Pre-Apprenticeship Program FAQs

Q. What is the Pre-Apprenticeship program at Diablo Valley College (DVC)?

A. The Pre-Apprenticeship program is designed with the career-focused student in mind! This fast paced program puts students on track for a career in the building trades. Students will receive the training they need for a new and exciting career in a number of apprenticeship programs, including:

  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Plumber
  • Laborer
  • Ironworker
  • Steamfitting
  • Pipefitting
  • And more! 


Q. Who can participate in DVC's Pre-Apprenticeship program?

A. ANY DVC student looking to fast track their way into a career in the building trades can participate in the Pre-Apprenticeship program at DVC! All we ask is that you treat this program as you would any job, and you will undoubtedly find success in a long and satisfying career in the building trades. Our faculty is here to make sure that you are successful!


Q. Why would I want to participate in the Pre-Apprenticeship program?

A. We know that the "traditional" college experience is not for everyone, and this program is an excellent choice for those seeking a different path to starting their career. Whether you are a student that wants to switch into a career-technical field, someone looking to earn a living wage (and more!) in a new industry, or looking to brush up on your skills to gain entry into an apprenticeship program - DVC's Pre-Apprenticeship program can help you achieve your goals! 


Q. What types of skills will I learn that will help me find the right job for me?

A. Our Preapprenticeship students will learn many skills required to apply for, interview, and gain entry into an apprenticeship trade or entry-level position with a variety of companies. Students will:

  • Experience hands-on training opportunities
  • Preview and learn more about the construction industry 
  • Acquire points toward entry into apprenticeship trades
  • Prepare for entrance exams
  • Learn basic safety techniques
  • Work with hand and power tools
  • Receive training on industry recognized employability skills
  • Cover basic math competencies for their trade


Q. When are Pre-Apprenticeship courses offered?

A. Courses are offered both day and evening. Most courses are full-term, though some are offered in a short-term format. For more information on course offerings (potential) students are encouraged to refer to the class schedule, the DVC website, or contact the program lead (Joe Valdez) via email at - or contact the Counseling Office in the Student Services Center for additional education planning and support.


Q. How long does the program take to complete?

A. The Pre-Apprenticeship Program may be completed in the spring term and some classes may be taken in the Fall term.


Q. Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the program?

A. No, completion of the program does not guarantee job placement for any student. However, upon successful completion you may be eligible to receive priority status into the Carpenter Training Committee for the Northern California Pre-Apprenticeship program.


Q. How much does it cost?

A. Currently tuition is $46.00 per unit, and the program totals 21 units of study. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid in the Student Services Center for more information.


Q. What other costs are involved?

A. The cost of books for the program averages about $400 and students who park on campus must purchase a parking permit for the term which currently costs $40. Students also need a calculator and general school supplies amounting to about $50. Students may be eligible for financial aid to cover these expenses. The program may also have books to loan. Check with the program director for further information. 


Q. How do I know what math and English course to choose?

A. Complete the online placement process through the DVC Assessment Center.


Q. Can I take just a few of the classes or do all classes need to be taken at once?

A. The Pre-apprenticeship program is a learning community or cohort where the same group of students take all the same classes during the term. Students are advised to enroll in all classes, since they are only offered each spring. 


Q. What if I don’t complete the program all at once? Will I still get college credit for the classes I did complete?

A. Yes, you will get college credit for the classes you pass.

 More questions? Contact the program lead, Joe Valdez, at