"Do It Yourself" Apprentice Program
Looking for information on starting your own apprentice program? The PHCC Educational Foundation has the curriculum you need as the basis for DOL-required related instruction. Our program is designed around the federal requirement of 576 hours in 4 years, but you can customize it to meet your local needs.
Where do I start?
The first step is to contact your local apprenticeship coordinator (often DOL) who can walk you through your state's process for getting a program approved. Links below provide you with the PHCC Educational Foundation's federal DOL-approved program, which you can adapt to your local needs. Of course, we recommend the PHCC Educational Foundation's training curriculum, which was developed by contractors, educators, and code experts for training apprentices to be well-rounded plumbing or HVACR technicians.
What do I need to get started?
Some things to consider include:
- Training facility – adequate space, training equipment and supplies, classroom technology
- Instructors – availability of qualified instructors
- Apprentices – enough apprentices to train
- Training materials – textbooks and instructor materials, lab equipment and supplies
- Other options – is eLearning a viable option versus classroom instruction?
The Educational Foundation has developed the following materials to help you get your new program started:
- HVAC Shop Sample Startup Materials
- Plumbing Shop Sample Startup Materials
- Sample Program Policies: Philadelphia
- Sample Program Policies: California
Use the following links to customize your local program by following the template for the PHCC Educational Foundation's federal DOL-approved program:
DOL Approved Programs
Need textbooks? The Foundation's DOL-approved program uses these textbooks based on our curriculum:
Looking for an alternative to classroom training? Consider eLearning as an alternative to traditional classroom training.
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