communications lineworker

8-week program

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

financial aid

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.

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workforce innovation
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.

trade act
assistance program

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.

veterans of
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.

apply for scholarships

Looking for more opportunities for assistance in paying for school? We have curated a list of potential scholarships over on our scholarships page!

industry outlook


Communication through the internet and cellular devices plays a critical role in society today. The onset of this new technology has done many things but most of all, it has increased the need for communications lineworkers. Communications lineworkers are the lifeline of connection. Without lineworkers installing fiber and coaxial cables, there wouldn’t be any of the technology you use each and every day. Take a moment and imagine the world today without internet, without cell phones, without all of this information at your fingertips.


With the onset of gig speed internet, 5G wireless networks, and autonomous vehicles, the need for
installers and technicians is more important than ever


A successful completion of our educational objectives by students results in graduates that will be qualified
for a variety of positions including but not limited to the following:

  • Communications Lineworker
  • CATV Lineworker
  • Telecom Line Installers and Repairers
  • Aerial Cable Construction
  • Fiber Splicer
  • Radio, Cellular, and Tower Worker
  • Low Voltage Technician
  • Outside Plant Technician
  • Crane and Equipment Operator
  • Cable Splicer/Installer

training environment

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.

class size

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.

learning style

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.

meet the instructors

We have over 30 full time instructors on staff, each with a passion for passing on their knowledge of the trade. Each instructor dedicates their time to helping you become the best you can be. Each with their own unique teaching style, our instructors are industry professional with years of experience, ready to show you the ropes

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.

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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.

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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.


equipment operation

equipment operation

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.

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New to the Communications Program

fiber optic splicing

This four day course will qualify students to perform many of the tasks required to splice optical fibers, increasing hire-ability and salary opportunities

Learn more here.


Training and testing done on-site

class a cdl

SLTC has developed a program to provide Class A CDL training to students in our Communications Lineworker Training.

Learn more here.

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:

academic training

  • Fundamentals of Telecom
  • Rigging Fundamentals
  • Career Planning & Stragtegies
  • Fiber Optic Splicing

certifications & skills

  • Climbing
  • 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.

clp schedule 2023/2024


Aug 11, 2023 - Registration
Aug 11, 2023 - Start Date
Oct 6, 2023 - Graduation


Oct 16, 2023 - Registration
Oct 16, 2023 - Start Date
Dec 13, 2023 - Graduation


Jan 5, 2024 - Registration
Jan 5, 2024 - Start Date
Mar 1, 2024 - Graduation


Mar 15, 2024 - Registration
Mar 15, 2024 - Start Date
May 10, 2024 - Graduation

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.

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