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Apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning, and "learning by doing." It combines training on the job with related and supplemental instruction at school. Today, it is utilized chiefly in the skilled crafts. Each program operates under apprenticeship training standards agreed to by labor and/or management in accordance with State and Federal laws, under which a person works with a skilled worker and gains on the job skills and "know-how" and in turn becomes an important part of the occupation and industry.

    Apprenticeship offers significant advantages to students:
  Plumber's Apprentice
  • Upwardly-mobile career advancement

  • Training to achieve journeyman status

  • Ability to earn an income while you learn

  • Motivation and resources for continued education

  • Growth-oriented, personally and financially rewarding careers

  • Curriculum and training that tie to industry-supported standards

  • Training to meet the needs of new and emerging crafts and trades

  • Increased earning power; wages and benefits that can lead to financial independence


An essential part of apprenticeship programs is formal classroom instruction that is integrated with on-the-job training. The growing importance of technical knowledge, academic skills, and the ability to make sound technical judgments has made the inclusion of formal classroom instruction that is tied to on-the-job training an integral component of apprenticeship programs.

Sponsors/employers develop the apprenticeship program standards. Program standards contain procedures for the fair and equal selection, employment, and training of apprentices. Sponsors/employers also evaluate work site conditions, determine the availability of facilities, review equipment, identify skilled workers to serve as trainers, and schedule work processes through which apprentices are rotated during training.

Your high school Career Center is your best first-stop source for information related to any apprenticeship program of interest to you.

  Welder Apprentice  

Journeyman Status


After receiving a Certificate of Completion, an apprentice attains journeyman status. The certificate is recognized by industry as a valid indicator that the holder has received consistent, high-quality, standardized training and is prepared to serve at the journeyman level in the holder's craft or trade.

  Building and Trades Council

Provides construction careers information with a focus on to high school students, teachers and

counselors throughout California.


CA Building and Construction Trade Council

Visit this website to learn what's new in California's construction industry.


California Apprenticeship Council

The Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) administers California apprenticeship law and enforces apprenticeship standards for wages, hours, working conditions and the specific skills required for state certification as a journeyperson in an apprenticeable occupation.


California Apprenticeship Programs

California's apprenticeship training programs' web site.  Listed are a wide variety of union apprenticeship programs in California offering excellent career opportunities.


Women in Trades

California's first organization for women in the trades, was founded in 1979 as a grass- roots support organization. We build community among the growing numbers of women in trade and skilled craft careers.



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