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The mission of this program is to provide an atmosphere of unified learning and skills development, through classroom instruction and “on-the-job” experience, assuring a lifelong earning opportunity to a diverse community.

Earn while learning new skills through real work experience. Apprenticeship programs combine paid employment with no cost training. Completing each year of training elevates an apprentice's hourly pay rate and their status within the skilled trade community. Upon completing the full apprenticeship program, an apprentice becomes a Journeyman and is considered at the very top of the industry. Apprentices enrolled at public institutions are exempt from paying fees including application, registration, tuition and lab fees. A written agreement between the apprentice and employer ensures the apprentice becomes skilled in the occupation.

Unlike other career training programs offered at the Orange Technical College campuses, apprentices are selected to participate by employers/sponsors based on criteria specifically defined in standards of registered apprenticeship programs approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Education.

How to Become an Apprentice

Check with the admissions office at any Orange Technical College campuses. Potential candidates must apply for registered apprentice positions. Admission requirements and eligibility vary by program because program sponsors define them according to their specific training needs and the availability of employment opportunities. However, federal law defines minimum requirements and mandates that selection criteria be job related.

Certifications earned through registered apprenticeship programs are recognized nationwide. Apprentices who complete registered apprenticeship programs are accepted by the industry as journeymen.

Basic Skills Exam

All Students registered in apprenticeship programs are exempt from taking the basic skills exam.

Employer-Sponsored Apprenticeship

Select employers provide apprenticeship programs registered with and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and Florida Department of Education to their employees. Employer-sponsored apprenticeship programs include:

  • Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology (3-year program)
  • Brick and Block Masonry (3-year program)
  • Building Maintenance (2-year program)
  • Child Care (2-year program)
  • Electrician (4-year program)
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems (5-year program)
  • Industrial Pipefitter (5-year program)
  • Plumbing (4-year program)
  • Mechanical Apprenticeship (4-year program)
  • Structural Steel (4-year program)
Apprenticeship Sponsor Website Contact MF O W WP
A/C, Refrigeration & Heating Technology OPP JATC 407-851-7370      
A/C, Refrigeration & Heating Technology ACCA 407-905-2074 ext. 7032226      
Brick and Block Masonry MAF   407-251-6050      
Central Florida Building Maintenance CFBMA   407-905-2003      
Child Care Apprenticeship CCCEAP / GNJ   407-246-7060 ext. 4831      
Electrician FEAT 407-438-3328  
Electrician CFE JATC 407-678-3373      
Fire Sprinkler System Technology FSF JATC 1-800-577-0821 ext. 4      
Industrial Pipefitter OPP JATC 407-851-7370      
Mechanical Apprenticeship CFM JATC 407-438-3211      
Plumbing Technology OPP JATC 407-851-7370      
Plumbing Technology PIPE   407-905-2018      
Structural Steel Work Worker MFI JAC 407-859-0321      
MF = Mid Florida  O = Orlando  W = Westside  WP = Winter Park

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