Southern Air Apprenticeship Program

At Southern Air, we are making the investment in the next generation of craft professionals by training our own workforce. Our four year in-house apprenticeship program provides opportunities for our employees to advance their field knowledge by attending hands-on-classes.   You are in right place if you want a successful career while furthering your education without racking up debt. Get started on your pathway to a successful career and enroll in our Registered Apprenticeship program by completing an application.

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Southern Air, Inc. – Apprenticeship Program

Southern Air, Inc. created The Wheels of Learning program in 1995, providing hands-on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, and sheet-metal. Students ranging from high school to adults, have the opportunity to earn a journeyman’s license in a field of their choosing by attending classes two nights a week, using curriculum from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). We are one of the few programs in Virginia who are certified through the Commonwealth of Virginia that allows our students who complete 8000 hours of classroom & on-the-job training (OJT) with us to be granted a journeyman’s license with-out sitting for the test with DPOR. All eligible applicants for the journeyman tradesman card must also meet all DPOR application requirements in order to receive their license and much be a current employee of Southern Air, Inc.

With Registered Apprenticeship you receive:

A paycheck: From day one, you will earn a paycheck guaranteed to increase over time as you learn new skills. We will start you out at $12 – $20 an hour depending on education and experience.

Hands-on career training: As an apprentice,you will receive practical on-the-job training in a wide selection of programs,including HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, and Sheet-Metal.

An education: You will receive hands-on training, all paid for by Southern Air.

A career: Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will be on your way to a successful long-term career with a competitive salary,and no educational debt.

Nationally recognized state certification as a journey person: When you graduate from our apprenticeship,you will be certified and can take your certification anywhere in the U.S.A.

Types of Apprenticeships:

At Southern Air, Inc. the Registered Apprenticeship program includes the following top high pay – high skilled occupations:

  • HVAC

Eligibility and Requirements:

To be a registered apprentice, you must be employed with Southern Air, Inc. and identify the minimum qualifications to apply into our program. The eligible starting age can be no less than 16 years of age; however, individuals must usually be 18 to be an apprentice in hazardous occupations. Southern Air, Inc. may also identify additional minimum qualifications and credentials to apply, e.g., education, ability to physically perform the essential functions of the occupations, proof of age, passage of a drug test and/or background check, and hold a valid driver’s license. Based on the selection method utilized by Southern Air, Inc., additional qualification standards, school grades, and previous work experience may be identified. Additional detail can be found at

What is a Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered Apprenticeship programs have met the skilled workforce needs of Virginia industry since 1938. But today’s program is not your parent’s apprenticeship program. We provide on-the-job training and instruction in the construction industry.If you are looking for a position where you can learn new skills, then our apprenticeship program is for you, and we get a workforce with industry-driven training and a competitive edge.

How does Registered Apprenticeship benefit individuals?

From day one, apprentices receive a paycheck that is guaranteed to increase as their training progresses. Apprentices also complete a combination of industry-specific classroom education and hands-on career training leading to nationally recognized state certification as a journey person.

How long is our Apprenticeship program?

The length of our apprenticeship program is 4 years. During our program, the apprentice receives both structured, on-the-job training, and related classroom instruction. For each year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will normally receive 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a recommended minimum of 144 hours of related classroom instruction.

Get started on your pathway to a successful career and enroll in our Registered Apprenticeship program by applying in the link below.

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All buildings and homes have electrical systems that must be installed and maintained, making electricians one of the most sought after trades in the nation. It takes certified electricians skilled in reading blueprints, understanding technical designs and knowledgeable with the tools of the trade to satisfy the needs of their clients.

Southern Air’s four year apprenticeship training program teaches electrical apprentices fundamental theory and instruction to earn the status of Electrical Journeyman. This apprenticeship is accredited by both the State of Virginia and U.S. Department of Labor. We utilize the “Wheels of Learning” curriculum developed by the National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER).


Certified plumbers install and service effective piping systems to transport anything from water and waste to gasses and acids. No comfort system may be more important than efficient plumbing for homes and businesses, making plumbers highly sought after tradespeople. At Southern Air, we can train you to become an invaluable commodity for yourself and your company.

Southern Air’s plumbing apprenticeship program hosts students twice a week for classroom lessons and on-the-job training to meet the hourly requirements set by the NCCER curriculum. Our instructors have extensive field experience and are dedicated to training the next generation of plumbers.


HVAC system

HVAC technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems in homes, buildings and facilities of all sizes. By providing a climate controlled environment, these heating and cooling systems make it possible to control indoor temperatures, humidity levels and air quality. Knowing how to operate HVAC systems is a valuable skill, one many companies struggle to fill with experienced technicians.

Southern Air’s HVAC apprenticeship program teaches students installation techniques, troubleshooting and repair methods. We will teach you everything from operating hand tools to more sophisticated tools such as carbon monoxide testers. Furthermore, our program teaches students the importance of conservation, recovery and recycling of refrigerants.

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