Information & Requirements for Testing & Application
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Test Location

Sheet Metal Workers' Training Center  (map)
3665 Bleckely Street Mather, CA 95655
Phone: (916) 922-9381
Fax: (916) 922-3574
Five (5) Year Apprenticeship Program

Requirements to become a qualified applicant:

  • You must provide a valid photo ID as proof of being 18 years of age or older at the time of the pre-qualifying test.
  • You must provide an original High School Diploma, Equivalency Certificate, GED, or a sealed transcript.
  • You must take the ASVAB and obtain an AFQT score of 40 or higher during our monthly test date or have your results from a prior test date that is within the past two years. 

Steps For Signing Up

  1. Email a copy of your High School Diploma / GED and California Driver license to
  2. Include the phrase “Entrance Exam Request” in the Email subject line
  3. You will receive a confirmation reply with the next available entrance exam test date
  4. Confirm availability for the entrance exam to be put on the list
  5. A passing score of 40 percentile on the ASVAB entrance exam allows you to solicit work with our signatory contractors
  6. Getting hired and indentured by a signatory contractor gets you into the apprenticeship progr

Procedure for Testing

  • Our testing qualifies you for Sheet Metal, Service Technician and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing.
  • APPLICANT TEST is given on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center. Please arrive early to complete the required paperwork prior to taking the test , doors open at 07:30 a.m. and are locked at 7:45 a.m. Testing begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • We allow three hours for the test, which includes completing the required application, and orientation.
  • If your AFQT score is below 40 you may retake the test at the next scheduled test date. After 2 unsuccessful attempts you will have to wait six (6) months before you will be eligible to retake the test.
  • All successful applicants will be ranked and added to our qualified applicant list by their test scores.    
  • All qualified applicants are required to contact the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center at least every six months in order to maintain their place on the list.
  • All applicants who have successfully passed the test and meet all other requirements will be able to seek employment. A list of sponsoring shops will be available for all qualified applicants.
  • All applicants must pass a DOT Drug Screen prior to being dispatched. 
  • All applicants start out as a pre-apprentice, and will not attend any apprentice classes until your employer sponsors you and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) indentures (accepts) you into the Apprenticeship Program

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The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
Doing a google search will give you multiple links to ASVAB study sites. I would utilize all the free sites possible and not use the sites that require payment .