Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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A registered apprenticeship is a proven workforce development opportunity designed to meet the challenges that many of today's employers are facing. It is an opportunity for workers to obtain work experience, related instruction such as classroom or organizational courses, and a nationally recognized credential all while earning a paycheck. 

Apprentice wages will progressively increase with the completion of hours and competencies.

This list is not all-inclusive. If you have a training need that is not listed below, please contact us.

NDSCS Registered Apprenticeship Programs

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NDSCS Registered Apprenticeship Programs
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.

Selection Process

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will participate in a screening process through SkillsND at NDSCS. Next, applicants will be interviewed by their respective employers.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Meet physical requirements performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to meet the occupational/physical requirements identified by employers.
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

Selection Process

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will participate in a screening process through SkillsND at NDSCS. Next, applicants will be interviewed by their respective employers.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Meet physical requirements performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to meet the occupational/physical requirements identified by employers.
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

Selection Process

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will participate in a screening process through SkillsND at NDSCS where they will be interviewed and take an aptitude test. From there, applicants will be interviewed by CAT REMAN.

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Pass a drug test
  • There is a physical requirement performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program with or without reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others: occasionally Lift-Carry and/or Push-Pull over 100lbs, Frequently over 50lbs, Constantly over 20lbs.
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

Getting Started

Students Interested in a Registered Apprenticeship

Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will participate in a screening process through SkillsND at NDSCS where they will be interviewed and take an aptitude test. Click the button below to begin the screening process.

Apprenticeship Interest Form

Employers Interested in a Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship Programs help employers develop highly skilled employees. These programs can also greatly reduce turnover rates, recruiting and onboarding costs all while increasing satisfaction, productivity, safety and loyalty. Click the button below if you are interested in developing an apprenticeship program for your company.

Employer Interest Form

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