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-electrician/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-electrician/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:40:51 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3474 You’ve always wanted to become an electrician. You love the problem-solving aspect of the job, the way it allows you to connect with people, and of course, the fact that it’s a lucrative career. Now, you feel like you’re at a place in your life where you’re ready to more actively pursue electrician training. Before… Continue Reading Training to Become an Electrician? Here’s What to Expect in Your Training Program

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You’ve always wanted to become an electrician. You love the problem-solving aspect of the job, the way it allows you to connect with people, and of course, the fact that it’s a lucrative career.

Now, you feel like you’re at a place in your life where you’re ready to more actively pursue electrician training.

Before you enroll in a course to get your certification, you want to be sure that you understand what to expect out of the process. This post is here to help.

In it, we’ll tell you the most important things you need to know about how to become an electrician that makes a serious difference in the lives of their clients — and one with a strong skill set, too.

Why Electrician Training Matters

Maybe you’re still on the fence about actually enrolling in an accredited electrician training and certification program.

After all, you might think, isn’t it just better to learn on the job as you go?

While that might seem like the right idea at first, the truth is that people simply aren’t going to want to work with an untrained electrician.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you don’t just risk further damaging a client’s wiring or failing to get the job done correctly. You also put your safety and the safety of others at risk.

You’ll also be able to familiarize yourself with electrical code requirements in your service area. This way, you can avoid heavy fines and potential loss of your license or business.

Additionally, you’ll also learn more about OSHA standards, commercial, industrial, and residential wiring, and even trade mathematics.

These are skills that you need if you want to set yourself apart from other electricians. Remember that, even if the state you plan to operate within doesn’t require electricians to have a license, showing you have proper training makes you much more competitive than those that don’t.

In some cases, you may even be able to find a school that will help to connect you with an employment opportunity as soon as you finish your program. Now, let’s talk more about the skills you need to become an electrician.

What to Expect out of Electrician Training

When you want to become an electrician, we understand that the prospect of enrolling in school again might be a bit intimidating at first.

Remember that, in order to enroll in trade school, you’ll likely need to have completed your high school degree or a GED program.

The goal of your electrician training is to prepare you to pass the certification exam. In most cases, the exam will test how well you understand the National Electrical Code. Depending on the state in which you want to work, you’ll also need to show that you understand local building code laws.

Of course, you’ll also learn how to fix common electrical problems in both commercial and residential buildings. This can include things like faulty circuit breakers and overloads, sudden power losses, electrical testing, and the installation of light fixtures.

You may even learn about how to read blueprints to properly follow electrical plans during the construction process. You should expect a combination of classroom learning an on-the-job experience. You may also be required to complete a certain number of training hours in addition to passing your exam.

What to Do After You’ve Completed Your Program

You’ve worked hard to earn your credits and pass your exams, and now, you’re ready to get out into the “real world.”

What should your next steps after graduation be?

Remember that getting your certification also provides you with excellent networking opportunities in addition to a competitive skill set. Mine your contacts list and think about shadowing or working under a more experienced electrician.

Even if you had on-the-job training as a part of your certification program, it helps to have someone working with you who can help guide you through tricky situations as you build your career.

You’ll also learn more about how to build and grow your client list, as well as how to brand yourself as an electrician. Remember that learning the best ways to market yourself is essential, especially if you know you have lots of competition.

Even if you’re not yet ready to open up your own electrician service, you can still expect to make a great living. The average electrician salary is around $52,000 per year.

You can also start to decide on the areas of specialization you’d like to focus on as an electrician. You may find that, as you continue in your career, you want to take continuing education courses to strengthen your skill set. This certainly pads your resume, and also sets you apart from the competition in your area.

Are You Ready to Become an Electrician?

We hope that this post has offered you a better understanding of what it takes to become an electrician.

Enrolling in a trade school is the best way to make sure you truly possess the skill set to fix almost any problem that comes your way. Getting certified, licensed, and even doing an apprenticeship program with another electrician are excellent ways to get your career off to the right start.

So, are you ready to enroll in electrician school?

If so, we invite you to learn more about our programs. You could be on the job in as few as 50 weeks. Now is the time to go after the future you deserve.

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How to Become a HVAC Technician in 5 Simple Steps https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-hvac-technician/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/become-hvac-technician/#respond Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:31:02 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3469 Does the idea of sitting at a desk day after day make you squirm? Do you loathe the idea of a traditional office job? Do you want to work in a fast-growing industry with lots of growth potential? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career as an HVAC (heating, ventilation and… Continue Reading How to Become a HVAC Technician in 5 Simple Steps

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Does the idea of sitting at a desk day after day make you squirm? Do you loathe the idea of a traditional office job? Do you want to work in a fast-growing industry with lots of growth potential?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a career as an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician might be right for you.

Not sure what an HVAC technician does? Not sure what is required to start working in this field? Keep reading.

Explained below are five simple steps that will help you begin your journey toward becoming an HVAC technician.

What Does an HVAC Technician Do?

Before getting into the steps required to become an HVAC technician, let’s take a minute to clarify what HVAC technicians do on a day-to-day basis.

HVAC technicians perform a number of duties related to installing and repairing HVAC systems and equipment.

Some of the specific responsibilities of an HVAC technician may include:

  • Reading blueprints
  • Use various tools (metal cutters, current meters, flow sensors, etc.) to repair HVAC systems
  • Ensure that all components of the system (motors, pumps, fans, compressors, switches, thermostats, etc.) are working properly
  • Connecting wires
  • Testing electrical circuits
  • Welding pipes
  • Testing tubing and pipes for leak

There are a lot of responsibilities associated with this career. But, if you enjoy fixing things and working with your hands, you’ll find it very rewarding.

Job Outlook for HVAC Technicians

The job outlook for HVAC technicians is very positive. In fact, the number of jobs available in the field is supposed to grow by 15 percent between now and the year 2026.

This field is growing much faster than other career fields in the U.S. So, if job security is important to you, it’s a great career to get into.

How to Become an HVAC Technician

Does a career as an HVAC technician interest you? If so, follow these five steps to start pursuing your new career.

1. Start with a High School Diploma (or Equivalent)

In most states (like California), a high school diploma or GED is required before you can begin pursuing this career.

If you’re still in high school, you may want to focus on taking courses that focus on subject matter relevant to HVAC technicians. Such courses include:

  • Computer science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Shop classes (wood shop, metal shop, etc.)

If your high school also offers vocational training, take advantage of it.

It would be especially beneficial to look into courses like blueprint reading, technical math, and mechanical drawing. All of these classes will teach you the skills that you will use every day when working on HVAC systems.

2. Pursue an HVAC Certificate

Once you’ve obtained your high school diploma or GED, you’ll need to take some additional classes to earn an HVAC certificate.

It’s true that federal law does not require an individual to have a certificate before they can work on HVAC systems. But, many states (including California) do have their own laws relating to education and training.

Because of this, most people find that it’s best to go ahead and pursue a certificate, regardless of the requirements in their own state.

It takes less than one year — approximately 9 months — to complete an HVAC certificate program. While participating in the program, you will learn a variety of technical skills, including:

  • Diagnostic training
  • How to use testing equipment and tools
  • Principles of mechanics, electronics, and electricity

These courses will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful technician.

3. Complete an Apprenticeship

After you’ve completed your HVAC certificate program, you may want to consider an apprenticeship.

While completing an apprenticeship, you will gain on-the-job training and experience so you can learn from other technicians. While apprenticeship may not be required, it may be helpful to you in terms of gaining additional experience.

Employers are also more likely to hire individuals who have completed apprenticeships. Apprenticeships typically last between three and five years. They often involve a combination of coursework and practical on-the-job training.

Some apprenticeships are unpaid, but many of them come with a stipend so you can earn a living while learning on the job.

4. Look into Certifications

NATE ApprovalThere are a number of certifications you can obtain, such as NATE Certification. NATE is the nation’s largest nonprofit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians. NATE tests represent real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems and validate the professional competency of service and installation technicians. Contractors, manufacturers, and HVAC distributors across the industry partner with NATE to develop knowledgeable, competent HVACR technicians.  Passing the NATE Ready to Work Certification means the HVAC Technician student has demonstrated the fundamental job knowledge and skills for an entry-level technician in the areas of component identification, tools, measurements, electrical safety, general safety, and basic heat transfer.

If you plan to handle refrigerants, you want to take an additional certification exam. The specific exam you take will depend on the type of appliances or equipment you are planning to service.

There are three refrigerant classifications:

  • Type 1: This is a certification for servicing small appliances
  • Type II: This is a certification for servicing high-pressure systems
  • Type III: This is a certification for servicing low-pressure systems
  • You can also earn certifications to work on specific systems, including the following:
  • Commercial furnaces
  • Residential boilers
  • Heat pump pool heaters
  • Metal fabrication

You might also want to consider pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. With these degrees, you’ll be able to offer a wider range of services. This, in turn, provides you with more opportunities to increase your income and potentially run your own HVAC business.

Start Becoming an HVAC Technician Today

As you can see, the process of becoming an HVAC technician is a pretty straightforward one. Are you interested in starting your training?

If you’ve already attained your high school diploma, it’s time to move on and pursue your HVAC certificate.

If you live in the Rancho Cordova or Fairfield areas, come study with us at InterCoast College!

We offer a great HVAC certificate program, along with several other programs to help you achieve your career goals. Contact us today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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9 Tips to Getting Trade School Scholarships https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/9-tips-to-getting-trade-school-scholarships/ https://www.intercoast.edu/blog/9-tips-to-getting-trade-school-scholarships/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 03:11:24 +0000 https://www.intercoast.edu/?p=3454 There are plenty of reasons for you to continue to invest in your education as an adult. You deserve to make the most of your life and your profession. If you’re ready and willing to take the next step in your education, you’re in luck. You’ve come to the right place by reading this article.… Continue Reading 9 Tips to Getting Trade School Scholarships

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There are plenty of reasons for you to continue to invest in your education as an adult. You deserve to make the most of your life and your profession. If you’re ready and willing to take the next step in your education, you’re in luck.

You’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Perhaps you’ve decided to go to a trade school, which is a great idea. Studies indicate that many people consider trade schools more beneficial than traditional 4-year degrees.

If you’re ready to go through a trade school program, congratulations. You’re investing in your future career and your future security. Still, you might not know how to finance your trade school education.

Well, continue reading to learn all about options to finance your education. Detailed below are nine essential tips to discovering trade school scholarships. Then, get ready to start preparing for your classes!

1. Make Sure You Do Plenty of Research for Resources

When it comes to your financial security, there’s no need to take unnecessary risks. You deserve to make the most of whatever resources you have available to you. That means you need to be willing to do some research to find the best trade school scholarships that suit you.

The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there that can help you find those scholarships. To start, do some quick searches on search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Then, keeping digging around educational websites. You might find that they have financial services that are dedicated to helping future students finance their education any way possible. Don’t miss out on any financial resource due to neglecting your initial research.

2. Understand the Value of a High-Quality Trade School Program

After all, you need to understand the importance of trade schools themselves. In fact, you need to understand trade schools to apply for the proper scholarships in the first place.

Don’t consider entering into a trade school unless you’re absolutely certain. You need to have a future career in mind related to that specific trade. If you don’t, then trade school programs might not be best suited for you.

Still, there are many benefits to going to a trade school. In fact, some research suggests that trade school programs are going to help the income gap in the United States. If you want to be a part of that trend, don’t underestimate the value of a trade school program – or a scholarship for it.

If you’re ready for and excited about trade school then it’s time to start applying for scholarships. As long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, the sky’s the limit. Trade school scholarships are your best bet to invest in your future.

When you have a specific career path in mind, you’ll be able to narrow down your search for trade school scholarships. Focusing your energy on the ones that will best suit your interests is your best strategy for success. That way, those scholarship applications will portray all of your best sides.

3. Keep All Your Finances and Budgeting In Order

A lot of scholarships are going to factor in your current financial situation. If you aren’t organized in these matters, you’re going to have a hard time applying to scholarships.

Before you even start searching for trade school programs, get organized. The first thing you should do is develop an established monthly budget. Maintaining this budget can ensure you remain responsible for your financial obligations while you’re in school.

Next, make sure you have all of your tax documents from recent years. If a scholarship does consider your financial stability, you’re going to need these on hand.

Not only will staying organized help your finances, but those skills will also help you in school. Going back through any educational program as an adult can be challenging. Still, you deserve to make the most of this investment in your career by staying well-organized from the beginning.

4. Complete and Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Speaking of your financial situation, it’s a good idea to fill out a FAFSA. It’s true that the FAFSA is actually for student grants and loans from the federal government instead of scholarships. The information you’re given from a FAFSA, though, may be requested when you apply for scholarships down the road.

If the government does think you need financial assistance, and you submit the required paperwork and qualify, there will likely be an offer of financial aid, including student loans. These loans will be either subsidized or unsubsidized, depending on your eligibility and how much you need to borrow. Either way, you’re smart to prioritize scholarships over loans to avoid owing money in your future.

At the end of the day, it’s worth your time to fill out the FAFSA. You never know what other kinds of financial assistance might be available. It wouldn’t hurt to find out.

5. Ask Around for Scholarship Opportunities

It’s hard to express the invaluable benefit to a solid community surrounding you. If you have loyal family members and friends in your life, you should be grateful. These are the people who, through connections, will help you grow in your academic and professional life.

When you’re ready to apply for trade school scholarships, don’t forget about these people in your life who care about you. Chances are that someone you know is familiar with a trade school program in town. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone with applicable knowledge about scholarships that might interest you.

You should also go to the trade school financial aid office.  Oftentimes, they are made aware of various scholarships available to students and will post those opportunities in their offices.

These days, it’s easy to only rely on the Internet when you’re searching for scholarship applications. As mentioned above, though, you deserve to make the most of the resources you have available.

It’s completely possible that someone you know has some connection to or advice about a trade school application. If you don’t ask around, though, you’ll miss out on the opportunity.

6. Stay Involved in Your Community and Boost Your Professional Reputation

That’s one reason it can be so important to invest your time and energy into your community. When you stay locally active, you start to build a positive, reliable reputation.

Fortunately, potential employers will be able to see evidence of your dedication to civic engagement. If you get involved in organizations or volunteer groups, your commitment will be documented. These records are crucial if you want your scholarship applications to stand out, too.

7. Be Passionate and Persistent: Apply To Every Scholarship You Qualify For

Once you have a clearly defined career trajectory, you should have a few trade school programs in mind. Once you have some to aim for, it’s time to apply to every single relevant scholarship. Once again, that’s another reason why it’s so essential for you to use every resource available.

Spend some serious time browsing all over the Internet for trade school scholarships. When you find a potential scholarship application, write it down. When you’ve compiled a list of all your ideal scholarships, then start applying like crazy.

Don’t stop there, though. Continue seeking advice and doing your research to find even more trade school scholarships. As a matter of fact, don’t give up until the scholarship you need finally comes along.

8. Choose the Best Trade School To Suit Your Educational Needs

Don’t forget how important it is to choose the right trade school program before you even start applying to scholarships. Your ideal program might affect your eligibility for certain scholarships, after all.

For one thing, consider all of the factors that come into play when it comes to choosing a trade school that suits you. Then, you still need to browse the best trade schools of the day to get an idea of what’s available.

When the ideal solution comes along, grab on and don’t let go. Maintain that trade school program as your ultimate goal. Finally, you’ll seek and find a scholarship that directly suits your ideal program.

9. Seek Professional Guidance

Perhaps you still feel overwhelmed when it comes to finding trade school scholarships. That’s okay. The important thing is that you’re willing to continue the process.

You might need to consider seeking professional guidance to help you find scholarships and academic programs. These experts should be able to help you connect with resources to answer any questions you may have.

Anyone Looking for Trade School Scholarships Should Start Here

At this point in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of how to find the best trade school scholarships. Your education deserves your willingness to find every possible resource to assist you. In fact, your future deserves your investment, too.

That’s why it can be so important to seek expertise when it comes to your furthered education. Well, that’s where we can help you. We’re here to provide people just like you with the academic guidance you need to succeed in today’s professional world.

Make sure you take advantage of our knowledge and expertise.

That’s why we encourage you to start here on our website to figure out the best educational path to suit your needs. If you’re ready to invest in your future at a trade school, don’t waste any more time.

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