Skylands Professional Training

In an effort to strengthen economic development Skylands Professional Training offers area residents an opportunity to take advantage of programs and non-credit courses to help fast track to a new career.

Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College have partnered to form SPT and offer an array of courses in both the business and health care industry.

Business & Professional Training

This information packed program focuses primarily on accounting procedures and QuickBooks. The class is introduced to MS Windows, Word and Excel and then advances to basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro. Class assignments are based on actual workplace projects to prepare the student for employment in the accounting and business fields. Accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll, financial statements, as well as other accounting policies and procedures are covered. Writing a resume and job search training is included. Prerequisites: High school graduate HSE (formerly GED), basic computer skills and an interest and aptitude in working with numbers.

Dates: September 24-December 7
Time:  Monday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A309
Cost: $2,500 including textbooks

Please call 908-835-2432 or email for more information.

Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT)

This introductory course explores the theory and history of fiber optics data transmission and is designed for anyone wanting to become certified in the basic installation, troubleshooting and testing techniques of installed fiber optics networks as required per industry standards. This program includes 85% hands-on activities by allowing you to build and test your own fiber optics network. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session. You must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course. This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA).

Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of computers. Ability to see and identify small items. Ability to speak and understand the English language.

Class Schedule:
Course Number: ZZZ608A3
Dates: October 15-17 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuition: $699

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)

This comprehensive specialist program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment, and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and maintenance and how to choose among them. This course is 85% hands-on and includes a detailed study of fiber network testing and troubleshooting procedures, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session. You must pass both the written and hands-on exams to successfully pass this course. This course is recognized by The US Department of Labor and is sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA). Prerequisites: CFOT course.

Class Schedule:
Course Number: ZZZ609A3
Thursday & Friday
Dates October 18-19  from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
Tuition: $675

*Actual class hours may vary depending on number of students.

Are you interested in sending your employees to receive training or hiring graduates of our Fiber Optics Training Program contact Eve Azar, at 908-689-7613  to facilitate a speedy registration process.

To register or for more information call 908-689-7613.

This course will provide training to enhance the knowledge of current and prospective foodservice managers in the principles of food sanitation and safety including the Hazard Analysis Critical Point system.

This two day certification course offered through Skylands Professional Training, is recommended for food service personnel who are seeking SERVSAFE® recertification or who have worked in foodservice for at least one year.

Managers will learn the following and how to share this information with their staff: sanitation concepts and the dangers of foodborne illness, safe operation and prevention cross contamination, and applying sanitation and cleaning concepts to your overall operation including pest management.

This certification meets the NJ Department of Health and county ordinances for food handlers and meets the requirement in New Jersey for RISK “Type 3” Food Establishments under Chapter 24 Food Code. Certification is valid for a 5 year period.

*The ServSafe exam is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French and Canadian.
*Please let us know at the time of registration if you need an exam other than English.

Class Sessions:
Tuition: $79 + textbook required. Tuition includes study materials.

Course #:  ZZZ631A1
Dates and Times:
Wednesdays, October 17 & October 24, 2018, 1 pm – 5 pm
SCCC, Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room D105 (Dining Room)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Registered students will receive a study packet and certification directives prior to the start of class.

Textbook must be obtained (SCCC Bookstore) and read prior to class.
Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Healthcare Training

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines, which filter normal waste products and excess fluids from the blood of patients whose kidneys can no longer perform this function.  Dialysis Technicians are responsible for direct patient care. While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease continues to drive the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. As a Dialysis Technician, you are the person providing direct patient care within the dialysis unit. Under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team. Dialysis Technicians initiate, monitor, and discontinue dialysis treatments for the renal failure patient.

Dialysis Technicians – Employment & Education
Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, out patient clinics and other medial facilities. The demand for Dialysis Technicians continues to grow and is expected to grow at a steady pace over the next several years. This high demand is on the increase due to an aging population resulting in an increase in kidney disease.  While historically, this position was trained on the job, today’s employers are seeking well trained individuals that possess a knowledge in the field of dialysis.

Educational Requirements
Students should have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). There is no national or state certification objective and or outcome associated with this program.  Additionally, there is no clinical externship arranged or offered as part of this program. Students must already have one of the following credentials: Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, or Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

ZZZ611A1 Dialysis Technician Program
This 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of Dialysis Technicians.

This introduction to the field of hemodialysis will provide the necessary introduction to dialysis which is required for all aspiring Dialysis Technicians. This program will provide you with a foundation to pursue a career in the field of hemodialysis.

Detailed Course Information:

  • Knowledge and use of aseptic techniques and standard precautions
  • Renal physiology and the pathology of renal failure
  • Perform, and record physical measurements including weight and vital signs both pre, intra and post treatment
  • Evaluate and perform vascular access to circulation
  • Principles of hemodialysis
  • Hematological aspects
  • Dialyzer reuse preparation
  • Basic body chemistry, fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Dialyzers, dialysate and the delivery systems
  • Clinical manifestations of end stage renal disease
  • Routine aspects of hemodialysis
  • Dietary regulation
  • Medication problems and dialysis
  • Acute renal failure and dialysis
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Diabetes and hemodialysis
  • Psychological aspects of dialysis therapy
  • Pediatric hemodialysis
  • End stage renal disease in the elderly
  • Management of quality in dialysis care
  • Laboratory date: analysis and interpretation
  • Understand composition of dialysate solution
  • Anticoagulation and heparin administration
  • Knowledge of the components of blood that are important in hemodialysis
  • Handling of hazardous materials

Course: ZZZ611A1
October 1 – November 26, 2018
Times:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A208

Registration Deadline: September 17, 2018
Tuition: $999
Total Hours:

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors whether positive or negative.

In this interactive course, you will learn ways to cope effectively with stress, retrain your thoughts from negative to positive, deal with and manage anger. This class explores the concepts of forgiveness, identifying and developing happiness habits and spiritual transformation.

Course #: ZZZ656A1
Dates and Times: Thursdays, October 25 – November 8, 2018

Performing Arts Center, Room A208
Times: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

About the Instructor:
Diane Lang is a Therapist, Educator and Author with an expertise in multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct at Montclair State University. Lang has been featured in the Daily Record, Family Circle, Family Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and Cookie Magazine, seen on NJ 12 TV, Good day CT, Style CT, The Veira Network, CBS TV and “Fox & Friends”.

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Topics include: Pet First Aid Certification, Animal CPR, general pet care, preparing for and reacting to pet emergencies, animal behavior, hands on practical’s, “best practice” tips, and planning and preparing for disasters. You must be 16 years of age or older to register for this course.

Class Schedule: November 7, 2018, 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Room A208
Registration Deadline:  November 1, 2018
Cost: $81

For more information email

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. They  prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:

  • Checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • Receiving and checking in supplies
  • Assisting customers
  • Keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Preparation of “bingo cards” for nursing home patients

Pharmacy Technicians – Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Educational Requirements
A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE (formerly GED) must take the Placement Test prior to completing registration. Placement Testing for reading comprehension and basic math is on a walk-in basis. Check the Placement Testing Schedule. A photo ID is required to take the Placement Test.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
This comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.

PTCB detailed course information:

  • Role of the Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  • “Evolution of Pharmacy”
  • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • The metric system
  • Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • Children’s doses
  • Allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Course #: ZZZ613A1
Registration Deadline: September 24, 2018
Dates and Times: October 2 – October 23, 2018
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A312, Labs A207

Course #: ZZZ613B1
Registration Deadline: November 20, 2018
Dates and Times: November 27, 2018 – January 24, 2019 (Snow Dates: 1/29 & 1/31, No Class: 12/24 – 1/1)
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A312

Tuition – $1,299
Total Hours – 50 classroom + 80 hours clinical time

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Intro to Mat Pilates:
Explore the basics of Pilates in this introductory-level course. This course provides you with an opportunity to experience Pilates from the clients’ point of view, and to determine and/or confirm your interest in pursuing a career in Pilates. Students will learn about the history of Pilates, be exposed to career-path options for Pilates Instructors, practice a series of movements taught by a DualStar™ Master Trainer, and discuss ethical aspects of Pilates for both students and teachers. You will also gain a working knowledge of all the systems of the body, with a strong emphasis on the muscular and skeletal systems. Tuition $300 + textbook.

Mandatory Orientation: 9/12/18, 6:00 pm, Synergy Pilates Studio, Newton, NJ
$300 + textbook (Purchase at SCCC Bookstore)
Online Class: Wednesday, September 17 and Friday, September 21, 2018
Wednesday, September 19  & Friday September 21, 5:30–8:00 pm at Synergy Pilates Studio, Newton

Introduction to Mat Pilates is a prerequisite to Pilates Mat 1  and Pilates Mat.

Pilates Mat 1 and 2:
The Mat 1 module provides an introduction to the training techniques of Mat Pilates, focusing on the foundation of Pilates with variations, adaptations, and alternative movements that address anatomical issues and challenges. It familiarizes you with basic human anatomy—the ABCs of DualStar Pilates—and helps you to build a strong foundation for Pilates instruction by teaching specific verbal and hands-on cueing. Special focus is placed on the importance of verbal cueing with imagery to assist clients at different levels and abilities to achieve proper form.

  • Students will learn how the exercises relate to the principles of Pilates, will be taught to execute the movements in the proper form, and will develop a clear understanding of the purpose, benefits, and biomechanics of each exercise.
  • At the completion of the Mat 1 module, students will be able to teach Mat Pilates with confidence and will know how to safely instruct and modify a routine to meet individual health needs of a client.
  • The Mat 2 module focuses on applying the basic principles of Pilates learned in Mat 1 to each Pilates mat exercise. You will learn specific variations and alternative movements that address anatomical issues, highlighting the benefits of each exercise.
  • Students will learn how to plan and adapt specific exercise sequences for a diverse group and learn how to design a Pilates mat class that enhances mobility, balance, and stability, while incorporating appropriate modifications for clients with special needs.
  • At the completion of Intro to Mat Pilates and Pilates Mat 1 and 2 (all three courses), students will be able to define and assess clients’ goals and develop a safe and effective mat class for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clients. You will be able to design a mat class that enhances overall physical performance and prevents injuries.

Course: ZZZ604A1
Online and Wednesdays: Sept. 24  – Oct. 17, 2018
Actual Class Dates: Wednesdays: September 26, October 3, October 10, & October 17, 5:00 – 10:00 pm at Synergy Pilates Studio 6 Long Hill Rd, Newton, NJ
Pre-req: ZZZ603
Cost: $1000

*Upon successful completion of all three courses, students will receive a Mat Pilates Certification from the DualStar™ Pilates Institute. Introduction to Mat Pilates, Pilates Mat 1 and Pilates Mat 2 are pre-requisites to the Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Certification Program.

Intro to Pilates Apparatus
This class is designed for students considering career paths in Pilates and is a prerequisite to Pilates Reformer, Cadillac Tower, Chair and EXERO™System . It gives students an opportunity to experience the Pilates apparatus and will enhance their communication and teaching techniques. This course enables the student to understand the experience from the clients’ point of view.

The instructor will take students through a series of movements using aids and props on the apparatus to enhance their understanding of how to address limitations while using Pilates equipment. The primary purpose of this course is to give the student a realistic experience in the setting of a working studio.

Course: ZZZ605A1
Online,  Wednesdays and Fridays:
October 18- November 15
Actual Class Dates:
Wednesdays: October 19, October 24, October 26, & October 31, 5:00–10:00 pm at Synergy Pilates Studio 6 Long Hill Rd, Newton, NJ

*This one year certification program continues with: Pilates Reformer Certification, Pilates Cadillac Tower Certification, Pilates Chair Certification

** Please refer to the complete Dual Star Brochure for remaining classes required for the full one year Pilates Instructor Certification Program.

STUDIO LOCATION: Pilates Studio Classes take place at Synergy Pilates Center, 6 Long Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

This 16-hour program is designed to introduce healthcare professionals to phlebotomy skills. The program allows nurses, CMA’s, patient care technicians, CNA’s and other healthcare professionals to acquire the additional skills needed for employment that requires venipuncture and dermal punctures. Both the theory and technique of venipuncture and dermal punctures will be covered allowing time for simulated lab.

Requirements: Must be a health care professional requiring venipuncture skills for employment.

Healthcare professionals, LPN’s, RN’s, CMA’s, CNA’s, EMT’s, Dialysis Technicians and student/graduate nurses welcome.

Course: ZZZ655A1
September 18 – September 27, 2018
Times:  Tuesdays & Thursdays , 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A207, Class and Labs

Course: ZZZ655B1
November 6 – November 15, 2018
Times:  Tuesdays & Thursdays , 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Class Room A312, Labs A207
Tuition: Tuition:$189 + Textbook

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Enjoy the rewards of working with animals! This exciting new Veterinary Assistant Program can help students make a difference. The essential skills students will learn in this program will help them keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices.

This Veterinary Assistant program provides opportunities to individuals that will enable students to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry-level position in the field of veterinary technology.  Through classroom lectures and hands on labs, students who complete this program would be prepared to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing quality animal care including: obtaining and recording patient information; the review of preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery; how to collect samples and perform certain lab procedures; dressing wounds; assisting in diagnostic and medical procedures; communicating with animal owners; and feeding and caring for animals.

Veterinary Assistant – Employment & Education
Veterinary Assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. As a Veterinary Assistant, students can work with animals and be a part of a professional veterinary staff. According to the Occupational Handbook the demand for professional veterinary assistants has a 10% growth rate (as fast as average) from 2012 – 2022

Educational Requirements: Those interested in becoming Veterinary Assistants should have a high school diploma or HSE (GED equivalent

This 100 hour program provides instruction and training in the Veterinary Assistant field.  This course includes but is not limited to the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the care of animals as well as an understanding of the clerical/accounting duties necessary to maintaining an efficient and competent front office.

Program Note: Although this program includes comprehensive classroom lectures and hands on labs; this program does not include a national or state certification and it does not include a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.

 Veterinary Assistant detailed course information

  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assisting with dental procedures
  • Ethics and law in the veterinary office
  • Preparing for employment
  • Restraining animals during procedures
  • Assisting with veterinary procedures, in the nursing care of hospitalized animals
    and during surgery
  • Administering medications as directed by the veterinarian
  • Applying bandages and splints
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • IV initiation and fluid therapy
  • Assisting with patient education
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology, cytology, parasitology and serology
  • Preventative medicine
  • Understanding animal behavior
  • Filling prescriptions (under the supervision of the veterinarian)
  • Performing some lab tests
  • Bathing and exercising animals
  • AKC, common canine and feline breeds
  • Answering phones and booking appointments
  • Billing and collections procedures
  • Accounts receivable and accounts payables
  • Interact with animals and their owners
  • Obtain animal health histories and records
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of illness and disease in animals
  • Veterinary facility cleanliness and orderliness
  • Health hazards in the veterinary practice
  • Transporting animals to/from cages and stalls
  • Identification, handling, and care of various exotic animal species

Course: ZZZ610A1
Dates: September 25, 2018 – January 29, 2019 (No class: 11/22,12/17 – 1/1/19, Snow Date: 1/24/19)
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: SCCC Health Sciences Building, Room A208

Registration deadline: September 18, 2018
$1899 includes text and all materials

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Career Training on the Warren Campus

CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Computer Skills for Business
Dental Radiology
Drone/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Remote Pilot Certification Prep
Phlebotomy Technician
Therapeutic Massage

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