Different types of trade schools are welding, construction, health care, electrical repair, HRVAC, culinary arts, mechanical repair and computer technology. Trade schools are also known as vocational schools or technical schools. They offer students a series of courses that focus on learning the skills needed to gain employment in their chosen field, rather than an advanced degree.
Unlike colleges, trade schools typically only require students to take courses in their chosen field. For example, a student interested in employment in the culinary arts will only need to take those courses to graduate. Programs typically are 1-2 years long. Students may receive a diploma, certificate or take a licensing exam, depending on the requirements of their chosen career.