Career Training

Career in Less than a Year

Interested in finding a job but don't have a lot of time to spare? Enroll in a Prairie State College non-credit, career-focused class and learn the skills to get a job in less than a year. Gain practical skills and knowledge to prepare for work in high-demand occupations.

CDL/Forklift Operator Training

The Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics field is booming…there is a tremendous need for truck drivers and individuals to work in warehouses, shipping docks and distribution centers. We can provide you with the training that will prepare you to test for your CDL Class A license and training to obtain your Forklift Operator Certification. You can be starting a new career in less than 5 weeks…Let Prairie State College help you get there.

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Truck Driving Training Program
  • Forklift Operator Training – 20 Hour Certification Course
  • Forklift Operator Training – 40 Hour Certification Course

Computer and Information Technology

Interested in updating or improving your computer skills? Start here, we will help you with basic computer skills, document creation, certifications and computer repairs.

  • A+ Certification IT Exam Prep/Boot Camp Excel Step 1 (2013)
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Keyboarding
  • Mail Merge and Your Address Book
  • Microsoft Excel – Beginning (Excel 2013)
  • Microsoft Excel – Intermediate (Excel 2013)
  • Microsoft Office (Office 2013)
  • Microsoft Outlook Step 1
  • Microsoft Word – Beginning (Word 2013)
  • Microsoft Word – Intermediate (Word 2013)
  • Microsoft Word Step 1 (2013)
  • Network+ Certification IT Exam Prep/Boot Camp
  • PowerPoint Step 1 (2013)
  • Tune up Your PC
  • Upgrading and Repairing PCs
  • Working with Pivot Tables and Basic Macros

Online Training (Ed2go)

Is your time limited, but your desire to learn is not? Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. Browse by courses or register online at

  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Grammar Refresher
  • A to Z Grant Writing
  • Introduction to SQL
  • Beginning Writer's Workshop
  • Creating Web Pages
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Speed Spanish

Work-Related Training

We encourage field personnel, business owners, and their staff to stay ahead of the changing needs of the industry by participating in workforce development and educational programs. These industry related courses will enhance the skills and knowledge of office and field personnel.

  • Advanced Firefighter – Firefighter III
  • Advanced Grant Writing
  • Appliance Repair I
  • Appliance Repair II: Washers, Dryers, and Ranges
  • Automotive Electricity/Electronics I
  • Basic Automobile Service and Systems
  • Basic Construction Skills for the Homeowner and Rehabber
  • Basic Firefighter Operations
  • Basics Construction Skills for the Home
  • Building Operator Certification
  • Business for Entrepreneurs Simplified (How to Start and Run a Successful Business)
  • Commercial Food Equipment Repair Technician – WIOA Approved
  • Confined Space Operation
  • Consultative Selling Online
  • Courses Customer Service
  • EPA Lead Safety in Repair, Renovation, and Painting – RRP Training
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Department Management IV
  • Fire Service – Instructor I
  • Fire Service – Instructor II
  • Fire Service – Instructor II
  • Fire Service Management II
  • Fire Tactics and Strategy I
  • Fire Tactics and Strategy II
  • Food Service Sanitation and Safety Certification
  • Fundamentals of Electricity I
  • Groundwater Supply and Treatment
  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Lead Worker Training Initial – Lead Abatement
  • Medi-Car and Service Car Vehicle Safety Training
  • Medi-Car Safety Training Refresher
  • Metal Working Processes
  • Metallurgy – Ferrous
  • Peachtree Accounting
  • Project Management Professional Exam Prep
  • QuickBooks
  • QuickBooks for Construction
  • Rope Rescue Operations
  • SHRM Learning SystemTM for SHRM-CPTM and SHRM-SCPTM Certification Prep Course – WIOA Approved
  • Special Tops in HVACR
  • Tapestry Webinar Series
  • Vehicle and Machinery Operations
  • Welding - Basic Arc/Oxyfuel Welding
  • Welding – Advanced Independent Projects


Now you can get your certificate training right from the comfort of your own home. These online, comprehensive certificate courses prepare students for careers in several different legal fields. Our online partner is an expert in providing the most up-to-date curriculum to make our students very competitive in this job market. This may be just what you were looking for.

  • Legal Nurse Consultant Certificate Course
  • Legal Secretary Certificate Course
  • Paralegal Certificate Course
  • Victim Advocacy Certificate Course

Facilities Management and Manufacturing

The primary relationship between manufacturing and facilities is that every manufacturing plant is a facility, and manufacturing facilities have all of the same issues that other types of facilities have, plus the additional challenge of production operations. These classes cover such topics.

  • Manufacturing Skills Training
  • Quality Inspector Basics for Manufacturing I
  • IFMA’s Essentials of Facility Management Program – WIOA Approved
  • Best Management Practice for Community Trees
  • Landscape Concepts

Real Estate

Are you ready to start your career in real estate? Our Real Estate Broker Pre-License and Applied Principles courses are designed to fulfill the requirements and prepare students to take the Illinois Real Estate Broker Examination.

With a curriculum that covers the latest real estate principles and practices, you'll receive the education and training you need to succeed as a real estate broker. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the material and provide you with the tools and strategies you need to pass the exam and thrive in the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to launch your real estate career!

  • Managing Broker Topics: Licensing, Operations, Escrow and Management (1 of 2)
  • Applied Management and Supervision Principles (2 of 2)
  • Real Estate Broker Pre-License Topics (1 of 2)
  • Applied Real Estate Principles (2 of 2)
  • Home Inspection
  • How to Survive Today’s Mortgage and Real Estate Market
  • Real Estate Career Workshop and Course Orientation

Safety and Security

Safety, health and security in the workplace is important to workers and to the general morale of the employees of a company. Much of this is common sense, but there are government agencies and regulations that govern this aspect in the workforce in order to ensure the security, health and safety of the workforce.

  • 20 Hours Security Firearms Training
  • 20-Hour Unarmed Security Officer Training – Basic
  • EPA Lead Safety in Repair, Renovation, and Painting – RRP Training
  • Illinois Conceal Carry Training Course – 16 Hours
  • Illinois Conceal Carry Training Course – 8 Hours
  • OSHA 10-hour Training Course
  • OSHA 30-hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program

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