Apprenticeship Related Instruction classes complement on-the-job training provided by employers participating in the Virginia State Apprenticeship Program. We offer classes in Carpentry, Electricity, HVAC, Plumbing, Opticianry, and Surveying.


Apprenticeship is a two-part training program consisting of classroom related instruction and on-the-job training (OJT). Apprenticeship related-instruction classes are designed to complement OJT provided by employers participating in the Virginia state registered apprenticeship program.

All classes are open to non-registered apprentices. Each apprenticeship program has its own requirements in terms of hours and project completions. 


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Online Course Catalog


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  • Building Maintenance
  • Carpentry
  • Electricity
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • HVAC-R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning – Refrigeration)
  • Millwright
  • Opticianry
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Surveying
  • And others


  • A credit-by-exam (CBE) is designed to give advanced placement to students with prior training.
  • CBEs are optional.
  • Most exams take two hours to complete.
  • View the current credit-by-exam schedule.

Directed Study:

  • Virginia registered apprentices are eligible for individualized instruction and study of the related theory in trades for which there are too few apprentices for a unit class.
  • The student must be working in the trade of study.
  • Trades in our directed study program include, but are not limited to, millwright, glazier, and heavy equipment operator.

Employer Information

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship is a training system that produces highly-skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction. It is a win-win approach to workforce development for more than 13,000 apprentices throughout the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship currently meets the needs of approximately 2,000 Virginia sponsors who use custom programs to train their employees in a variety of occupations, ranging from high tech to highly-skilled trades.

Get details from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry about registering employees with an apprenticeship representative.

Did you know?

Students in our Apprenticeship classes can use Trade and Industrial classes as electives (instructor pre-approval required). Please call our office for assistance in selecting classes to complement your career. Trade and Industrial classes can serve as alternates to special projects for apprentices with instructor approval.