The California Department of Education (CDE) supports related and supplementary instruction (RSI) in 35 regional occupational centers and programs (ROCP), and adult education programs (local education agencies), with over 200 apprenticeship programs supporting over 40,000 registered apprentices.
Registered apprentices are enrolled in a wide variety of craft and trade programs. There are over 800 approved apprentice occupations in California. To get an idea of the different trade occupations and the locations of the schools throughout California, go to
Apprenticeship is a time-proven, on-the-job training and education delivery system. Appropriations to support RSI were initiated in 1970 under the Montoya Act.
Apprenticeship programs in California are developed and conducted by program sponsors including individual employers, employer associations, or a jointly sponsored labor/management association. Local education agencies individually contract with program sponsors providing educational leadership in the provision of RSI.
(1) Program Sponsor (Union School) → (2) Local Education Agency (Foothill) → (3) CA Dept of Apprenticeship Standard (DAS) → (4) Chancellor’s Office
Foothill Provides:
  • College Credit (100-level courses)
  • Montoya Act Classroom Hours
  • Fiscal/Budgetary Agent
  • Curriculum Approval
  • Completion Certificates
  • AS Degrees (as applicable)
  • Student Services
  • Academic Counseling
  • Basic Skills & Prep
  • Assessment Testing
  • Transfer to Trade Colleges (National Labor College, Tech Trade Schools
    w/apprenticeship programs)
  • CTE/Workforce at local Community College
Admission Process
  1. Contact one of the 15 training locations listed under Apprenticeship Contacts.
  2. Schedule an appointment to fill out an application. Bring a valid photo ID and high school transcript.
  3. At your appointment, sign up for the entrance examination. You must check back with the training location to find out if you passed the entrance exam.
  4. Final step is to pass an oral interview.

At Foothill College, apprenticeship students are exempt from paying student fees.

Entrance Examination & Oral Interview

All candidates must pass the entry exam at a minimum of 70% and an oral interview prior to being accepted in the program.

Cohort Learning & On-the-Job Training

Apprentices earn a competitive income while learning their craft from a master journeyman. They attend school one or two nights a week for three hours a night over a quarter or semester. The term (fall, winter, spring, summer) varies with each program.

Additional Information

For information about a specific apprenticeship program, including its availability, requirements or application process, contact one of the training locations listed on Apprenticeship Contacts page.

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