VA Ready conducted research to identify in-demand occupations across three broad industry categories that are eligible for the program. These industry categories are: Technology, Healthcare, and Skilled Trades.

We focused on occupations with the most need for skilled workers, the skills that can be acquired through short-term programs, and programs that are already part of Virginia’s FastForward initiative. We have also partnered with other education partners for additional credentials not supported through FastForward.

Credential training programs vary by location.






Technology Computer User Support Specialists CompTIA A+
Information Security Analysts CompTIA Security+
Certified Professional and Ethical Hacker
Network and Computer Systems Administrators CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Linux+
Computer Network Support Specialists CISCO Networking Technician and Associate
CompTIA IT Fundamentals
Comp TIA Server+
AWS Cloud Practitioner
AWS Certified Solutions Architect
Healthcare Medical Assistants Medical Assistant
Nursing Assistants Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Medication Aide
Phlebotomists Phlebotomy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians Pharmacy Technician
Medical Records and Health Info Technicians Billing and Coding Specialist
Professional Coder
EMT and Paramedics Emergency Medical Technician
Medical Secretaries Medical administrative assistant
Medical Scribe
EKG Technologies Technician
Select trades and others  Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers Welding*
Marine Trade Training*
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers Power Line Worker
Machinists Machining*
Electricians Electrical and Electrical Systems
Heating, AC and Refrigerations Mechanics HVAC*
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters Plumbing and Electrical
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Commercial Driver’s License A
Diesel Technician Diesel Technician
Logistics Certified Logistics Associate
Certified Logistics Technician
Heavy Equipment Heavy Equipment Operator Level 1
Heavy Equipment Operator Level 2
Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Technician 1

*Program certifications and occupation requirements may vary by college.

Although this is the current list of eligible programs, the list is subject to change. No other courses qualify as part of this initiative at this time.

Ready to earn a new credential to get a job and launch your new career? Enroll in a VA Ready eligible FastForward course and then sign up to become a VA Ready Scholar.