about the communications lineworker program
Communications Lineworkers are the industry professionals responsible for keeping us connected. SLTC's Communications Lineworker Program is the first of its kind, but it’s built on the foundation of our training methods and practices developed with our professional team of instructors and industry partners since 1999. When you complete the program you’ll be prepared to enter into a career with great pay, great benefits, and a great future. Your journey starts right now.
total cost for clp
Tuition – $6,000 | Application Fee - $150 | Lab Fee - $525 | Training Manual – $225 | Boots & Tools – $3,080 | Class A CDL - $1,975
smart option loan
Southeast Lineman Training Center offers student loans through Sallie Mae’s Smart Option Loan. 100% of Tuition, fees and living expenses are covered with the smart option loan.
Do not apply for this loan until you’ve been accepted at SLTC.
and opportunity act
This federal government program allows individuals who are unemployed or underemployed to receive funds for retraining. The amount of tuition coverage will vary depending on your circumstances. Find out if you qualify by visiting your local unemployment office also known as a “One-Stop Center” or Career Center.
This federal program provides financial assistance to those who are unemployed due to layoffs and plant closers. Qualification depends on your specific circumstance. Those who qualify are typically covered for 100% of retraining costs. Find out if you qualify by visiting your local unemployment office also known as a “One-Stop Center” or Career Center.
the armed services
SLTC is approved to certify veterans for G.I. Bill Post 9/11 benefits, which pays up to 100% of program cost and housing. Once you graduate from SLTC and enroll into an apprenticeship program you are eligible for continued VA benefits through the On-the-Job or Apprenticeship Training Program along with also receiving a salary from your employer.
local bank or personal loan
Most of our students use a bank loan or personally fund their education. Contact your local bank or credit union to see if you qualify to obtain a personal loan to cover your tuition and fees for the Electrical Lineworker Program.
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Here at SLTC, we pride ourselves in providing a training environment that closely mimics real-life work scenarios and puts an emphasis on crew life. During their time in the pole circle and field training, students learn to rely on each other to get the job completed effectively and, most importantly, safely.
Because we are able to offer our Communications Lineworker Program more times a year, this allows for our class sizes to be smaller, creating more opportunities for 1-on-1 training. On average our classes are at a 10:1 instructor student ratio.
Training hours in our Communications Lineworker Program consists of consist of 210 field hours and 110 classroom hours. Linework is best learned with hands-on experience, so most of your time will be spent outside developing your skills.
what you’ll learn
Through our hands-on training environment, students will be taught skills in four categories: climbing, telecom line construction, equipment operation, and academics. The Communications Lineworker Program consists of 210 field training hours and 110 classroom hours, for a combines 320 hours of premier communications training. In only 8 weeks, we will equip you with the Knowledge, Discipline, and Ability to pursue a successful career in the communications industry.
During the first three weeks of training, students are taught how to safely climb and maneuver in elevated positions on wooden poles. These skills directly translate to day-to-day roles of a communications lineman.
telecom line construction
telecom line construction
Students are taught how to safely build and maintain all aspects of telecom line construction. We teach the fundamentals of communications concepts in a safe controlled training environment.
The use of equipment is a vital part of the educational journey. Students will earn their CDL and learn how to operate a digger derrick, bucket truck, and various other industry equipment while following safe worksite protocol.
While our program does focus heavily on outdoor field training, academic studies lay the foundation for safe work. Each of our courses are a base level, and will teach introductory information to be built upon during your training.
classes & certifications
Throughout the 8-week journey of becoming a lineworker, we work to provide you with all the necessary classes and certifications that will make you stand out to future employers. See below the full list of training, certifications, and skills that we provide:
- Fundamentals of Telecom
- Rigging Fundamentals
- Career Planning & Stragtegies
- Fiber Optic Splicing
certifications & skills
- OSHA 10 Hour ET&D
- First Aid/CPR
- NSC Flagger Certification
- Pole-Top, Bucket Truck Rescue
- Class A CDL License
- Digger Derrick Qualification
- Fiber Optic Splicing
start your journey now
Classes tend to fill fast so starting your online application process as soon as possible is best.
do you have
what it takes?
- Must be at least 18 years of age by the beginning date of enrollment.
- Must provide a high school diploma or GED.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license from state in which you reside.
- Must pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination and have the physician sign SLTC’s Doctor’s Release Form.
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rodeo & graduation
SLTC hosts a rodeo and graduation for each CLP class. The rodeo gives students the opportunity to showcase everything they have learned in their 8 weeks here.