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Apprenticeship FAQ

Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions 


What is the scope of the program?

The apprenticeship program is a four year program. In addition to instruction time, apprentices are required to complete 8,000 hours (1,000 hours/semester) of on-the-job-training hours. PHCCLA has schools in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, as well as an eLearning option.


Why do I have to complete the program?

The State Plumbing Board of Louisiana requires that an applicant for the Journeyman Plumbing License must complete an approved apprenticeship program at the time of applying to take the test for the license. PHCCLA’s apprenticeship program is approved.


When can I enroll in the program?

Applications for all schools are accepted May 1st - June 1st (to begin Fall semester in July) and November 1st - December 1st (to begin Spring semester in January).  Applications must be submitted through the apprentices' employer.   


What are the age requirements of the program? 

A potential apprentice must be at least 16 years of age at the time of entry in the program, unless state or local laws and applicable regulations supersede such minimum age requirement.


What are the education requirements of the program? 

A high school diploma or GED equivalency is recommended. Applicants who do not posses one of the recommended documents must demonstrate suitable capability through a math entrance exam to maintain the established pace of the instructional program.


What are the employment requirements of the program? 

Apprentices must be employed by an approved plumbing heating-cooling contracting company.


Can credit be given for previous work experience?

Credit may be granted to new applicants who demonstrate previous achievement of skills or knowledge equal to what would be received under the apprenticeship program. This credit may be no greater than the equivalent of four semesters.


How much does it cost to enroll in the program?

Tuition is $900/semester, and includes textbooks.  


What are my options to attend school?

Shreveport - Apprentices meet for a full week three times a year (one or two a semester depending on placement in the program). Attendance for the full week is mandatory and includes lodging.

eLearning - Apprentices follow online, self-disciplined, instruction, completing all assignments and tests on a pre-defined timeline. 


Can I finish the program early?

No, you must complete the course work and 1,000 hours of on the job training every semester. 


How do I navigate the eLearning portal?

You can click here to download the user guide. 


What is IWPT?

The IWTP Small Business Employee Training Program (SBET) is designed to benefit business and industry by assisting in the skill development of existing employees through individual, standardized (off-the shelf) training. Employers are reimbursed for tuition and required textbooks and manuals once the training has been completed and proper documentation has been submitted to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).


What are the program requirements for IWPT? 

  • An apprentice must be employed with the employer throughout the ENTIRE semester in order to qualify for reimbursement.
  • Requests may only be submitted at the beginning of the semester (during the application timeframe) and claimed at the conclusion of the semester.
  • If an apprentice changes employers during a semester, all reimbursements are forfeited and are not transferrable.
  • An employee is only eligible for this program if ALL of the following criteria are met:
  1. Employer must be a Louisiana based business with fifty or fewer employees.
  2. Employer must have been in business in the state for at least three years, contributing and in full compliance with state UI tax laws.
  3. Trainees must be incumbent workers for whom the employer incurs a state UI tax liability.
  4. Employer can not receive IWTP Small Business Employee Training and IWTP customized training concurrently.
  5. The request for training must be in a labor demand occupation(s) (Excel®) as defined for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) purposes, or in a cluster based industry as defined in Vision 2020.

How do I apply for IWPT? 

During the application time (June 1st-15th and December 1st-15th), PHCCLA will submit all apprentice information to the IWTP program and inform employers of all necessary follow-up documents that must submitted on their own.




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