APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING

CVECA Apprenticeship ProgramThe CVECA Apprenticeship Training Program began in 1974, when the members of the Association had become dissatisfied with the training programs that were available at time for their apprentices. One of the Contractor Members by the name of Mr. Rudy Jones stepped forward and took it upon himself to create a training program which would meet with the approval of the Association’s Contractor Members. The goal was to provide a four year training program which each attending apprentice would be provided with the classroom education necessary to pass the Virginia State Journeyman’s test and produce qualified electricians for the workplace.

Mr. Jones; along with fellow members, spent countless hours in producing a four year curriculum and seeing to it that this Training Program would be approved and accepted by the Virginia State Board of Contractors. Over the summer months between each school year, this curriculum is updated by the Apprenticeship Training Director and the Apprenticeship Training Instructors, to keep up with the ever changing National Electrical Code.

Our Program’s Training Director is Mr. Willie Cline, who can be reached at e-mail address cvecatraining@yahoo.com to provide any answers to your questions with regard the Association’s Apprenticeship Training Program. Mr. Cline has more than 19 years of education instruction with the County of Henrico’s school system; more than 10 of these have been devoted to electrical Technical Training at Highland Springs High School. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year; Mr. Cline transferred from the Highland Springs High School Technical Center, and is now teaching Electrical Technical Training at the Academy at Virginia Randolph. Mr Cline is a master electrician, an electrical contractor and is also a recipient of the County of Henrico’s Teacher of the Year Award in the year of 2010 and 2013.

Our Program’s instructors are made up of electrical instructors from surrounding high school Technical Training programs, master electricians, electrical inspectors, electrical engineers and electrical contractors.

Future Apprentices

Our Apprenticeship Training Program works in partnership with nationally recognized Mike Holt Enterprises; an industry leader providing powerful training solutions for electrical contractors, individuals and training programs across the United States. Our participation with Mike Holt allows an apprentice attending a program utilizing Mike Holt Enterprises instructional materials outside of our area in Virginia, as well as out of state; who moves into our area wishing to continue his/her education, can transfer directly into our Training Program without having to take a placement test to determine if the instruction he/she has taken correlates with our curriculum. An apprentice who has had training in another Program that does not utilize Mike Holt Enterprises instructional materials can also transfer into our Program. The apprentice is required to take a placement test prior to the first night of classes, to verify if what was learned in the apprentice’s prior training courses meets with our curriculum.

An apprentice looking to become a student in the Program must be an employee of one of our contractor members; who is referred to as the apprentice’s Sponsor. The membership list of electrical contractors can be found on the Home Page under “About Us”. The cost for enrollment is a $225.00 registration fee, the first and second semester fee costs are each $187.00 plus the cost for books required for each year. The electrical contractor (Sponsor) is required to provide the registration fee, first semester fee and book costs to the CVECA by the 30th of September and the second semester fee to the CVECA by the 31st of January.

Curriculum

Night classes are held on Monday and Wednesdays at Hermitage High School in the County of Henrico School System. Classes begin in the middle of August with completion in the first week of April, weather incidents permitting. The apprentices are required to have 168 hours of classroom time, not allowing to miss more than 9 of these hours over the course of the year. If more are missed, the apprentice is removed from the program.

The 1st year curriculum covers Articles 90 to 250 of the National Electrical Code, ranges thru all aspects of residential wiring, calculations and formulas, electrical theory is covered extensively. Each night time is devoted to a series of math problems related to what is being taught.

The 2nd year curriculum revisits Articles 90 thru 250 and covers the remaining Articles of the National Electrical Code, calculations, formulas. Each night time is devoted to a series of math problems related to what is being taught.

The 3rd year curriculum provides an introduction to motor controls, along with solar photovoltaic, calculations and formulas, study of the National Electrical Code which applies to motor controls and solar photovoltaic. Each night time is devoted to a series of math problems related to what is being taught.

The 4th year is devoted completely to review of the Program’s entire 1st, 2nd and 3rd year curriculum of the National Electrical Code; allowing the apprentice to be more than ready to pass the Virginia State Journeyman’s test. Math formulas that the apprentice would need in all of these areas is refreshed. The curriculum also includes providing the apprentice with NFPA 70 electrical and safety in the workplace certification, making up the remaining of the course.

CVECA Apprenticeship ProgramThe Association works very closely with the Department of Labor & Industry; making sure each electrical contractor (Sponsor) has contacted and filled out all of the required apprentice’s Action Forms with the Department. The Association also submits all revisions of every year’s curriculum and new instructor resumes to the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; to continually maintain our Education Provider status and number 2730000403, allowing each apprentice the approval required to take their journeyman’s test.

At the end of each year, the 4th year graduating class is treated to a dinner; in which family members and guests are welcomed to attend; along with the Training Director, instructors, membership and other guests of the Association. Certificates are handed out to each recognized graduating apprentice along with gifts and awards for the apprentice with the highest grade average, best attendance over the entire four year program and most improved student.

In Closing

The present members of the Central Virginia Electrical Contractors Association will always strive to continue and maintain what is considered to be the best electrical apprenticeship training program in the area. This is what Mr. Rudy Jones and the forefathers of this Association intended; the end result of producing card carrying qualified electricians for the workplace.