Lineworker Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Become a Certified Lineworker
Central New Mexico Community College
In Person Course
Oct 4, 2021 - Jan 14, 2022

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Become a Line-Worker

If you enjoy being outdoors and doing physical work. The average Line Worker earns $55k-$65k a year to start. 

This course introduces the fundamentals of basic electricity, proper pole climbing techniques, proper use and care of PPE, safe work practices, basic knowledge of the function of the power grid and general knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the electrical linework industry. The course combines classroom time and field work in the outdoor lab at the CNM Rio Rancho campus with a strong emphasis on outdoor lab work.

As a bonus, earn your Class A CDL!

Having your Class A CDL is required for Line workers. Receive the training necessary to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License and obtain your Class A CDL as a prerequisite to receiving Line worker certification.

If you already have your Class A CDL, save $1000 on the tuition ($7,999) with promo code CDL Class A at check out.

Real World Experience

This program also includes an internship in the electric utility industry as a prerequisite to receiving program certification.

The pre-apprentice program consists of three phases:

  • classroom,
  • hands-on lab, and
  • internship

Spring, Summer and fall classes offered.

Tuition Assistance Available

100% funding is available for New Mexico Residents.

For questions or to discuss the tuition assistance options available, please contact Annalise Jaramillo at workforce@cnm.edu or 505-224-5206.   


CNM Ingenuity is designated as a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Eligible Training Provider (ETP) in the Central Region of New Mexico. This is an approved program, and WIOA funding is available to eligible individuals. Contact the New Mexico Workforce Connection WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker Program at WIOA@wccnm.org or call 505.843.1900 for more details about tuition assistance, supportive services, and the eligibility and enrollment process.

Additional Attendance Information

Full time, 15 week program followed by 240 hour internship

Eligibility Criteria
  • Ability to perform physical work in an outdoor setting in all types of weather
  • Ability to stoop, bend and lift loads up 50 pounds
  • Students will be required to pass a drug test
  • A clean driving record. 

For more information, visit the program website here https://cnmingenuity.org/program/lineworker/ or call 505-224-4235.

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