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You’re ready to learn. Are they ready to teach?

You have seen the ads on job boards and social media pages. A trade school or college has the key to the door of opportunity. Enroll now, the ads suggest, and your success is insured. But not guaranteed.
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Many careers require advanced training. Skilled trades may be licensed. Technical professions may require a college degree.

Skilled trades

Are you headed toward a state-licensed profession like hair styling (cosmetology), or tractor-trailer driver (CDL)? If so, check the state licensing agency website for that profession. Pre-license and exam prep schools will be licensed by the same state agency. The agency website is likely to have a list of licensed schools.

By completing training at a licensed school, you satisfy the state’s training requirement.

After training, you may need to pass a state exam. If you attended an unlicensed school, you might not be allowed to take the exam!

Technical professions

Many careers that are not state licensed will require post-secondary (after high school) training.

Some require degrees. If you are headed into one of those professions, be sure that the school you attend is accredited. The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has a database of accredited schools[1].

As of early 2014, there were 68 government-recognized accrediting agencies. Here are examples for future teachers, preachers, dentists and pharmacists:

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 754
Commission of Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools 132
American Dental Association 1108
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education 151

Combined, the 68 agencies verify and monitor the standards of more than 36,000 institutions. You have many choices, if you’re looking for an accredited program.

The USDOE website[1] lets you search by institution, or by state and/or city. If you happen to know the name of an accrediting agency, you can search by that as well. Your search will return a list of accredited schools, programs, and internships. You can export that list to read in more detail in a spreadsheet or word processing program.

Are you considering training for your next career move? Please take a second or two to answer this poll:

What career school(s) would you attend?

[1] U.S. Department of Education accredited postsecondary institutions

George Pond

If the internet is like a sea, George is the guy you see fishing along the shore. All sorts of good and bad ideas surface each day. He casts out for career development tricks and tools, hoping to land the best of them to share at

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