Trade School

Why go to trade school?
There are several reasons why trade schools might be better than colleges for many people. Some benefits to trade schools include:
1) It is usually less expensive.
2) It can be done in less time.
3) You are more likely to finish the program.

In the end, it depends on what is right for you, but going to a trade school can definitely be worth the investment. Click here to learn more about trade school vs. college.
Which trade school is best?

The best trade school for you depends on your preferences and your goals. When choosing a trade school, make sure to research its price, programs, training, return on investment, and finance options. The following list of trade schools passed our ROI test:

Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild
Accelerate Tech Learning
Advanced Welding School
Alchemy Code Lab
American College of Education
American Diesel Training Centers
American Institute of Medical Sciences and Education
App Academy
Artisan School of Cosmetology
Atlantis University
CDS Tractor Trailer Training
California Medical College
Carolina Career College
Carolina Code School
Claim Academy
Code Fellows
Coder Foundry
Commercial Divers International
Commercial Driver Training
Demo College
Digital Film Academy
Divers Institute of Technology
Evolve Security Academy
Ferrari Driving School
Flatiron School
General Assembly
Grand Circus Detroit
Great Lakes Truck Driving School
Hack Reactor
Heavy Construction Academy
Heavy Equipment Colleges of America
International Diving Institute
Interstate Truck Driving School
JRS Coding School
Lakewood College
Momentum Learning
Mountain West Commercial Driving School
Nashville Software School
New England Tractor Trailer Training School
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers
New Horizons Knoxville
New Horizons Orlando
New Horizons South Florida
New York Code + Design Academy
Northeast Technical Institute
Pacific NW Professional Driving School
Performance Training Solutions
Prime Digital Academy
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
Sage Truck Driving Schools
Skill Distillery
Software Guild
South Florida Academy of AC
Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology
Springboard Deferred
Springboard Live and Learn
The Academy of South Florida
The Data Incubator
The Firehose Project
The Learning Center
The Refrigeration Institute
Turing School of Software & Design
United Medical and Business Institute
University of Arizona Coding Bootcamp
University of Central Florida Coding Bootcamp
University of Denver Coding Bootcamp
University of Kansas Coding Bootcamp
University of Miami Coding Bootcamp
University of New Hampshire Coding Bootcamp
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Coding Bootcamp
University of Pennsylvania Coding Bootcamp
University of Richmond Coding Bootcamp
University of Utah Coding Bootcamp
V School
Vanderbilt University
Veterans Assembled electronics
West Coast Training

What trade school jobs pay the most?
Trade schools cover a wide variety of fields. For some examples of the top-paying jobs, check out the posts below!
10 Healthcare Jobs That Don’t Require a Bachelor’s Degree
What Jobs Can You Get With a CDL?
What are my options if I can't afford trade school?
Can't afford to pay for trade school out-of-pocket? No worries! There are many student loan providers who can help you finance your tuition. Consider borrowing a federal, private, or institutional loan. Take a look at our article on the different types of student loans to learn more about your options.



Coding Bootcamps

Is a coding bootcamp worth it?
Coding bootcamps can certainly be worth it! Instead of paying tens of thousands of dollars and spending many years working towards a degree, at a coding bootcamp you can build skills and start your job hunt for a cheaper price, in a shorter time. Click to read more about the benefits of coding bootcamps.
Will a coding bootcamp get me a job?
Although a coding bootcamp can't guarantee you a job, it can definitely give you the skills to access the huge job pool of tech-oriented positions. By 2024, tech employment is going to grow by 12%! With hard work and dedication, a coding bootcamp could help you get a job.
Which coding bootcamp is the best?
You should be looking for the coding bootcamp that is best for you! When choosing a coding bootcamp, make sure to look up its price and location, do online research, meet the staff, and visit the campus. For more information, check out our guide on choosing the best coding bootcamp.
How can a coding bootcamp change my life?
Coding bootcamps are a fast-track way to gain skills in programming, UX Design, and other tech fields to jump-start a new career. This short-term, cost-effective alternative can be perfect for you is you are eager to start on a new path. Check out how a combination of quality control and career services can catapult you into the job of your dreams—and how to switch careers with a coding bootcamp!



Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

What does "commercial driver's license" mean?
A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a certification required to operate large or heavy vehicles. This license can be acquired at any truck driving school and opens up doors to a variety of careers, such as truck and bus driving, heavy equipment operating, teaching, and more. Click to learn more about the outlook for the truck driving industry!
Why get a commercial driver's license?
With the positive economic outlook for truck driving careers and the relatively low cost of truck driving programs, getting a commercial driver's license can be a valuable investment. A CDL, which costs around $3K–$7K, can earn you a salary of up to $90K job! Learn more about the benefits of commercial driver's licenses.
Who needs a commercial driver's license?
Anyone who wants to operate a large or heavy vehicle needs a commercial driver's license. Several jobs that require a commercial driver license are: truck driving, bus driving, crane or other heavy equipment operating, highway maintenance technician, and CDL training instructor. Learn more about the jobs you can get with a CDL.
Where can I get a commercial driver's license?
You can get a commercial driver's license at any truck driving school. You can find schools through the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Climb Credit, or by a simple Google search. Click here to read more about how to find the best CDL programs.



Heavy Equipment Operations

What does a heavy equipment operator do?
Heavy equipment operators manage heavy equipment, such as cranes and bulldozers, used in engineering or construction projects.
Why become a heavy equipment operator?
One reason heavy equipment operating might be a good career for you? Because you can escape the dull 9–5 office job—crane operator Elliott Jones says that he's "just ecstatic. It's so fun." Another reason to consider this field is the growing number of jobs in the industry. Click to hear more about Elliott's experience as a heavy equipment operator.
Are heavy equipment operators in demand?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of available jobs in the field in 2014 was 186,500, and the median salary in 2015 was $47,120. And with an expected 5% growth in number of jobs from 2014-2024, those numbers are expected to rise even higher! Click to learn more about the heavy equipment industry.
How do I become a heavy equipment operator?
In order to become a heavy equipment operator, you need some postsecondary or vocational education. There are many schools that teach students how to operate heavy machinery and provide a certification upon completion. Read more about how to get a heavy equipment operator certification!
Can you operate heavy equipment without a license?
You do not legally need a license to operate heavy equipment—however, many companies today ask for a commercial driver's license in order to hire you. Getting a CDL could help you land a heavy equipment job faster and easier.



Student Loans

Where is student loan debt a real problem?
Student loan debt is a real problem in the US. The total amount of student loan debt in the US is $1.52 trillion and it has increased by 58% over the last decade. Check out these US student loan statistics and what Climb is doing to help fix things!
Which student loan is best?
The main different types of student loans are federal, private, and institutional loans. Which student loan is best for you depends on your need and eligibility. You should research all of your options and compare them to one another. When you decide to apply for a loan, make sure to use this student loan application checklist for guidance.
Which student loan repayment plan is best?
Which student loan repayment plan is best for you depends on your budgeting. If you can afford it, you might prefer to make fewer payments in larger amounts. If not, it might be better for you to make smaller payments over a longer time. Learn more about student loan term lengths and how they impact your finances.
What student loan can I get?
You can apply and potentially get a federal, private, and/or institutional loan. A federal student loan is given by the government. A private student loan is given by a privately-owned bank or lending institution. And an institutional student loan is given by the school itself. Click here for more information on the different types of student loans, and if you're planning on studying at a trade school, check out if you are eligible for a Climb private student loan!
Who are student loan lenders?
Student loan lenders are the ones who fund and originate your loan. They set the terms and interest rates for the loan. For example, Climb Credit is a student lender for private student loans.
Who are student loan servicers?
Student loan servicers manage your loan from origination to full repayment. They are the point of contact if you want to switch your repayment method, alter account information, or apply for deferment or forbearance, and they will send your monthly statements and keep track of your payments. Want more info? Visit Loan Servicers: Who They Are and What They Do.
When does student loan repayment start?
Student loan repayment varies from lender to lender, but for most Climb loans, your first payment is due one month after your loan is funded. If you have a Climb loan, you can check your Student Portal, as well as your approval and finalization emails, for the exact your student loan repayment starts. And feel free to check out this post on student loan repayment tips!
How does student loan interest work?
There are many variables to student loan interest. Check out these articles to learn more about the different kinds of interest rates:
Interest Rates vs. APR
Fixed vs. Variable Interest Rate
Full vs. Interest-Only Deferment
How are student loan payments calculated?
To learn more about how your monthly payments are generated, check out this post on how we calculate your student loan payments!
Are student loan payments tax-deductible?
You can deduct the interest paid on your student loan depending on your income, and only if you are legally obligated to pay the loan. For more information, click here to read about student loans and taxes.
How do I get a trade school loan?
You can apply and potentially get a federal loan, private loan, and/or institutional loan. Climb Credit serves as a private student lender that specifically works with students that are continuing their education at a trade/vocational school. We strive to work only work with schools that provide a high return on investment, so you are better positioned to be able to pay back your loan. Learn more about Climb's loan and additional trade school loan options.