Become an apprentice

What to expect in your apprenticeship

Thank you for your interest in Apprenticeship!

By becoming registered into an apprentice program you are undertaking an exciting path that allows you to combine work experience with classroom training to provide the highest level of training and safety knowledge, regular pay increases, progress toward a Journey Card, and, in certain trades, an electrical license.

No matter what kind of program you ultimately become registered to, it is important to understand that being part of a registered apprenticeship program means that you are subject to a very structured set of guidelines and expectations. The process can be confusing but can reap great rewards. Being an apprentice is not easy. You will work hard. Both your employer and your instructors will push you to achieve and do your best work. Your Training Committee will expect you to follow a number of policies. Most of the apprenticeship rules are established by the State of Oregon and administered by your Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC).

The basic idea behind a registered apprenticeship program is that you will work and go to school throughout the length of your program. Class times may vary. Classes are typically held in the evenings but can occasionally be during the day or on the weekends. For most registered apprenticeship program these are time-based programs where you will log on the job training hours (OJT) and related training hours (RT) and after earning a specified number of hours in each category you will be eligible to be “re-rated” into the next “period” of your apprenticeship. In a few cases there are registered apprenticeship programs that are competency-based programs where you will log on the job training hours (OJT) and related training hours (RT) but will be eligible to be ‘re-rated’ into the next “period” of your apprenticeship based on meeting specific competency outcomes outline in your program requirements. As a guideline, apprentices must meet the minimum hours of OJT and RT for time-based and/or minimum competencies met for competency-based and must be in good standing to be considered for re-rate advancement. To remain in good standing with your Committee you must pass your classes with a “C” or better, keep your certifications current and adhere to all policies. Each term progression may earn you a pay increase and brings you one step closer to completing your program.

Each program will vary in total length. Individual apprentices will progress at varying speeds but each apprenticeship term will require approximately six months to complete. The specifics of your program are detailed in the Standards and Policies of your individual Training Committee.

Keep in mind that your Training Committee will meet periodically to assess your progress. It is always a good idea to be aware of the meeting schedule for your Committee – especially if they only meet quarterly!

If you think you are ready to take the next step and start your online application to one of the industrial apprenticeship programs that partner with PCC, click “How to Apply”.

Please contact the Apprenticeship Administrator if you have any questions.