How long is the training?
Registered Apprenticeship programs may take from 1-6 years to complete, depending on the occupation. Most programs are 3-4 years in length. The length of training (term) is determined by standards adopted by the industry.
Are apprentices required to attend school?
Apprentices must attend Related Technical Instruction which is combined with on-the-job-learning experience. Most programs require approximately 144 hours of Related Technical Instruction per year. Like other aspects of Registered Apprenticeship, the employer or local committee determines the Related Technical Instruction training requirements according to industry standards.
Can apprentices earn college credit for their Registered Apprenticeship experience?
Yes. Community and technical colleges offer college credit for the required related instruction in many Registered Apprenticeship programs.
Are there age limits for apprentices?
Typical minimum age is 18. There are no upper age limits on apprentices.
Are apprentices paid?
Yes. Apprentices must be full-time employees of the employer who is sponsoring the training program. However, in the event of a School-to-Registered Apprenticeship program, apprentices may be employed part-time. Typically, the wage of an apprentice starts at 40-50% of a skilled worker's wage. Wages increase progressively with satisfactory completion of work assignments and Related Technical Instruction.
What are the minimum educational/experience requirements for Registered Apprenticeship?
No experience is required; most registered apprenticeship programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some occupations require completion of specific subjects such as algebra, blueprint reading or related shop work.
Do you have to join a union to be in a Registered Apprenticeship?
No. Arizona has both Union and Non-Union Programs Registered with the Apprenticeship Office.
What costs associated with Registered Apprenticeship may be considered for eligible clients through the Workforce Investment System?
Funds may be used to provide the cost of tuition, books, supplies, fees, uniforms, tools and other items needed by the client to complete the Registered Apprenticeship program. WIOA funding may support: outreach, recruitment, application; intake and assessment; supportive services; related technical instruction/classroom training; on-the-job training and customized training. You need to contact your area Arizona Workforce Connection Office for more information.