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Workforce Training & Community Ed

Apprenticeship Programs

Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Apprenticeship is a combination of hands-on work experience and related classroom instruction.   Work experience must be performed under the supervision of a journeyman. Students enrolled in an Electrical, Plumbing, or HVAC Apprenticeship Program at CEI typically work a 40-hour week as an apprentice and attend evening classes two nights per week which begin in September and conclude in March of the following year.

Entry into an apprenticeship program does not require prerequisite knowledge of electricity, plumbing, or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.  Students are required to:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Register with the Idaho Division of Building Safety before registering for CEI Apprentice courses.
    (HVAC Bureau 208-334-6180),
    (Electrical Bureau 208-334-2183),
    (Plumbing Bureau 208-334-3442).
  • Work under the direct supervision of a journeyman
  • Register for apprenticeship classes.

For further information regarding apprenticeship regulations, please contact:

State of Idaho
Division of Building Safety
Electrical, Plumbing, or HVAC Bureau
1090 E. Watertower Street
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 334-3950

Apprentice Programs

College of Eastern idaho's Workforce Training Program offers state-approved apprentice programs in Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  Each 144-hour program is designed to prepare students for residential, commercial, and industrial work.  Students receive instruction in safety, theory, mathematics, code, blueprint reading, first aid, and tools of the trade.

Apprentice classes are held two nights per week from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  Students are required to complete 144-hours of instruction and successfully pass associated tests and quizzes.  Program fees and instructional materials range approximately from $750 to $1,000 a year depending on the program.  Payment of fees is required at the time of registration.

Journeyman License Requirements

The state of Idaho offers a journeymen's license in the Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning trades.  The requirements to receive a journeymen's license are as follows:

  • Work 8, 000 hours as an apprentice under a licensed journeyman (2000/yr for 4 years)
  • Attend and pass all four years of the Apprenticeship Classes (144 hours/yr & 70% or better)
  • Pass the State Journeyman's Exam.

Correspondence Courses

The State of Idaho offers correspondence training in Electrical and Plumbing Apprenticeship through CWI (College of Western Idaho). Certain qualifications must be met for a person to take correspondence as opposed to regular training. The main criterion for the correspondence program is that the student must live at least 50 miles from the CEI campus.

For more information please call (208) 535-5345 or email

Associate of Applied Science Degree for Apprentice/Journeymen

This program is intended for trades and crafts personnel who are interested in completing the necessary course work to obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree for Apprentices and Journeymen. Individuals enrolled in apprentice programs and journeymen may be eligible for this Associate of Applied Science Degree program by completing at least 16 general education credit hours on campus at EITC. For information regarding course fees and registration, please contact the Workforce Training & Continuing Education Program at 1600 S. 25th East, (1600 Hitt Road), Idaho Falls, ID 83404, or call 524-3000, Ext. 3381, or toll-free 1-800-662-0261.

For more information please call (208) 535-5345 or email


Summer Hours (May 17 - August 13):

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Workforce Training & Continuing Education
(208) 535-5345

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Apprenticeship Regulations

State of Idaho

Division of Building Safety
Electrical, Plumbing, or HVAC Bureau
1090 E. Watertower Street
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 334-3950

HVAC Bureau

(208) 334-6180

Electrical Bureau

(208) 334-2183

Plumbing Bureau

(208) 334-3442

College of Eastern Idaho, 208.524.3000, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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