Updated Dec 7, 2004 by Larry Creel
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Area 1: An Overview
Area 2: Eligible Air Force Specialty Codes
Area 3: Certification Earned by Apprenticeship
Area 4: Certification and Licensing by Examination
Area 5: Time and Location to Register
Area 6: How to Complete an Apprenticeship Program Twice as Fast
Area 7: Mailing Address
Area 8: Finishing the Apprenticeship Program and Finding Employment
Area 9: Obtaining an Associates Degree by Apprenticeship
Area 10: Forms
Area 11: Important Web Sites
We are proud to be a part of the Air Force Community and we are proud that we can support the Air Force Community in providing an important credential which demonstrates to the civilian and military employer a high degree of competency in a trade.
Many people join the military in order to earn money for college. Others want to learn a valuable job skill which will assist them in obtaining a rewarding and high paying job after they complete military service. In order to accomplish these worthy goals, many young people are now looking at the military in order to obtain Journeyman's Status-- recognizing the high quality training and high degree of job performance required to do their military tasks. Many young people find the civilian community is unable to provide an inexperienced person with the opportunity to receive these high technical skills and therefore many join the Armed Forces to receive valuable credentials such as a Journeyman's Certificate which will last them a lifetime.
The Apprenticeship Program combines valuable work experience with valuable military schools in order to achieve competency in a trade. We hope as time continues that we will be able to expand our offerings to other Air Force Specialty Codes.
At this time, the North Carolina Department of Labor has identified those Airmen who are assigned the following Air Force Specialty Codes and who are working in those AFSC's as eligible to participate in the following North Carolina Department of Labor Apprenticeship Trades:
3E1X1 Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Servicer
3S2X1 Training Education Technician
3V0X3 Visual Production Specialist
The North Carolina Department of Labor hopes to expand the number of trades to other Air Force Speciality Codes which are not listed above where we can serve more of the Air Force Community. The Civilian Community and other branches of the military have developed other Apprenticeship programs. Therefore, we invite Airmen to click here to view some of the other trades which have already been created for other branches of the military and civilian community. If you feel that one of the trades is related to your Air Force Speciality Code, please contact our Fort Bragg office with a print-out of the program in which you are interested so that we can discuss it and so that you can possibly enroll.
After completing your apprenticeship program in one of the above-mentioned Air Force Specialty Codes, you will receive a North Carolina Journeyman's Certificate from the North Carolina Department of Labor and a Federal Journeyman's Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor which will demonstrate a level of attainment in which you can perform duties of a highly paid tradesman. Both Certificates are recognized nationwide that you have achieved journeyman status. Both certificates are shown below:
In today's business and government climate, having a license or certification can open doors for you. A license is required for most professions and for jobs that are subject to State or to other government regulations. Certification is voluntary but is frequently sought, because workers realize that certification can assist them in finding, keeping, and advancing in a job. In jobs from mechanics, installers and repairers to medical technicians to therapists to computer network engineers and Web Site Developers, and many, many others, certification plays a key role. Certification is becoming particularly critical in the information technology industry as employees contend with a shortage of skilled employees. Press here to view many of these licenses which you can receive by taking examinations at the Pope AFB Education Center. Some of these examinations may be given for free at the Pope AFB Education Center to soldiers who are eligible. The new licensing and certification benefits allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay you, if you are eligible, for a test for a license or certification. You can receive reimbursement for approved licensing or certification tests you take on or after March 1, 2001 at the Education Center, Community College, or any approved private licensing site. You can receive up to $2,000 per test but not more than the actual cost of the test. You can receive benefits to retake a test you failed. VA will only pay for the cost of the test and not for other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification. In order to find out more about VA paying for your certification tests, press here
Press here to View licensing by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Press here to View Licensing by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
I come to Fort Bragg once a week from 0830 to 1600 on Thursdays to enroll soldiers and to assist soldiers who are already enrolled in the North Carolina Apprenticeship program.
My Telephone Number at my Office in the e Army U Education Testing Services Building is (910) 436-1332 (Thursdays Only)
My Cell Telphone Number is (910) 308-9413
My Telephone Number at my Fayetteville Office is (910) 867-8491 (Week Days Except Thursday)
My office at Fort Bragg on Thursdays is now located in the e Army U Education Testing Services Building with the Education Services Division in the three story brick building--Building 2-1105 Wing A Room 205 on the corner of Macomb and Reilly Road. My office is located on the second floor in the same area where the Education Center offers testing. See the Fort Bragg map below for exact location of the building:
Fort Bragg Map
The picture below is a view taken from the corner of Macomb and Reilly Road of Building 2-1105 which faces Macomb Street. The red arrow points to the door to enter the building for the Apprenticeship Office. The picture also shows the location of the Main Post Chapel and Old Main Post Theater in relation to the building where our office is located:
Parking is available in the back of the building and you can lso enter the building using the back entrance. The picture below is a closer view of the building where I am located. The Red Arrow shows the front entrance to reach the Apprenticeship Office. The Orange Arrow on the picture below shows the exact location of my office on the second floor:
Previous Experience: Some soldiers who have been working their Air Force Speciality Code for several years before entering the Apprenticeship Program can reduce the number of hours in half through Previous Experience. For example, Plumber (3E4X1) or Electrician (3EOX1) can receive 4,000 hours of Previous Experience, because these are 8,000 hour trades. This means that someone in an 8,000 hour trade such as Heating and Ventilation/Air Conditioning can receive as much as 4,000 hours of Previous Experience leaving him/her with only 30 months instead of 60 months to finish his/her program. Ask us at our Apprenticeship Office for details and for the form necessary to complete in order to receive Previous Experience Credit.
If you should be transferred to another Air Force Base, you may mail me your work at the following address:
Mrs. Charlene D. Sumlin-Cross
Apprenticeship and Training Bureau
P.O. Box 53634
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28305-3634
If you have questions about Apprenticeship, you can click here to send us a question.
e-mail your questions to CSumlin@aol.com
Soldiers who are enrolled in the program can slip their paperwork under the door at my Fort Bragg Office. Please call me at (910) 867-8491 (and week day except Thursday) or (910) 436-1332 (Thursdays Only). My Cell Phone Number is (910) 308-9413. For any faxed material or for material slipped under the door, please list your telephone number sand social security number on each item submitted. Also include your fax number if available. My fax telephone number is (910) 864-8985.If you have comments or suggestions to improve this web site, you can e-mail your comments and suggestions.
Contact with me must be provided by mail or by contacting your Education and Training Manager at least every six months to insure that you not be dropped from the Apprenticeship Program. If you should be assigned other duties where you will not be able to continue working in your Apprenticeable Air Force Specialty Code, you can request to be put into suspense. In such a case, we will hold your record indefinitely until we are advised by you in writing that you can continue working your trade. You can only be enrolled in one apprenticeship program at a time. Therefore if you permanently change to another Air Force Specialty Code which is Apprenticeable, you can ask to be dropped from your current program and enter another. In such a case, we can provide you with a Partial Completion Letter at your request for the trade you dropped. Your Partial Completion Letter and your Logbook will make it easier to continue in the Apprenticeship Program with a civilian employer if you choose to separate from the military. Press here to find assistance in your home state. If you would like to find civilian employment, press here.
Soldiers completing the Apprenticeship Program may also qualify for an Associate's Degree through Fayetteville Technical Community College after meeting the college's residency requirement. The residency requirement requires students to complete twenty-five percent of the program through FTCC classes which will include any core curriculum courses and any proficiency tests which the college may require. Approximately, seventy-five percent of the degree requirements in most cases can be satisfied by evidence that you have completed the apprenticeship program. The Apprenticeship Program satisifies the lab portion of your degree requirements.
Soldiers completing certain apprenticeship programs such as auto mechanics or cooking can achieve Associate's Degrees in Auto Mechanics or Food Service at FTCC.
All completed Apprenticeship Programs can lead to an Associate's Degree at FTCC such as the General Occupational Technology Program.
For more information on the Associate's Degree, contact Counseling Services at Fayetteville Technical Community College by calling (910) 678-8419. The earlier that you enroll at FTCC, the sooner you will complete any core curriculum courses.
You may also wish to visit the Fayetteville Technical Community College Home Page on the internet.
I feel that apprenticeship is very important, because most of what we know is learned through real life experiences. Apprenticeship is a real life experience because we combine classroom training--what you have learned in your military schools with what on-the-job experience you gain while performing your day to day tasks on your job. Apprenticeship insures that you gain the proper training in all aspects of your job where you not only perform better in your military job (therefore having a better chance for advancement in the military), but you will be properly trained to take the well-paid highly skilled job in your field if you choose to take a civilian position.
Press here to view a time sheet in "PDF" which you can print by selecting "File" then "Print."or you can choose one of the other formats: HTML / FormFlow22 / FormFlow /
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Most forms for the Apprenticeship program can be located on "Form Flow" at the Fort Bragg Library and many other military computers or press here.
Press here to download "Acrobat Reader" for "pdf" files. (All you need to print the apprenticeship forms in "pdf" if not already installed in your computer is to download the free copy of any version of "Text-Only Acrobat Reader" in English).
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