ABC Keystone's Apprenticeship Training Center
Apprenticeship & Craft Training
in Central PA


The Application Process


Initial Application

Download the Public Notice form for additional information.

  • There is a $75 non-refundable application fee, which can be paid online or in check, cash, or money order.
  • Applicants are given a questionnaire and study aid to assist in training for the math entrance exam, and information to fill out and return upon taking their exam.
  • Applicants may apply in person to fill out a brief application and receive required materials or apply online here.


Entrance Exam

  • When applicants complete the initial application process, their math entrance exam is scheduled. All required materials must be submitted at the time of the exam.
  • A math test will be administered. Applicants who score 80% or higher will receive credit for the construction math class. Those who score less than 80% will be registered for the construction math class.
  • All tests are completed at ABC Keystone.


Required Documents

  • Proof of age (driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.).
  • A copy of the applicant’s high school diploma or GED certificate. (While not required, these documents are helpful for placement.)
  • Three letters of reference from non-family members.
  • Proof of trade work, if any, in addition to the three references. (A letter from employer noting experience is preferred.)
  • Transcript of grades from last school year completed, sent from school guidance department, plus attendance record (when available).
  • If you are a Career and Technology Center graduate, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s primary instructor.
  • Copies of transcripts from any trade schools, post-high school training, and/or military service.
  • If a veteran, copies of discharge papers (Form 214).


Ranking & Acceptance

Applicants will receive a ranking (as required by Department of Labor apprenticeship standards) based upon the materials submitted during the application process.

For those applicants entering the program not working in the trade or sponsored by a company, ABC Keystone will make every effort to connect them with member companies for employment and sponsorship.

Applicants will not be accepted until all steps are fully completed and items turned in.

Materials turned in after the due date will result in points deducted from the applicant’s ranking score.

In-Person Applications:

ABC Keystone Headquarters
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