Apprenticeship Program Information

 PHCC-IA's Ride & Decide Program

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PHCC of Iowa wants to introduce you to a great career option - the plumbing and HVAC industries! The plumbing and HVAC trades offer an education with minimal to no debt, a long-term career path, and competitive wages. Our industry is currently suffering from a lack of skilled workers and by the end of 2016, there will be 700,000 positions to fill!

We know that post-high school planning is an extensive process and that before big decisions are made students often participate in site visits or career days to get a feel for a particular career. These experiences help students decide what might be the best fit for their future and to that end, PHCC of Iowa is launching our "Ride and Decide" program. This program is a joint effort between PHCC of Iowa and our member companies. We are looking to partner with schools and students alike to expose all facets of the plumbing and HVAC industries to high school juniors and seniors by pairing students with industry contractors and allowing them to experience the trade while assisting in paid work functions during their summer break.

We believe that as good stewards of the community and our industry, it is our responsibility to help direct young people toward the plumbing and HVAC trades and bring good workers to our industry. As business owners, educators and good neighbors to our customers, we have a responsibility to the community, our individual industry and all consumers to provide the best information that we can for students to make the best decision on their future plans.

For many students, there may be no better solution than a job in the trades earned through an apprenticeship program.

Contact Randi Malone today at 515-868-0400 for more information on how to take advantage of this great opportunity!


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Apprenticeship Program News

Registering for Apprenticeship

2016 Apprenticeship Registration is now closed! You can still register your apprentice with DOL to gain "Apprentice" status though - contact PHCC of Iowa today to find out how this works!

JUST STARTING ON THE APPRENTICESHIP JOURNEY? Both the company and the apprentice have to become registered with the Department of Labor. When you join PHCC-IA and put someone into our program, we coordinate and submit the majority of this paperwork for you!

Contact Randi Malone at 515-868-0400 to get details about how to sign up and enroll apprentices today!


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Apprentices Participate in STEM Day at Kirkwood Community College - January 2015

Apprentices spend a lot of time learning – from books, from instructors, and mostly from their Journeyman. This year’s fourth year plumbing apprentices in Cedar Rapids were given a unique opportunity to turn the tables and become “Journeyman” for a day with their own apprentices – middle school girls. Each year, Kirkwood Community College hosts what’s known as a Girls STEM Day. This day is organized with the goal in mind of introducing the trades to female students earlier on in their school career and to encourage them to examine the possibility of obtaining a job in the trades for themselves one day.

The fourth year apprentices were given the task of instructing and assisting the students in soldering a frame for a photo holder out of copper piping. This included being responsible for teaching the students how to examine the specs, accurately measure the copper piping, and use the torch to solder the pieces together. Through their excellent direction, all of the girls’ projects came out successful and passed the pressure test that was required to receive an “okay” on the project.

The PHCC-IA Apprenticeship program is proud of the fourth year apprentices and the outstanding job that they did as “journeyman” for the day!

Visit Kirkwood’s Stem Day Instagram Page for more photos:

Background Information About the Licensing Law & Apprenticeship

In 2007, the Iowa Legislature enacted "The Iowa Plumber and Mechanical Professional Licensing Act,” a law that created statewide licensing for contractors performing work in the plumbing, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), hydronics and refrigeration areas.
Commencing on January 1st, 2010 all new  technicians working in any of these four areas will need to complete a four-year Department of Labor (DOL) approved apprenticeship program and pass a state exam in order to obtain their state license. PHCC operates a 4-year registered apprenticeship program for both Plumbing and Heating/ Cooling technicians. Our apprenticeship program is recognized and certified by the United States Department of Labor/Bureau of Apprenticeship Training and by license and code authorities that utilize the DOL/BAT standards. Students participating in a Department of Labor apprenticeship program must meet two key requirements during each of the four years: (1) 144 classroom hours and (2) 2,000 on-the-job earning hours. Participants in the PHCC Program will attend face-to-face classes in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines. The Cedar Rapids class will meet for one full work-week in January and a second full week in May. The Des Moines class will meet once a month, starting in October, for six Friday-Saturday sessions. Both classes will be supplemented with online training and testing to meet the 144 classroom hour requirement. The student’s employer will be responsible for helping the student meet the 2,000 hour on-the-job requirement.
Questions ?
If you have questions or wish to register, please contact PHCC of Iowa at 515-282-8192.