Continuing Education

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South Campus Room A100
Mon-Thu: 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Continuing Education

Refresh your skills or explore a new interest. Our continuing education opportunities will help you retool for what's next in life. Whether your goal is to continue your professional development or learn a new skill, our continuing education courses are current and relevant.

Classes are offered on both a for-credit and not-for-credit basis and have quarterly start and end dates. Most classes are held in the evenings and weekends to accommodate busy work schedules.

Check out our full array of classes. You can register by mail or over the phone using a MasterCard or Visa by calling 253.680.7402. Online registration will be complete after payment is made over the phone with a MasterCard or Visa.

Refund Policy

Continuing Education classes are self supported, and Bates will cancel a class if there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost. If your withdrawal notification is given at least one business day prior to the first day of class, or the class is canceled, you will receive a 100 percent refund. Bates reserves the right to cancel, reschedule class times and/or dates, or change instructors. We will notify you only if the class is cancelled.

Continuing education classes

Explore current class offerings by your area of interest. Spring, summer and fall registration now open.

Boiler Certification - Bates offers Boiler Operator Certification Testing in Class I Chief Operating Engineer, II and II Operating Engineer and Class IV and V Boiler Fireman.

Business Administration - Courses for beginning level.

Construction & Trades - Includes courses for boiler operator training; courses for Electrical Trainee renewal; welding, electricity, and HVAC.

Engineering & CAD/CAM - Courses for beginning level.

Health/SciencesCourses include phlebotomy, nursing assistant, CPR and first aid.

Online Courses­ - Includes courses for business negotiation and collaboration and leadership skills.

Public Safety - This area includes our Fire Recruit Academy and Emergency Medical Technician courses.

Transportation & Distribution - Courses include flagger certification training and forklift operations.

GI Bill/Financial Aid: Continuing education programs are not eligible for financial aid, including, but not limited to the GI Bill, federal financial aid or state aid programs. If you are a veteran receiving assistance through the GI Bill, please contact Andy Hall, VA certifying official, to check if the VA will fund your continuing education program before enrolling.