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Sustainable Trail Building | Certificate

The one-year online and in-person Sustainable Trail Building Certificate program offers a unique opportunity to jump-start a career as a trail professional through a flexible, part-time program of study. Gain the education and skills needed to learn safe, effective, and ecologically focused trail design and construction techniques. The program is designed to help future trail builders enter a career in this growing field to build better, maintain, plan, and manage essential corridors connecting users to natural, cultural, and historical spaces.

The program is taught through a combination of online, classroom, and in-the-field learning. Tuition includes trail passes to Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain Bike Park vouchers. Bunk house accommodation is available at no additional cost for participants coming from a distance for in-person class dates.

This program generally runs from September to September, with three in-person weeklong sessions throughout. Two sessions are held in the fall and one in the spring. Visit the program page for specific timing information. In addition, participants take part in a paid 100-hour Trailship program with a professional trail organization during the summer to apply their new skills in a real-world setting.

3D Technology | Certificate

The 3D modeling, imaging, and printing revolution is transforming society and a variety of industries. Practical and creative applications of 3D technology are now found in art, science, food, education, healthcare, automotive, construction, and manufacturing sectors. Vermont State’s Certificate in 3D Technology prepares you to understand and explain the applications of 3D technology in a broad range of fields from anthropology to manufacturing, employ the principles and practices, and demonstrate technical competency with a range of 3D technologies.

Cannabis Studies | Certificate

Vermont State’s Cannabis Studies Certificate Program is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program exploring cannabis — including its historical, cultural, economic, political, legal, medicinal, and spiritual dimensions. You’ll also learn about and participate in the cultivation of cannabis and the commercial development of the cannabis industry. In addition, the certificate program provides students with Cannabis Employee ID Card Compliance Training, required of all employees in the Vermont cannabis industry. The Cannabis Studies Certificate Program is your ticket to the cannabis industry, providing the education, experience, opportunity and certification to enter this growing field.

Paramedicine | Certificate

With Vermont State University’s Paramedicine Certificate, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to apply to take the National Registry of EMT’s Paramedic examination and enter this growing field.

The four-semester program includes independent study, online discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and practice in an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) lab. Under preceptor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of pre-hospital and in-hospital healthcare settings.

Practical Nursing | Certificate

If you are new to the field of nursing and want to enter the workforce quickly, our Practical Nursing Certificate program is designed for you. This nursing education program will put you on track to earn a livable wage as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and prepare you to enter Vermont State’s associate degree in nursing program at the same time.

Energy Works: Heat Pump Installation | Certification

Energy Works provides no-cost training opportunities for heat pump installation in just two weeks.

There is no experience required for training within Energy Works. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion of the training. Individuals who enter the field following the training will receive an additional $500 after 60 days of employment. Training includes OSHA-10 and First Aid/CPR certification, EPA-608, job shadow opportunities, and four days of technical training conducted by industry leading instructors with years of experience.

Heat pump trainings are offered in Burlington, Hartford, Rutland, and Westminster. This program will be expanding to additional locations throughout Vermont. Please visit our website and/or contact Vermont Adult Learning for the most up-to-date offerings.

This program includes for prepares for the following credential(s): EPA Act 608 Safe Refrigerant Handling Certification.

Construction 101 | Certification

Construction 101 prepares trainees for entry-level work in the construction trades. During this six-week course, participants earn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) credentials, and receive job placement opportunities.

Each trainee has access to the necessary tools of the trade. Students practice being on a construction crew, working collaboratively with their fellow trainees. They work on construction projects as they would on an actual job site. Class time is split between hands-on learning, building projects, and classroom training.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

YouthBuild | Certification

YouthBuild students have the opportunity to graduate with their high school diploma, be trained in construction skills earning certificates in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), First Aid & CPR Training, and as part-time AmeriCorps members earn an AmeriCorps Education Award.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

Trailblazers | Certification

Trailblazers is a free trades training program preparing women and gender-expansive individuals ages 18+ for careers in construction and the renewable energy sector.

The seven-week-long pre-apprenticeship program provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for participants to build skills, gain confidence, and explore fields that tend to be male-dominated.

Throughout the program, participants get hands-on experience through field trips, community build projects, and a three-week paid onsite work experience with a local employer who has participated in our gender equity training.

This program includes or prepares for the following credential(s): National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Craft.

Conservation Program: Forestry | Certification

While improving the health of our forests, Corps Members build professional skills and gain experience toward careers in the Vermont forest products industry. After completing Game Of Logging training and certification, crews work with chainsaws and hand tools to complete projects including:

  • Invasive species removal: Corps Members use their hands, tools, and direct chemical application to control invasive species like buckthorn and barberry. These projects improve wildlife habitat and support biodiversity.
  • Reforestation & Erosion Control: Crews plant trees in deforested areas and install water bars (diagonal ridges or channels) for erosion control.
  • Tree felling: Crews operate chainsaws to thin trees and improve habitats, sustainably harvest timber, and remove trees that are hazardous to recreationists.

The estimated duration of this program is 12 to 26 weeks depending if you are on the advanced crew or the Americorps crew.

This program includes or prepares for the following credentials: Class A Sawyer certification, Class B Sawyer certification, Game of Logging Levels 1-2. Game of Logging Levels 3 & 4 are offered to returning crew members and year-round leaders.