Become Eligible for Apprenticeship with FCA UAW

Penn Foster has partnered with FCA UAW as the exclusive online provider of the Industrial Readiness Certificate Program (IRCP) to provide you with enhanced flexibility for your training. This program will help you build the foundational skills you need to become eligible for the FCA UAW Apprentice Program and become a Journeyperson in your trade of choice.


Online delivery of program lets you learn on your own time, at a pace that's right for you.


Scheduling hassles eliminated with no need for offsite travel to local schools or start date restrictions.

Learn Anywhere 24/7

Mobile-friendly learning portal provides you with 24/7 access for learning when and where you want.

Academic Support

Comprehensive academic and motivational support provided via phone, email, and chat from Penn Foster to ensure your success.

Getting Started

Apply for TAP voucher

Visit the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) page for instructions on how to apply for your TAP voucher. Access to the Online TAP system is available on the right side of this page. For specific instructions on filling out the form for Penn Foster IRCP, view details in the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

Enroll in Penn Foster

Fill out this form with all required information, including your voucher number, to begin in the Industrial Readiness Certificate Program. After your application has been submitted you will receive a welcome email to get started in the program.

Submit Voucher

For program payment, sign your voucher and submit a scan or photo to [email protected] or fax to 1-570-961-4845. You could be charged the cost of the program if the signed voucher is not submitted within 21 days. Each course is $395.

Important Dates

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2018 - MAY 6, 2019
Enrollment period for IRCP with Penn Foster!
Enrollment for IRCP with Penn Foster is now closed.
To remain up-to-date and to be notified when enrollment reopens, click here.

MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019
Classes End!
Final date to complete the IRCP program to be eligible for the FCA UAW Apprenticeship.

FCA UAW TAP Transcripts Due!
Last day to submit your application paperwork to FCA UAW for the Apprenticeship Eligibility List.

Getting Started

How do I apply for my Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) voucher with FCA UAW?

FCA employees can log in to Dashboard Anywhere to access the online TAP benefit application system. On Dashboard, go to the Development Channel and click the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) Quick Link under Resources at lower left. On the TAP page click the Online System link.

To apply for the voucher for the Industrial Readiness Certificate Program (IRCP), please refer to the details provided below for guidance on how to complete several of the required fields:

• DEGREE: Industrial Readiness Certificate Program (IRCP)
• COURSE NUMBERS/NAMES: IRCP1 (Math - Shop Arithmetic); IRCP 2 (Drafting - Machine Tool Blueprint Reading); IRCP3 (Trade-Related Preparation)
• CREDITS: 0 (zero)
• COST: $1,185 for full IRCP program ($395 per courses, with no additional fees)
• START DATE: 1/1/19 (Note: This date is for TAP voucher purposes only. You can still begin your studies on or after December 13, 2018.)
• END DATE: 7/31/19 (Note: This date is for TAP voucher purposes only. You will have until July 15, 2019 to complete your courses and until July 31, 2019 to submit all application paperwork to FCA-UAW for the Apprenticeship Eligibility List.)

If you have additional questions on this process, please reach out to your TAP Advisor as soon as possible to get started.

When can I apply/register/enroll?

Enrollment for IRCP with Penn Foster is now closed. To remain up-to-date and to be notified when enrollment reopens, click here.

How does the payment process work?

After receiving voucher approval, FCA Tuition Assistance will pay for all courses that a student completes. This voucher is only applicable if the student completes the course. If you do not complete a course, you are responsible for the $395 per course cost.

What is the difference between Penn Foster and college?

Penn Foster is the only 100% online provider and does not require you to ever attend class in person. You can even take the final proctored exam remotely. The coursework fits into your schedule allowing you to study when and where you want. You still get the support of an in-person classroom — Penn Foster provides you access to an Instructor if needed, by telephone or email.

What is the benefit of taking these courses?

Upon successful completion of all three courses in the "Industrial Readiness Certificate Program", you can apply for entry to the FCA UAW Apprenticeship program eligibility lists.

What is included in each course?

Each course contains several modules, with information broken down into smaller, more manageable sections. Students must test at least once on each module exam, as well as the proctored final exam. All tests, including the module exams, will be part of your final grade. And remember, the proctored final exam can be done remotely as well.

How long will it take to complete each course?

The training is self-paced, however, Course 1 is estimated at 30 hours, Course 2 at 34 hours and Course 3 at 45 hours. This includes all reading, studying and testing. You can begin your studies within 48 hours of enrollment and must complete all courses/testing no later than July 15, 2019. If your voucher is approved, FCA will pay for all courses a student completes. If you do not complete a course, the student is responsible for the $395 per course cost.

Is there a specific time to take exams?

You can take all exams during your course sequence at any time of day. Module exams are available after reading the content within each lesson. All module exams within a course must be completed before the proctored exam is available. All exams are counted towards your final grade.

Do I have to take the module exams in each course?

Yes, you must test on all of the module exams in the course before you can test on the proctored final exam. Pass or fail, you must test on all modules at least once. Even if you fail a module exam, you can still take the final exam, provided you complete all exams.

How do I take my proctored final exam?

Once a student has completed all module exams for a course, they will be allowed to self-schedule for their final exam through an online Penn Foster website. Students will need access to a computer with internet access and webcam. Details will be provided to all students upon enrollment.

What is a passing grade for each course?

75% is the passing grade for each exam in the program. Each exam in each course is weighted, with each module exam accounting for 5% of your grade and the final exam accounting for the remaining percentage. For example, Course 1 has 6 module exams, which represent up to 30% of your grade (6 exams x 5% each), plus the final exam which would represent the remaining 70%.

What if I fail an exam — can I retake it?

You must retake any module exams that you scored less than 75% within 30 days of the original exam. (The higher score is your final score.) You cannot retest on the final, proctored exam.

What if I need to drop/cancel the program?

You can drop within 30 days of accessing your learning materials (study guides or exams). To drop/cancel, you must send an email requesting to drop to [email protected].

What do I get when I complete the program?

When you complete all 3 IRCP courses, with a grade of 75% or better in each course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, title "FCA UAW Industrial Readiness Certificate Program". This Certificate is required for the full Apprenticeship eligibility list. If you do not successfully complete all 3 courses, you can receive a student transcript upon request.

What if I do not complete the program?

If you do not successfully complete all 3 courses by July 15, 2019, you will not earn a Certificate of Completion, which is required to gain entrance to the FCA UAW Apprenticeship program eligibility lists. Also, FCA Tuition Assistance will not pay for non-completed courses, for which the student is then financially responsible.