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Professional and Technical Courses

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.

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.

Courses are available to the public on an open-enrollment basis each semester. Most classes are offered on a non-credit basis, but some classes are offered for college credit.  

Online Courses for Individuals

ESCC offers a wide range of online courses for individuals, both work-related and for personal enrichment.

License Renewals

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.

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 Continuing Education License Renewal

Online classes are available through ESCC for electricians, HVAC, plumbers, gas fitters, etc.

Call 757-789-7979 for details.

Basic Contractor Licensing & Tradesmen Continuing Education

Classes are offered at:

Tidewater Community College
Regional Workforce Development Center
Suffolk, VA
Advanced Contractor Licensing class also offered

Thomas Nelson Community College
Hampton III Building
Hampton, VA
757.825.2937 or 757.825.2935

Requirements are listed on the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) website.

Don’t see a course you’re interested in?

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.

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