Path to Pro

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The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation are committed to educating more people in the skilled trades and helping them find careers in the home improvement industry through our Path to Pro program. With hundreds of thousands of open roles in the trades nationally, we can’t tackle this work alone. Industry leaders like Home Builders Institute (HBI), Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) and Atlanta Technical College (ATC) are helping us prepare skilled people for these opportunities. Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has introduced more than 15,000 to the skilled trades and certified more than 5,000. 

Additionally, the company is launching several new initiatives. From geotargeted online resources and entry-level certificates to advanced training, and even a networking platform with the company's Pro customers, people will have even more opportunity to pursue their career journey in trades from start to finish.





In 2018, The Home Depot Foundation and HBI launched its joint, trades training program for separating military members.

  • 12-week program provided at no cost to participants
  • Graduates gain industry-recognized, pre-apprenticeship certification training (PACT) and OSHA 10
  • Programs are on or adjacent to 10 U.S. military bases



In 2019, The Home Depot Foundation and HBI expanded its trades training program into high schools across the nation.

  • 2-year program provided at no cost to students
  • This pre-apprenticeship certification training (PACT) curriculum is offered to 11th and 12th grade students
  • Programs in more than 50 schools across 16 states



In 2018, The Home Depot Foundation and CEFGA partnered to introduce Construction Ready Plus—an advanced level trades training program.

In 2020, the two organizations partnered with The Marcus Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to begin a K12 trades training program for youth in Georgia.

  • Construction Ready Plus: 16-week curriculum, taught on Saturdays, giving students the opportunity to earn six credentials.
  • K12 Pipeline: Currently in 160 Georgia schools, this program begins at the elementary school level and continues through high school with industry-recognized certifications.


In 2019, The Home Depot and other Atlanta-based corporations collaborated with Atlanta Technical College (ATC) to introduce the Center for Workforce Innovation.

  • The program offers high-quality instructors, professional skills classes, on-campus career development coaching, wrap-around services, and work-based apprenticeships and internships.
  • The Skilled Trades Program provides training across carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and welding


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Program Locations
Youth (State)
Alabama Kansas North Dakota
Alaska Kentucky North Carolina
Arizona Maryland Ohio
California Massachusetts Oklahoma
Colorado Michigan Pennsylvania
Florida Minnesota Tennessee
Georgia Missouri Texas
Hawaii Montana Virginia
Idaho New Hampshire Washington
Iowa New Jersey Wisconsin
Illinois New Mexico  


Program Locations
Military (Bases)
Camp Pendleton (Q1 '20) Ft. Carson (Q1 '19) Ft. Stewart (Q1 '18)
Ft. Bliss (Q1 '19) Ft. Hood (Q1 '19) Jacksonville Naval (Q3 '18)
Ft. Bragg (Q1 '18) Ft. Riley (Q1 '20) Norfolk Naval (Q2 '19)
Ft. Campbell (Q3 '19)    


Trades Training