Not every student is college bound.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t have a rewarding career in an exciting industry where every day is different and challenging. It’s a career path that promises vocationally-inclined students a lucrative career.


About the ARPEC Program

Registered with the State of Florida as an apprenticeship program on October 11, 1949, our program is over 60 years old and still going strong. Our educational ties run deep along with the state of Florida and we are proud of our affiliation with Miami Dade County School Board, the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters.

This program offers a good career, free tuition, great wages, and health and welfare benefits along with a pension. Are you ready to start your career today?

Accepted Applicants will attend our program for five years and upon completion will receive a certification in HVACR. First year apprentices attend school one day per week and work with a contractor the other four days. This works well, as it provides our students with more classroom and hands-on instruction awarding them stronger industry knowledge in their first year. Second to Fifth Year apprentices work five days per week and attend school from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. After each successfully completed year, apprentices will obtain an increase in their salary.

The program is divided into two categories; Service and Pipefitting and runs from September to June each year. Over the course of this program, you will accumulate 1260 hours of classroom related instruction and approximately 10,000 hours of on-the-job training making our program truly unique.



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