Apprenticeship Program Introduction


Thank you for your interest in our Apprenticeship Program!

Every year ABC Central Ohio trains over 250 individuals in more than a dozen trades. Our apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS) and the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC). The program is open to all individuals who meet basic requirements. ABC Central Ohio encourages minorities to apply and does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.

Qualifications for Apprenticeship:

  • Enrollment: Please note New Student Enrollment is based on pending space (aka: first come, first serve basis).
  • Age:  Applicants must be 18 years of age, physically capable of performing required tasks, working for an employer, able to collect OJT time, and registered through their employer with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC). Majority of the crafts require 8,000 hours of on-the-job supervised training (approximately four years for full time work) along with 576 hours of classroom training (approximately four years). Upon successful completion of both on-the-job hours and related instruction, craft workers are recognized at the journey-level in their trade and are awarded their journey person certificate.
  • Education: A high school diploma or GED equivalency is recommended. Applicants who do not possess one of the recommended documents must show proof of enrollment in a valid GED program.
  • Employment: All applicants cannot enter into the program without a company to sponsor them. If applicant is a new, please indicate on “Get Me Started” page. Once employed with a sponsor employer, a Letter of Intent to Hire must be included when returning enrollment paperwork to ABC Central Ohio.
  • Previous Experience: Credit may be granted to new applicants who demonstrate previous acquisition of skills or knowledge equivalents (Career Technical / Vocational School / Prior Apprenticeship Training). Transcripts will be needed to determine final decision.

Q: What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

A: Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. A proven strategy, Registered Apprenticeship ensures quality training by combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry.

Q: What are the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship?

A: For employers, benefits include:

  • Skilled workers trained to the industry/employer specification to produce quality results
  • Reduced turnover
  • Pipeline for new skilled workers
  • Reduced worker compensation costs due to an emphasis on safety training

For apprentices and journey persons, benefits include:

  • Jobs that typically pay higher wages
  • Higher quality of life and skills versatility
  • Portable credentials recognized nationally and often globally
  • Opportunity for college credit and future degrees