Anderson Career Builder Institute was founded by Mary Jean Anderson, President of Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air in response to the nationwide critical shortage of qualified candidates for employment in the skilled trades.
ACBI is a specialized earn-while-you-learn trade school to train residential plumbers and HVAC technicians for rewarding careers in the home service industry.
- 90-Day Pre-Apprentice Program
- 90-Day Skillbridge Pre-Apprentice Program
- ACBI 101
- ACBI 201
There is no cost for this program – tuition, uniforms and cost of instructional materials are included for a select number of successful applicants. In addition, students will earn $14 an hour during the course of the 90-day program which runs five days a week (Monday thru Friday) including two days in the classroom/lab and three days in the field with experienced professionals/trainers.
At the end of the 90-day program, students will have the opportunity to apply for full-time employment with Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air or several other great partner plumbing, heating and air companies across California that will entertain applications.
ACBI 90 Day Classes
Fall Class Currently in Session
Winter Class Will Begin Early January 2022
Application Window for Winter Class December 1 – December 15th
Questions about our ACBI program? Email Alyssa@andersonpha.com
In addition to all of the perks described in our 90-Day Pre-Apprentice program section, ACBI works with all branches of the military to help those who are interested in joining our trade as they prepare to transition to civilian life. We hold a special Skillbridge application session 6-8 weeks before the class to allow time for Command contracts and approvals. ACBI accommodates Skillbridge members who may need time off to complete their EAS physical or other appointments directly pertaining to their EAS.
- ACBI does not provide any housing or transportation during our program.
- Please make sure that you will be stationed/living local to San Diego, CA in order to participate in our program.
- You will be reporting to our main campus in El Cajon 5 days a week.
Our point of contact for our Skillbridge applicants is Alyssa Slater. Alyssa will be able to provide you with information about the program, find a class that matches with your EAS date, walk you through our application process and help with command approval if you are selected to join our class. Spots are limited due to high demand!Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get started
This program is offered to graduates of the 90-Day program and Anderson apprentices. This program includes 3-4 days a month in the classroom and lab with direct instruction. The remainder of the days the students attend on the job training in the field with carefully selected lead technicians. This program is designed to keep apprentices on the fast track to becoming a lead technician.
ACBI 101 is offered for both service and install in drains, plumbing and HVAC. Our HVAC 101 is a NATE approved training course with students earning 80 NATE certified hours.
This program is offered to graduates of the ACBI 101 program and Anderson apprentices. If you were not a part of our ACBI 101 program you need to have experience in order to join this program. ACBI 201 follows the same schedule as ACBI 101 but teaches advanced skills and lead technician training.
Outside of these specialized ACBI programs Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air offers continuing education to all employees. We strongly believe in training on the newest technology in our field so we can continue to wow our clients! If you have questions about any of these programs please email