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Campus-Based Pre-Apprenticeship

This short-term program is to be completed in one to two terms and provides you hands-on training experience to help you gain employability skills if you are new or returning to the skilled trades.

How to Participate


Fill out the Interest Form and email  it to participate.  Next campus-based program - Spring 2023.

  • How to Enter the Program

    Step 1: Submit an Interest Form to particpate

    You may return the Interest Form in person, via email or by mail.

    Step 2: You will receive a reply

    You will be contacted by phone or email after you return your Interest Form providing next steps.


    Email with any questions you may have. 

  • Cost & Financial Resources


    Program costs may include tuition and fees of the required courses. If grant funding is available to cover your tuition and fees, you will be informed after you submit your Interest Form.

    You may qualify for more than one funding program. 

    Financial resources

    College programs may provide financial help.

  • Qualifications


    • Age 18 or older
    • High school diploma or GED
    • Completion of Math 70 or higher OR a qualifying math placement test score
    • Reliable transportation to Chemeketa
    • Computer or tablet to complete online assignments (loaners available)
    • Wi-Fi access 
    • Eligible to enroll in classes at Chemeketa (no outstanding balance on your account)
  • Benefits

    Program benefits

    Receive industry-recognized credentials that may be able to help you secure a Registered Apprenticeship position and a job in construction. 

    • A certificate that demonstrates you have completed a Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    • College credit for courses 
      • APR 101, Trade Skills Fundamentals
      • An employment-related course or internship
    • OSHA 10 card
    • First-Aid/CPR card

    You may be eligible to receive and keep up to $650 in items from a BOLI ODOT grant -

    • Tools
    • Safety clothing
    • Boots
    • Gas cards
  • Placement Testing

    Chemeketa placement testing for Apprenticeship

    1. Submit this online form to determine the test you need:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions, and Chemeketa Placement staff will direct you to the correct placement test. Under the Intent section, select “I am applying for an Apprenticeship...”
    3. You will be notified by Placement staff with further instructions on how to take the placement test. Allow five business days to hear back.
    4. You will take the placement test at home, online and at your convenience.
    5. Once completed, email to request a PDF copy of your results. Allow two business days to receive the results.
    6. Questions or concerns? Contact
  • Certificate Requirements

    Pre-Apprentice Certificate requirements

    APR 101, Trade Skills Fundamentals (4 credits).  Performance-based learner outcomes 

    • Use information to select the trade as a career.
    • Apply industry standard safe workplace behavior.
    • Use trade-specific vocabulary in workplace situations.
    • Make common trade calculations.
    • Use safety standards with selected power and hand tools.
    • Read a basic blueprint.
    • Identify rigging slings, hitches, hardware, and signals.

    One of the following 

    • CWE Internship course (2 credits) OR 
    • FE 120 Career Jump Start Course (3 credits) OR
    • CTE college course in sheet metal, HVAC/R, electronics, welding, automotive, diesel, or drafting
    • OR other approved course

    Math Requirement

    • High school transcript showing one year of algebra I or higher with a C or better OR
    • Community college math placement test scoring with placement into Chemeketa’s Math 070 or higher or equivalent OR
    • Math 070 or higher at Chemeketa on a college transcript or equivalent course at another college or university

    HS diploma or GED by completion of the program

    Safety Training - First aid/CPR course, AND (choose one)

    • OSHA 10 OR
    • Forklift Operator OR
    • Flagger Training OR
    • EPA Refrigerant Handling Certification OR
    • Other approved safety course

    One of the following (not for credit class) 

    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training course OR
    • Anti-Harassment Training 

    Sponsored by Mid-Valley HVAC/R, MA 2026, and Mid-Valley Sheet Metal, MA 1060