How to Apply for Apprenticeship Certification


Interested applicants must be eligible to enroll in the City Colleges of Chicago. This requires a high school diploma or GED, and that any outstanding debt to City Colleges of Chicago be paid in full. For more information about the City Colleges of Chicago's requirements or costs, visit or contact The Arutro Velasquez Institute at (773) 838-1520.

Successful applicants demonstrate a strong interest in changing careers, or supplementing their current work with agricultural education and production of local, nutritious fruits and vegetables. On average 20 applicants are accepted each year. Eligibility includes the applicant’s commitment to farm and study on a set schedule for nine months.

Class Hours

Spring and Summer Term (January to July):
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon

Fall Term Paid Work Experience (August to October):
**Hours differ based on placement location. Positions usually work 30 to 37.5 hours a week.
**Fridays are unpaid lecture class from 9am to 3 p.m.

Application Process

The 2022 interest form is now open! The interest form will close October 4, 2021.

All applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship interest form
  • Attend an information session (dates in interest form)
  • Attend a work shadow day (dates in interest form)
  • Complete an official application and provide two previous employers or professional references

Windy City Harvest staff will follow up with all prospective students who have completed the Apprenticeship interest form with additional information and changes.

Interest Form


If you have additional questions about the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program, please contact Paul Krysik, Apprenticeship Instructor at