Virginia Ready conducted research to identify in-demand occupations across three broad industry categories that are eligible for the program. These industry categories are: Business/IT, 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.



  • AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Solutions Architect
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Customer Service
  • Project Manager


  • Advanced EMT
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician

Skilled Trades

  • Diesel Technician
  • Electrical
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • HVAC
  • Manufacturing Technician 1
  • Marine Trades Training
  • Plumbing
  • Power Line Worker
  • Welding

*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 Virginia Ready eligible course and then apply to become a Virginia Ready Scholar.