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Water Operation Specialist Apprenticeship Program

Arkansas Rural Water Apprenticeship

Arkansas Rural Water Association

P.O. Box 860, Lonoke, AR 72086

scooter@windstream.net

An Apprenticeship opportunity to begin a career as a Water Operations Specialist. As an apprentice you will learn how to manage the earth’s most valuable resource. You will learn the processes to operate a successful water treatment plant and how to maintain a sustainable water distribution system. The Apprenticeship program is typically a two-year program that requires two essential parts:

• On-the-Job Training (OJT): An apprentice is typically required to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of structured on-the-job (OJT) training. Apprentices are paid wages while participating in OJT.

• Related Technical Instruction (RTI): Apprentices must also be engaged in classroom learning that supports their OJT activities. It is recommended that the apprentice complete at least 144 hours of related technical instruction each year. RTI will be conducted by Arkansas Rural Water Association, the premier training organization in the state of Arkansas. Typically, the employer pays the cost of the RTI, and often also pays wages for the time the apprentice spends in class.

     
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