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The Complete Guide to Trade School Requirements
Are you not cut out for a 4-year college or just don’t want to invest the time and money in four years or more in college?
Are you more interested in getting practical knowledge and skills rather than in attending a university?
Are you thinking that instead of spending a whole lot of cash on a 4-year degree you can be done with trade school in one or two years and start making money, well before your friends finish their degree?
College can be very expensive. Trade schools, on the other hand, are more affordable and they allow you the training needed to become a qualified entry level professional in a number of fields.
Are you thinking of going to a trade school? It is possible that the career you desire can be attained by attending a trade or vocational school.
If that is the path you choose, you need to know the trade school requirements.
Trade School Requirements
Trade schools may have different admission requirements for different programs of study. This is a guide on how to get into a trade school.
High School Diploma or General Education Development Diploma (GED)
While you can get into some trade schools without a GED, most schools and programs require either a high school diploma or a GED.
The school will require you to submit evidence of your high school attendance. This evidence would be in the form of a copy of your diploma or high school transcript or you can submit a GED certificate instead.
In the case of having neither a high school diploma or a GED, upon finding a school that waives that requirement, you may be required to take an Ability to Benefit test for admittance.
Application, Fees, Interview
An application is required to get into a trade school. The application will often ask for your educational background, work experience, programs in which you are interested, future career goals, and possibly how you plan to pay the tuition.
A non-refundable registration fee may also accompany the application.
Once the application has been received and reviewed, you may be asked to come in for an interview. This is your chance to highlight your best qualities and show that you are committed to achieving your goals.
Taking an admission or standardized test is generally a trade school admission requirement. These tests will assess a student’s proficiency in math, reading, and writing. Usually, there is a certain passing score that is required for admission, depending on the program or course of study.
Examples are the American College Test, COMPASS, and Wonderlic.
Certificate or Associates Degree or Occupational Skills
There are some programs of study that require some prerequisites. If you wish to pursue a degree at a higher level, you may need to first have some training, a certificate or even an some general education courses to be accepted.
Programs for health professionals often have such a requirement.
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