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    CDA Technical Institute
    Formerly Commercial Diving Academy, a fully accredited commercial diving school for underwater trades. CDA Technical Institute in Jacksonville, FL, offers accredited certifications in diving and welding. From Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diving programs to Scuba Diving Instructor courses and Maritime Welding certifications, students receive comprehensive hands-on instruction in open water and state-of-the-art dive tanks to prepare them for lucrative careers in these challenging fields.

    • 91 Trout River Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208
    • Diving

    City College
    With locations throughout Florida, City College provides valuable job skills. The school offers accredited tracks in healthcare, business, and legal work. Students earn associate’s or bachelor’s degrees through these programs. Attendees may be high school graduates, veterans, or those looking to change career paths. They also offer a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration.

    • 177 Montgomery Rd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
    • 2000 W Commercial Blvd, Ste 200 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    • 7001 NW 4th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32607
    • 6565 Taft St, Ste 200 Hollywood, FL 33024
    • 9300 S Dadeland Blvd, Ste 200 Miami, FL 33156
    • Communications and Media, Criminal Justice and Law, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing, Medical Assisting, Veterinary Services

    Concorde Career Institute

    With several locations throughout the United States, Concorde prepares attendees for jobs in healthcare and dentistry. This institution prides itself on providing an educational experience that is student centered, community based, and achievement driven.

    • 7259 Salisbury Rd Jacksonville, FL 32256
    • 3444 McCrory Pl Orlando, FL 32803
    • 4202 W Spruce St Tampa, FL 33607
    • 0933 Marks Way Miramar, FL 33025
    • Healthcare and Nursing, Wellness

    Cortiva Institute
    With over 30 locations in 13 states, Cortiva Institute serves many people looking for careers in massage therapy or skin care. Students can complete accelerated programs in less than a year. All tracks are nationally accredited. During schooling, attendees are able to grow as professionals to prepare for their futures.

    • 2001 W. Sample Rd., # 100 Pompano Beach, FL 33064
    • 7925 N.W. 12th St., #201 Miami, FL 33126
    • 2600 Lake Lucien Dr.m #140 Maitland, FL 32751
    • 2370 34th St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    • Cosmetology and Barbering, Massage Therapy, Wellness

    Dental Assisting Institute

    Dental Assisting Institute in Pinellas Park, FL, has served the Tampa Bay Area since 2000. The institution prepares students for entry-level work through a comprehensive 10-week training program. Completion of the program certifies graduates to work as a dental assistant anywhere in the state of Florida.

    • 4326 Park Blvd, Suite C-West Pinellas Park, FL 33781
    • Healthcare and Nursing

    ECPI University
    Originally known as East Coast Polytechnic Institute, ECPI University focuses on technology. However, there are programs in health science, culinary arts, nursing, business, and criminal justice as well. Campus locations are in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. The institution embraces a hands-on approach to prepare students for jobs. Its ties to employers are a benefit too. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits ECPI to give out a variety of degrees and diplomas.

    • 660 Century Point, Ste 1050 Orlando, FL 32746
    • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Healthcare and Nursing

    Empire Beauty Schools
    Empire Beauty Schools offers hands-on experience in cosmetology, skincare, and cosmetology education at all of their locations.

    • 5101 US Hwy. 98 N Lakeland, FL 33812
    • 4806 N University Dr. Lauderhill, FL 33351
    • 10083 E Adamo Dr. Tampa, FL 33619
    • 4258 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33409
    • Cosmetology and Barbering

    Florida Career College
    Florida Career College focuses on job preparation. Real-life, hands-on programs give students the tools necessary for top professions. Florida Career College offers Bachelor's and Associate degrees in business, cosmetology, healthcare, HVAC, information technology, and nursing. Graduates gain the skills needed to obtain entry-level jobs in their chosen fields. Classes take place in both the mornings and evenings for those with busy schedules. The school offers ongoing enrollment so students can start schooling when it is best for them. Some complete their education and begin careers in as little as 10 months.

    • 6058 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33417
    • 3383 North State Rd. 7 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
    • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Cosmetology and Barbering, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services

    Florida Tech Online
    Florida Institute of Technology offers various degrees and certificates in the Aeronautical Sciences, Applied Mathematics, Aviation, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, Mathematical Sciences, Strategic Communication, and Teaching. Most staff are experts in their fields and have experience working for global companies. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are both obtainable online.

    • 150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
    • Aviation Management, Business, Computer and Information Technology, Healthcare Administration

    FORTIS College
    FORTIS provides people with a quality post-secondary education. The school has locations in 15 states that offer diploma and degree programs. These include accredited tracks in healthcare, business, technology, and other trades. Specific options vary by campus. The college also has online courses. This allows busy students the flexibility to complete their schooling at a pace that works for them. Attendees can earn associate’s degrees in business, human resources, or marketing.

    • 19600 South Dixie Hwy., Suite B Cutler Bay, FL 33157
    • 700 Blanding Blvd., Suite 16 Orange Park, FL 32065
    • 4081 East Olive Rd., Suite B Pensacola, FL 32514
    • 9022 South US Hwy. 1 Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
    • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Cosmetology and Barbering, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services, Trucking and Transportation

    Full Sail University
    Though the school got its start in Ohio, Full Sail University now calls Winter Park, Florida home. The institution offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs to students seeking jobs in the entertainment industry. Fields include film, television, business, art, design, gaming, media, music, sports, and technology.

    • 3300 University Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792
    • Business, Communications and Media, Computer and Information Technology, Graphics, Design, and Arts

    Future-Tech Institute

    • 3446 SW 8th Street. Suite 218 Miami, FL 33135
    • Healthcare and Nursing

    Herzing University
    Herzing University collaborates with industry leaders and employers to develop degree and diploma programs tailored to the evolving needs of various industries. Their academic offerings span diverse fields such as technology, business, healthcare, and public safety. Prospective students can explore a wide range of options, including over 40 undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's or associate degrees. Additionally, there are opportunities for career advancement through four graduate programs, including seven MBA concentrations, eight MSN concentrations, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Herzing University distinguishes itself by offering accelerated study options that enable students to earn a bachelor's degree in just three years and a combined bachelor's and master's degree in four years. Many associate degrees can also be completed in less than two years.

    • 1865 SR 436 (Winter Park) Orlando, FL 32792
    • 3632 Queen Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619
    • Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Dental, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Sterile Processing Technician

    International Diving Career Institute at Hall’s
    Hall's Diving Center and Career Institute offers certificates in rescue, rebreather diving, professional video & photography, equipment repair, and business.

    • 5050 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL 33050
    • Diving

    J-Tech Institute
    J-Tech is a nonprofit trade school in Jacksonville, FL. The institution is a branch of Sunstate College and has provided career-focused education throughout the state since 1918. Jones Technical Institute, or J-Tech, offers programs for those who want to work with motor vehicles. At this trade school, students can study HVAC-R and commercial truck driving as well as automotive, diesel, marine and RV technology. Experienced instructors and hands-on training can help learners earn a certificate in their chosen field within four months.

    • 8813 Western Way Jacksonville, FL 32256
    • Automotive, Trucking and Transportation

    Keiser University
    Founded in 1977, Florida’s Keiser University provides a career-focused education. With campuses across the state, students have many ways to earn relevant degrees. Subjects include fields like accounting, business, cybersecurity, IT, healthcare, and more. Day, evening, and online classes let attendees complete their schooling on their own time. The school offers associate, bachelors', doctoral, and master degrees.

    • 16120 US Hwy. 19 N Clearwater, FL 33764
    • 1800 Business Park Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114
    • 1500 NW 49th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
    • 9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy. Fort Myers, FL 33905
    • 6430 Southpoint Pkwy. Jacksonville, FL 32216
    • 2400 Interstate Dr. Lakeland, FL 33805
    • 900 S Babcock St. Melbourne, FL 32901
    • 2101 NW 117th Ave. Miami, FL 33172
    • 3909 Tamiami Trail East Naples, FL 34112
    • 6300 US Highway 19 North New Port Richey, FL 34652 New Port Richey, FL 34652
    • 5600 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando, FL 32807
    • 1020 Central Ave., STE C-15 Patrick AF, FL 32925
    • 1640 SW 145th Ave. Pembroke Pines, FL 33027
    • 9400 Discovery Way Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
    • 6151 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, FL 34240
    • 1700 Halstead Blvd., Building 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309
    • 5002 W Waters Ave. Tampa, FL 33634
    • 2085 Vista Pkwy. West Palm Beach, FL 33411
    • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Graphics, Design, and Arts, Healthcare and Nursing, Sports Management, Wellness

    Marine Mechanics Institute
    The Marine Mechanics Institute offers diplomas and Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees for aspiring marine technicians.

    • 9751 Delegates Dr. Orlando, FL 32837
    • Trucking and Transportation

    Motorcycle Mechanics Institute
    A division of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) teaches skills related to diagnosing and fixing problems with motorbikes, ATVs, and jet skis. Students at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute undergo the Motorcycle Technician Specialist Program. Trainees work with industry-leading brands and learn skills such as Vehicle Maintenance and Engine Troubleshooting, among many others.

    • 9751 Delegates Dr. Orlando, FL 32837
    • Automotive

    National Aviation Academy
    At the National Aviation Academy, students receive the education and experience needed to become certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians.

    • 6225 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater, FL 33760
    • Aviation Management

    Nova Southeastern University

    Fort Lauderdale-based Nova Southeastern University offers distance and on-campus learning programs. The school, whose mascot is the shark, has eleven campuses located in Florida and Puerto Rico. The university's core values include academic excellence, integrity, and innovation. To fulfill that mission, this private, non-profit college offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in fields like business, medicine, law, and education. Diversity and community are also central to the school's mission.

    • 3650 Colonial Court Fort Myers, FL 33913
    • 6675 Corporate Center Pkwy, Suite 115 Jacksonville, FL 32216
    • 8585 SW 124th Ave Miami, FL 33183
    • 2050 Civic Center Pl, 3rd Floor Miramar, FL 33025
    • 4850 Millenia Blvd Orlando, FL 32839
    • 11501 North Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
    • 3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd Clearwater, FL 33759
    • Business, Communications and Media, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Graphics, Design, and Arts

    Paul Mitchell Schools
    There are more than 100 Paul Mitchell Schools nationwide that prepare future professionals for careers in the beauty industry. Students can learn in-demand skills to become cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians and nail designers.

    • 8000 W Broward Boulevard Suite 1101 Plantation, FL 33388
    • 9941 Interstate Commerce Drive Fort Myers, FL 33913
    • 4624 Town Crossing Drive #155 Jacksonville, FL 32246
    • 8905 Dadeland Boulevard Kendall, FL 33156
    • 1285 Oviedo Mall Boulevard Oviedo, FL 32765
    • 7823 Citrus Park Town Center Mall Tampa, FL 33625
    • Cosmetology and Barbering

    Pelican Flight Training LLC

    • 1601 SW 75th Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33023
    • Aviation Management

    Pinellas Technical College

    • 6100 154th Avenue N Clearwater, FL 33760
    • 901 34th Street South Street St. Petersburg, FL 33711
    • Automotive, Business, Computer and Information Technology, Cosmetology and Barbering, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Graphics, Design, and Arts, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services, Trucking and Transportation

    Rasmussen University
    Rasmussen College offers accelerated degrees in over 50 fields. Programs include Business, Design, Education, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Nursing, and Technology. The school supports a credit policy that allows attendees to transfer past experience. There are locations in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. In addition to 22 traditional campuses, online classes are an option.

    • 8661 Citizens Dr. New Port Richey, FL 34654
    • 4755 SW 46th Ct. Ocala, FL 34474
    • 4042 Park Oaks Blvd., Ste 100 Tampa, FL 33610
    • 11600 College Blvd., Ste 100 Overland, FL 66210
    • Business, Criminal Justice and Law, Healthcare and Nursing

    Roadmaster Drivers School

    Roadmasters Drivers School provides students with the skills and hands-on training they need to obtain a Class A commercial driver's license. The school partners with a variety of industries hiring new drivers with Class A licenses. Classroom locations are nationwide and the curriculum is between three and four weeks long. A truck driving education is both affordable and accessible to anyone looking for long time work that pays well.

    • 1409 Pickettville Rd Jacksonville, FL 32220
    • 6000 Cinderland Pkwy Orlando, FL 32810
    • 5025 Orient Rd Tampa, FL 33610
    • Trucking and Transportation

    SAE Institute

    SAE Institute offers hands-on training opportunities to give students real world experience in the entertainment industry. The institution offers programs in entertainment media fields like animation, game development, digital film, graphic design and more. SAE grants bachelor's and associate's degrees, and other certificates for in-demand tech skills.

    • 16051 West Dixie Highway, Suite 200 North Miami Beach, FL 33160
    • Business, Computer and Information Technology, Graphics, Design, and Arts, HVAC and Building Services

    Saint Leo University
    Saint Leo University is a liberal arts college offering many undergraduate and graduate degrees. Located north of Tampa, FL, the main campus has an enrollment of over 2,200 students. Total registration in online courses and at centers in other states is nearly 15,000. The school is the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida.

    • 33701 State Rd. 52, P.O. Box 6665 Saint Leo, FL 33574
    • 9775 Crosshill Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32222
    • Naval Air Station, A-718 Essex Circle Key West, FL 33040
    • 149 SE College Place, Florida Gateway College Campus Lake City, FL 32025
    • 315 Granada Street Lakeland, FL 33805
    • 8102 Condor Street, Albert B. Arrighi Education Center, Suite 116 MacDill AFB, FL 33621
    • 126 SW Sumatra Avenue, Suite A Madison Heights, FL 32340
    • Mayport Naval Station, Building 460, Box 280035 Mayport, FL 32228
    • 1930 SW 38th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474
    • 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Brooksville, FL 34601
    • 444 Appleyard Drive, University Center, Suite 136 Tallahassee, FL 32304
    • 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 238 Tampa, FL 33602
    • Business, Communications and Media, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Graphics, Design, and Arts

    South College
    South College provides training in the fields of Business & Technology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Health & Therapy, Legal Studies, Nursing, and Education. Since 1882, South College has focused on student-centered enrichment. With 7 locations in the southern United States, as well as online courses, programs meet the needs of various enrollees. Hybrid, transfer, and distance learning methods combine with traditional higher education and modern technology.

    • 6649 Westwood Blvd., FL Orlando, FL 32821
    • Business, Criminal Justice and Law, Dental, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare and Nursing

    South Florida Dental Assisting School
    South Florida Dental Assisting School offers a unique hands-on approach to teaching where students learn by practicing and mastering dental assisting concepts in an actual dental office! Our accelerated 12-week program allows busy students the convenience of evening or Saturday classes.

    • 4001 N Ocean Dr #202 Lauderdale, FL 33308
    • 2387 West 68th Street, Suite 302 (Hialeah) Miami, FL 33016
    • Dental Assisting, Healthcare and Nursing

    Southern Technical College
    Allied health, design, nursing, business, and information technology are all subjects offered at Southern Technical College. Students can also learn technical trades. The training helps people acquire entry-level jobs after graduating. Degree and diploma programs are available, along with online classes. Courses vary to suit different learning styles, but they all focus on careers. By tuning into the needs of employers, the vocational school produces qualified graduates. Campuses are in Fort Myers, Sanford, Port Charlotte, Auburndale, Brandon, Orlando, and Tampa, Florida.

    • 450 Havendale Blvd. Auburndale, FL 33823
    • 608 E Bloomingdale Ave. Brandon, FL 33511
    • 1685 Medical Ln. Fort Myers, FL 33907
    • 1485 Florida Mall Ave. Orlando, FL 32809
    • 950 Tamiami Trl., Ste 109 Port Charlotte, FL 33953
    • 2910 S Orlando Dr. Sanford, FL 32773
    • 3910 Riga Blvd. Tampa, FL 33619
    • Business, Healthcare and Nursing, HVAC and Building Services

    Strayer University

    Strayer University is a private college that offers online and in-person programs from associate's to master's levels. The school has locations in over 15 different states. Degree options include business and criminal justice. SU has a mission to teach students the skills they need to grow and thrive.

    • 8375 Dix Ellis Trail, Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32256
    • 2307 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 100 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
    • 901 N Lake Destiny Rd, Suite 370 Maitland, FL 32751
    • 15620 SW 29th St Miramar, FL 33027
    • 2200 North Alafaya Trail, Suite 500 Orlando, FL 32826
    • 11025 RCA Center Dr, Suite 200 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
    • 5650 Breckenridge Park Dr, Suite 300 Tampa, FL 33610
    • Architecture, Computer and Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Law, Trucking and Transportation

    The Art Institutes
    The Art Institutes offer training in marketing, interior & product design, visual design, film & production, fashion, gaming & technology, culinary arts, and animation & effects.

    • 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Ste 100 Miami, FL 33132
    • 4401 N Himes Ave., Ste 150 Tampa, FL 33614
    • Business, Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Graphics, Design, and Arts

    Tulsa Welding School
    Tulsa Welding School (TWS) has campuses in Jacksonville, Houston, and Tulsa. The institution offers welding trade programs which could take as little as seven months to complete. Extra training in pipefitting may add to this time. An associate’s degree option is also available. Students can study other vocations as well, like HVAC or electrical technology. Specific choices differ by location.

    • 3500 Southside Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32216
    • HVAC and Building Services, Welding

    Ultimate Medical Academy
    Based in Clearwater, FL, Ultimate Medical Academy specializes in healthcare education. The school offers a range of classes related to the medical field. The degree paths available depend on whether a student chooses to attend in-person or online. Some of the most common programs are dental assistant, pharmacy technician, and medical assistant.

    • 1255 Cleveland St Clearwater, FL 33755
    • Healthcare and Nursing

    Universal Technical Institute
    Universal Technical Institute trains students on skilled trades in the automotive, marine, diesel, and motorcycle fields. The school also teaches vocations like welding and CNC machining. Some locations focus on training for specific products, often with input from big companies such as Yamaha, BMW, and Harley-Davidson. Student support services helps with financial aid, housing and more.

    • 2202 W Taft Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32837
    • 2601 SW 145th Avenue Miramar, FL 33027
    • Automotive, Cosmetology and Barbering, Trucking and Transportation

    Utica College
    Located in Central New York, Utica College is one of the most affordable independent, private institutions in the United States. The school has a variety of online and on-campus programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

    • 9400 4th Street North, Suite 100 St. Petersburg, FL 33702
    • 3601 Southwest 160th Avenue, Suite 300 Miramar, FL 33027
    • Business, Communications and Media, Criminal Justice and Law, Graphics, Design, and Arts, Healthcare and Nursing, Wellness

    West Coast University
    With six campuses in California, Texas, and Florida, as well as online options, West Coast University (WCU) offers classes in healthcare. The school prides itself on its student-focused, career-oriented curriculum. Some programs allow people to complete their education in about a year.

    • 9250 NW 36th St. Doral, FL 33178
    • Healthcare and Nursing, Wellness

    If you are a Florida resident ready to make a career change, the best place to start is with a quality training program or degree.

    Our career articles will help you learn about various careers that are available to you with the right training. You can learn if a particular career will be a good fit.

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    Why Trade School in FL?

    Pursuing a trade school education in Florida offers an unbeatable opportunity to acquire hands-on skills and jumpstart your career in a thriving job market. With a wide range of educational pathways, affordable tuition, and a desirable climate, Florida is an excellent destination to pursue career training and secure your future.

    Trade schools, also known as vocational colleges, are educational institutions that specialize in equipping their students with the necessary technical skills to pursue careers in the skilled trades. They usually offer programs in plumbing and construction, vehicle maintenance and repair, and allied healthcare.

    Trade school programs may take a few months to 2 years to complete. Consequently, graduates of vocational training programs can enter the workforce and start earning faster than many traditional college graduates due to the premeditated hands-on training they receive. Not only is trade school often less expensive than a college education–it can be a more worthwhile investment as well, as trade school graduates can earn higher entry-level salaries than college graduates.

    Positions for skilled tradespeople are available year-round in Florida. With flexible hours and high earning potential, a career in the skilled trades is a compelling choice for anyone seeking independence and autonomy in their professional life.

    Who Grants Accreditation in Florida?

    Trade schools in Florida are typically granted accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools may also grant accreditation. Specific programs, such as those in nursing or allied healthcare, may feature additional certifications from regional boards according to state or county law. Institutions that offer remote educational opportunities may feature other certificates from accrediting institutions outside of the region as well.

    The Future of Work in Florida

    Florida’s economy is growing tremendously, and workforce education is a critical component of its success. With the pool of available careers only expanding, it is vital to ensure that the incoming workforce is prepared for a successful future with adequate training for their high-demand jobs. Vocational training programs can be an excellent opportunity for students from all walks of life–from high school graduates to experienced workforce veterans seeking a new path–to undergo a rigorous, short, affordable, and available training experience in a high-skill field, maximizing their earning potential. Trade school graduates have over 500,000 jobs available, and sufficient training is vital in turning the tides from Florida’s undersupply of several in-demand occupations.

    Career Outlook in Florida

    Trade schools in Florida prepare students for in-demand careers in a variety of challenging and exciting fields. With an average salary of nearly $50,000, individuals with the proper training and skillset can find themselves in a number of growing professions.

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is projecting a 12% increase in air transportation jobs in the next several years, which bodes well for those looking to start their career in aviation. The organization is also expecting to see a 10% rise in construction jobs over the next decade.

    The healthcare industry also shows potential for growth in the future as well. With an expected growth of about 11%, those with a passion for helping others and who are looking to make a difference can explore a career path as a nurse, medical assistant or physician assistant in the state of Florida.