Why Invest in Apprenticeship?
It is no secret that our industry faces a shortage of skilled workers on the horizon. Companies that invest in employee development through apprenticeship programs attract a quality workforce of loyal and highly-skilled employees.

choose abc-va apprenticeship
ABC-Virginia has a long history of providing high quality, student-centered learning with an emphasis on hands-on training. Our goal is to give  individuals the opportunity to learn a trade, become skilled crafts professionals, earn a good living, and build Virginia. Through our educational affiliate, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), we use Contren, a competency-based, task-driven, and nationally recognized curriculum. ABC-VA instructors are required to complete a formal certification in order to ensure consistent delivery of the curriculum. The ABC-VA Apprenticeship Training councils represent the participating employers and work with ABC-VA staff to oversee the programs. These councils have shown an unwavering commitment to making certain the programs are on the cutting edge, meeting today’s workplace needs. 

related Training managed by ABC-VA
By providing employers with the Advisory Apprenticeship Program Standards, ABC-VA delivers the related classroom training component of apprenticeship.  

Department of Labor Registration
Employers must register as apprenticeship program sponsors, and must register their apprentices on an individual basis with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry [D.O.L]. Without this D.O.L registration, a student is not considered an apprentice in the state of Virginia.

Eligibility for Apprenticeship
Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age, employed in either the carpentry, electrical, HVAC or plumbing trade, physically able to perform the work for the particular trade, able to read and write in English, and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Click on a trade below to view the Apprenticeship training available in your area:

Cement Mason
Concrete Form Builder
Heavy Equipment Operator
Pipe Fitter
Pipe Insulator
Reinforcing Ironwork
Sheet Metal
Sprinkler Fitting
Steam Fitter
Structural Ironwork