Apprenticeship Program

An apprenticeship program for an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) company is a structured training initiative designed to provide individuals with hands-on experience and technical knowledge in the field of HVAC systems. Apprentices will work alongside experienced technicians or mentors, gaining practical skills while learning about installation, repair, maintenance, and troubleshooting of HVAC equipment. This program combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction to ensure comprehensive learning. Apprenticeships last several years, during which participants gradually acquire the skills and expertise necessary to become certified HVAC technicians. This structured approach helps address the industry’s need for skilled workers while offering individuals a pathway to a rewarding career in the HVAC field.

School-To-Registered Apprenticeship Program

The School-To-Registered Apprenticeship Program (STRAP) is an innovative approach to education and training that allows qualified high school students to effectively bridge the gap between high school and the world of work by means of registered apprenticeship. STRAP is a program of the U.S. Department of Labor that allows students 16-17 years old to work in occupations that generally require a minimum age of 18.


a. COMPETENCY-BASED APPROACH: Measures skill acquisition through the individual apprentice’s successful demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge, as verified by the program sponsor. Programs utilizing this approach must still require apprentices to complete an on-the-job learning component of Registered Apprenticeship. The program standards must address how on-the-job learning will be integrated into the program, describe competencies, and identify an appropriate means of testing and evaluation for such competencies. 

b. HYBRID APPROACH: Measures the individual apprentice’s skill acquisition through a combination of specified minimum number of hours of on-the-job learning and the successful demonstration of competency as described in a work process schedule. 

c. TIME-BASED APPROACH: Measures skill acquisition through the individual apprentice’s completion of at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning as described in a work process schedule.


a. ON-THE-JOB LEARNING (OJL): Tasks learned on-the-job, in which the apprentice must become proficient before a completion certificate is awarded. The learning must be through structured, supervised work experience.

b. RELATED INSTRUCTION: Means an organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide the apprentice with the knowledge of the theoretical and technical subjects related to the apprentice’s occupation. Such instruction may be given in a classroom, through occupational or industrial courses, or by correspondence courses of equivalent value, electronic media, or other forms of self-study approved by the Office of Apprenticeship.

c. WORK PROCESS SCHEDULE: An outline of the tasks in which the apprentice will receive supervised work experience and training on the job, and the allocation of the approximate amount of time to be spent in each major process.