Nov 08 2019
New River Community College recently received state approval to offer a new training program for those interested in apartment maintenance.
In partnership with the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) and the Virginia Apartment Management Association (VAMA), NRCC will begin offering an 11 week certified apartment maintenance technician course in spring 2020. The course provides knowledge and hands-on experience through classroom instruction and lab activities to become a maintenance technician in the residential property or commercial building industry. Students will learn the basics of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, mechanical, appliance, construction, painting, lock and key services, and repairs.
Students who complete the course will be eligible to sit for the Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician (CAMT) Certification Exam. Upon successfully passing the exam, students will receive their provisional certificate from NAAEI. After completing one year of experience in the industry, NAAEI will grant students their full certificate.
The program will be administered by NRCC’s workforce development office as one of its FastForward offerings, which are low-cost, short-term training programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. Typically, students who take FastForward programs pay only one-third of the normal cost of training. Additional funds are also available to help offset training costs.
“The New River Valley is home to a growing number apartment units,” said Pat Huber, NRCC President. “The addition of the apartment maintenance technician certification to our workforce development programs will give NRCC the opportunity to provide short-term training to meet our area needs. This training may also be applicable to other businesses organizations that need technicians trained in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, appliance and general maintenance.”
An exact date and enrollment details for the first course offerings in the new program will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact NRCC workforce development at (540)674-3613.