Prospective Students

SOME Center for Employment Training provides hands-on training to prepare individuals for careers as Medical Administrative Assistants and Building Maintenance Service Technicians. Students earn occupational credentials and certifications.

Healthcare Program

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)

Medical Administrative Assistants provide a vital role for the medical facility and/or office in which they work. It is their responsibility to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently.

At CET, students in the MAA program learn about allied health professions, healthcare communications, medical records and billing, computer training, and reception and clerical skills to prepare for careers working for places, such as:

  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Nursing Homes
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice
  • Clinics
  • Dental Office
  • Insurance Companies

Healthcare students can also become a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist

Building Trades Program

Building Maintenance Service Technician Certification

A Building Maintenance Service Technician provides a key role for facilities and/or office buildings in which they work. It is their responsibility to keep the building or property running smoothly and efficiently. Service Technicians must be qualified, and therefore must understand how to repair normal wear and tear to structures and/or equipment that residents/clients have temporarily put in disrepair in a timely and efficient manner.

At CET, students learn skills in carpentry, electrical engineering, plumbing, and HVAC to prepare for careers, such as:

  • Plumbing Helper to Plumber
  • HVAC helper to HVAC Technician
  • Electrical helper to Electrician
  • Carpenter Helper to Carpenter
  • Civil Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • General Engineer
  • Service Technician
  • Welder

Building Trades students interested in continuing a career in the HVAC field can continue their training to receive a Universal CFC license.

How to Apply

The SOME Center for Employment Training application process is quick and easy! Admission is rolling—start when you’re ready, no need to wait until a semester starts.

Individuals must go to SOME CET’s offices to complete the application process. The application process will take approximately two hours and has three steps:

  1. Document Review: Staff will review required documents (see list below).
  2. Drug Screening: In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Amendment of 1989, SOME CET will provide a drug-free workplace and training center. Applicants will be required to take a urine drug screening.
  3. Meet Math and Reading Requirements: Applicants will take the CASAS math and reading assessment.
Access Services

Contact: Call 202.765.1357

Location: 4430 Benning Road, NE

Walk-in application hours: 8:30am to 11:00am, Mondays through Fridays

Eligibility: Applicants must be/have:

  • Age 18 or over
  • A government-issued photo ID
  • Social Security Card or official documentation from the Social Security Administration
  • Negative TB/PPD test results within the past 12 months
  • Drug-free

A high school diploma or GED is not required. If you have a high school diploma or a GED, please bring those documents when applying.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be able to receive the tuition-free scholarship if the following criteria are met:

  • Household income is below 200% of the federal poverty line, based on individual or family income in the last 12 months.
  • Lack the skills, work experience, and education to currently obtain and maintain employment at the District of Columbia regulated living wage.
  • Intention and reasonable ability to obtain full-time employment in the area of study.
  • Readiness to begin intensive job training.
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in training.
  • Maintain compliance with trainee rights and responsibilities outlined in the student catalog.