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Employer Benefits & Information

Howard Community College’s unique and flexible registered apprenticeship programs are developed in cooperation with industry-leading businesses and organizations.

Employing an apprentice can simultaneously enrich a company’s work culture while bolstering its bottom line. Apprenticeships bring the following benefits to employers:

  • Immediate access to new, skilled, motivated employees.
  • Unique opportunity to shape and mold a model employee from the word “go.”
  • Increased team loyalty and reduced turnover. 
  • You may qualify for tax incentives and additional state funding.

Construction Management Program

Upon completing the program, your apprentice will earn an HCC construction management certificate. Your apprentice will have worked 4,000 hours at your site and completed 34 academic credits. 

Employers must allow their apprentices to attend class at HCC. Classes are typically held all day on Friday. Employers will also be responsible for tuition, fees, and all costs associated with the apprenticeship. 

How to get involved: 

HVACR Program 

For more information, please contact Stephanie Anderson, executive director of the Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors of MD, at 410-431-8889 or email

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” model, which combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training. In a traditional apprenticeship program, apprentices complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training per year, a minimum of 144 hours of related instruction per year, and they earn a progressive wage.

    What apprenticeships are available at HCC?

    Howard Community College is a registered apprenticeship sponsor with the state of Maryland. We currently offer five apprenticeships: an apprenticeship in Construction Management, an apprenticeship in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) in partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland (HACC), and three Information Technology apprenticeships.

    How long are the apprenticeship programs?

    Each program is different. The Construction Management apprenticeship is a two-year program. Apprentices work Monday-Thursday and attend class at HCC all day on Friday, year-round.

    The HVACR apprenticeship is a four-year program. Apprentices work full-time and attend class at HCC two evenings per week between September and May.

    The IT apprenticeships are, 8 – 24 months and usually two evenings per week; however, the schedule is subject to change.


    Does my apprentice earn a degree or certification?

    In the Construction Management program, apprentices will earn a Certificate in Construction Management upon completion of their two-year program. This certificate consists of 34 academic credits. They will be eligible to sit for their Construction Manager in Training (CMIT) certification.

    In the HVACR program, apprentices are automatically awarded their journeyman license upon successful completion of the four-year program.

    In the IT program, apprentices earn 18 – 24 academic credits.

    How much does it cost to hire an apprentice?

    Employers typically pay for the related instruction portion of the apprenticeship. This includes tuition, books, fees, and all administrative services. For the Construction Management apprenticeship program, fees are billed to employers in four $3,500 increments spanning over two years. For the HVACR program, please see the HACC website for current tuition information:

    To offset some of the cost of related instruction, apprentices are paid a progressive wage. Their typical starting wage is 50 percent of their final salary at the end of the apprenticeship program. Apprentices receive period wage increases as they complete training requirements.

    Are there financial incentives available for hiring apprentice?

    Yes! Employers can claim a one-time, $1,000 tax credit for each apprentice after they have been employed for seven months. Additionally, if your company has fewer than 500 employees in the state of Maryland, you may apply for funding from the Maryland Business Works Fund. This fund reimburses up to 50 percent of training dollars for employers who qualify. More information on financial incentives can be found here:

    What are my responsibilities as an employer?

    In order to participate, you first need to identify a mentor (called a “journeyperson”) who will be responsible for training your apprentice in a one-on-one relationship. This mentor/journeyperson will ensure that the apprentice completes each of their on-the-job training requirements as part of the program. This mentor/journeyperson will receive initial mentor training, and will be responsible for signing off on the hourly log kept by the apprentice.

    Once a mentor/journeyperson is identified, you will work with the apprenticeship coordinators at HCC to become a registered employer. The apprentice must be free to attend class at the designated time, and you will need to work with HCC to determine a progressive wage scale. Once these tasks have been completed, you will work with HCC’s apprenticeship coordinators to submit paperwork to the Maryland Department of Labor to become a registered employer. After approval, you may begin interviewing and hiring from HCC’s pool of applicants.

    Does the apprentice receive the same benefits as a regular full-time employee?

    In a traditional apprenticeship, the apprentice works 2,000 hours per year, which is considered full-time. Apprentices are generally considered to be regular, full-time employees (hourly or salary, depending on the employer), and are generally entitled to the same benefits as other employees of the company. Similarly, they are also subject to the same rules and requirements of regular employees.

    I have an existing employee who would like to participate. Can they be an apprentice?

    Yes! Please contact the apprenticeship coordinators if you have a current employee who would like to participate in the program. We will work with you to become a registered employer, and we will work with your employee to enroll in the apprenticeship program.

    What is the difference between an apprenticeship and an internship?

    An internship is typically a short-term work experience. Internships can be either paid or unpaid. They are designed to introduce students to a field and /or specific company for a short period of time, perhaps with the expectation of long-term employment once education is completed. Education and on-the-job training are not formally linked in an internship.

    An apprenticeship is a formal training program where on-the-job training and classroom instruction are purposefully linked. An apprentice is a full-time employee, subject to the same requirements and expectations of all other company employees. The goal of an apprenticeship is to establish a long-term relationship where you directly train an apprentice, and in turn, develop a lasting relationship.

    Does my business need to be located in Howard County in order to participate?

    No, it does not. Our construction management apprenticeship program is the only approved registered apprenticeship in the state of Maryland, and we accept participating employers outside of Howard County. Our HVACR apprenticeship is offered in partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland (HACC), a statewide trade association.

    Who do I contact for more information?

    For more information on apprenticeships, send an email to our apprenticeship coordinators at

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