The RPM Apprenticeship Program


The RPM Apprenticeship Program provides an opportunity for students and those changing careers to further their education process and gain hands-on education and training through a formal apprenticeship. RPM facilitates the earn-and-learn program with selected shops around the United States.


RPM will facilitate a working relationship between apprenticeship candidates and participating Host Shops. RPM vets all candidates. The shops will interview the candidates RPM presents, selecting one for a 3-5 day working interview. If the candidate and shop are compatible, the shop will extend an offer of employment.

During the apprenticeship, RPM will evaluate the Apprentice based on a set of performance standards consisting of knowledge, skills, and abilities that are required of any restoration shop worker. By the end of the apprenticeship, it is expected that the Apprentice will have attained a level of Advanced or Expert for each task on which they have been evaluated.

Apprentices are paid on a sliding scale by the Host Shop, with gap funding available through the RPM Foundation on a needs basis.

RPM Apprenticeship Program Application Process

Apply via the form below to be considered for the program.  In addition to the online form, you will need the following:

  • COVER LETTER: Your cover letter is your opportunity to introduce yourself to a potential employer. Using the below “biography” as a starting point, elaborate on your background, experience, and motivation for working in the restoration industry.
  • RESUME & REFERENCES: Your resume is an essential component of your job search. Your references should be past employers, instructors, and other professionals who can attest to your skill, experience, and professionalism. If you don’t already have a resume, contact the RPM Foundation at for assistance in creating one.
  • PORTFOLIO: A portfolio of your work is the perfect way to showcase your talents and let potential employers know the level of professionalism and product they can expect of you. Your portfolio should feature photos of your previous work, along with captions describing the type of tasks you performed. The portfolio needs to be submitted electronically along with the other application materials.

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