What Is a Skilled Trade Certificate? These Crucial Documents Can Help Your Career

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The skilled trades offer a viable career path for those not interested in completing a four-year degree.

If you’re interested in pursuing this professional route, it’s important to understand what can help you become a qualified and competent skilled trades professional—such as a skilled trades certificate.

What is a skilled trade certificate?

A skilled trade certificate is an official document proving that you’ve undergone sufficient training to work competently in a particular skilled trades position.

A certificate demonstrates your knowledge and skills in a particular area. Instead of attending a four-year college, you can obtain a certificate by taking classes at a trade school. At the end of the program, you’ll receive a skilled trades certificate to recognize your newly acquired expertise.

What can you do with a skilled trade certificate?

Just as a bachelor’s degree qualifies degree-holders for a variety of careers, skilled trade certificates can demonstrate expertise and unique qualifications to employers.

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However, one of the most important differences between trade schools and colleges is the scope of the training.

Skilled trades programs prepare students for a highly specialized function while four-year institutions focus on providing students with generalized knowledge.

With a skilled trade certificate, workers can land jobs faster than they would without one.

A skilled trade certificate can increase your chances of getting hired no matter which trade career you want to pursue.

What skilled trades are in demand?

Now that you have a better understanding of skilled trade certificates and what they offer, you might be wondering, “What are examples of skilled trades?”

Before you can determine which skilled trade certificate is best, you have to determine which trade career you want to pursue.

Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand skilled trades so you can choose a career path with a healthy job outlook.


Jobs for electricians are expected to grow 7% from 2021 to 2031.*

Solar panel installers and other electricians involved in renewable energy schemes are expected to see the high demand as the country moves towards sustainable energy sources.


Welding jobs are expected to grow 2%. Welders are needed to improve the country’s infrastructure which is suffering from years and years of neglect.**

These professionals are essential for various forms of construction including buildings, highways, and bridges.

HVAC Techs

The HVAC industry is anticipating growth of 5% between 2021 to 2031.***

The growing interest in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly HVAC equipment is expected to boost growth in the field.

Earning a skilled trade certificate.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades, attending a trade school is a great way to prepare.

Contact The Refrigeration School to learn more about which skilled trades program is right for you. Call 866-820-0823 today.

* Employment for  Electricians (47-2111) is expected to grow 26% in Arizona through 2030. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Electricians&onetcode=47211100&location=arizona

** Employment for  Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers (51-4121) is expected to grow 35% in Arizona through 2030. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Welders,%20Cutters,%20Solderers,%20and%20Brazers&onetcode=51412100&location=arizona

***Employment for  Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (499021) is expected to grow 31% in Arizona through 2030. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx?keyword=Heating,%20Air%20Conditioning,%20and%20Refrigeration%20Mechanics%20and%20Installers&onetcode=49902100&location=arizona

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