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Your Future, Your Choice, Under Your Power

Like many trade industries, the auto service industry is suffering from a lack of skilled tradespersons. This creates an opportunity for you. If you know the traditional college route is not right for you or if you have a passion for working with your hands and helping to fix problems for people, this may be the perfect fit for you. 

What is an Apprenticeship & Why Should YOU Do it?

This Program is a New York State Registered Program, resulting in a Journeyman Certification that is nationally recognized.

An Apprenticeship is a time-tested employee training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job hands-on, learning experiences.

The benefits of going through an apprenticeship program are many!  Apprentices gain skills and in-depth industry knowledge through paid on-the-job training that puts them ahead of the crowd in their pursuit to a great career.

Most independent shops desire the apprentice technicians to complete a formal education through a trade or technical school. In most cases, apprentices do complete their apprenticeship during training as part of their practical experience, which means half the education is hands-on training, and the other half is course work discussing theory and technical understanding in repairing automobiles. 

As the apprentices go through the thirty-three (33) month or four (4) year apprenticeship program they will be able to complete and assess if the career they desire to become certified or licensed as they move towards their associate's degree (if they so choose).

Upon program completion from the State, Apprentices will earn a nationally recognized Journeyworker Certificate. 

Apprenticeship vs. Internship: What’s the Difference?

This Program is a New York State Registered Program, resulting in a Journeyworker Certification that is nationally recognized.

Internships and apprenticeships both give you hands-on training, but that’s where the similarities end.

While completing an internship is almost expected for any college graduate seeking employment, an apprenticeship (almost) guarantees you a higher paying job once you successfully complete the program and business that the apprentice enjoys coming to, every day.

An Apprenticeship is typically geared towards skilled jobs. When you are an apprentice, you are a full-time employee with your Master Tech shop. 

When you join the apprenticeship program you are making a commitment to your success. In the program you will be earning WHILE you are learning, avoiding the debt the comes with a traditional college path.

Explore with our Apprentice Personal Guide Program

Find out if a career in the automotive repair and collision facility business right for you by connecting with a Personal Guide.

A Personal Guide is a successful business person in the automotive repair and collision business who is excited to speak with you and share their experiences, answer your questions and discuss topics relevant to a career in the automotive repair and collision trade.

Sign up for and Explore The Automotive Repair and Collision business To Meet with your Personal Guide for a step-by-step walkthrough in your career journey.

Apprenticeship is usually much longer than On the Job Technical training, lasting from two to four years in length and includes occupations such as automotive mechanicautomotive repair technician, automotive body collision technician, painter or even a certified technical welder.

Approved programs involve a combination of theoretical instruction and skill training.

This program is a New York State Registered Program, resulting in a Journeyworker Certification that is nationally recognized.

See How It Works

Hands-on and in the real world, training that will give you skills to have a job and get paid for your life. 

Step 1:

Once you have applied, You’ll receive a text message from your Personal Guide, we at the Independent Service Centers of NY Association, will meet with you and introduce you to one or two of our volunteer Association Apprentice member coaches and then you will ask questions about what your career path could become, they will ask you questions to get to know you, and along the way to get to know if our programs are for you as a career choice.

Step 2:

Introduction to the automotive repair and collision business with your Personal Guide comes with many topics including what type of tools you would be owning and using, what type of income you can earn throughout your career,  what type of physical challenges you may have and how this compares in a work-life balance and so much more. 

Another why to consider….  When considering a career in the automotive repair and collision trades. Is to ask and learn about is what a normal day-in-the-life from an experienced industry pro, part of our Apprenticeship Program is you will meet with other Master Technician, Mid-Way to Master Technician and other established newbie's to the business.


Step 3:

The nuts and bolts of how to launch your career in the automotive repair and collision.

Your Personal Guide will help you select the Apprenticeship Programs that are right for you and coach you about apprenticeships, training requirements and more.

Your Personal Guide will also be helping you put a roadmap for your success throughout your Apprenticeship; they will also become your mentor as they become your coach throughout the process of becoming part of a team.

Your Action Plan

As you move towards ending your apprenticeship and moving towards your graduation and certification(s), you will leave the program with a personalized roadmap to guide you as you build towards the next steps and goals for your life, and career in the automotive repair and collision industry.


Ready to Start?

Be sure to reach out to learn about YOUR Apprenticeship training programs in the Central New York county area and to connect with one of our Association members/ business owner who can tell you more about the value of choosing a career in the Automotive Repair and Collision Industry.

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Get Your Shop Certified to Train

Our certified shops are at the heart of this program. We have teamed up with area shops that have proven they know what it takes to be in the business and actively strive to have the strongest team possible. Through education and networking, these shops have proven themselves to be industry leaders, ready to show the next generation a path forward, with the promise of a prosperous tomorrow.

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