Registered Apprenticeship Program
Who should consider an apprenticeship?
Companies that have difficulty finding skilled employees or are challenged by high turnover are ideal candidates for apprenticeship programs. Companies in industries with established apprenticeship programs describe them as a winning solution in employee recruitment and retention.
What does an apprenticeship include?
NPGA’s apprenticeship programs focus on developing two needed skill sets in the propane industry: service technicians (heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanics and installers) and employees with commercial drivers licenses to operate transport, bobtail (heavy commercial) and utility (light truck or delivery services/heavy and tractor trailer) vehicles.
- The program for propane service technicians requires a minimum of 6 to 12 months of on-the-job training and related instruction to learn 88 competencies.
- For commercial drivers, the program also requires a minimum of 6 to 12 months of on-the-job training and related instruction. The number of core competencies required to be learned varies between 44 and 56, depending on the type of vehicle.
The apprentice must reach an acceptable competency level in each program. More detailed information about each program can be found in the Propane Apprenticeship Handbook.