How to apply to become an apprentice?

How To Apply To Become An Apprentice?

If you desire to become an apprentice in the carpentry, electrical, HVAC, masonry or the plumbing trade you should complete an application to the Cornhusker Training Trust Pool.  Upon successful completion of the application you will be placed in the “pool of candidates for apprenticeship”.

Before being placed in the pool, your application will be scored depending on experience, education, military experience, etc. (to increase your application score, check out this page) Once you have completed your application you will be placed in the pool.

When an employer, (our member companies) are looking for new employees, they have the opportunity to review our list of “pool applicants”.  Those applicants with the highest score will be first on the list to be reviewed and possible selected for an interview by an employer.  They have agreed to hire and train apprentices through a combination of a classroom setting and on the job (OJL), all while you are earning a paycheck.  If you make an application for apprenticeship, it is no guarantee you will be hired or trained.

Our member companies are located in the major trade areas stretching from Kearney to Omaha to Norfolk.  They believe in the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and the free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit.  If desire to learn more about the merit shop philosophy & values you can go to

There is a $45 fee (in total) to file an application.  Step 1 is filling out the application and supplying the required supporting documents along with a $25 fee. The Training Registrar will contact you by phone or email to make arrangements for Step 2 which involves taking a math test that is proctored and graded by the Nebraska Workforce Department of Labor (NDOL).  A second payment of $20 is required for the cost of the math test. When this is completed your application will be score and placed on in a ranked list for member companies to review and select candidates to interview.

Currently the application process requires a visit to either Lincoln or Omaha.  However, we are working on efforts to allow for the application process to be done online.  We are also making arrangements for the applicant to take the math test at any Nebraska Workforce Department of Labor office.  Check this website for further developments or contact Deb Hose at 402-477-4451.
For more help or questions about the application process contact:

Deb Hose, Lincoln Training Center or call 402-477-4451 / 800-213-6386

Theresa Ptacek, Omaha Training Center or call 402-344-4258 / 800-660-4759

The recruitment, selection employment, and training of apprentices during their apprenticeship, shall be without discrimination because of  race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

Associated Builders & Contractors
State Office/Lincoln Training Center
830 Westgate Blvd.
Lincoln, NE  68528

Associated Builders & Contractors
Omaha Training Center
2602 Harney Street
Omaha, NE  68310