Pre-Apprenticeship Lineman Certificate

Highlands College

Trades and Technical

Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program, C.A.S.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are not accepting new applications to the Pre Apprentice Line Program at this time. To be added to the wait list, or for more information, please email Niki Wilcox at

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According to a recent survey of the Montana utility industry, there is a nation-wide shortage of skilled line workers. The survey indicated a significant need (40-50 new apprentice positions per year) for individuals with the skills provided by Montana Tech's Pre-Apprenticeship Line Program. This one-semester certificate program prepares students for groundman and apprentice positions within the line trade.

The program is a ongoing collaborative effort of many organizations, including:

  • Montana Tech
  • The Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  • North Western Energy
  • Montana Co-op Association
  • Rural Electric Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • National Electrical Contractors Association. 

These organizations have all come together to oversee the program and ensure future line-worker have the skills needed in industry.  

The Pre-Apprentice Line Program requires one semester of full-time study. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact one of our faculty or staff below.