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Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Academy

Fall 2020: Sept. 21 - Nov. 7 (Registration Full)
Spring 2021: March 8 - April 24

Lineworker Academy
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  • Times: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 1 weekend may be required
  • Location: Columbia Campus, Lineworker Yard
  • Cost: The fee for the program is $4290
  • Requirements: Must have a high school diploma or GED; Must be 18 years of age with a valid driver's license.

About the Program

Our 7 week course provides the following nationally recognized certificates:

  • Commercial Driver’s License – Class A
  • TVPPA Climbing Lab Certificate
  • OSHA 10 General Industry/Construction
  • CPR/First Aid
  • ACT WorkKeys assessment

 The course also provides documentation of the following skills:

  • Pole-Top Rescue
  • Framing and Construction
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Flagger – Training
  • Ropes and Knot-tying

Students receive training in the following:

  • Digger-Derrick/Pole Setting
  • Rigging
  • Transformers- hanging and connection
  • Underground distribution
  • Electrical theory and application
  • Substation design, maintenance, and safety 

Services provided to the course graduates include:

  • Resume building session
  • Mock interviews with industry representatives
  • Exposure to hiring managers and decision makers

Columbia State provides each student a pair of Red Wing boots, hard hat, gloves, and two sets of eye protection. We also loan a tool bag to each student. The loaned tool bag contains every item needed to successfully complete the program. After graduation, you can buy your own tools, but many companies provide belts, tools and related equipment after hiring our graduates. 

The Columbia State Community College Pre-Apprentice Lineworker course provides the necessary skills and qualifications desired by utility companies and contractors in the Middle Tennessee region. We rely heavily on an advisory board to set the content, length and cost of the program. Graduates from similar programs benefit from a 90% or better hire rate in the field.

Success depends on the mental and physical preparedness of the students, and our instructors provide excellent group and individual supervision/training. 

Our course is capped at 7 weeks based on the recommendation of our Advisory Board. All of our graduates, and any from any other Lineworker program, are Pre-Apprentice Lineworkers who will have to enter a registered apprentice program with their employer. No student from any Lineworker course graduates as a full Lineworker. That title takes years to gain for any person from any school working at any company.

Our course meets all of the requirements for successful employment in the Lineworker field for a fraction of the cost and half the time of related schools.

Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Academy CDL Training and Testing Component

A forty hour, Pre-Apprentice Lineworker School CDL Training and Testing program is available for students holding a learner’s permit, seeking to obtain a Class A or Class B license, who are enrolled in the Columbia State Community College Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Academy course.

Requirements

Students entering the 40 Hour Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Academy CDL Training and Testing program must:

  • Have a valid CDL learner’s permit issued 14 days prior to the start of class
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age for a Class A CDL: must be (18) years of age for a Class A CDL with restrictions
  • Successfully pass a chain of custody drug screen and provide results to the college
  • Obtain a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
  • Pass a DOT Physical and obtain a Medical Card

Note: The DOT physical, drug screen and motor vehicle report (MVR) must be dated within 30 days of the first scheduled class day. In the event the Lineworker student has completed a DOT physical and received a medical card previously, please make sure that the expiration date is valid.

Licenses and Vehicles

  • Class A license (automatic transmission) – the college provides an automatic vehicle for training/testing

The training includes hands-on instruction in the pre-trip inspection, backing exercises, and the road test. The Lineworker student must submit a copy of the required documentation below at on the first day of the Lineworker course.

  • CDL Learner’s permit
  • Social security card
  • DOT Physical (if applicable)
  • Medical card (if applicable)
  • Motor vehicle report (MVR)
  • Chain of Custody drug screen

Training/Testing for Out-of-State Licensed Lineworker Students

If the Lineworker student has an out-of-state learner’s permit, they may attend training and participate in skills testing at Columbia State Community College.

The student must obtain a Commercial Learners Permit from their home state and their home state must be using CSTIMS or ROOSTER LITE to retrieve the CDL skills test results. The student must return to their home state to obtain the CDL license upon successful testing.

Below is a list of states that are currently using CSTIMS or ROOSTER LITE:

CSTIMS

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

ROOSTER LITE

  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina

Students must provide the following:

  • DOT Physical-Long Form and Medical Card
  • Chain of Custody Drug Screen
  • MVR (driving record that is obtained from the Dept of Public Safety)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • CDL Learner’s Permit

The Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Academy is an approved WIOA training program. Please reach out to your local career center or American Job Center to see if you qualify for WIOA funding.

A full refund may be obtained by placing a written request to the Columbia State Community College Workforce & Continuing Education, Operations Manager, no later than 14 days prior to the program start date.  

No refund is available after 14 days prior to the program start date.

If you have any questions, please contact our workforce team at workforcedev@ColumbiaState.edu.