Overhead/Underground Utility Installer Technician Apprenticeship Program Overview

Telecommunication Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) Overview for Overhead Utility Installer Technician & Underground Utility Installer Technician Apprenticeship


Course Overview: This is the program overview information for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP). Prior to enrolling in any courses related to this program, please review the information, documents and videos below (Steps 1-3), then complete the survey in Step 4. Once complete, you can request registration details for the first course by emailing dan.schullo@northwoodtech.edu.

Spring 2023 Course Schedule

Registration Form

If the employer desires to receive progress reports from Northwood Tech regarding their employee, the employee must sign this portion of the registration page.

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  • Step 1: Apprenticeship Description
    • Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally-recognized, portable credential. Employers can choose to register their programs with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to show prospective job seekers that their apprenticeship program meets national quality standards.
    • Apprenticeship Fact Sheet
    • TIRAP Apprenticeship Flyer
  • Step 2: Apprenticeship Video
  • Step 3: Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program
    • TIRAP is an acronym for the Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program. It is a common misconception that TIRAP is a stand-alone entity when in fact WIA is the National Sponsor and administrator of the program. A key stakeholder group is the TIRAP Advisory Board. These industry leaders provide support through insight into industry trends, occupational demand, subject matter expertise and facilitate communication to additional industry partners regarding the value of apprenticeship as a workforce development strategy. A Registered Apprenticeship program is a documented plan designed to move an apprentice from a low or no skill entry level position to full occupational proficiency. This systematic training approach provides consistency in training and competency across the industry, which in turn will improve safety, quality, and efficiency. Upon completion of the program, an apprentice earns a Completion of Registered Apprenticeship certificate, a nationally recognized credential.

    • WIA IHE Apprenticeship.pdf

    • WIA Appendix A10 Underground Utility Installer FINAL.pdf

    • WIA Appendix A11 Overhead Utility Installer_Final.pdf

  • Step 4: Apprenticeship Program Overview Survey

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