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Become an Apprentice

A future in the trades starts here.



With little to no debt, you can earn while you learn and develop a highly-desired skill set in these construction trades.

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 BLUE:  Contractor-Member Locations    YELLOW:  ABC of Iowa Training Centers 

 A firm foundation. 
Skilled laborers are essential workers, their skills are valuable and necessary, and are in high demand.

High school students can find options outside of accumulating massive college debt - and become a journeyman in 4 years (on average).

 Work during the day, attend class at night. 
ABC apprentices are hired and employed by ABC of Iowa members and work full-time during the day and attend class one evening a week or 4 days per month.

 Little-to-no debt. 
Many graduate with little-to-no debt and take their licensing exams once they have completed their requirements.


How does apprenticeship training work?

    STEP ONE     
Student must first be hired by an ABC of Iowa member company.
Search a listing of ABC of Iowa members here.

    STEP TWO    
ABC of Iowa member company enrolls student into the ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship Training program.

Apprentice attends daytime or evening classes (timing chosen by their employer/member company).

  •  Daytime "Institute" Training 
    • Daytime classes meet for 3 months, 4 consecutive days a month.
    • Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Fall Session: October - January
    • Winter Session: February - April/May
  •  Evening "Traditional" Training 
    • Traditional-style evening classes meet once a week, for 26 weeks.
    • This format is 26 in-seat classes that are 4 hours long.
    • Classes start at 5:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. (times are staggered due to COVID-19).

Apprentice works for the employer and earns On-The-Job Hours (a requirement of the training) while attending classes. Mandatory pay level increases also apply.

    STEP FIVE     
Once the apprentice completes all 4 program levels and all graduation requirements are met, a celebration is in order!

     STEP SIX      
Apprentice now qualifies to take the Journeyman Exam in their field of study, and can keep moving up from there.

Contact Ginny Shindelar at 515-985-1175.