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Why Penn Foster Career School?

  1. Distance learning.
  2. Independent study.
  3. 80+ career programs.

About Penn Foster Career School

With more than 100 years of education experience, Penn Foster Career School is one of the oldest distance learning institutions in the world. The school focuses on vocational-technical education for adults and has made education accessible to millions of people around the world.

Anyone can attend Penn Foster Career School. There is no required experience and no campus to visit. Penn Foster will even send you the materials you need to complete your studies - all you have to do is put in the time and effort.

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Independent Study

At Penn Foster Career School, you don't have to worry about getting to campus, dealing with crowded classrooms, or sitting through long, boring lectures. You will be in a classroom of one. All of your coursework will be completed through independent study. Penn Foster Career School will ship books, study guides, and learning aids directly to you. Study materials can also be downloaded online. If you do run into trouble or need help, instructors and other faculty members are available to answer your questions via mail, telephone, and email.

Learn At Your Own Pace

Because Penn Foster Career School allows independent study, you will always be able to learn at your own pace. If you are balancing work and family, you can take more time to complete your program. If you are eager to get into the workforce, you can finish your program quickly. Take as little or as long as you need.

Career-focused Programs

With more than 80 different career programs, Penn Foster Career School is sure to have a program that fits your interests. Some of the areas you can study include automotive, business, design, drafting, education, health services, natural health, legal studies, and technology. You can also learn a trade, such as appliance repair, carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, and jewelry repair. No matter which program you choose, you can expect to receive comprehensive instruction and opportunities for hands-on training.

Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Career School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster Career School is licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.

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Find Your Program:

  1. Automotive

    • Students interested in working in automotive maintenance and repair receive hands-on training through Penn Foster's automotive program. Career diploma programs are offered that prepare students for a career in a little as a few weeks. Students choose from the following programs of study:

    • Certificate - Automotive HVAC Essentials
    • Certificate - Automotive Transmissions
    • Career Diploma: Auto Repair Technician
    • Career Diploma: Diesel Mech. and Heavy Truck Maint.
    • Career Diploma: Motorcycle Repair Technician
    • Career Diploma: Small Engine Repair
  2. Business

    • Penn Foster's business program offers four career diploma programs to get students started in the field of business. Students learn real-world skills in marketing and sales, office technology, accounting and business management. The following fields of study are available through Penn Foster's business program:

    • Certificate - Microsoft Office 2013 (without software)
    • Certificate - Microsoft Office 2016 (with software)
    • Certificate - Microsoft Office 2016 (without software)
    • Certificate - Accounting Essentials
    • Certificate - Business Management Essentials
    • Certificate - Business Security
    • Certificate - Human Resource Management Essentials
    • Certificate - Property Management
    • Career Diploma: Administrative Assistant
    • Career Diploma: Bookkeeping
    • Career Diploma: Small Business Management
  3. Creative/Design

    • Creative individuals have several options for study through Penn Foster's creative/design program. The following programs are available, which prepare students for careers in art and design, bridal consulting, catering, event planning, fashion, floral design, interior decorating and writing.

    • Certificate - Public Relations
    • Certificate - Spanish
    • Career Diploma: Computer Graphic Artist
    • Career Diploma: Dressmaking and Design
    • Career Diploma: Floral Design
    • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
    • Career Diploma: Interior Decorator
    • Career Diploma: Web Page Designer
  4. Engineering

    • Students interested in engineering can learn the necessary CAD drafting skills through Penn Foster's engineering programs.

    • Certificate - AutoCAD Essentials
    • Career Diploma: Drafting with AutoCAD
  5. Health Services

    • Penn Foster's health services program offers options related to the fields of health care, pharmacy, dental assisting and veterinary assisting.

    • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional
    • Certificate - Anatomy & Physiology
    • Certificate - Child Psychology
    • Certificate - Electronic Medical Records
    • Certificate - Fitness And Nutrition
    • Certificate - Medical Information Management
    • Certificate - Medical Terminology
    • Certificate - Natural Health Care for Pets
    • Certificate - Sports Nutrition
    • Career Diploma: Certified Personal Trainer
    • Career Diploma: Dental Assistant
    • Certificate - Medical Administrative Assistant
    • Career Diploma: Medical Billing and Coding
    • Career Diploma: Medical Transcriptionist
    • Career Diploma: Optician
    • Career Diploma: Pharmacy Technician
    • Career Diploma: Physical Therapy Aide
    • Career Diploma: Veterinary Assistant
  6. Legal Studies

    • Students can prepare for challenging and exiting careers as legal secretaries, legal transcriptionists, paralegals and private investigators through Penn Foster's legal studies program. Students learn valuable skills in legal writing and research, legal terminology, transcription methods, surveillance and reporting techniques.

    • Certificate - Advanced Paralegal Applications
    • Certificate - Real Estate, Wills and Estates for Paralegals
    • Career Diploma: Legal Secretary
    • Career Diploma - Legal Transcriptionist
    • Career Diploma: Paralegal
  7. Technology

    • Overlapping with the creative/design program, the technology program at Penn Foster offers programs in art and design, electronics, Web and computer programming, computer repair and telecommunications, providing hands-on training and preparing graduates for a variety of rapidly growing technology fields.

    • Certificate - Computer Programming Languages
    • Career Diploma: Basic Electronics
    • Career Diploma - Computer Support Technician
    • Career Diploma: Electronics Technician
    • Career Diploma: PC Maintenance and Repair
  8. Trades

    • Students interested in quickly and conveniently learning a new trade can pursue a wide variety of programs through Penn Foster's trades program. Students can choose from many different programs, which provide hands-on training in a broad range of trades.

    • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
    • Certificate - Gourmet Cooking
    • Certificate - Pet Grooming
    • Career Diploma: Appliance Repair
    • Career Diploma - Caterer
    • Career Diploma - Certified Wedding Planner
    • Career Diploma: Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor
    • Career Diploma: Furniture and Cabinet Maker
    • Career Diploma: Gunsmith
    • Career Diploma: HVAC Technician
    • Career Diploma: Home Remodeling and Repair
    • Career Diploma: Jewelry Design and Repair
    • Career Diploma - Landscaping Technology
    • Career Diploma - Locksmithing
    • Career Diploma: Wildlife/Forestry Conservation

Penn Foster Career School Online Locations

Penn Foster Career School offers a wide range of programs that can be taken online. The advantages to online learning are that you can work at your own pace and learn from anywhere. For more information about specific programs, please click here.

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