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Apprenticeship

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.

Apprenticeship programs combine paid employment with no cost training. Completing each year of training elevates apprentices' hourly pay rate and their status within the skilled trade community. Upon completing the full apprenticeship program, an apprentice becomes a "Journeyman" or "Master" of the craft 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 Orange Technical College, 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 of the 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.

Apprenticeship Sponsor Contact MF O W WP
A/C, Refrigeration & Heating Technology OPP JATC 407-851-7370 X
A/C, Refrigeration & Heating Technology ACCA 407-905-2000 ext. 7032226 X
Brick and Block Masonry MAFI 407-251-6050 X
Central Florida Building Maintenance CFBMA 407-905-2003 X
Central Florida Mechanical CFM JATC 407-438-3211 X
Child Care Educators Apprenticeship CCCEAP / GNJ 407-246-7060 ext. 4831 X
Electrician FEAT 407-438-3328 X X X
Electrician CFE JATC 407-678-3373 X
Fire Sprinkler System Technology FSF JATC 1-800-577-0821 ext. 4 X
Industrial Pipefitter OPP JATC 407-851-7370 X
Plumbing Technology OPP JATC 407-851-7370 X
Plumbing Technology PIPE 407-905-2018 X
Structural Steel Work Worker MFI JAC 407-859-0321 X

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