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Earn College Credits During Your Apprenticeship
IEC is committed to Powering Your Future forward to ensure that programs will benefit our apprentices both personally and professionally.
The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) is proud to partner with the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) to offer college credit to students of IEC’s Apprenticeship program.
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for IEC’s Apprenticeship Program. Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy.
IEC apprentices can receive college credit for completing each year, up to 41 credit hours, of IEC Apprenticeship Training Program. This benefit will not only make a college degree an affordable reality for you, it supports IEC’s belief in the importance of lifelong learning.

Digital Credentials

 ACE has partnered with Credly, a leading digital credential provider, to supply IEC apprentices with digital “badges” that contain information about the training they have completed and the skills they have acquired.

Credly’s platform allows you to send an official academic transcript directly to a college or university you are interested in attending. The transcript informs the institution of the recommended number of college credits to issue, as well as the educational level and subject areas of the courses or exams you have completed.

You can also use the badges to spread the word about your accomplishments on social media, resumes, and more.

Important Information

Each institution has the sole discretion to determine whether it will accept ACE credit recommendations based on the degree program you have applied to attend.

Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship record retention policies and requirements, IEC chapters are only required to maintain five years of student records. Please contact your local IEC chapter to verify your record and graduation information prior to submitting for ACE Transcript Services. If you participated in IEC’s Apprenticeship Program more than five years ago, IEC cannot guarantee your record will be on file.

 It is important students read this since IEC National does not keep student records and chapters must verify in order to receive credit.

Get Your Future Started

Take these steps to move forward today! 

  • Contact your local IEC chapter to verify your student record is on file and all training documentation is complete.
  • Complete the ACE College Credit Request form at bit.ly/ace1iec and submit it to your local IEC chapter to verify and sign, indicating that they certify the accuracy of the information provided.
  • Send the completed request form to Patrick Merkel, Director of Education, IEC National, at pdolenc@ieci.org. 
  • IEC National will upload your information to Acclaim and issue digital badge(s) for your IEC training.
  • An email from the Acclaim Platform (admin@youracclaim.com) will be sent with instructions for claiming your badge and setting up your account.
  • Once you have created your Acclaim account and accepted your IEC badge(s), you may then send a formal transcript to a college or university.

Each institution has the sole discretion to determine whether it will accept ACE credit recommendations based on the degree program you have applied to attend.

Per the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Apprenticeship record retention policies and requirements, IEC chapters are only required to maintain five years of student records. Please contact your local IEC chapter to verify your record and graduation information prior to submitting for ACE Transcript Services. If you participated in IEC’s Apprenticeship Program more than five years ago, IEC cannot guarantee your record will be on file.

Questions?

Contact the national staff member below for any questions regarding apprenticeship.