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Trade Schools and Apprenticeship Programs

Trade Schools

A trade school is a postsecondary educational institution designed to train students for a specific job in a skilled trade career. Trade school offers hands-on training to prepare students for actual work in their chosen field.

There are more than 125 private career schools in Maryland that offer training in a variety of fields. Before enrolling, make sure the school is accredited, inquire about the total program cost, apply for financial aid, and visit the school to observe classes.

Additional information about trade schools can be found using the following resources:


Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Apprenticeship Maryland

Apprenticeship Maryland is a graduation pathway for seniors, who are interested in employment and further education in a career pathway. Students participating in the Apprenticeship Maryland Academy will earn a salary while learning valuable and marketable industry skills. The program includes a combination of on-the-job training and one year of industry related classroom instruction.

Registered Apprenticeships

  • Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing: This is the official website to start your journey on becoming an apprentice in Maryland.
  • Howard Community College Apprenticeship Programs: HCC offers several “earn while you learn” programs, including Biomedical Engineering Technology, Surgical Technologist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Information Technology. They also offer the more traditional apprenticeships, such as Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical.
  • Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation: The Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation is an independent and trusted adviser and resource for industry, education, and government. MCCEI aims to promote, develop, and connect career opportunities in the built environment. MCEEI website includes a build your path option, resources, an education map, and employment opportunities.
  • CCBC Apprenticeship Programs: CCBC partners with union and non-union apprenticeship programs to combine on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Students work full-time as an apprentice and take a structured series of courses, which include content that supports the tasks performed at work. Each apprenticeship offers a specialized program that will take from three to five years to complete and leads to a Journeyman certificate.