Apprentice FAQs

Which occupations are offered in this program?

The occupations available are Network Support Technician, Computer Support Specialist, Applications Developer, and Cyber Security Support Technician.

What are the minimum qualifications for this program?

The minimum qualification for the program are applicants must be:
-Legally authorized to work in the United States
-Must be at least 18 years’ old
-Possess a high school diploma, GED, or transcripts from a higher education institution.
-Be able to perform the essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation

Can I apply if I live out of state?

You must live OR work in New Mexico. We do not offer virtual apprenticeships.

Typically, how long is this program?

The apprenticeships are generally a year. Employment is full time (at least 32 hours)  unless there is a disability or work restrictions with a doctor’s note. Apprentices must complete all On the Job Training (OJT) and Related Technical Instruction (RTI) before the completion of the apprenticeship program.

Will there be an orientation when I am placed with an employer?

Once offered an apprentice placement by an employer, the apprentice and their assigned mentor will attend an orientation. This orientation is required as apprentices will be informed of the policies and procedures as well as what is expected of them during the program. In addition, apprentices will receive a copy of the Policies and Procedures Handbook.

When will I be placed with an employer?

Your placement with an employer may happen fairly quickly or it could take up to 2 years. You are not guaranteed a placement with an employer because you complete the application process and interview. This is due to employer open positions.

What is the class attendance policy?

Apprentices are expected to attend all classes as required by the instructor and CNM academic calendar and follow the attendance policy in the handbook.

What is the work attendance policy?

Apprentices are expected to show up to work for all assigned days and shifts. Apprentices are also expected and required to abide by the attendance policies and expectations of the employer. Apprentices are allowed to take sick and vacation time as permitted by the employer’s approved leave policy.

Will I still receive financial aid while in the program?

NMITAP apprentices are NOT eligible to receive financial aid when you are in this apprenticeship program because they are NOT full time students. CNM’s Apprentice Program pays all educational costs during the apprenticeship.