The BMET Apprenticeship is a two-year hybrid program that combines education and up to 6000 hours of paid, on-the-job, competency-based learning.
Because of the shortage of qualified healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals in the hiring pool, some hospitals and other employers are training their own biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) from the ground up with no formalized way to ensure these BMETs are trained consistently or to a minimum standard. This apprenticeship program will bring structure to that process and contribute to a solution for bridging the current skill gap in the field for entry-level employees. The intent is that the availability of a formalized BMET apprenticeship that offers formalized training in a real work environment will attract new professionals to the field.
Upon completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices receive a nationally recognized certificate, jointly issued by AAMI and the U.S. Department of Labor, signifying that the apprentice was trained to AAMI's recommended minimum competencies and standards.
BMET Apprentices will earn a competitive wage from their employers during training.
The BMET Apprenticeship provides structured on-the-job learning to prepare for a successful career.
BMET Apprentices benefit from learning under the instruction of an experienced HTM mentor.
BMET Apprentices are provided formal instruction on critical aspects of their careers such as medical terminology, anatomy, IT/cybersecurity and electronics.
Eight steps for employers to become BMET Apprenticeship partners
AAMI is currently partnering with healthcare organizations to launch the BMET apprenticeship!
Follow this 8-step process to become a BMET Apprenticeship employer.
- Email HTM@aami.org to let us know you want to get started.
- Review the BMET National Standards of Apprenticeship and Training Objectives.
- Ensure a position is available at your organization for an apprentice. Employers can create a position through their organization’s HR department, hire an apprentice into an existing vacancy, or enroll an existing incumbent worker into the apprenticeship program. The hiring, recruiting and vetting of apprentices is 100% the responsibility of the employer. AAMI does not hire apprentices.
- Secure funding to support the apprenticeship's required related instruction as outlined on page A-20 of the Training Objectives document. Employers are required to pay for 100% of the apprentice’s required education. See the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 Factsheet for more information on how the recently passed legislation could help with funding your apprenticeship.
- Appoint a mentor/sponsor who will oversee the apprentice’s training and development.
- Sign the Employer Agreement and
create a wage schedule for the apprentice.
Apprentices must receive at least one pay raise during the apprenticeship. A sample wage schedule can be found on page A-2 of the Training Objectives document.
- Email the signed Employer Agreement and wage schedule to HTM@aami.org for approval and registration with the Department of Labor.
- Start hiring, enrolling and training your apprentices!