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07/14/2020 at 10:30PM

My father went to trade school, how do I describe his education level on my applications?

On all of the college applications I have started so far, the parent information section asks for the education level of each of my parents. The options typically include: "High School or Less," "Some College," "Associate's Degree," "Bachelor's Degree," or "Graduate Degree." My father went to trade school for plumbing, so none of these options describe his education level. He completed the plumbing license test to become a licensed plumber, but I am unsure as to whether or not this would be equivalent to an associate's degree. Could anyone provide any insight?

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2 answers

07/15/2020 at 03:35PM

I googled what degree a trade school diploma/certification is and I found this: "Trade schools frequently offer certificates or diplomas indicating that students have completed a specific course of study. While these certifications aren't equivalent to bachelor's or associate degrees, they can help you get a job with an organization that recognizes the certification.” Therefore, I would put “high school or equivalent” since Trade School is not considered a college degree. Hope this helps!

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07/14/2020 at 11:20PM

I’m not certain but I believe it’s an associate degree as it contains professional skills/non 4 year higher education.

@cp83907/15/2020 at 01:24AM

No that doesn't seem accurate. It sounds like he got a professional certificate based on what you've said. If that's the case then the most accurate answer is High School or less from what I can tell. It's possible that trade schools count as equivalent so if there's a way to contact common app directly, ask what trade certificates should be categorized. Ask him if he got an associate's degree though because it's possible but it's a binary thing, you either have one or you don't.

@DebaterMAX07/15/2020 at 01:46AM [edited]

If it’s a certification agree but it seems to be a trade school and trade schools I believe are classified as associate degrees

@DebaterMAX07/15/2020 at 01:47AM

Also @tamara you can always contact CommonApp and ask them directly

@cp83907/15/2020 at 01:51AM

It's not an IMO thing though. like you either earned one or you didn't. I kinda get what you're saying and I agree but I feel like they would have made it Associate's/Trade if that's such a big thing.

@DebaterMAX07/15/2020 at 01:52AM

I meant I believe not IMO I’ll edit that. Oops

@cp83907/15/2020 at 01:52AM

They should fix it though and have another box or be more clear about what it's classified as.

@DebaterMAX07/15/2020 at 06:38PM