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Craft a Profession

Robert Olmos
College Access Advisor

​Apprenticeship Facts

  • Apprenticeships earn an average starting salary of $50,000 a year while gaining an equivalent to a 2 year or a 4 year college degree.   
  • Workers who complete an apprenticeship program earn $300,000 over a lifetime than their peers who did not complete an apprenticeship program. 
  • There are over 400,000 registered apprenticeships nationwide in more than 1,000 occupations.  


​Craft a Profession

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is proud to offer personalized advice and guidance to those interested in pursuing learning, education and employment possibilities through an apprenticeship. Our services include one on one, customized support walking you through all the details of what an apprenticeship program is, whether an apprenticeship is the right fit for you, what options are currently available and how to enroll. 

Apprenticeships are often overlooked as a rewarding, worthwhile career and life pursuit. Apprenticeship programs are growing beyond the traditional manufacturing and construction industries and can now be pursued in health care, energy, information technology and transportation industries.  Lasting anywhere from one to six years (depends on the industry), those enrolled in an apprenticeship program immediately earn wages. "The average wage for a fully proficient worker who completed an apprenticeship translates to approximately $50,000 annually. Apprentices who complete their program earn approximately $300,000 more over their career than non-apprenticeship participants." (Mathematica Apprenticeship Earnings Study 2012) Once the apprenticeship is complete, the "apprentice" has both an education, and actual practical on-the-job skills and experience. Nationally certified apprenticeship programs allow those completing them more career advancement opportunities and location choice.

Advantages of Registered Apprenticeship​​

  1. The apprentice from day one will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills.
  2. The apprentice will receive hands-on career training in programs such as health care, construction, information technology, and geospatial careers.
  3. The apprentice will have the potential to earn college credit, associate or bachelor's degree, in many cases paid for by your employer.
  4. Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary, and little or no educational debt.
  5. When you graduate from a career training program, you'll be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.
  6. Many of the nation's most recognizable companies have Registered Apprenticeship programs.




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.