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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM - Train Better. Earn Better. Live better.

Earn while you learn! Build a successful career in just 2-3 years!


How long does it take? 2-3 years to earn Journeyman status, depending on occupational training

What is a Journeyman?person who has completed an apprenticeship program or is an experienced worker, not a trainee, and is fully qualified and able to perform the trade without supervision

When are classes? Two nights a week following a traditional school year; Aug-Nov and Jan-April

How long are they? 2.5 hours a night excluding additional Safety Training/Field Trips

How much does it cost? 2-3 year's tuition=1 semester of tuition at a state university

Who pays the tuition? The Apprentice is responsible for apprenticeship fees. However, tuition Reimbursement Programs are available with our contractor members based on performance and attendance. There are also tuition programs available through DES for qualified applicants.

How much does a Journeyman make? $50,000 - $70,000 Annually

Where are the classes located? West-MEC Deer Valley Campus

How can I get registered in the Program? Contact our Apprenticeship Coordinator for more detailed information and access to our application. Apprentice's accepted into our program will have the opportunity to work for one of our Contractor Members.

What is required? GED or High School Diploma, reliable transportation, personal references

Our program is registered with the State of Arizona Apprenticeship Office and the US Department of Labor. Curriculum from the National Center for Construction, Education & Research (NCCER) is utilized.

Now taking applications for August 2022 classes at the West-MEC Deer Valley location

              Now taking applications for:

Drywall Applicator Specialist (3 years)
Drywall Finisher (2 years)
Painter (3 years)

    Through a combination of on-the-job learning, classroom instruction, and hands-on-training in the laboratory, apprentices will learn the skills of their desired trade, blue print reading, receive essential safety training, and learn how to properly use and maintain tools and equipment.

    Contractor Members and potential Apprentices contact us for more details or call our office at 480-648-9680 for immediate assistance or to inquire about scholarships that are available.

     Program under development:

    Stucco/EIFS/Lath/Plasterer (3 years)

    AWCI-AZ Education Foundation, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Foundation. It doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or other Foundation administered programs.

      Association of the Wall & Ceiling Contractors of Arizona is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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