• PA Safety Inspection of Vehicles certification course & Emission testing

    PA Safety Inspection Certification course

    • Course description: This state approved course is designed to provide automobile mechanics with the required certification to conduct the PA Safety Inspection of Vehicles. Specific categories that individuals may become certified in include:
      • Category I: Passenger
      • Category II: Motorcycles
      • Category III: Heavy Trucks

    Upon satisfactory completion of the course, which includes classroom and vehicle inspection, a certificate will be issued by the PA Department of Transportation. To register for the course, please complete this form and return to the GACTC with payment. 

    • Cost: $175.00, which includes textbook and Category I inspection test; an additional $40 is assessed for each additional category. Additional textbooks are $13.00 each. 
    • Course Hours: 12 classroom instruction, plus inspection test(s)
    • Schedule:
      • 2020:
        • October 12, 13, 15, 5 - 9 pm; certification tactile testing is conducted the week of October 19th between 5 and 9 pm.
        • November 9, 10, 12, 5 - 9 pm; certification tactile testing is conducted the week of November 16th between 5 and 9 pm.

    PA Emission Certification Testing

    • Description: This certification testing is offered for automotive technicians for Northern Region Emission Certification.  Individuals must visit paimtraining.com to obtain study materials for the certification. Individuals must register for the certification testing via the PA Inspection Mechanic Training and Certification portal at https://www.patrainingportal.com/
    • Cost: $40 for new certification (payable via the PA Inspection Mechanic Training and Certification portal), plus $20 testing fee to GACTC (payable to GACTC)
    • Schedule: 
      • October 20, 2020 at 3:15 pm 

      • November 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Healthcare certifications

    We are a proctoring site for several healthcare certifications through National Healthcare Association, including the following:

    • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) 
    • Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS) 
    • EKG Technician (CET)

    Please contact us to arrange proctoring at (814) 946-8469 or adulted@gactc.edu

    Machine, Electrical, and Welding training

    Machine (Beginning)

    • Course Description: A course to introduce the individual in the use of the different machining equipment. Instruction is given in basic measurement and layout and the proper use of the lathe, milling machine, and drill press.  Safety goggles must be provided by the participant.
    • Cost: $590
    • Hours: 72
    • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information.

    Machine (Advanced)

    • Course Description: Designed to provide additional instruction and practice in the use of lathes, milling machines, and related equipment. Safety goggles must be provided by the participant.
    • Cost: $590
    • Hours: 72
    • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information. 

    CNC Programming

    • Course Description: This course is designed to offer the student basic programming machine code principles to begin programming CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) equipment.
    • Cost: $305
    • Hours: 36
    • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information. 

    Electricity – Residential (Beginner)

    • Course Description: A course designed for the beginner of electrical theory.  Theory and practice given in wiring receptacles, single pole switches, light circuits, 3 and 4-way switches and pilot lights, and interpreting electrical blueprints. The National Electric Code Book is used as a basis for reference.
    • Cost: $580
    • Hours: 72
    • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information. 

    American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility Welder Testing

    Welding - Beginner

    • Course Description: A practical course in developing knowledge and skills in stick welding. Safety goggles and welding gloves must be provided by participant.
    • Cost: $625
    • Hours: 72
    • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information. 

    Welding – Advanced

    • Course Description: Students will be learning all position welding in the processes of GMAW/FCAW/GTAW and ACAC arc cutting. ACAC and GTAW will only be in the flat and horizontal positions for safety reasons. Students will learn advanced welding techniques in the welding and cutting processes. 
    • Prerequisite: Students must provide proof of prior welding experience. The following items will be accepted as verification of experience:
      • Complete the Basic Welding Course offered by the GACTC
      • Proof of basic welding course equivalent to the GACTC Basic Welding Course
      • Letter from employer, must include:
        • Company letterhead
        • Verify a minimum of 100 hrs. welding experience
        • Information for contact
          • Name, title, address, phone number, and email address
        • Students must bring their own equipment to use. This includes: welding helmet, leathers, welding gloves, and work boots.
        • Ear protection and safety glasses will be provided.
      • Cost: $500
      • Hours: 40
      • Schedule: Please contact us for additional information. 

     SMAW Welding with optional FCAW & GMAW welding

    • Course Description: This training will prepare welders for bridgework welding certification including certification testing on welding process, preparation of material, and joint configuration for SMAW. The semi-automatic process addition (FCAW/GMAW) training can also be provided in this training, based on needs of individual. Training will include 1 hour of theory and 7 hours of application in welding shop at the GACTC.
    • Materials: Student must provide welding gloves, helmet, jacket, and safety glasses. 
    • Cost: varies depending on number of students and welding training needed; Please call the Continuing Education Office for more details.

    Welding Testing

    • Description: Various welding testing is available. Please call the Continuing Education Office for more details. Testing can be conducted at the GACTC or at company worksite.
    • Cost: varies per test
    • Schedule: Call the Continuing Education Office at 814-941-TECH to schedule testing. 



    Other testing

     DSST Exam proctoring

    • Description: DSST exams provides individuals an opportunity to receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom through a suite of more than 30 exams in college subject areas such as Social Sciences, Math, Applied Technology, Business, Physical Sciences and Humanities. 
    • Cost: $55 testing fee + cost of test (Test cost varies, please visit DSST website to learn more.)
    • Schedule: Please contact us to schedule DSST exam proctoring. 

    Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

    • Description: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their skills and advance their careers using Microsoft Office applications. 
    • Cost: varies per test; view tests and fees at https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Certifications/Microsoft/MOS/Overview
    • Schedule: Please contact us to schedule exam proctoring. 


    Do you have an idea or need specific training and/or testing?  Please contact the Continuing Education Office today at 814.946.8469 or adulted@gactc.edu to discuss your needs. 

  • Contact us!

    Office Hours:

    • Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am - 6 pm
    • Friday: 7:30 am - 5 pm


    Office Location: 5th Floor

    Phone: 814-941-TECH (8324) or text (814) 205-3783

    Email:  adulted@gactc.edu