Why Choose ATA?

Our Core Values

  • ATA is an accredited member of the Council on Occupational Education.
  • ATA runs background checks on all its employees. Financial aid officers have demonstrated employment history with ethical institutions and must participate in ongoing Department of Education approved training.

  • All costs are included in the price of tuition. There are no “surprise fees”.
  • All tuition payment options, including Federal Financial Aid, Tuition Assistance (for active duty service members) and Veteran benefits are explained during your initial consultation with an Education Coordinator, not after you enroll.
  • All instructors are available to provide technical course information before a student enrolls.
  • ATA is in full compliance with all federal, state and accreditation agency standards and laws.  We are proud of our reputation and work diligently to keep it.
  • In May of 2018 The Council on Occupational Education, our accreditor, visited ATA for reaffirmation of accreditation. The team had no findings, recommendations or suggestions. In September 2018, the Council awarded the maximum allowable accreditation award of 6 years.
  • Completion and placement statistics are readily available to the public and meet or exceed federal, state and accrediting agency standards.
  • Education officers, EDD employees, and other officials receive positive feedback from our students. Our licensing and certification agencies, such as the FOA (Fiber Optics Association), the Electronics Technicians Association, National Radio Examiners and others recommend us. We are organized and responsible—we don’t lose your paperwork.
  • Once our student, always our student. Students are welcome to retake classes, come back for tutoring and refreshers for free for as long as they like. Our students have been like family to us and stay in touch from around the globe.
  • ATA continually awards scholarships to students in need annually.
  • ATA and/or its staff are members of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, California Association of Student Financial Administrators, and the National Defense Industrial Association.

  • In an ever-changing economy, the employment opportunities for graduates can change as well, depending on the field. ATA will not offer courses or will suspend courses that are not producing employment outcomes.
  • Input from our advisory committees, consisting of business, military and education professionals keep programs updated and relevant.
  • Through our different affiliations, memberships, and charities, ATA staff, students and graduates volunteer to give back to the community.
  • Current students make new students welcome and show them the ropes. The school welcomes diversity and promotes equality.
  • A student who fails is a failure on our part; we don’t like to fail. We feel anyone can be successful with the right support and self-discipline. We’ll share our knowledge in an environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Senior management will be active in all aspects of student services. This will assure that all departments will work together for the common goal of successful student outcomes.
  • “Life Skills” classes at our El Cajon location are more than resume writing and interviewing skills. True success is managing your life. Our students create budgets based on first-year earnings. Learn how to repair credit, manage your student loans online and network in your chosen field. Techniques in salary negotiations never hurt either, and we promise we make it all fun!
  • ATA staff is committed to education beyond our classroom doors. Higher education planning for our students has evolved over the years. Occupational education will get you trained and employed quickly. That doesn’t have to be the end. Once you are working you may decide to continue your education. Our financial aid staff will help you with your questions, concerns and fiscal planning.


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Institutional & Programmatic Accreditation


Council on Occupational Education (COE)

The Council on Occupational Education came into existence initially in 1971 as the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), a regional accrediting association that serves institutions in an 11-state region.

Throughout its history, the Council on Occupational Education and its predecessor agency have been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education offered by the institutions it has accredited. Its current scope of recognition is as a national institutional accrediting agency for the accreditation of non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary occupational education institutions.


Approvals & Licensing


Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Advanced Training Associates is licensed by the State of California, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affair (USDVA)

The GI Bill is administered by the USDVA, whose responsibility it is to make all determinations related to Veteran education benefit eligibility and payments.  The USDVA regulates entitlements paid to Veterans and performs all calculations.

California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)

The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) is part of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and operates under the authority of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair (USDVA).

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Advanced Training Associates is an approved training provider for CalJOBS and has eligible programs for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act.

California’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) was established in compliance with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 and amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 to provide customer-focused employment training resources for adults and dislocated workers.

This program is designed to be completed in 34 weeks.

This program will cost $12,340 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $3,177 of debt. 

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 34 weeks.

This program will cost $12,340 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks.

This program will cost $12,340 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks.

This program will cost $12,340 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks.

This program will cost $12,340 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 60 weeks.

This program will cost $18,240 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 60 weeks.

This program will cost $18,240 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 61 weeks.

This program will cost $18,240 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 61 weeks.

This program will cost $18,240 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates

This program is designed to be completed in 61 weeks.

This program will cost $18,240 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed.  

For student privacy, median loan amounts cannot be disclosed as fewer than ten (10) students completed this program during the reporting period. Of the students who completed all programs at ATA within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $2,722 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California.

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?444361-Advanced-Training-Associates