The application process varies by IEC Chapter location, however the below is a general illustration of the application process:

  1. Be a high school graduate, possess a GED, or be a high school youth apprentice.
  2. Have a reliable form of transportation (preferably your own car), to get to and from classes and job sites.
  3. Contact your local IEC chapter office to learn more about their application process by visiting to determine chapter location in your area
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Entrance Requirements

While specific requirements vary by training program, applicants for apprentice positions generally must be at least 18 years old and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent. Regardless of the specific career track selected, previous education and training is helpful. High school courses in mathematics, physics, electricity, mechanical drawing, and shop provide a good background. Special training offered in the U.S. Armed Forces or postsecondary technical schools is also beneficial. Successful applicants must be able to meet certain physical requirements and demonstrate mechanical aptitude.

The nature of the job demands that an electrician be in good physical condition and tolerant of working in varied climatic conditions such as heat, cold, rain, and snow. Other environmental factors include exposure to heights using ladders and scaffolds, risk of electrical shock, and lifting and moving heavy objects.

  • You must have a high school diploma or GED and have good employability skills.
  • You must have a reliable source of transportation to school and to the job site.
  • You must be able to work independently and as a member of a team.