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Professional / Technical Classes

Eastern Shore Community College (ESCC) offers an extensive selection of short-term programs and services to help people learn new work skills and qualify for new or continuing professional certifications. A variety of courses are available to the public on an open-enrollment basis each semester. Programs are scheduled to conveniently fit into the working adult’s busy schedule of work, family and other commitments. Among the regular offerings are classes in computer software, building and industry trades, entrepreneurship, hospitality, food safety and many others. Most classes are offered on a non-credit basis, but some classes are offered for college credit.  The Navigator  is the non-credit schedule.  In addition, Workforce Development Services maintains a log of students who are interested in specific classes and those students will be informed when those courses become available.  Classes can be developed and offered in response to specific community requests and may take the form of short courses, conferences, institutes, seminars or workshops. Many professions and trades require continuing education for license renewal. ESCC works with licensing and certification agencies to offer such coursework in classroom settings and through distance learning. Business and professional organizations may also work through this program to develop training and professional development opportunities for their membership. Training needed to prepare for credentialing exams in the Career Pathways program is also available.


The Navigator

The Navigator is issued at least once per year, and usually twice, and details the classes offered under the Workforce Development Continuing Education program.

The next issue of The Navigator is here!  Check the Spring 2019 Navigator  for information on course offerings.  Call 757.789.7979 for more information.


Basic Contractor Business Licensing Class

Effective August 21, 2006, the Designated Employee or a member of Responsible Management of all contractors applying for initial licensure (for an entity that is not currently licensed) must successfully complete an eight hour business class approved by the Board for Contractors. The course provides an overview of statutes and regulations that govern contractor licensing in Virginia, including a review of  licenses available and qualifications for each,  as well as standards of practice, prohibited acts and how to avoid violations. Note that this course alone is not sufficient to enable a contractor to pass the license examinations required for A or B licenses. Check the DPOR: Contractors website for more information.

Tradesmen – Plumbers, Electricians, HVAC Mechanics, and Gas Fitters

Starting January 2008, the Virginia Board of Contractors requires all Journeymen, Master Plumbers, Electricians, HVAC Mechanics, and Gas Fitters to take a pre-determined number of continuing education hours specific to their trade as part of the licensing or license renewing process.  Each course covers new definitions, code changes, general requirements, impact on the job, general use and special equipment included in the respective codes. These classes are recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Virginia Board of Contractors, and certificates of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be issued to all Virginia tradesmen upon successful completion of the class.  Check the DPOR: Tradesmen website for more information. ESCC is no longer able to offer any of the above as classroom courses at the Melfa campus. Students wishing to take any of these courses may take the class online or travel to Hampton Roads.

Basic Contractor Licensing Online Classes

Go to the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) website for list of approved suppliers of this course.

Tradesmen Continuing Education License Renewal

Electricians, HVAC, plumbers, gas fitters, etc…. online classes are available through ESCC. Call 757-789-1751 for details.

Basic Contractor Licensing & Tradesmen Continuing Education Classroom Classes in Hampton Roads

Tidewater Community College: Regional Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Drive, Suffolk, VA, 23435, Phone: 757-822-1234 (also Advanced Contractor Licensing class) Thomas Nelson Community College: Hampton III Building, 525 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666, Phone: 757-825-2937 or 757-825-2935

Online Courses for Individuals

ESCC has links with organizations through which it offers a wide range of online courses for individuals, both work related and for personal enrichment.

Registration and enrollment

Visit Workforce Development on campus, or call 757-789-7979 for registration information.  You may also register for courses at