Potential Training Agents
Benefit your business by signing up as a training agent for HVAC/R and Sheet Metal programs.
Become an Apprentice Training Agent
Sign up as a training agent for HVAC/R and Sheet Metal programs. Encourage employees to apply for openings, and request possible new employees from the pool of applicants.
HVAC/R and Sheet Metal apprenticeship programs provide solutions by providing on-the-job training and related training in the classroom. As a training agents, you invest in apprentices and gain journey-level workers at the end of the four-year program. HVAC/R apprentices test for their LEB license with building codes.
Chemeketa serves as the program administrator and provides required related training at the Salem Campus for both Mid-Valley Sheet Metal and Mid-Valley HVAC/R Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees.
Please contact Apprenticeship for the application.
HVAC/R Training Agent
Mid-Valley HVAC/R, MA 2026, is a four-year apprenticeship program that trains HVAC/R technicians by combing related training classes at the Chemeketa Community College Salem campus with 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Specific training requirements are listed below. Chemeketa Apprenticeship administers this program.
Training Agent Expectations
As a participating training agent, you agree to the following:
- Hire applicants from the pool of eligibles and help recruit applicants.
- Approve hours monthly using the online program WorkHands, and fill out recommendations for advancement twice per year.
- Complete an annual wage survey each fall, and follow the scale (training agents may pay more).
- Train apprentices on required work processes (listed below).
- Release apprentices from work in time for them to attend related training classes.
- Complete an apprentice release form when an apprentice leaves your employment.
- Provide a safe work environment for apprentices and anti-harassment training for all employees who interact with apprentices (guidance is available from Chemeketa Apprenticeship).
- Assist apprentices in getting First-Aid/CPR certification within the first six months of apprenticeship.
Training Agent Application Process
HVAC/R companies interested in applying to be a training agent with the program follow the following steps:
- Fill out, sign if applicable, and return the required documents by mail or email to the Chemeketa Apprenticeship Office.
- Training agent application
- Acknowledgment of receipt of Policies and Standards
- Fee agreement
- Copy of the LE/B or equivalent license for journey-level worker(s)
- Photos for the site visit requirements and form
- BOLI Registration form
- Once the documentation is received, the committee members will vote to approve the application.
- Once approved as a training agent, Chemeketa Apprenticeship will notify you and set-up your record in WorkHands and initiate creating your account with Business Services at Chemeketa.
HVAC/R Work Processes and Hours
- Installation & Service of HVAC Systems - 2000 Hours
- Duct Design & Air Flow - 1000 Hours
- Basic Refrigeration & Theory - 500 Hours
- Piping, Brazing & Soldering - 500 Hours
- Limited Energy Installations, including: conduit, flex tray & duct, control panels & controls, wiring devices, removal & finish work, stock room & materials, overhead & underground - 1750 Hours
- Troubleshooting & maintenance - 250 Hours
- Communications systems, including: data tele-communication, intercom, paging; Specialized control systems, including: HVAC, medical, boiler, clock, instrumentation - 2000 Hours
Chemeketa Apprenticeship uses the NCCER HVAC/R curriculum for related training.
Classes are offered in sequence and start in the fall. The cost is approximately $676 a quarter. Textbooks are currently available digitally without charge. There is usually an LE/B test prep course offered in the summer for students testing soon.
Training agents agree to train apprentices and pay a monthly fee to Chemeketa Apprenticeship, which is a $25 set fee plus $40 per apprentice per month. Training agents are billed quarterly by Chemeketa Business Services.
The ratio requirement is one apprentice per journey-level worker. For electrical hours, apprentices must be supervised by someone with an LE/B license or equivalent.
Apprentices are referred to take the Limited Energy B Class Technicians License exam (LE/B) upon completion of their OJT hours and related training. Apprentices have six months to pass the test or are completed without benefit of license from the program.