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Accelerated Certification

Community Enhancement / Talent Development / Accelerated Certification

Due to COVID-19, there will be no classes offer in the Summer of 2020.

The chamber has partnered with Austin Community College (ACC) and Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) to develop and implement accelerated certification programs for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades industries of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing. Course content has been condensed from the typical twenty-four months to just four months.

As part of the partnership, ACC furnishes the curriculum, instructors, and equipment for the classes, RRISD provides the facility, and the chamber recruits companies to interview participants for post-certification hiring. The classes are open to the general public and are specifically geared toward un- and underemployed adults, but are also open to current RRISD students and staff members.

Classes for both HVAC and plumbing programs will be held at Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive, Round Rock, in room 507 of building 500.

These programs have the dual purpose of helping fill the talent pipeline for highly needed positions and increasing the household income for those looking to improve their lives.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no classes offer in the Summer of 2020.

The classes run year round and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and to register for the HVAC and plumbing courses, contact Luis Castillo, program coordinator, at luis.castillo@austincc.edu or 512.223.7525.

Paid Tuition

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area if funding 100% of the tuition for those who qualify. For more information, contact Pamela Zamudio, talent development specialist at 512.244.2207 x 1060 or John Garcia, youth talent development specialist at 512.244.2207 x 1060.

Class Criteria

  • No academic requirements (no prerequisites including GED).
  • Companies are expecting a good attitude in the potential employees.
  • Open enrollment / open to the public.
  • Minimum age is 16 years old; however, most employers require applicant to be 18 years old.
  • Plumbing Tuition $2,799 / HVAC Tuition $2,899.¬† Financial assistance available through Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area.

For Employers

The chamber led the charge in creating the Round Rock accelerated certification program in order to help alleviate the workforce shortage issues being experienced by members of the local business community.

The chamber has produced a multi-year workforce strategy called WROC (Workforce Realization Occurring Cooperatively) to ensure that there is an ample talent pool from which local businesses can pull. It is divided into four critical areas: replenishing the skilled trades; implementing accelerated certification learning opportunities; increasing direct-to-college enrollment; and supporting ancillary service capabilities. To read the complete workforce strategy, click here.