What a drag, having to apprentice under one of us before you can even apply for a license. If that's the the name of the game, I support it.
Sorry to disappoint you, but we [Texans] do not have to apprentice first. We just have to take the mandatory training course and then we can set for our license test. They really drive home the hydraulics and theory but no real world experiance included. The test is lengthy and has a high fail rate, but then again no real world experiance.