Quick Careers and Short Term Certification

A-B Tech has many short-term training options designed to help students get started in a new career quickly. Explore our options either by programs or length of time and find the path that's right for you.

You can complete most of the following academic and workforce programs in less than a year:

The credentials below may be earned in either one, two, or three semesters if beginning with Fall 2020. You can find more information and register on our registration page. 

Fall Completion (1 Semester):

Construction Management Technology – Basic Construction & Millwork Certificate

Welding Technology – Basic Welding Certificate

Automotive Systems Technology - Certificate I

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology - Heating Certificate

Business Administration – Retail Marketing Certificate

Human Services- Human Services and Substance Abuse Studies certificate

Spring Completion (2 Semester):

Computer-Aided Drafting Technology – Architectural Drafting Certificate

Geomatics Technology – Land Surveying Fundamentals Certificate

Electrical Systems Technology – Electrical Wiring Certificate

Computer-Integrated Machining – Basic Machining and CNC Certificate

Construction Management Technology Certificate

Industrial Systems Technology – Basic Maintenance Certificate

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Certificate

Electronics Engineering Technology – Electronics Manufacturing Certificate

Baking and Pastry Arts – Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate

Business Administration – Accounting Certificate

Culinary Arts – Culinary Studies Certificate

Digital Media Technology -Digital Media Technology Design Level I Certificate

Esthetics Technology – Esthetics Technology Certificate

Hospitality Management - Hospitality Management Certificate

Information Technology – Computer Basics Certificate

Information Technology – GIS Fundamentals Certificate

Office Administration – Word Processing/Desktop Publishing Certificate

Early Childhood Education - Spring Start (2 semester) - Early Childhood Certificate 

                                                                                    Infant Toddler Certificate 

Basic Emergency Management Science 

Fire Protection Technology

Public Safety Administration:  Corrections Management, EMS Management, Fire Service Management, Law Enforcement Management, Public Safety Management

Summer Completion (3 semester):

Automotive Systems Technology Diploma

Building Construction Science Diploma

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Automation & Robotics Certificate

Computer-Integrated Machining Diploma

Welding Technology Diploma

Electrical Systems Technology Diploma

Electrical Systems Technology - Building Instrumentation and Control

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Diploma

Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Diploma

Industrial Systems Technology – Mechatronics Diploma

Medical Office Administration – Medical Office Administration Medical Coding Certificate

Office Administration – Office Management Certificate

Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Certificate (Summer/Fall/Spring)

                                                  Infant Toddler Certificate (Summer/Fall/Spring)


Advanced Manufacturing
Computer-integrated machining

WNC’s manufacturing sector is still booming and it provides some of the higher paying jobs in the area with the best benefits. Many individuals with a high school diploma and short term training, or just good mechanical ability, can expect to be making $15 - $20 an hour within 5 years of taking a job in the manufacturing industry. 5 to 15-week classes start in January.

Machining Fundamentals

Industrial Maintenance Academy

Creating with Aerospace Composites

CNC Machining 101

Manufacturing Boot Camp

Skilled Trades

For those who like to work with their hands, our skilled trade classes provide training to hone your skills and turn them into a career. Right now, there are many jobs in the trades going unfilled due to the retirement of Baby Boomer generation and the lack of new workers with the right skills. In this area as well, you can make around $15-$20 an hour. 



Welding Technology
Medical Office Administration

The Healthcare field has such a wide variety of job opportunities. From working directly with patients to office positions, there's something for everyone. In this vein, our training is also varied to better serve the needs of our students.  

Personal Care Aide

Electronic Health Records

Nurse Aide

Clinical Massage

Business and Hospitality

With Asheville's tourism industry, is it any wonder that business and hospitality positions are in demand? Whether you're more comfortable behind a desk or the great outdoors, there are opportunities for a fun and exciting career waiting for you.  

Office Professional Certification

Whitewater and Zipline Guide Training

People in a raft
Tablet with A-B Tech website on it

Learn from the comfort of your own home with our flexible online options. While we have over 200 online classes that can help you build skills or explore careers, there are a few that also prepare you to sit for nationally recognized certifications. 

CompTIA certifications

Administrative Assistant