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Important Note Regarding Apprenticeship - Construction, Electric, HVAC

If your goal is to obtain a journey-level license, you will need to complete an approved apprenticeship. There are two important requirements of an apprenticeship that you should be aware of.

First, the apprenticeship agreement consists of Related Technical Instruction (RTI) and On-the-Job Training (OJT). Most apprenticeships require at least 2000 total hours of OJT and at least 600 total hours of RTI.

CSM provides RTI; each semester-long course provides 75 hours of RTI. CSM courses do not fulfill the OJT requirement of your apprenticeship.

Second, your apprenticeship must have a sponsor that has been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council. MATC is a division of Maryland’s Department of Labor.

You may choose an existing, registered apprenticeship program, such as ABC-Chesapeake Shores (ABC) or Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC); CSM has working relationships with both.

As an alternative, you may be able to complete your apprenticeship with your employer as your sponsor. Before an employer can sponsor it must be registered and approved with Maryland Apprenticeship Training Program (MATP) as an Apprenticeship Sponsor. Employers may contact the Office of Apprenticeship

If you would like to begin an apprenticeship with a program or employer, but you aren’t sure if that sponsor is registered and approved, contact MATP at to verify their status before beginning an apprenticeship with them.

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