California Trade & Vocational Schools

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So, you are beginning your search for a trade school in California! That is exciting news!

Whether you are looking to attend a school in a big city like Sacramento, or in a smaller, more rural area there are definitely options. Our list of schools provides some of the most important information you may want to know before making a decision to enroll. From net price to total enrollment, you can find the best match for your needs. Our data is updated annually so you can be assured the information is as accurate as possible.

So, scroll through the list, see which ones sound like good possibilities and reach out to the school for more information.

No matter which choice you make, just know that attending trade school in the Golden State is a great choice for a brighter future!

Be sure to check out our state specific schools for various skilled trades too if you know what you want to do.

California Trade Schools

The vocational schools listed below are in alphabetical order and include programs from barber to welding and everything in between. No matter what career you are interested, there will be a vocational school just for you in California!

Our partner schools are those that we do receive a commission for, but they are amazing schools with lots of opportunities in all different vocations. Just click a button to reach out to any school to learn more about them.

Trade Schools By City In California

Are you looking for a vocational school in a specific city in California? Below are some of the cities that offer the most opportunities for those looking for a technical or trade school.


Partner Trade Schools Near You In California

Already have an idea of what kind of vocational training program you are looking for? Our partner schools are a great place to start!

Go ahead and select a program, enter your zip and find the schools that are closest to you in what is known as the Golden State.

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Additional Vocational Schools In California

The  data below is from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) which is a great resources for finding trade schools all over the country.

The information shows some of the most important items you may consider when choosing a school. Much more information is provided on the IPEDS website if you want to dive deeper!

Advanced Career Institute

Address: 1243 N. Clancy Street, Visalia, California 93291
Enrollment: 800
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 69%
Average Net Price: $16,948.00

Airstreams Renewables

Address: 13681 Chantico Road, Tehachapi, CA 93561
Accreditation: Airstreams is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training


Airstreams Renewables, Inc. is a private institution that is approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. It offers programs that help workers gain employment in the wind energy sector. This 240 hour program will cover safety, climbing, electrical, schematic reading, mechanical, and telecommunications. Working as a wind turbine technician is one opportunity for those who graduate from the school.

APC Crane Training

Address: Various
Cost Range: $3,000-$6,000


APC Crane training offers classroom and field training in classrooms across the country in a variety of cities. They only offer training and certification for crane operators.

Caterpillar Operator Training

Address: Various


Caterpillar offers hands-on and classroom training in their Edwards, Illinois and Tinaja Hills, Arizona facilities.

Center For Employment Training

Address: Various


The Center for Employment Training has 12 career training centers, with most being located in California. Each location will have different programs, so be sure to check the location program offerings.

Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

Address: 14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, California 91746-0002
Enrollment: 748
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 92%
Average Net Price: $3,221.00

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America

Address: Various Locations


The Heavy Equipment Colleges of America offers 4 locations across the US and provides heavy equipment operations training using the Adaptable Equipment Proficiency Test program. This program is a recognized certification for most heavy equipment. Crane operators will be certified under the Certification of Crane Operators.

The school offers financing, grants, and VA benefits and offers job placement assistance.

Institute of Technology

Address: 564 W Herndon, Clovis, California 93612
Enrollment: 1403
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 73%
Average Net Price: $21,178.00

International Union of Operating Engineers


With over 1,000 instructors and many locations throughout the United States and Canada, IUOE is a great choice for learning how to handle heavy duty equipment. Each location offers different types of opportunities for training and apprenticeships. Classroom instruction, simulators, and working onsite with an experienced journeyman are all parts of the training you will receive.

National Career Education

Address: 6249 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights, California 95610
Enrollment: 512
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 80%
Average Net Price: $24,168.00
Programs: /

Riverside City College

Address: 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92506
Enrollment: 17960
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 34%
Average Net Price: $7,161.00

Sacramento City College

Address: 3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, California 95822-1386
Enrollment: 18333
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 25%
Average Net Price: $7,788.00

Saddleback College

Address: 28000 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, California 92692-3635
Enrollment: 17392
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 46%
Average Net Price: $7,918.00

San Joaquin Delta College

Address: 5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95207
Enrollment: 16640
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 30%
Average Net Price: $17,503.00

Santa Rosa Junior College

Address: 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
Enrollment: 14967
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 36%
Average Net Price: $9,220.00

Sierra College

Address: 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin, California 95677-3397
Enrollment: 15773
Housing: Yes
Graduation Rate: 36%
Average Net Price: $5,921.00

Spartan College of Aeronautics & Technology

Address: 8911 Aviation Blvd, Inglewood, California 90301-2904
Enrollment: 319
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 80%
Average Net Price: $24,283.00

Summit College

Address: 804 E Brier Dr, San Bernardino, California 92408
Enrollment: 1100
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 76%
Average Net Price: $28,471.00

The Fab School

Address: 9571 Pittsburgh Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730
Enrollment: 189
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 98%
Average Net Price: $37,857.00

Universal Technical Institute

Enrollment: 1341
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 49%
Average Net Price: $23,474.00


Universal Technical Institute has several locations across the United States. Each location offers programs in different trade skills which include automotive, welding, motorcycle, and even Nascar! Visit their main website to find the location and program that is right for you!

School data shown on this listing is for the Southern California location.