Apprentices

Apprentices

Apprenticeship Programs

Licensed and Non-Licensed Programs

All around craft professionals are created through our 2 to 4 year apprenticeship programs. All apprenticeship courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, recognized by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, and accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Each Apprentice Program utilizes the NCCER curriculum, which contains both knowledge-based exams and a "hands-on" performance evaluation. This approach provides the student the opportunity to apply everything he or she has learned in both the classroom setting and on the job.

As an apprentice, you are required to seek employment prior to enrolling in school. Prior experience is not required but you must be willing to learn. Employers will train you on the job while you attend school at ACEF one night a week. If you need assistance with finding an employer, please apply to request more information below. If you’re already working in the trade of your choice, please call the office at (501) 372-1590 to register for school. You must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or GED to register. We do offer trades that do not require an employer (i.e. HVAC and Carpentry) which means you can attend ACEF as a craft professional. You would be responsible for attending classes and paying for your school fees. After completing the program, you will receive your certification for successfully completing the program.

ACEF is willing to work with employers to create programs that suit your needs. We do offer in-house programs (i.e. Sprinkler Fitter and Electronic Systems Technician) that an employer can sponsor for their employees. Contact our Executive Director, Kathy Fulks, to inquire and discuss program options for your company.

Please call the office for tuition and registration rates. Be sure to inquire about association discounts.

LICENSED PROGRAMS

Electrical & Plumbing

Electrical Program

Apprentices entering the electrical trade are required to be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Labor, Board of Electrical Examiners. This is a four-year program consisting of 640 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. You will attend class one night a week at ACEF and work full time with an electrical employer. When a student completes the program, he or she will be granted a "release to test," and can submit an application to sit for the journeyman electrician's exam.

Plumbing Program

Apprentices entering the plumbing trade are required to be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health. This is a four-year program consisting of 640 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. You will attend class one night a week at ACEF and work full time with a plumbing company. When a student completes the program, he or she will be granted a "release to test," and can submit an application to sit for the journeyman plumber's exam.

Non-Licensed Programs

HVAC & Other Programs

HVAC: Heating, Ventilation & AC Program

The HVAC program is a 2-year competency-based program focusing on the design, implementation, and maintenance of various heating and cooling systems, including the importance of the ventilation system. You may enroll as an apprentice (employer required) or a craft professional (no employer required). After completing the program, you will receive your certification for successfully completing the program.

EST: Electronic Systems Technician Program

The EST program is an in-house program that employers can sponsor for their employees. Contact our Executive Director, Kathy Fulks, to inquire and discuss program options for your company.

Sprinkler Fitting Program

The Sprinkler Fitter program is an in-house program that employers can sponsor for their employees. Contact our Executive Director, Kathy Fulks, to inquire and discuss program options for your company.

Carpentry Program

Disclaimer: This program is currently unavailable at this time.

ACEF Contact Information

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Fill out the online application form below or download the application form and fax your completed copy to (501) 372-2879

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