FAQ for Apprentices

1. What is the difference between apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs? 
Apprenticeship requires participants to participate in both classroom and on-the-job training. Pre-apprenticeship gives its participants the option of choosing one or both and offers shorter training programs than full apprenticeships

2. How long will an apprenticeship program last? 
Most apprenticeship programs last from one to five years, but varies based on the occupation and complexity of the job offered by the employer. Pre-apprenticeship programs are often shorter than apprenticeships and provides pre-employment training for individuals preparing to go into a registered apprenticeship.

3. What age can I start an apprenticeship at?
In North Carolina, the participants must be at least 16 years of age to start an apprenticeship. In North Carolina, the State Apprenticeship Agency that is recognized by the US Department of Labor is ApprenticeshipNC and is located within the NC Community College System Office. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training works with the state agencies to make sure your program provides high quality training, issues Certificate of Completion, encourages new programs through marketing, and protects the safety of participants. Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship can start while you are still in high school.