Registered Apprenticeships, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This program listing focuses on registered apprenticeships in building and construction trades, often referred to as traditional​ apprenticeships.  (Note there are also non-traditional apprenticeships in industry sectors such as manufacturing and health care that are associated with other program listings.) Apprentices in this program listing gain an opportunity to work in well-paying jobs such as a sheet metal worker, operating engineer, electrician, plumber and steamfitter, carpenter and other skilled construction trade occupations.

Work full-time as an apprentice and take a structured series of courses which includes content that supports the tasks you perform at work. Each apprenticeship offers a specialized program that will take from three to five years to complete and leads to a Journeyperson certificate.​ Apprenticeship opportunities involve paid employment and structured education that will lead to higher salary, greater skill, and the possibility of earning a degree. Apprentices apply through and are selected by the apprenticeship sponsor / committee. When apprentices are accepted into the program, they begin taking classes through CCBC and working full-time under the supervision of a trained journeyperson. It is not necessary to be employed when applying; sponsors will dispatch apprentices to a participating employer once they are selected for admission and begin their apprenticeship. Students entering this program should have a strong sense of self-discipline; good math skills; reading and spatial relations skills; enjoy variety; and like to use their hands and mind. 

Journey-level tradespeople have the opportunity to work all over the country or the world. They can also become supervisors, owners, inspectors and instructors.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:​

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. obtain and demonstrate the skills necessary to successfully complete work at the journeyperson level;

2. demonstrate appropriate safety protocols and practices while working on a job site;

3. increase confidence and competency in the specified trade; and

4. upon obtaining the journeyperson status, be able to provide training and oversight for apprentices.

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Students will receive a journey certificate from the Maryland Department of Labor.

Note: Many apprenticeship programs in construction trades have additional certifications, such as OSHA 10 or 30, First Aid/CPR, and other trade-specific certifications. Some programs also require passing a state licensing exam, depending on the trade.

Certifying Organization:  Maryland Department of Labor

Apprenticeship Sponsors

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

The following is a list of apprenticeship sponsors.  Contact them directly to learn about the application processes and timelines for the specific trade/craft of interest. 


Associated Builders and Contractors

Contact: Donte Lee, 410-821-0351

Carpenter 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

Electrician 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

HVAC 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

Pipe Fitter, 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

Plumber 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

Sheet Metal 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction

Sprinkler Fitter 4-year program; 156 hours/year of related instruction


Baltimore Electricians JATC, Local Union #24

Contact: Neil Wilford, Jr., 410-247-3313

5-year program; 180 hours/year in Years 1 & 2; 200 hours/year for Years 3-5; 960 hours total


Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 24

Contact: James Hoos, 301-725-2400

4-year academic program with fifth year of hands-on programming

176 hours in Years 1 – 3; 190 hours in Year 4; 720 hours total


Independent Electrical Contractors

Contact: Ed Hersl or Joe Harber, 800-470-3013 or 301-621-9545

4-year program; 165 hours/year of related instruction


Ironworkers Local Union #568

Contact: Gary Armstrong, 301-599-0960

4-year program; 208 hours in Year 1; 205 hours in Year 2; 204 hours in Years 3-4; 821 hours total


Machinists (Various employers)

Contact: John Lyons, 443-840-5424

3-year program; 135-180 hours/year of related instruction


Maryland Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors

Contact: Diane Kastner, 410-461-5977

4-year program; 165 hours/year of related instruction


Mid-Atlantic Carpenters Training Centers Local Union #101

Contact: Robert Eaton, 301-736-1696

Carpenters 4-year program; 160 hours/year of related instruction

Pile Driving 4-year program; 160 hours/year of related instruction

Trade Show 3-year program; 160 hours/year of related instruction


Operating Engineers Local Union #37

Contact: Mike Funk, 443-242-6280 or Stacey Brown, 410-254-2030

3-year program; 268 hours/year of related instruction


Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #486

Contact: Ronald Schell, 410-866-5313

5-year program; average of 250 per year; 1257 hours total


Sheet Metal Workers Local Union #100  

Contact: John Wilson, 301-568-8655

5-year program; 46 hours in Year 1; 162 hours in Year 2; 192 hours in Years 3-5 of related instruction

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Program Contact Information

For Associated Builders and ​Contractors:

CoordinatorMisspelled WordNiki Rogers | nrogers​ | 443-840-4422 | Essex BESS 115​​

Administrative Assistant: Denise Bellamy | | 443-840-4712 | Catonsville BESS 100​


For Baltimore Electricians; Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers; Ironworkers; Mid-Atlantic Carpenters; Plumbers & Steamfitters; and Misspelled WordSheetmetal Workers:

CoordinatorMisspelled WordNiki Rogers | | 443-840-4422 | Essex BESS 115

Administrative Assistant: Jackie Gibson | | 443-840-4561 | Catonsville BESS 100


For Maryland Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling Contractors; Independent Electrical Contractors, and Operating Engineers:

Coordinator: Larry Kovacs | | 443-840-4171 | Catonsville BESS 100​K

Administrative Assistant: Jackie Gibson | | 443-840-4561 | Catonsville BESS 100​