Apprenticeship and Training

Certification Of The Program And You

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (BAT) certify IEC's Electrical Apprenticeship Program. When you complete the program requirements, you will be certified as a Journeyman/Journeywoman level electrician by both the IEC and BAT and become registered nationally. Following certification, you must pass a Texas Electricians Exam at your own expense to be considered as a "licensed electrician."

Program Components

For completion of the program, the U.S. Department of Labor requires: 8000 hours in 4 years of on-the-job training (OJT) and 608 hours of classroom related instruction.  Our annual Wire-Off Competition, Trade Show and Graduation are events you are required to attend. Classroom instruction includes labs, lectures, demonstrations, CPR/First Aid, quizzes, homework and tests. Topics include: residential, commercial, and industrial wiring, blueprint reading, calculations, interpreting the National Electrical Code, motor controls, electrical grounding and electrical theory. The curriculum is updated annually and is in accordance with the latest National Electrical Code. 

Program Operation

You must be employed by an IEC Member contractor now or by the end of the first nine weeks in the program. Placements services are available if your contractor releases you from work (lay-off). Wage increases are based upon the U.S. Dept. of Labor Agreement at the time you enroll. It allows for increases every six months on the average. Trainees must buy their own books through the IEC office.

Class Schedule, Requirements and Locations

The applications are accepted at the IEC office from April to August. Our classroom courses are one night per week for four hours during September through May. No classes during summer months but you must continue working for your IEC member contractor. Classes are from 6:30 - 10:30 pm. An applicant must have High School Diploma or GED and one year of basic algebra. Bring your driver's license, SSN card, birth certificate, H.S. transcript and transcripts for courses beyond High School. We suggest bringing names, address, and phone numbers of references. Classes are held at the IEC facility 219 E. Monroe Ave. Harlingen, Texas 78550          

Cost Of The Program

The registered apprentice must pay 45 cents per each on-the-job training (OJT) hours worked, not counting Holidays and vacation days. The 45 cents are withheld by the contractor/employer and forwarded to the IEC office.

Consider these facts about IEC and becoming an electrician!

  1. Most apprentices in IEC's program double their earnings in just 4 years.
  2. Government certified programs like IEC's  can verify you as a journeyman/journeywoman electrician
  3. If necessary, you can attend and transfer to over 50+ IEC locations throughout the United States
  4. Once you become an electrician you can be promoted to many other jobs, such as estimator, foreman, supervisor, and project manager.
  5. If you choose, you can travel from state to state and seek employment through IEC's Network of over 3,500 members
  6. Many experienced IEC graduates start their own electrical contracting company.
  7. There is a shortage of nearly 100,000 electrical workers across the United State. This means job security and earning potential for you!