Apprenticeship is a systematic training program that uses a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction to teach the skills of a particular trade or occupation. Apprentices usually work full time, and then attend classes approximately 16 hours per month. Apprentice programs typically last for four years and conclude with the opportunity to become a skilled journeyman in the trade.
In the state of Idaho Electrical; Plumbing; and Heating, Venting, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are licensed trades that require registration, apprenticeship training, and ultimately a journeyman’s license to work in the field. Any person wishing to become an apprentice in Idaho must:
· Meet minimum age requirement
16 years for electrical and plumbing, 18 years for HVAC
· Register with the State of Idaho, Division of Building Safety
· Work in the trade under the supervision of a journeyman.
· Enroll in apprenticeship classes at the NIC Workforce Training Center.
The North Idaho College Workforce Training Center offers approved programs of classroom instruction for Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC. Apprenticeship classes include 160 hours of instruction and are held on Saturdays for eight hours twice monthly. Classes begin the first week of September, and end in mid-May. Correspondence classes are available for those who qualify. Returning students registering after July 31 will be assessed a late fee. Program costs range from $1,150 to $1,595 per year for tuition and books. For students needing assistance with tuition, there are a limited number of scholarships available. Applications are available at the Workforce Training Center. Funding is limited, apply early for best consideration. Some employers offer tuition assistance options. Registration begins July 1.
For more information on apprenticeship classes or to register, call the Workforce Training Center at (208) 769-7735.
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