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Vocational and Technical Schools & Training

See also: Culinary Education, Art Education, Health & Medical Education.

Pittsburgh Region

  • Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate, Inc.
    Established to increase the level of professionalism in real estate education, Alan Kells Schools of Real Estate offer State approved education for real estate licensing and continuing education classes at four convenient locations, including two in Pittsburgh.
  • All State Career School
    Offers programs in Tractor Trailer Driving, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Pharmacy Technology, EMT/Paramedic, Electrical Systems Technology, Medical Billing and Coding Administrator, Welding Technology.
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
    The local branch of Art Institutes International which has moved into an historic building in downtown Pittsburgh on the Boulevard of the Allies. It offers careers in Media Arts, Design, Fashion and Culinary.
  • Beattie Career Center
    A secondary school providing vocational education to northern Allegheny County.
  • Bidwell Training Center, Inc.
    Offers programs providing career paths and opportunities in the high-tech, culinary and medical fields for southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Bradford School
    Bradford offers programs in Business, Design and Technology, and Health Care.
  • Builders Guild: Careers & Training
    Western Pennsylvania has 17 tuition-free quality apprenticeship programs for Boilermakers, Bricklayers And Allied Crafts, Carpenters, Cement Masons, Electricians, Elevator Constructors, Insulators, Ironworkers, Painters, Laborers, Operating Engineers, Plasterers, Plumbers, Roofers, Sheet Metal Workers, Sprinkler Fitters, and Steamfitters.
  • Career Training Academy
    Healthcare assistant and secretarial training at locations in New Kensington and Monroeville.
  • Community College of Allegheny County: Applied Service and Trade Technologies
    CCAC offers more than 30 certificate and degrees in applied services and trades.
  • DCI Career Institute
    DCI is a career school that offers fulltime diploma programs in Computer Network and Business Information. All programs are fast-track programs and less than a year. Located in Beaver Falls, PA.
  • Dean Institute of Technology
    Programs in building maintenance, electrical technology, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, welding.
  • Douglas Education Center
    The Douglas School of Business was established in 1904. The Education Center now offers programs in Entertainment Arts, Technology, Medical Services, and Design. Located in Monessen, PA.
  • Elite Bartending School in Pittsburgh
    Offers a location in Pittsburgh.
  • Empire Beauty School
    Located in Monroeville, PA.
  • Everest Institute
    Formerly Duff's Business Institute. Offers programs in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistants, Medical Billing, Paralegal, Patient Care and Pharmacy Technicians.
  • Forbes Road Career & Technology Center
    Job training for adults in the Pittsburgh area, located in Monroeville.
  • IMC: Institute of Medical Careers
    Formerly Pittsburgh School of Pain Management
    The school offers a 650-hour entry level program for those with or without medical background interested in becoming Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists.
  • International Academy of Design and Technology
    Formerly Computer Tech. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh.
  • ITT Technical Institute
    This national institute has locations in Pittsburgh and Monroeville, offering offering programs in computer-aided drafting technology, electronics engineering technology, information technology - computer network systems.
  • Kaplan Career Institute: ICM Campus
    Formerly, ICM School of Business & Medical Careers. Business & computer programs, fashion, travel & tourism, medical programs. Downtown Pittsburgh.
  • New Castle School of Trades
    New Castle School of Trades, located in Pulaski, PA, offers programs in construction, automotive technology, carpentry, welding, CDL training, electrician, machine technology and HVAC.
  • New Century Career's MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K)
    This program supplies area manufacturers with employees to replace their aging workforce and strengthen southwestern Pennsylvania's economy. Machining training students learn the basics of operating the tools of the trade, and also learn blueprint reading, applied math theory, layout and benchwork.
  • Newport Business Institute
    Offers career oriented programs in the field of business. Located in Lower Burrell, PA.
  • Oakbridge Academy of Arts
    The Oakbridge Academy of Arts (formerly the Art Institute of New Kensington) is an art and photography school. Offers 18-month Associate in Specialized Technology degree programs in Commercial Art and Photography. Oakbridge is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Located in Lower Burrell, PA.
  • Parkway West Career and Technology Center
    Parkway West Career and Technology Center is a secondary educational facility serving southwestern Allegheny County.
  • Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
    Offers programs in Business, Technical and Trades (electrician, network administrator), healthcare (massage therapist, medical assistant, billing, pharmacy technician, etc.), spa & salong (cosmetology). Located in Washington, PA.
  • Pennsylvania Gunsmith School
    Pennsylvania Gunsmith School is a private post-secondary educational institution whose sole program of study is gunsmithing and is located in Avalon, a suburb of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy
    Located in Ebensburg, PA.
  • Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School (PBT School), the official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, is recognized as one of the nation’s finest schools for dance education and training.
  • Pittsburgh Bartending School
    Full service, hands-on bartending training operating since 1983. The school is state certified, includes both state required RAMP and national TAM alcohol management training. The school regularly contacts a data base of several thousand restaurants and bars in the greater Pittsburgh region to turn up job leads for our graduates.
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers
    School of film, video, photography, and digital imaging for college credit and noncredit. Provides college courses to students at Pitt, CMU, LaRoche, Point Park, Duquesne, Carlow, and Robert Morris.

  • Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA)
    Aeronautical Maintenance AMT And Avionics AVT Technician Training
  • Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science
    Offers an extensive program designed to prepare students for the many challenges they will encounter as funeral service professionals.
  • Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy
    Pittsburgh's only school devoted exclusively to the massage therapy profession.
  • Pittsburgh Technical Institute
    PTI offers two-year degree programs in Business Administration, Graphic Design, Computer-Aided Drafting, Computer Systems Specialist, Computer Management.
  • REALTORS ® Educational Institute
    A full service Real Estate School offering Salesperson and Broker Pre-Licensing Classes for Real Estate, and Classes for those wishing to become a Certified Real Estate Appraiser in Pennsylvania.
  • Rosedale Technical Institute
    Automotive, Diesel, Electrical, and HVAC Career Training
  • Sanford-Brown Institute
    Formerly Western School of Health and Business Careers. Has locations in downtown Pittsburgh and Wilkins Township.
  • Springboard Kitchens
    Springboard Kitchens is a food service-based job training and placement program for homeless and other disadvantaged individuals from the Lutheran Service Society.
  • Steamfitters Local 449 Training Center
    Educates both apprentices in learning the trade and journeymen in new skills and certification needed by the construction industry.
  • Triangle Tech
    Triangle Tech offer courses in welding, carpentry and construction, architectural computer aided drafting, mechanical computer aided drafting, electric and rhvac. It has 6 locations including Pittsburgh and Greensburg.
  • Vet Tech Institute
    Offers an Associate in Specialized Technology in Veterinary Technician degree (AST).
  • Wrightco Technologies
    Wrightco Technologies is a Pennsylvania State Proprietary School of Higher Education with programs in Telecommunications, Fiber Optics, Data Communications, and Electronic Alarms. It has locations in Indiana, Ebensburg, Newcastle and Uniontown.


    This site from the Pennsylvania Apprentice Coordinators Association offers information on apprenticeships available in the construction industry.
  • PAPSA Guide to Pennsylvania's Postsecondary Career Schools
    This is a very good guide to career schools in Pennsylvania from the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators. You can search by county.

Books in Our Collection

Vocational Career Guides

Progressive Careers
Progressive Careers
Opportunities in Carpentry Careers
Opportunities in Carpentry Careers
Plumber's Licensing Exam
Plumber's Licensing Exam
HVAC Technician Certification Exam Guide
HVAC Technician Certification Exam Guide
Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design
Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design
Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer
Starting Your Career as an Interior Designer
Vault Career Guide to Interior Design
Vault Career Guide to Interior Design
Opportunities in Interior Design and Decorating Careers
Opportunities in Interior Design and Decorating Careers
300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree
300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree
The Blue-Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide: Secrets to Getting and Keeping the Job You Really Want
The Blue-Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide: Secrets to Getting and Keeping the Job You Really Want
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Last updated March 07, 2014