How long is an apprenticeship?

All apprenticeships require a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 2000 hours of On-the-Job Learning.  The classroom hours will vary based on the program.  On-the-Job Learning offers apprentices the opportunity to apply what they are learning to their work.   

How long will I have to work for the employer?

2000 hours of the On-the-Job Learning equates to about one  year.  The On-the-Job Learning will be under the direction of the apprentice’s mentor and/or supervisor.

What is the cost of the apprenticeship?

The cost of the training will be primarily covered by the grant if accepted into the apprenticeship program.  There may be limited expenses depending on the program in which you enroll and the employer.

Is there a background check?

Some programs require a background check.  

Do I have to take a drug test?

Some programs require a drug test.  

Do I have to sign a contract?

An apprenticeship contract is required to participate in the program.  You will have to provide your social security number.  

Will I get paid for hours spent in the classroom?

An apprentice may or may not be paid for hours spent in the classroom, depending on the policy of the employer.   

How are the programs structured?

Dependent on the program, there will be in-person classroom instruction and/or online instruction.

What hours will I be going to school?

Classes are varied based on the cohort.  Classes may be scheduled during the day or in the evening depending on the employer.  

Where will I be working?

This is dependent on the employer and the program.  Healthcare professionals can work in offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, assisted living facilities or nursing homes, in addition to other facilities that provide healthcare services. 

What is the pay rate?

Apprenticeship programs must pay apprentices at least the applicable Federal, state, or local minimum wage.   Apprentices will be made aware of wage progression in the Apprenticeship Agreement.  

Is there potential for advancement?

Based on your performance and passing of certifications, you may be able to gain mobility in the industry.

What if English is not my first language?

You may consider taking the ESL for Health Professions course offered at Bergen.   In addition, there may be other resources available.  In Bergen County, you may find free online classes and tutoring at   

Is CPR certification a requirement?

CPR certification is required for most of the healthcare professions.  If you are already certified by the American Heart Association, you do not need to retake the course.   

How much math do I need to know?

Depending on the program you choose, you may be asked to complete a math assessment and meet a minimum competency (5th grade,  8th or 10th grade).

How can I ensure that I will be successful?

Each apprentice will have a Success Coach at the college who will be your resource during your entire journey.  You will also be assigned a Mentor who will guide and direct you as you learn at your place of employment.  

What will I earn upon completion?

Each apprentice will be awarded a Registered  Apprenticeship Certificate by the US Department of Labor.  You may also be able to earn additional industry-recognized, nationally portable credentials.  Depending on the program, you will be qualified to sit for any relevant exams for certifications and/or licenses -all in addition to  paid work experience.  

What if I already have a certificate or license in a healthcare profession?

You may be awarded advanced standing for any certificates or licenses you have already earned related to your chosen apprenticeship.  You have the opportunity to keep learning, further your education, expand your skills set and earn additional credentials in the healthcare field. 

Should I be concerned for my safety?

Apprenticeship programs must have policies and procedures in place to ensure a safe working environment.  

Where can I learn more about apprenticeships?