Advertising Disclosure

About Us

Blue Collar Brain is an in-depth resource for current and prospective students that are considering a career in the trade industry. Our website offers guides and articles for choosing schools, picking a blue-collar job, financial aid, and more to help make the process of planning their future easier.

We pride ourselves on the transparency and data-driven content we provide. We spend hours researching each and every article to help ensure we are providing a resource that is accurate and non-bias.

Please be sure to also visit our privacy policy (we take your privacy seriously!) and terms of use.

How We Make Money

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials to protect you from misleading advertising that’s been paid for by a company.

Because Blue Collar Brain is a for profit website, we do earn money through a variety of ways and we are disclosing those below:

Referral Leads

When we promote a program and a student request more information from a school, we earn a referral fee from the school.

When you see a school search tool or any item marked as “ad” those are tools that may provide compensation to keep Blue Collar Brain running. These are not schools we personally have relationships with and are not formally recommending, so please make sure you do your due diligence before enrolling.


Sponsorship ads can be seen throughout the website and in our newsletter. These ads are partnerships we have created with schools and vendors that we are confident will be a good resource or option for you.

All sponsorships are fully vetted and we are selective in the ads we allow on the website to ensure we are providing the best resources for you.

Affiliate Marketing

We also earn revenue from affiliate partner links with various companies. If you click a link and purchase a product we may earn a commission for that product. These may include textbooks, products for specific jobs or other recommendations we feel may help you in your career or career search.

We work hard to only promote products, schools, and services that we feel will be a good asset for you. We make independent recommendations based on our research and first-hand experience. While we do our best to ensure every article is updated with the most accurate and updated information, some details may differ on a vendor’s website. We present all products and recommendations without warranty.

Maintaining Editorial Independence

Our purpose is to provide accurate and unbiased information about trade careers. Our guides and articles are created using a variety of resources to offer visitors the most accurate information about educational opportunities, certifications, and career opportunities across the United States. The following are our guidelines to ensure we offer content that is impartial and has the highest standards:

  • Our content will be based on facts and data and will never be based on any financial relationship. For example: we will never promote or even list a non-accredited school for any amount of compensation.
  • Our editorial integrity is everything to us and we will provide data sources for all information that we provide. For school profiles, we will include resource links to help you make an informed decision and not offer any personal recommendations to you.
  • Every school we profile will be fully accredited, whether nationally or regionally.

If you have additional questions regarding our advertising or editorial processes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Last Updated: January 6, 2023