Washington Trade & Vocational Schools

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

Whether you are looking to attend a school in a big city like Olympia, 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 Evergreen State is a great choice for a brighter future!

Washington 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 Washington!

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.

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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 Evergreen State.

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Additional Vocational Schools In Washington

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!

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.

Bates Technical College

Address: 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Enrollment: 4106
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 43%
Average Net Price: $8,594.00

Divers Institute of Technology

Address: 1341 N. Northlake Way, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington 98103
Enrollment: 247
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 92%
Average Net Price: $38,105.00


DIT has over 50 years of experience helping commercial divers learn the tricks of the trades. Their graduates go on to work in hazmat, salvage, inland, offshore, and saturation diving careers.

They offer an intensive 7-month program. Each month will focus on the following topics:

  • Physics and medicine
  • Lightweight and rigging
  • Offshore and hazmat
  • Underwater welding and burning
  • Scuba and inland
  • Deep dives

Upon graduation from the program you can receive a variety of certifications that will certify your experience and skills and increase your job opportunities.

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.

International Air and Hospitality Academy

Address: 2901 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, Washington 98661
Website: www.aha.edu/
Enrollment: 158
Housing: Yes
Graduation Rate: 73%
Average Net Price: $12,970.00
Programs: /

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.

Northwest HVAC/R Training Center

Address: 204 E. Nora Ave, Spokane, Washington 99207
Enrollment: 35
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 86%
Average Net Price: $13,777.00

Northwest Renewable Energy Institute

Address: 2901 E Mill Plain Blvd Vancouver, WA 98661
Housing: Yes
Accreditation: Northwest Renewable Energy Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.


Enter the job market in as little as 6-months with the Northwest Renewable Energy Institute wind turbine training program.

Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building

Address: 42 N Water St, Port Hadlock, Washington 98339
Enrollment: 52
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 75%
Average Net Price: NA

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

Address: 42 N. Water St. Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Website: www.nwswb.edu
Enrollment: 52
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 75%
Programs: /


The Boat School, founded in 1981, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools (ACCSC). It offers classes to over 1,600 students from all over the world. The school teaches wooden boatbuilding and marine systems skills. Their programs cover marine systems and boatbuilding which range from 9-12 months. There is also a 5-day intensive certificate for marine systems.

Perry Technical Institute

Address: 2011 W Washington Ave., Yakima, Washington 98903-1296
Enrollment: 867
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 79%
Average Net Price: $18,800.00

West Coast Training

Address: 3805 Dike Road, Woodland, WA 98674-9725


Learn how to master a variety of heavy equipment like dozers, cranes, excavators, loaders, and more at West Coast Training’s California trade school. Their courses meet all guidelines set by the NCCER and NCCCO.

Most courses included classroom and hands-on instruction for a length of 4-28 weeks, depending on the program you select. A variety of financial aid and career services are available to students.