Certificate of Achievement - Apprenticeship

Qualifying apprenticeship programs for the certificate of achievement consist of two or more years of training. The student who completes this field of study will have the skills, knowledge and abilities to work in one of the building or utility trades and will be provided with basic technical-trade knowledge and manual skills required in the field. Besides general education requirements, the student will complete skill-specific courses and on-the-job training. Students must apply and be accepted into one of the qualified apprenticeship programs.

Qualifying Apprenticeship Programs

Field Ironworkers, JATC916-428-7420
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, JATC775-323-0567
Northern Nevada Bricklayers/Tilesetters, JATC702-876-6563
Northern Nevada Carpenters, JATC702-452-5099
Northern Nevada Electrical, JATC775-358-4301
Northern Nevada Operating Engineers, JATC775-575-2729
Northern Nevada Plasterers & Cement Masons, JATC775-359-4241
Northern Nevada Plumbers & Pipefitters, JATC775-359-2229
Northern Nevada Sheet Metal Workers, JATC775-331-6393
NV Energy Gas Utility775-834-7018

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of principles, skills, and applications of the specific trade to work safely and efficiently in the industry.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Human Relations[3]
Embedded in apprenticeship curriculum.
Embedded in apprenticeship curriculum.
Certificate Requirements
All Certificate requirements will be fulfilled by approved apprenticeship courses.24
Electrician: ELEC
Iron Workers: IRW
Natural Gas Utilities: NGPF, NGPO, NGSM
Plumbers and Pipefitters: PPF
Refrigeration (HVAC): RS
Sheet Metal: SMTL
Elective Requirements
Select at least 3 units from any remaining apprenticeship class(es) from the same program as emphasis.3
Total Units30

Course sequences are established separately for each qualified apprenticeship program. Please see your apprenticeship coordinator for the required sequence.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Approved apprenticeship class 2 5-8
Communications 1 3
 Semester Total8
2nd semester
Approved apprenticeship class 2 5-8
Elective 2 3
 Semester Total8
3rd semester
Approved apprenticeship class 2 5-8
Elective 2 3
 Semester Total8
4th semester
Approved apprenticeship class 2 5-8
 Semester Total5
5th semester
Approved apprenticeship class if necessary 5-8
 Semester Total1
 Total Units30

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.

For additional information, please contact the apprenticeship training office at 775-856-5302, or your qualifying sponsoring indentured apprenticeship training program.