Skilled Trades

Jobs requiring trade skills are some of the most stable in our region. No matter how the workforce shifts, we need people who are able to plan, construct and fix our surroundings.

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See some of our current Skilled Trades courses below. These National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) offerings prepare you for construction, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and heavy equipment careers. To receive financial aid, please get in touch with us directly to register for your course or program through CCWA.

Through programs at CCWA, you can learn from experienced instructors using state-of-the-art simulators and hands-on teaching to train for nationally recognized credentials in this field. We develop all courses in direct response to job availability and demand—for example, the Heavy Equipment Operator program was created to meet the growing employment need for equipment operators.

CCWA’s skilled trade courses are stackable for more credentials. Career paths in skilled trades start with the NCCER CORE Craft Skills class—in which you can earn a credential in as little as 40 hours. Some courses require the CORE class as a prerequisite, and others incorporate the CORE education into a more specialized training, so check the course description and get in touch if you have questions.

Employment Opportunities

Flexible, steady employment opportunities

Quick training

Train in as little as 2-3 months

Skills

Gain in-demand skills

key take aways

Takeaway Skills

  • Core craft skills
  • Orientation to the trades
  • Safety
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Introduction to tools
  • Construction math
  • HVAC operation and repair
  • Electrical operation
  • Construction skills
  • Plumbing
  • Welding
Courses

Current Courses

See some of our current Skilled Trades courses below. To receive financial aid, please get in touch with us directly to register for your course or program through CCWA.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills HYBRID(Talley Workforce Center - Chester JTCC)

09/21/2021 - 10/14/2021

This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills HYBRID (Talley Workforce Center - Chester JTCC)

09/22/2021 - 10/12/2021

This certification-training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER - Electrical Level 1 (REV)

10/06/2021 - 12/13/2021

This course is intended for students interested in entering the electrician industry. Instruction will cover topics such as orientation to the electrical trade, electrical safety, electrical circuits, electrical theory, national electrical code, device boxes, raceways, fittings, conduit, conductors and cables, fasteners and anchors, basic electrical construction drawings, residential electrical services and electrical test equipment.

NCCER - HVAC Level 1 (REV)

09/29/2021 - 12/16/2021

The NCCER HVAC level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many apprenticeship programs and is intended for students interested in entering the HVAC industry. Instruction will cover topics such as HVAC field calculations, basic electricity, basic heating and cooling systems.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Workforce Development and Conference Center

01/12/2022 - 02/17/2022

This certification training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

NCCER -HVAC Level 1

02/23/2022 - 05/04/2022

The NCCER HVAC Level 1 certification course is part of the required training for many apprenticeship programs and is intended for students interested in entering the HVAC industry. Instruction will cover topics such as HVAC field calculations, basic electricity, basic heating and cooling systems.

NCCER - Electrical Level 1

02/28/2022 - 05/06/2022

This course is intended for students interested in entering the electrician industry. Instruction will cover such topics as orientation to the electrical trade, electrical safety, electrical circuits, electrical theory, national electric code, device boxes, raceways, fittings, conduit, conductors and cables, fasteners and anchors, basic electrical construction drawings, residential electrical services and electrical test equipment.

NCCER: Introductory Craft Skills (Downtown Campus - Reynolds CC)

01/19/2022 - 02/23/2022

This certification training course provides the foundational skills needed to continue entry-level education in any skilled-craft.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get more funding to participate in the program?
We have FastForward program funding as well as scholarship opportunities from FANTIC, Re-Employ VA and Trades. Contact us directly to find out which apply to you.
Are classes taught in person or online?
Both. Many of our skilled trade classes are hybrid, so you will be required to be in class for some sessions and online with reliable internet for others.
Do you offer job placement?
Job placement is not guaranteed but CCWA has partnerships with many companies in the state and can provide aid in preparing for apprenticeship or job interviews. Our skilled trade students have gone on to careers with James River Air, Tribble Electric, eTEC Mechanical, ColonialWebb, Atlantic Constructors, Woodfin/EMC, ITAC, Rudy Hawkins Electrical and others.

Contact Us Contact us to learn more about how you can utilize CCWA’s offerings and receive the best available pricing for current courses.

John McGarry
Coordinator, Trades & Construction

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