Continuing Education Schedule - Madison

Continuing Education Classes (non-college credit)




Medicinal Plants & Their Healing Power

Wed, March 17 - March 31, 6 - 8 p.m.

Fees: Course $69

For centuries our ancestors used natural remedies to relieve pain, improve physical and mental states through the use of herbal seeds, bark, roots, flowers, and foliage. Directly involved yourself in the healing process by making your own herbal remedies. Explore choosing herbs, making salves, poultices, infusions, and stocking your herbal medicine cabinet.


Notary Public (Two Offerings)

Fri, March 12., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri, May 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fees: Course $75

Course covers material and required exam for becoming a notary. Upon class completion with a passing exam grade of 80%, a person is eligible to make an application with the NC Secretary of State office. To apply for commissioning as a notary you must: be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S.; be able to speak, read, and write English; have a high school diploma or equivalent, and reside or have a regular place of business in NC. Students must present a current photo ID and have a copy of the required textbook to be admitted to class. Textbook: NC Notary Public Manual, 2016 Edition. Books are available to purchase at the A-B Tech Madison campus.


ServSafe Manager Certification

Tues, March 16, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fees: Course $106

Prepare for the National Restaurant Association's ServSafe Manager Certification. The exam is included as part of the class. Upon completion with a passing exam grade of 75%, the student will earn this industry-recognized certification valid for 5 years. This one day class features online testing and instant score results. No book required.


Whitewater Rafting Guide

S/SU, April 24 - May 15, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fees: Course $376.35

Class focuses on the fundamentals and skills needed to become a whitewater rafting guide. Learn to read the whitewater, use river signals, maneuver, and rig rafts, tie knots, work with guests, and other basic river operations. Students must be 18 years old to register and must register in person at either the A-B Tech Madison or A-B Tech Asheville campuses. Valid ID required at registration. Class meets at Marshall Outpost.



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American Sign Language

Tues, May 4 - June 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Fees: Course $75

American Sign Language (ASL) is quickly becoming one of the most widely used languages in the United States. In this beginning class, be introduced to fingerspelling and ASL signs, grammar, terminology, and communication processes. leave the class with a signing vocabulary of over 200 words. Textbook: Signing Illustrated.


Making Soaps Naturally

Wed, May 12 - May 19, 6 - 8 p.m.

Fees: Course $69

Discover through hands-on experience how to make creamy, moisturizing soap using the cold-press method. Learn to safely work with lye and experiment with different oils, fragrances, herbs, and natural colorants. This beginner's class will reveal how the properties of various oils and additives produce different soap types. A supply list will be provided at the first class. Cost of supplies $35-$40.


Nurse Aide I (CNA)

Dates/Times TBA

Fees: Course $226.35

The class will meet:

  • Class meetings are online via ZOOM
  • Labs and clinical sessions will meet face-to-face on the Madison campus
  • A calendar with meeting specifics will be issued to all registered students

At the time of registration, you must:

  • present a current/valid state-issued ID (such as your driver’s license or U.S. passport)
  • present your social security card (cannot be laminated). The name on social security and state-issued ID must match!
  • present your high school or GED diploma, present transcript documenting you have taken/passed ENG 111 at the college level, or take/pass the TABE reading test (test will be given at the time of registration)
  • tuition is due at the time of registration.

Because the clinical portion of the Nurse Aide class will not be held at a clinical site the TB (Tuberculosis) skin test and all other immunizations are being waived at this time. This is subject to change with clinical availability.

A textbook, workbook, and handouts are required for the class these total approximately $90 and are available for purchase at the Madison campus. You will not need to purchase these at the time of registration but will need these prior to the start of class.

If you are a North Carolina resident, scholarship opportunities may be available. Contact us for more information on this.

This is a very popular class and seats are limited. If you are interested in the course, please call (828) 398-7700 or email or to add your name to the list of interested students. When registration for the course opens, students on the list will be contacted in the order they were added to the list. We cannot hold seats, so spots will go to the first students who complete their registration.


Welding Basic

Tues, May 18 - Aug 3, 6 - 10 p.m.

Fees: Course $191.35

This basic welding class covers mig, tig, stick, and arc welding and is an excellent course for beginners or those simply wishing to brush up on their current welding skills. Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment for this course (do not purchase before the first class session). Attendance at the first class meeting is required.