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STEP 2: ENTRANCE EXAM

Study, study, study!
After applying to either HVACR, Steamfitting, or Plumbing the second step is the entrance exam. The exam is offered once a year, typically at the beginning of the calendar year.  It is administered in person at the Training Center.
The exam consists of basic math and mechanical reasoning. You will be given 3-1/2 hours to take the exam.
You must score a 75% or better on the entrance exam.

Exam scores determine ranking on the waitlist.  
For those taking the exam again, you will need to fill out a new application. Please see STEP 1 and current announcement as procedures may have changed. 

STEP 1: APPLICATION

Everything is done online!
Apply to either the HVACR, Steamfitting, or Plumbing apprenticeship. NOTE: You can only apply to one trade. Do not submit more than one application for each exam testing period. 

 
You will need the following supporting documents, all of which will be uploaded via the online application:
  1. Valid Driver’s license, State issued ID, or Passport.

  2. High School Diploma, or GED Certificate, or College Diploma

    • Foreign diplomas will not be accepted unless verified through an Academic & Credential Records Evaluation & Verification Service and certified as equivalent to a High School diploma in the U.S.​

    • Official High School transcript may be submitted instead of a diploma, but must show the graduation date

    • Official GED test scores may be submitted instead of GED certificate

    • Official College transcript may be submitted instead of a diploma, but must show the graduation date

    • High School seniors may provide a letter of recommendation from their high school indicating they are on track to graduate - in place of the high school diploma

  3. Transcripts.  If you have lost your diploma/transcript, see parchment.com for copies. For those who obtained education outside of the U.S. see ACREVS.com

If you are interested in taking a tour of our facility, meeting our curriculum coordinators and obtaining additional information about our apprenticeship program please register for our monthly Information Session. 

After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email with your application number. Applicants will be notified when the next entrance exam will be given. Applicants are limited to taking the entrance exam a total of 3 times. 

** Completed applications received in 2023 will qualify for 2024 Entrance Exam.

What comes next?
After passing the Entrance Exam you will be placed on the waitlist. 
For Plumbing and Steamfitting, the waitlist is valid for up to 3 years.  Applicants are called off wait list to be dispatched. 
For HVACR, waiting list is valid for 2 years and applicants must
solicit work and gain sponsorship from a 393 signatory contractor to start the apprenticeship.
New apprentices are typically admitted every fall.

STEP 3: WAITLIST

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The 5 Year Apprenticeship

Our program consists of five years of supervised, on-the-job training accompanied by classroom instruction that supports and complements the jobsite experience. A beginning apprentice in one of our commercial tracks will earn in excess of $30 per hour and pays no tuition. This apprenticeship program is committed to equal opportunity in recruitment, selection, and training. No previous trade knowledge is necessary to apply!

Upon graduation from the program, the apprentice is granted journey level status.  Journey levels are encouraged to return to the Training Center in order to expand their knowledge and add to their skill sets through our journey level training program.  Tuition is free!

Frequently asked questions

Q: Will there be an orientation?

A: Yes, attendance is mandatory. 

Q: When will

classes start? 

A: Classes start in either August or February.

Q: When do

I work and

attend class? 

A: Work during the day and attend class 2 nights per week for 5 years.

Q: How much does the program cost and can I make money? 

A: Tuition is free! Apprentice starting wage is over $30/hr for on the job training.

Occupation descriptions

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PLUMBING

The Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential, commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and to remove wastewater after it has served its purpose.
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STEAMFITTING

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology and power generation.

The Steamfitter protects our environment by properly installing piping and equipment for complex heating/air conditioning and special industrial piping systems such as semiconductor, biotechnology and power generation.

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RESIDENTIAL

PLUMBING

The Residential Plumber protects the health and safety of the community by providing pure water to residential dwellings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, or personal use, and to remove waste water after it has served its purpose.
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HVACR

The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Mechanic is responsible for the service, repair, installation, and retrofit of all types of refrigeration equipment, from the smallest air conditioning systems to the air conditioning and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscrapers, research and development laboratories, supermarkets and other complex installations.

The HVACR Service Technician is responsible for the service, repair, installation, and retrofit of all types of refrigeration equipment, from the smallest air conditioning systems to the air conditioning and refrigeration units used in hospitals, skyscrapers, research and development laboratories, supermarkets and other complex installations.

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