Apprenticeship and Craft Training


ABC of Cumberland Valley provides both formal apprenticeship and craft training programs that are registered with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), the National Center for and Research (NCCER), and Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC). These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work including employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon successful completion, apprentices are recognized at the journey-worker level in their trade and are awarded their Maryland DLLR certificate of completion.  

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An apprentice is a highly committed individual who works full time under the direction of a journey-worker or master while attending classes in the evening. ABC Apprentices are registered with Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Council (MATC), National Center for Construction, Education & Research (NCCER). We also can register apprentices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia depending on where the student is working.

We will have two Orientation sessions this year:

August 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM------All students that are not employed by a contractor in their trade
August 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM------All students currently employed by a contractor in their trade

Orientation and classes will be held at our location:

530 North Locust Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Classes to begin the week of September 9, 2019.

Depending upon the trade, the program covers 2-4 years of classroom related instruction. Attaining Journeyperson status for most trades a student must accumulate eight thousand (8,000) on-the-job training hours and at least 576 hours of related instruction in order to achieve Journeyperson status. A full-time job totals 2,000 hours each year and our Apprenticeship Training Program provides at least 144 hours of related instruction per year. We offer twenty curriculum trade courses:  

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  • Bricklayer/Mason 
  • Carpentry
  • Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher 
  • Construction Craft Laborer 
  • Electrical 
  • Glazier 
  • Heavy Equipment Operator 
  • HVAC-R
  • Insulation Worker 
  • Painter 
  • Pipefitter 
  • Plumbing 
  • Reinforcing Ironworker 
  • Roofer 
  • Sheet Metal 
  • Sprinkler Fitter 
  • Steamfitter 
  • Structural Ironworker 
  • Welder

Our apprenticeship program standards are registered with and approved by: 

  • The states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) 
  • The Veterans Administration 


  • Barr Construction Institute 530 North Locust Street Hagerstown, MD 21740 
  • Carroll County Career & Technology Center 1229 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157 

Application Process:

You may pick up an application packet at our office or call us at 301-739-1190 to have it mailed to you.

The process includes:

  • Math pre-test
  • 3 letters of reference
  • High school transcripts
  • Completed Application
  • Registration Fees
  • Other information as needed

    After successfully meeting the written requirements, an applicant must then pass an interview process.

Tuition and Fees

Please contact us for current tuition and fee costs. Either the apprentice or the employer may pay tuition and fee costs, but in either case payment is required prior to the start of classes.  

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction
 industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members.
 Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members
 develop people, win work and deliver that work safely,  ethically and profitably
 for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.