Introduction to ABC Central Ohio Apprenticeship Program

In order to enter the registered apprenticeship program you will need a sponsoring employer. While we are not a job placement agency, we can help direct you towards ABC Central Ohio Member companies/sponsoring employers in your chosen trade.

With an apprenticeship, you start with a job and build a career. Simply put, a contractor hires you, and then you enroll in the ABC Central Ohio Apprenticeship Program. Over the next three to five years, you will learn everything you need – through in-class and on-the-job training – to strive in all aspects of your chosen trade.

Every year ABC Central Ohio trains over 250 individuals in more than a dozen trades. Our apprenticeship program is registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (OATELS) and the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC). The program is open to all individuals who meet basic requirements. ABC Central Ohio encourages minorities to apply and does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.


  • Enrollment: Please note New Student Enrollment is based on pending space (aka: first come, first serve basis). We do encourage you to research and apply for employment with employers/companies that are affiliated with your chosen trade and to apply for the Registered Apprenticeship Program in 2022-2023.
  • Age:  Applicants must be 18 years of age, physically capable of performing required tasks, working for an employer, able to collect OJT time, and registered through their employer with the Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC). The majority of the crafts require 8,000 hours of on-the-job supervised training (approximately four years for full time work) along with 576 hours of classroom training (approximately four years). Upon successful completion, craft workers are recognized at the journey-level in their trade and are awarded their Journeyperson Certificate.
  • Education: A high school diploma or GED equivalency is recommended. Applicants who do not possess one of the recommended documents must show proof of enrollment in a valid GED program.
  • Previous Experience: Credit may be granted to new applicants who demonstrate previous acquisition of skills or knowledge equivalents (Career Technical / Vocational School / Prior Apprenticeship Training, etc…). Transcripts will be needed to determine final decision.

ABC Central Ohio Apprenticeship Programs are approved for VA benefits. Eligible veterans can use their GI Bill benefit and receive a tax-free stipend during their apprenticeship program

Please note: The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) determines veteran eligibility for education-related benefits. Contact the VA if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

Q: What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

A: Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy. A proven strategy, Registered Apprenticeship ensures quality training by combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom instruction to prepare exceptional workers for American industry.

Q: What are the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship?

A:  For employers, benefits include:

  • Skilled workers trained to the industry/employer specification to produce quality results
  • Reduced turnover
  • Pipeline for new skilled workers
  • Reduced worker compensation costs due to an emphasis on safety training

For apprentices and journeyworkers, benefits include:

  • Jobs that typically pay higher wages
  • Higher quality of life and skills versatility
  • Portable credentials recognized nationally and often globally
  • Opportunity for college credit and future degrees