Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When do classes start?

A. Enroll now and start immediately! Because you're in a "class of one," there's no need to wait for the next semester - class is in session whenever you're ready to learn.

Q. How long will it take to complete my training?

A. It's up to you. With Penn Foster Career School, you set your own pace...complete your training as quickly or as slowly as you like. Many of our programs can be completed in less than a year if you study just an hour a day. The maximum time you have to complete a Career Diploma Program is two years.*

* Maximum completion time for the Telecommunications Technician, and High School Programs is three years.

Q. Do I need any previous experience?

A. Most Penn Foster programs are designed so even beginners with no experience can get off to a fast start toward an exciting new career. As long as you can read and write, and have average intelligence, you should be able to complete your training without any difficulty. However, some programs, require that you have a High School Diploma or GED to enroll. This prerequisite is noted in the individual program descriptions where applicable. If you don't have your High School Diploma, and are interested in getting it, click on High School Diploma for details on Penn Foster High School. It's recommended that you be familiar with personal computers before enrolling in the Web Page Designer Program.

Q. I have been out of school for a long time. Will I have trouble?

A. You shouldn't. Penn Foster Career School training is unlike attending classes at other schools. You proceed at your own, individual pace, learning at the most comfortable speed. Lessons are easy to understand, and contain plenty of pictures and diagrams to illustrate important points.

Q. Do I need to buy any extra books or supplies?

A. You don't need anything extra to get started - just a pen and paper and the willingness to learn. All programs comprise the learning materials you need to complete your training and are included in the one low tuition price you pay. However, in the programs that include computer training, you will need to have access to a computer (see individual program descriptions for system requirements).