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Becoming an Apprentice
Apprenticeship is a systematic training program that uses a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction to teach the skills of a trade or occupation. Apprentices usually work a regular forty hour week, then attend Saturday classes (generally 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 HVAC are licensed trades that require registration, apprenticeship training, and ultimately a journeyman’s license to work in the field
Apprentice Registration Requirements
Any person wishing to become an Electrical, Plumbing or HVAC apprentice in Idaho must:
• Meet minimum age requirements
(16 years for electrical and plumbing, 18 years for HVAC).
• Register with the State of Idaho, Division of Building Safety and/or the
State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries.
• Work in the trade under the supervision of a journeyman.
• Enroll in apprenticeship classes at the NIC Workforce Training Center.
For apprentice registration or additional information contact:
Idaho Division of Building Safety
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Apprenticeship classes at North Idaho College - View classes
North Idaho College (NIC) offers approved programs of classroom instruction for Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC through the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls. 160 hours of instruction are offered each year (approximately 16 hours/month). Classes are held on Saturdays, beginning the first week of September and ending in mid-May.
Apprenticeship Class Fees and Registration
Program costs range from $950 to $1400 per year. Tuition for apprentice courses includes instruction, course textbooks and materials. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Scholarship applications are available at the Workforce Training Center. Some employers also offer tuition assistance options. Financial aid awarded for completing the FAFSA does not appy to these non-credit programs.
Registration forms are available through the NIC Workforce Training Center in Post Falls, usually beginning in late June. Registration begins July 1. Full payment of tuition is required at the time of registration. To obtain forms and/or to register, contact the Workforce Training Center at 208-769-3333. Students are encouraged to register during the month of July.
Apprentice instruction is available by correspondence for licensed apprentices who may have extreme distance (50 miles or greater from the Workforce Training Center) or schedule considerations that prohibit attendance in classroom instruction. North Idaho College must first approve application requests. For a correspondence application, call Peggy at (208) 769-7735.
Employment in the Trades
Most apprentices begin work with a contractor (electrical, plumbing or HVAC) prior to beginning their schooling. However, it is not required that you be employed in the trades in order to take apprenticeship courses at NIC. If you are interested in finding work in the trades, contact a local contractor or check job listings. Contact information for contractors in electrical, plumbing and HVAC can be found in the yellow pages, both online and in the phone book.
Becoming a Journeyman
In order to receive a journeyman’s license in the State of Idaho, there are three requirements:
• Work 8000 hours as an apprentice (2000 hours/year for four years).
• Attend and pass all four years of apprenticeship classes
(minimum 144 hours of instruction per year)
• Pass the state journeyman exam.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
The A.A.S. Degree is available through North Idaho College for Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC apprentice students. Apprentice students who pass all four years of related instruction may be awarded 56 credits (14 credits per year). Degree-seeking students must complete a minimum of 15 additional credits in required subjects. Twelve of the 15 credits must be taken at NIC. There is a charge of $10 per credit, or $560, to have the credits transcripted. For more information, contact Cindy Hanhi in the NIC Admissions office at (208) 769-3317.
Bachelor’s in Applied Science
Individuals who obtain an A.A.S in apprenticeship may also be eligible for admission to Lewis Clark State College’s Bachelors’ degree in Applied Science or Applied Technology program. For more information, contact Jennifer Weeks at 1-800-879-0458 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, visit LCSC’s website: http://www.lcsc.edu.