ACTA Apprenticeship


Electrical Apprenticeship

Fall 2021

August 16, 2021 - December 22, 2021

Spring 2022

January 24, 2022 – May 25, 2022


N. Little Rock Location Class Days:

Mondays – Level 2

Tuesdays – Levels 3 & 4

Wednesdays – Level 1



Plumbing Apprenticeship

Fall 2021

August 9, 2021 - December 22, 2021 

Spring 2022

January 10, 2022 – May 25, 2022


N. Little Rock Location Class Days:

Mondays – Levels 1 & 2

Wednesdays – Levels 3 & 4


Fort Smith Location Class Days:

Mondays – All Levels


Springdale Location Class Days:

Mondays – All Levels

Semester Tuition   


ABC Members:

$400 per student

(Includes use of books)



For questions, email Megan Greenland at [email protected] or call 501-812-0828.

Arkansas Construction Trades Academy


Apprenticeship Training

ACTA is the official school affiliated with the Associated Builders & Contractors of Arkansas. It provides a formal apprenticeship training program for the Electrical and Plumbing trades that is registered with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA). This program meets all federal and state requirements for formal classroom instruction. Apprenticeship training combines work and academics in a formal program leading to journeyperson consideration.

The student must be 18 years of age, physically capable of performing required tasks, working for an employer, able to collect OJT time, and registered through their employer with the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA). The majority of the crafts require 8,000 hours of on-the-job supervised training (approximately four years for full time work).

In addition to OJT hours, students must complete a certain number of classroom training hours (approximately four years). For Electrical apprentices, 576 classroom hours are required and for Plumbing apprentices, 640 classroom hours are required. Upon successful completion of hours, craft workers take a journeyman's exam. Once the exam is passed, they are recognized at the journey-level in their trade and are awarded their BAT certificate.

ACTA Deliver Methods:

Evenings (Traditional)

  • August - May
  • Once a week for 4 hours
  • 36 weeks for Electrical,    40 Weeks for Plumbing
  • Various Arkansas Locations


Daytime (Institute)

  • Fall (Oct.) OR Winter start (Feb.)
  • 1 week per month for 3 months (plus 3 days for Plumbing only)
  • Schedule & location to be determined as needed

In-House Program

Interested in creating your own in-house program backed by ACTA? 

  • Schedule determined by contractor
  • Apprentices all work for the same contractor
  • Contractor provides instructors, facilities, materials, etc.
  • Tuition: $495/student/year (includes set of class books)
  • Program must be approved by the Board of Trustees



Why choose ACTA?


We give you practical hands-on career training.

We think it’s important to practice what you’re learning. That’s why we incorporate hands-on training into our program. You’ll learn better and quicker by doing the work than you will just sitting in a lecture room.

We use top-notch curriculum through NCCER.

ACTA uses NCCER curriculum at all open-enrollment locations. NCCER stands for the National Center for Construction Education & Research and their mission is to "build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals". They set the standard for trade-specific curriculum, which is why all of our instructors are required to use it and complete our NCCER Instructor Certification Course. Our apprenticeship training is also recognized by the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Training (DOL/OA). 


Employers recognize the quality of our graduates.

Employers keep ACTA trained employees because they recognize the quality of training we provide. Our program will meet the same expectation we hold for the  Associated Builders & Contractors of Arkansas, one of the highest degree of  professionalism and excellence.

What are the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship?


For employers, benefits include:

  • Skilled workers trained to the industry/employer specification to produce quality results
  • Reduced turnover
  • Pipeline for new skilled workers
  • Reduced worker compensation costs due to an emphasis on safety training 

For apprentices and journeyworkers, benefits include:

  • Jobs that typically pay higher wages
  • Higher quality of life and skills versatility
  • Portable credentials recognized nationally and often globally
  • Opportunity for college credit and future degrees