Our Training Method

Penn Foster Career School is committed to the successful completion of your coursework and earning your diploma. The typical Penn Foster student experience goes like this:

1. The Enrollment Process
2. Your Student ID Number
3. Begin Your Studies
4. Getting Help When You Need It
5. Taking Examinations
6. Graduation

STEP ONE - The Enrollment Process

Select the online program that interests you. The Penn Foster Career School website offers program overviews, curriculum outlines, tuition schedules and information on career services for graduates. You can even view forecasts of employment demand and salary ranges by career.

When you are ready, simply enroll online or call our toll-free number to speak with an Admissions Specialist.

STEP TWO - Your Student ID Number

As soon as your enrollment is processed, you will receive your Student ID Number. You’ll need to use your Student ID Number to access your online courses.

STEP THREE - Begin Your Studies

You can log in through the Penn Foster Career School website to begin your studies immediately. Use your Student ID Number to register as a new student. You should begin your lessons as soon as possible, the sooner you start, the sooner you'll earn your Diploma.

STEP FOUR - Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. Faculty and instructional advisors are available to answer your questions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. On weekends and holidays, you can leave a message and your call will be answered the next business day. You can also contact your instructors by email if you prefer.

STEP FIVE - Taking Examinations

At the end of each lesson, you take an exam. You can complete your exam online through our website. As soon as you pass your exam, you can go on to the next lesson.

Your examinations and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Lesson Grade (%) Letter Equivalent Rating
90-100 A Excellent
80-89 B Good
70-79 C Average
65-69 D Passing
Below 65 F Failing

An overall program average of 65%, or above, is required to graduate and earn your diploma.

FINAL STEP - Graduation

Once you have passed all your courses, you will receive your diploma from Penn Foster Career School (high school students receive their diploma from Penn Foster High School). Depending upon the program you choose, you can complete your training in just a few months from today! Or, take up to two years to complete a program.*

* Students enrolled in the High School Program may take up to three years.