Apprenticeship is a method for training highly skilled workers through formalized on-the-job training (OJT) and related theory instruction. Apprentices and their employer- sponsors complete an apprenticeship agreement, which is sent to the U.S. Department of Labor and the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development for registration approval. Upon successful completion of the required OJT, as specified in the approved work process, and successful completion of the related theory, apprentices will receive apprentice completion certificates from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. These completion certificates are recognized throughout the United States. The apprentice will also receive a certificate of completion for the related theory instruction from the Cape May County Technical School. Students may attend the related theory classes as an unregistered student as class space permits, but will not be eligible for apprenticeship completion certificates. The Cape May County Technical School offers the related theory instruction for the following apprenticeship programs, pending sufficient enrollment:

Plumbing:
This 4-year program is for those employed in the plumbing field, who wish to complete a residential plumbing apprenticeship program. The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling- Contractors Association (PHCC) curriculum is the primary basis of the related theory instruction. The related technical instruction includes orientation, safety and first aid, blueprint fundamentals (reading and drawing), technical math, plumbing code, and theory and science related to the plumbing industry. Apprentices that complete the program successfully and have 5 years experience in the field may be eligible to apply for the Master Plumbers Licensing Exam.

Electrical: (Future offering pending sufficient enrollment)
This 4-year program is for those employed in the electrical field, and who wish to complete an electrician apprenticeship program. The related technical instruction will include orientation, safety and first aid, blueprint fundamentals (reading and drawing), technical math, electrical code and theory and science related to the electrical industry. Program completion will be beneficial for students that plan to apply for the Electricians Licensing Exam.

HVAC-Refrigeration: (Future offering pending sufficient enrollment)
This 4-year program is for those employed in the HVAC-refrigeration field who wish to complete an apprenticeship program. The related technical instruction includes orientation, safety and first aid, blueprint fundamentals, technical math, local and national codes and theory and science related to installation, start-up and service, mechanical and electrical troubleshooting, refrigerant management and types of heating units. New regulations require completion of an HVAC-Refrigeration apprenticeship program to be eligible to apply for the NJ State Licensing Exam.

Other General Information:
Full-time employment is required to be registered as apprentices. The programs listed here require the successful completion of 8,000 hours of OJT, as specified in the approved work process, and 576 hours of related theory to be eligible for completion certificates as detailed above. Please note that companies affiliated with a union must have the apprenticeship agreement signed by the official union representative to participate in related instruction at CMCTS.

Related instruction classes at CMCTS are generally held from 5:30-8:30 PM, two nights per week, during the Fall and Winter/Spring Semesters.

The tuition and supply fee is $330.00 per semester. This is subject to change and does not include textbook costs, which vary depending on course and year of program.


For additional information about apprenticeship, please contact:
County Apprenticeship Coordinator in the Adult Education Office at (609) 380-0200, extension 633.

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