Apprenticeship training in Ireland is now standards based (SBA). In other words, it differs from the old time based system in that a defined and agreed standard must be reached by each trainee at the end of each phase of training before they can move on to the next phase.

There are 7 phases of training for CP Fitters. Phases 2, 4 and 6 are "off the job". Phase 2 is delivered in the DDLETB training centre, Baldoyle. Phases 4 and 6 are delivered in the Institute of Technology in Cork.

Phase 2 is of 20 weeks duration, and phases 4 and 6 are of 10 weeks duration each.

Phase 1, Phase 3, Phase 5 and Phase 7 are delivered "on the job" in the apprentices' place of employment.

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