This program is funded with the support of the Alaska Department of Labor and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Apprenticeship - Opportunities for Training, Employment, and Certification

General Information:

The Alaska Forum is the registered sponsor of the Environmental Technician Apprenticeship Program by the US Department of Labor. The Alaska Forum Environmental Technician Apprenticeship Program is a training and workforce development program, it is not an offer of employment. Once employed as an apprentice, an Environmental Technician Apprentice will receive specific classroom instruction and work 4,000 hours of on-the-job mentored training to develop skills as a proficient and versatile worker. Program applicants that qualify but have not been placed in an apprentice position can continue to access training as we work with them to find appropriate employment.

Open Application Period Open Feb 1, 2017 - April 28, 2017.

2017 Application Period Has Ended.  Our next application period will begin in January 2018.

2018 Applications will be accepted for participation in the two week initial Core Training in early spring 2018. Participants that successfully complete this 2-week training will be considered for acceptance into the Apprenticeship Program and eligible for additional training.

The number of those selected for Apprenticeship will be determined based upon the need of participating employers seeking an Environmental Technician Apprentice. Employers may also apply at any time to have an employee join the program to earn their certifications. Potential employers should contact us directly to determine how an Apprentice can benefit you!

Trained Environmental Technicians:

Information for Apprentices:

Advantages to Apprentices:

The minimum starting wage for apprentices is about $15 per hour for on-the-job training with some variation amongst employers. Wages are not paid for related classroom instruction.