Apprenticeship Training

The electrical training ALLIANCE's goal is to provide the Electrical Construction Industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. While direct training occurs through local training programs, the electrical training ALLIANCE develops enhanced education standards to meet the competitive challenges of today's global market economy.

In addition to receiving skill training on the job, each apprentice is provided with trade-related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship. Quite often, local training committees provide special classes with hands-on training to support classroom lectures and discussions.

What Do Electrical Workers Do?

There are four specialty areas where you will find electrical workers.

  • Outside Linemen- install the distribution and transmission lines that move power from the plant to a factory, a business, or home.
  • Inside Wiremen-install the power, lighting, controls and other electrical equipment in commercial and industrial buildings.
  • VDV Installer Technicians-install circuits and equipment for telephones, computer networks, video distribution systems, security and access control systems and other low voltage systems.
  • Residential Wiremen-specialize in installing all of the electrical systems in single-family and multi-family houses or dwellings.

How Can I Become An Apprentice?

The four areas of electrical work share common skills and knowledge, but each requires specific skills and knowledge in their chosen area. Therefore, each type of work has different apprenticeship programs associated with it. Basic requirements for becoming an apprentice in any of the programs are similar. The following requirements are typical for individuals applying to be accepted into an IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) or IBEW/NECA Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJATC).

  • Minimum age 18
  • High School Education
  • One Year of High School Algebra
  • Qualifying Score on an Aptitude Test
  • Drug Free

Each local JATC or AJATC may have additional requirements specific to the geographical area. Applications must be made to your local JATC or AJATC

Sample Test Questions

How Can I Get More Information?

The electrical training ALLIANCE has developed an interactive CD-ROM which provide additional information about the four areas of training in the IBEW/NECA apprenticeship programs.

The CD-ROM includes video clips showing basic qualifications, completion requirements, on-the-job training, classroom training, typical job sites and career opportunities. You can also get information about the aptitude test, used by many JATCs; and the interview, which will provide you with the opportunity to meet the committee and enter the program.

Cost: $11.00

To order your copy of the CD-ROM please click here to download the PDF format order form and mail your check or money order to the electrical training ALLIANCE with the completed form.