Where to apply
ABC Keystone
135 Shellyland Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Located in Rapho Business Park, intersection of Rt. 283 & Rt. 772

Any Tuesday - Friday (except holidays) 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, April 25, 2016
8:30 am – 7:00 pm

Apprenticeship Applicant

2016 Apprenticeship Application Procedure FOR NEW APPRENTICES

CLICK HERE to view the procedure.

Apprenticeship applications are being accepted for the 2016 – 2017 Apprenticeship Training Program.


Trades offered:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Masonry
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal 

Initial application

All applicants must apply in person to fill out a brief application and receive required application materials.

  • $75.00 Application Fee. Payment can be made by check, money order or cash. Please make check or money order payable to ABC Keystone Chapter. Note: The Application fee is non-refundable. If an applicant is currently employed by an ABC member, the employer can be invoiced for this fee.
  • Applicants will be given a questionnaire, a textbook, 3 study guides to assist in preparation for the placement exam, and information sheets to complete and bring back when they take their placement exam.

placement exam

Applicants must take a placement exam:

  • When applicants complete their initial application, they will be scheduled for their placement exam. All required materials are to be submitted at the time of the exam.
  • Those with a score below 80% on any of the two tests (math test & safety & tool test) will be required to re-take those tests. One re-take will be allowed. Should an applicant not score 80% or better on the math test they will be required to take pre-apprenticeship math prior to start of the first semester (this will be taught in August and there will be a fee for the course). A student that is required to take pre-apprenticeship math and scores an 85% or higher on their final, will be excused from taking math during the first semester.
    All placement tests are conducted at the ABC building (see above for address).
Required Documents:

Applicants are required to submit the following additional application materials at the time they have their placement exam:
  • Proof of Age (copy of driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED certificate. This is not required for acceptance into our apprenticeship program, but it increases the chances of applicant being accepted.
  • Three (3) letters of reference from acquaintances other than family.
  • Proof of trade work experience, if any (letter from employer noting experience applicant has had in the trade he/she is applying for.) This is in addition to the 3 reference letters listed above.
  • Transcript of grades from last year of school completed, from school Guidance Department (including attendance record, if available). Applicant may bring transcript to interview, or the school may mail it to us.
  • If graduate of a Career & Technology high school, letter of recommendation from primary instructor.
  • Copies of transcripts from any trade school, other post-high school training received, and/or any trade-related military training.
  • For veterans applying, we need a copy of applicant’s discharge paper, Form 214. We are approved for Veteran Educational Benefits
  • Completed NCCER Release Form (given to the applicant at the time of the initial application).
  • Completed questionnaire and information sheets (given to the applicant at the time of the initial application).
  • Completed math practice test and study guide (given to the applicant at the time of initial application).
Applications will not be considered until all steps are completed. Materials turned in after the due date will result in points being deducted from the applicant’s ranking score.

Ranking & Acceptance into the program

  • Applicants will be ranked by their placement exam scores and other materials submitted during the application process.
  • Applicants will be accepted into the apprenticeship training program in the order of their rank, as openings become available.
  • Applications will be kept on file for two years.