Note: Program Details are fully explained in the Apprenticeship Standards. Everything required of participants will be outlined in that document. Nothing this page states shall override the rules or details set forth withing the standards outlined within that document.
Apprentices have the option to participate in scheduled classes virtually. Apprentices will enroll in classes to ensure 12 hours of RTI is received each month.
Annual tuition will be paid by the employer sponsor. Eligible systems may apply for financial support to include: tuition match, mentor wage reimbursement, and travel reimbursement. The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice's wages.
Apprentices are required to choose between either the water or the wastewater track. After completing one track, apprentices can do the other track.
Yes. Previous experience and training must be approved by the Apprenticeship Training Committee.
Upon completion of the program, the apprentice will receive a nationally recognized credential. The apprentice must take the appropriate licensing exam through ADEM to become a licensed Operations Specialist. Although it is not a requirement, most apprentices continue working for their employer sponsor after they complete the program.
The employing utility acts as the employer sponsor. Prior to participating in the program, an employer participation agreement must be sent to ARWA for approval. The employer sponsor is required to provide appropriate training and supervision as well as maintain employment and on-the-job training records.
To be considered as an employer sponsor, the utility must review the Standards of Apprenticeship and submit the Employer Participation Agreement to ARWA. To apply as an apprentice, the individual must review the Standards of Apprenticeship and submit an application to ARWA.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Katie Hill, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Alabama Rural Water Association 334-396-5511 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alabama Rural Water Association will not discriminate against apprenticeship applicants or apprentices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, genetic information, or because they are an individual with a disability or a person 40 years old or older. The Alabama Rural Water Association will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.