Apprenticeship

Training Opportunities

In the dynamic world of the electrical industry, technologies, codes and standards, and customer requirements are constantly changing. Therefore, in addition to apprentice training, IEC offers continuing education courses that help electrical contracting professionals gain and maintain the essential skills that are necessary to be successful in today’s competitive electrical industry.

What makes IEC’s Apprentice Training Program Successful?

IEC’s apprenticeship and training programs have been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau for Apprenticeship & Training and State Apprenticeship Councils for use in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

IEC’s electrical apprenticeship program has also been evaluated by the American Council on Education and awarded college credit equivalency. 

What IEC Offers

IEC offers two, three, and four-year apprenticeship programs to allow participants to gain the knowledge, technical skills, and practical experience necessary to succeed in today’s electrical trade.

Electrical Apprentice Training

While state and local requirements determine the exact duration of training, during a four- to five-year period, an apprentice electrician will receive at least 8,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 576 hours of related technical instruction covering topics such as:

 • Safety, First Aid, and CPR

• Mechanical Skills

• Electrical Skills

• Electrical Theory

• Codes and Standards

• Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Wiring

• Fire Alarm, Signaling, and Life Safety Systems

• Lighting Systems

• Transformers

• Motors and Control

• Electrical Troubleshooting

Residential Electrical Specialist Apprentice Training

While state and local requirements will determine the exact duration of training, during a two- to three-year period, a residential electrical specialist apprentice will receive at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 288 hours of related technical instruction covering topics such as:

 • Safety, First Aid, and CPR

• Mechanical Skills

• Electrical Skills

• Electrical Theory

• Codes and Standards

• Residential Wiring

• Residential Fire Alarm, Signaling, and Life Safety Systems

• Residential Lighting Systems

• Transformers

• Motors and Control

• Electrical Troubleshooting

Data-Telecommunications (VDV, Low-Voltage) Apprentice Training

While state and local requirements will determine the exact duration of training, over a two- to three-year period, a data-telecommunications apprentice (sometimes called a voice-data-video (VDV) or low-voltage systems apprentice) will receive at least 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 288 hours of related technical instruction covering topics such as:

• Data and Telecommunications Cabling

• Copper and Fiber Optic Connections and Splices

• Life Safety Systems

• Security

• Audio and Video Systems

• Wireless Communications

• Building Automation

Field Trained Journeymen Training

In an eight-module series of courses that can be completed in as little as two years, field-trained journeymen electricians can expand their knowledge through an accelerated course of instruction covering topics such as:

To learn more about IEC’s apprenticeship program or any of our other education/training courses, please contact your local IEC chapter.