Pre-Apprentice Lineman School

2019 Dates:

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SUMMER: June 10 – August 2, 2019 (class is full)
FALL: September 9 – November 8, 2019

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  • Times: 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1 weekend may be required
  • Location: Decatur Campus, Lineworker Yard
  • Cost:  The fee for the program is $4090
  • Requirements:  Must have a high school diploma or GED; Must be 18 years of age.

About the Program

Calhoun Community College’s Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program was structured with input from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Apprentice program, regional and statewide utilities, cooperatives, and electric contractors along with best practices from other lineworker training programs.  This program is offered regionally and is based on industry need and demand.

Class Content:

  • 280 contact hours of classroom and field training
  • Assessments:  ACT WorkKeys/Career Readiness Certificate
  • Soft Skills Training: Work Ethics, Positive Image, Effective Communications, Team Work, Problem Solving, & Embracing Change
  • Technical Training:   Lineworker Fitness, Electrical Fundamentals, Ratios & Proportions, AC Theory, Lineworker Tools, Measurements, Hardware, Basic Arithmetic/Math, Transformation/Voltage Ratios/Theory
  • Certifications:  OSHA 10-hour, First Aid/CPR Certification, Commercial Driver’s License
  • Cost:  The fee for the program is $3990.

If you think you are eligible for state funding through WIOA or Youth Programs, you should visit your local Alabama Career Center.

Pre-Apprentice Lineworker CDL Training and Testing Component

A forty hour, Pre-Apprentice Lineworker CDL Training and Testing program is available for students holding a learner’s permit, seeking to obtain a Class A or Class B license, who are enrolled in the Calhoun Community College Pre-Apprentice Lineworker course.


Students entering the 40 Hour Pre-Apprentice Lineworker CDL Training and Testing program must:

  • Be a paid registrant of the current Calhoun Community College Pre-Apprentice Lineworker course
  • Have a valid CDL learner’s permit issued 14 days prior to the start of class
  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age for a Class A CDL; age 18 and up for a Class B CDL license
  • Successfully pass a chain of custody drug screen and provide results to the college
  • Obtain a current Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)
  • Pass a DOT Physical and obtain a Medical Card

Note: The DOT physical, drug screen and motor vehicle report (MVR) must be dated within 30 days of the first scheduled class day. In the event the lineworker student has completed a DOT physical and received a medical card previously, please make sure that the expiration date is valid.

Licenses and Vehicles

  • Class A license (automatic transmission) – the college provides an automatic vehicle for training/testing
  • Class B license (manual transmission) – the college provides a manual vehicle for training/testing

The training includes hands-on instruction in the pre-trip inspection, backing exercises, and the road test. The lineworker student must submit a copy of the required documentation below at on the first day of the Lineworker course.

  • CDL Learner’s permit
  • Social security card
  • DOT Physical (if applicable)
  • Medical card (if applicable)
  • Motor vehicle report (MVR)
  • Chain of Custody drug screen

Training/Testing for Out-of-State Licensed Lineworker Students

If the lineworker student has an out-of-state learner’s permit, they may attend training and participate in skills testing at Calhoun Community College.

The student must obtain a Commercial Learners Permit from their home state and their home state must be using CSTIMS or ROOSTER LITE to retrieve the CDL skills test results. The student must return to their home state to obtain the CDL license upon successful testing.

Below is a list of states that are currently using CSTIMS or ROOSTER LITE:


  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


  • Arkansas
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • South Carolin

Students must provide the following:

  • DOT Physical-Long Form and Medical Card
  • Chain of Custody Drug Screen
  • MVR (driving record that is obtained from the Dept of Public Safety)
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • CDL Learner’s Permit

“The Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Training is an approved WIOA training program”