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+|
|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)|
|Pharmacy Technicians||Pharmacy Technician|
|Medical Records and Health Info Technicians||Billing and Coding Specialist|
|EMT and Paramedics||Emergency Medical Technician|
|Medical Secretaries||Medical administrative assistant|
|Select trades and others||Welders, Cutters, Solderers, Brazers||Welding*|
|Marine Trade Training*|
|Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers||Power Line Worker|
|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.