IEC Training Advantage

The IEC Instructor Training and Certification Program is tailored to provide technically qualified electricians and/or subject matter experts with the basic knowledge they need to succeed as apprenticeship instructors. These interactive online courses will include easily accessible targeted modules, an interactive user interface, and reading assignments from outside textbooks. Those who successfully complete the required training, provide evidence of required levels of field and classroom experience, and demonstrate competency in specified areas will be certified IEC Instructors. 

This program addresses the U.S. Department of Labor rule which requires instructors to be trained on how to teach adult learners through various styles and methods.

The three-level program is designed to maximize each instructors growth through building on skills taught in the previous lessons. All instructors must have at least a year of teaching between each level, providing an opportunity to implement the skills they've learned in each level. To become an IEC apprenticeship instructor, training must be completed sequentially. 

*All applications must be completed and signed by the instructors chapter's Executive Director or Training Director prior to registering.

Level I

Level I introduces instructors and chapter staff to IEC’s philosophy, apprenticeship program, curriculum resources, and instructional methods through video and interactive activities. The instructor must have a year of teaching after completing Level I before moving on to the Level II course.

Level I Certification Criteria  
Level I Application & Registration Form* to be completed by Executive Director or Training Director
Level I Instructor CE Maintenance Course/Activity Form to be completed by instructor after course completion
Level I Executive Director/Training Director Maintenance Course/Activity Report Form to be completed prior to instructor certificate expiration date

Level II

Level II provides instructors with hands-on training in developing and implementing a lesson plan, as well as constructive criticism from IEC teaching professionals. Upon completion of the Level II modules on the CMS, an endorsement in one or more specific courses must be administered.

The instructor’s endorsement(s) must be identified on the application in order to provide him or her with the correct written exam. The purpose of the endorsement exam is to test instructors’ knowledge in the area(s) in which they teach. This exam will be done online through our CMS system.

Level II Certification Criteria  
Level II Application & Registration Form* to be completed by Executive Director or Training Director
​​Level II Instructor CE Maintenance Course/Activity Form to be completed by instructor after course completion
Level II Executive Director/Training Director Maintenance Course/Activity Report Form to be completed prior to instructor certificate expiration date

Level III (Master Instructor)

Level III (Master Instructor) takes a giant departure away from Levels I and II and will have the instructors mentor other instructors. Level III provides excellent hands-on experience, along with valuable feedback from colleagues and mentees.

Level III Certification Criteria (Master Instructor)  
Level III Application & Registration Form* to be completed by Executive Director or Training Director
Level III Instructor CE Maintenance Course/Activity Form to be completed by instructor after course completion
Level III Executive Director/Training Director Maintenance Course/Activity Report Form to be completed prior to instructor certificate expiration date

The IEC Instructor Training and Certification Program is an exciting initiative, and represents IEC's continuing commitment to providing the highest quality training for all IEC apprentices.

For more information on instructor training, please contact Patrick Merkel, Director of Education, at pmerkel@ieci.org.

"This training made me realize that I am not the only instructor that encounters difficulties in the classroom. It has given me more confidence with making decisions and instructing students with different levels of ability."
– Paul Miller, Instructor, IEC Rocky Mountain