Applied Skilled Trades Program Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Applied Skilled Trades Program (ASTP)?

What trades are covered in the ASTP?

What are the ASTP requirements?

What are the similarities and differences between the ASTP Traineeship and Certificate Programs?

What is the cost to agency/facilities and employees who participate in the ASTP?



What is the Applied Skilled Trades Program (ASTP)?

The two-year Applied Skilled Trades Program provides agencies with the means to develop a more highly-skilled workforce and a larger pool of qualified candidates for future journey-level vacancies in the following trades: carpentry, mason and plasterer, electrician, plumber and steamfitter, and refrigeration mechanic. Additionally, a greater number of operations and maintenance employees will have the opportunity to receive skill development training and increase their promotional opportunities.

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What trades are covered in the ASTP?

Carpentry, mason and plasterer, electrician, plumber and steamfitter, and refrigeration mechanic.

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What are the ASTP requirements?

Participants in the Applied Skilled Trades Program must meet the following minimum qualifications:

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What are the similarities and differences between the ASTP Traineeship and Certificate Programs?

Both the Traineeship and Certificate programs require employees to complete four semesters of trade theory and practice, one refresher course, and three core courses.

In the ASTP Certificate Program, successful completion of the coursework does not guarantee an appointment to a journey-level position but does meet the educational minimum qualifications for appointment to SG-12 journey-level positions. A certificate will be issued to those employees who successfully complete the two-year program.

In the ASTP Traineeship Program, successful completion of the coursework and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training annually, trainees are appointed permanently to the SG-12 journey level position.

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What is the cost to agency/facilities and employees who participate in the ASTP Programs?

The ASTP, including textbooks and instruction, is available at no cost to agencies/facilities and participating employees. Participation in the ASTP requires agency/facility managers, CSEA local presidents, and supervisors to work cooperatively to provide participating employees with the support, supervision, and release time (without charge to leave accruals) required to successfully complete the two-year program. All coursework is held during regular work hours.

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Updated: January 24, 2013