Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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A registered apprenticeship program is a proven workforce development tool designed to meet the challenges many of today’s employers face. These programs significantly reduce turnover rates and recruiting costs while increasing satisfaction, productivity, safety, and loyalty.

It is an opportunity for workers to earn while they learn with an increasing wage during the apprenticeship, develop new skills in high-demand fields, and begin a long-term career with little or no college debt.

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With the advent and growth of technology and knowledge-based careers, apprenticeship has expanded to more than 1,000 occupations in diverse industries, including Health Care, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, and Energy.

Please fill out the employer interest form, email, or call to discuss options available to you.

NDSCS Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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NDSCS Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Automotive Technician

The Automotive Technician Specialist will learn how to provide service, repair, and maintenance on customer vehicles. Analyze vehicle problems and utilize troubleshooting techniques to determine the needed repair. Utilize hand tools, power tools, lifts and electronic metering devices. Inspect, remove and replace worn and defective parts according to manufactures vehicle scheduled maintenance. 

Apprenticeship Details

The Automotive Technician Specialist program is three years consisting of 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and a minimum of 432 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program can be entered into at any time. 

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Shop Safety, First Aid, and Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Suspension and Steering
  • Automotive Transmission/Transaxle
  • Brakes
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Tires
  • Heating, Cooling, and Air Conditioning
  • Manufacturer Vehicle Service Maintenance

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • Occupational Safety
  • Practical Math
  • Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • Modern Automotive Technology
  • Light Vehicle Diesel Engines
  • Advanced Engine Performance Diagnosis
Certified Medication Aide (CMA)

The Certified Medication Aide (CMA) will learn to administer medications to residents in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and basic care facilities. 

Apprenticeship Details

The CMA program is approximately 12-months consisting of at least 49-173 hours of related technical instruction (RTI) and 1000-2000 hours of on-the-job (OJL) learning. The program can be entered at any time. Most apprentices can begin working as a CMA after just a couple of months, however the program self-paced and completion is unique to each individual student.

Requirements:

  • Must hold a current registration on the North Dakota Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry as a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) prior to entry into the CMA program. 

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Medication Aide skills instruction at the facility

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • CMA coursework through online delivery
  • 8 hours of lab training at the facility

FAQs

When can my employee begin working as a CMA?

  • After completion of the Medication Aide I & II classes (40 hours)
  • Plus 32 hours of clinical (on-the-job) training
  • Plus 8 hours of lab

CMA Credential vs. Registered Apprenticeship Credential

CMA

  • The ND Department of Health Requirements are listed above.
  • Benefit? Employees can begin working very quickly as CMA's.

Registered Apprenticeship Credential

  • Department of Labor Apprenticeship Requirements
    • Complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job learning
    • Complete a minimum of 144-173 hours of related technical instruction (online classes).
  • Benefit?
    • Nationally recognized credential. The CMA is well-trained and is experienced. 

Is the Apprenticeship a full-year if my employee is currently a Certified Nurse Aide?

  • Not always, if your employee has worked for your facility as a CNA, we can give them credit for up to 1,000 hours of on-the-job learning and up to 124 hours of credit for the related technical instruction.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) will learn how to work in the long-term care facility in the nurse aide role.

Apprenticeship Details

The CNA program is one year consisting of at least 144 hours of related technical instruction (RTI) and 2000 hours of on-the-job (OJL) learning. The CNA must pass the Certified Nurse Exam to progress within the program. The program can be entered at any time.

NDSCS offers the following apprenticeship specialties:

  • Restorative Specialty
  • Geriatric Specialty
  • Dementia Specialty

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Basic CNA skills instruction at the facility
  • Additional CNA instruction as chosen by the respective long term care facility

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • CNA coursework through online delivery
  • CPR and other training already conducted in the long-term care facility
  • Additional related training programs
Construction Equipment Mechanic

The Construction Equipment Mechanic will learn how to operate a variety of tools and equipment to assemble and disassemble product.

Apprenticeship Details

The Construction Equipment Mechanic program is three years consisting of 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and a minimum of 432 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program can be entered into at any time.

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Equipment, tool, and machinery operation and maintenance
  • Transmission and final drive disassembly
  • Properly applying paint and anti-rust as determined by work instructions

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • Professional development (soft skills)
  • Industrial rigging principles and practices
  • Power transfer systems
  • Braking systems
Diesel Mechanic

The Diesel Mechanic will learn how to service all types of engines, drive trains, hydraulic systems and electrical systems found on trucks, agriculture and industrial equipment.

Apprenticeship Details

The  Diesel Mechanic program is four-years consisting of 8,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and a minimum of 576 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program can be entered into at any time. 

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Equipment, tool, and machinery operation and maintenance
  • Transmission and final drive disassembly and assembly
  • Troubleshoot & repair hydraulics
  • Fuel pump repair
  • HVAC systems

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • Industrial rigging principles and practices
  • Fundamentals of mobile heavy equipment
  • Modern diesel technology
  • Heavy equipment power trains and systems
  • Hydraulic systems for mobile equipment
  • Fundamentals of medium-heavy duty diesel engines
Operating Engineer

The operating engineer will learn to operate several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement.

Apprenticeship Details

The Operating Engineer program is three-years consisting of 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning (OJL) and a minimum of 432 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program can be entered into at any time. 

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Check, read, and set grade stakes and read plans
  • Operate and maintain various machinery such as: scrapers, rollers, bulldozers, trenching machines, forklifts and other specialty equipment

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to basic construction skills
  • Heavy Equipment Operations 1
  • Heavy Equipment Operations 2
  • Heavy Equipment Operations 3
Project Manager

The project manager will learn to define the project's main objectives, purpose and scope. They will also learn to work with stakeholders to create a project plan, execute the project, and monitor and control the processes. 

Apprenticeship Details

The Project Manager program is one-year consisting of 2,000 hours of on-the-job (OJL) and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical instruction (RTI). The program can be entered into at any time.

OJL includes but is not limited to:

  • Process Management
  • Project Management
  • Communication
  • Implementation
  • Developed Detailed Project Plans
  • Project Documentation
  • Estimating

RTI includes but is not limited to:

  • Safety & Health
  • Construction Jobsite Management
  • Print Reading
  • Construction Planning & Scheduling
  • Construction Estimating

ApprenticeshipND Will Assist You In:

  • Exploring your specific needs

  • Identifying key players
  • Building the core components of a Registered Apprenticeship Program
  • Launching your program to get employees working in the areas you need them

Apprenticeship is a Partnership Among:

Employer: Provides the job, on-the-job training, & mentorship

NDSCS: Provides oversight of the program, online instruction and collaborates with the employer for a customized program

Employee: Provides time and effort