Become an Apprentice Become an Apprentice

Become an Apprentice


Apprenticeship Core Components


handshake Employer Involvement. Apprenticeships are employer driven.
Two Humans On-the-Job Training. Employers assign a mentor/journeyman who provides on-the-job training to the apprentice.
Instruction Related Academic Instruction. Frederick Community College (FCC) provides educational instruction.
Rewards Structured Rewards. Apprentices receive scheduled wage increases congruent with increased skills and experience.
Credentials Nationally Recognized Credentials. Apprentices earn academic credits and/or a nationally recognized credential and a degree or certificate.


Benefits for Student Apprentices


Group of Apprentice Workers Through apprenticeship programs, you will have the opportunity to achieve applicable workplace experiences while being paid to earn the skills and credentials that employers value. Apprenticeship programs can be completed within one to four years.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “91% of apprentices remain on the job one year after employment.”
(Source: Maryland Department of Labor)

Key Benefits for Student Apprentices:
  • Earn while you learn
  • Hands on learning
  • Earn an industry credential
  • Graduate with little to no college debt
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Increases future earning potential


Eligibility Requirements


Frederick Community College (FCC) offers unique apprenticeship programs with rigorous curriculum. An apprentice must be committed to working full-time while also working towards completion of their program of study within the structure and time frame designated.

Student Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older*
  • High School Diploma or GED*
  • Eligible to work in the USA (Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Meet all academic requirements for admission into FCC
  • Existing FCC students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Possess a valid driver's license*

*Requirements vary based on occupation.


Apply to the Registered Apprentice (RA) Program


Step 1: Complete Interest Form


Students interested in the (RA) Program should complete the interest form below. You will be contacted for the next step in the process.

Student Interest Form
If you are an existing employee interested in participating at your current place of employment, your employer must notify FCC of their desire to have an existing employee participate in the (RA) Program.


Step 2: Apply to Frederick Community College


Apply to FCC if you are not an existing student. If you are an existing student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Step 3: Take Placement Tests


All apprentices must place into college-level writing, reading, and math. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria. Visit the Testing Center for more information.


Step 4: Apply, Interview & Start Program


College-ready candidates will be invited to upload their resume for review by Registered Apprentice Employers. Resume & interview assistance is available for free through Career Services.

Non-college-ready employees will be directed to take appropriate development classes.

Existing employees participating in the RA program through their current place of employment will start the apprenticeship program immediately if they are college-ready, or they will be directed to take appropriate development classes if non-college-ready.