Some people dont like it but I doubt its because of the training program probably more to do with union schools vs non union schools But wherever you go is better then going nowhere. I will tell you what I know I went to abci I passed the journeyman test 1st try scoring better then my electrician buddies who went elsewhere or nowhere. Whatever choice of school you do make will work out fine for you, if you do your part and want to learn.
Thank you for telling me your direct experience. How is the business now, if I may ask?
Last year I contacted:
3720 Coconut Creek Parkway, Sutie D
Coconut Creek, Florida 33066
and they told me I need to find a contractor to take me on board before I can start the apprenticeship. With the Union they assign you to a contractor, if there is one available, of course, otherwise you have to wait.
This is what ABC wrote:
"The apprenticeship programs you mentioned are all 4 year programs and they meet in the evenings. We have our Electrical and HVAC programs in our Coconut Creek location and Electrical and Plumbing Miami location. The classes in our Coconut Creek location meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:00 P.M. and our Miami classes meet only once a week from 6:00-10:00.
There are two ways to enter our programs: as an apprentice or as a craft trainee. The apprentice comes to us when their employers-contractors send them to our institute and they pay for their administrative fees for the schooling. The craft trainee is responsible for finding employment as we do not have job placement.
The craft trainee is not working in the field of study and is responsible for paying for the tuition themselves which is $1195 per year and it includes books. The difference between the two is that since the apprentice is working in the field and is being sponsored by their employer the Department of Education will give them a certificate certifying them in their trade upon completion of our program. The craft trainee will not receive that certificate because they don't have any hands on training in their chosen field."
They also said:
"Once an apprentice completes all of the componments for the 4 years he will be issued a certificate by The Department of Education certifying them in that field of study. They are then eligble to apply for their journeyman test with County Licensing Board."