THE Apprenticeship PROGRAM
Electrical Job + Electrical School = Apprenticeship
The IEC electrical training apprenticeship program is the answer to both the individual wanting to jump-start their career and the electrical contractor who wants skilled and productive employees.
If you’re stuck in a dead-end job or don’t want college and student debt, the IEC’s apprenticeship program lets you earn while you learn and obtain a national certification by the US Dept. of Labor as an electrician. The program allows you to fast-track your career to a high paying electrician that is high demand.
IEC provides job referral services for both the apprentice applicant and the electrical contractor seeking new employees. The job referral services are available year round with both online and classroom programs starting year round throughout Georgia.
Earn While You Learn
- Apprentices earn wages from their employer while enrolled in the program
- Entry wages are based on experience averaging $15.00 – $18.00 per hour, but no experience is required
- Apprentices attend classes once a week in person or online after work from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
- Most apprentices double their wages in just four years
- You can earn up to 46 hours of college credit
- Only government certified programs like IEC’s can certify you as an Electrician, NOT a technical school
Eligibility & Application
- Interested candidates must possess a High School Diploma or GED and have reliable transportation
- Youth Apprentices must be 16 years of age and enrolled in their high school’s work-based learning program and have counselor’s approval
- All students must have a valid email address, internet access, and a computer or smart phone
US Certified Apprenticeship Program
- The US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) certifies IEC’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program
- To become a nationally recognized Electrician the OA requires two components for certification: 8000 hours, or 4 years of on the job training and 576 hours of classroom related training
- Our team helps students gain employment with an IEC Contractor to collect On the Job Training hours
- Upon completion, graduates receive a journey worker card that is acknowledged in all 50 states
- Once you become an Electrician there are other career opportunities such as Estimator, Foreman, or Project Manager
Cost & Financial Aid
- Member contractor employee tuition per year 990 to 1,295/ yr
- Book cost per year varies from $500 – $667
- GI Bill based upon honorable discharge (DD214)
- Workforce Investment Act Eligible
- Multiple Scholarships available throughout the year
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I enroll in the Apprenticeship Program without working for an IEC Contractor Member?
Yes, you can enroll in the Apprenticeship Program on your own or while working for a non-member contractor. However, to be a Registered Apprentice with the Department of Labor, you must be working for one of our IEC Contractor Members. If you choose to enroll on your own or work for a non-member contractor, you will only gain your classroom hours and not the 8,000 on-the-job training hours required to earn your Journeyman Certificate.
How many class hours and on-the-job training (OJT) hours do I need to earn a Journeyman Certificate?
An individual needs 576 class hours and 8,000 OJT hours to earn a Journeyman Certificate.
Does IEC accept class credits from Technical Colleges or other Apprenticeship Programs?
IEC only accepts class credits from other IEC Chapters in the country. IEC may be able to give credit in terms of on-the-job training hours. If you already have 2,000 hours of OJT, you may be eligible to “Test-Out” of 1st Year. Please contact IEC at 770-242-9277 for more details.
Can I use a 529 Plan, the HOPE Scholarship, or other Federal Student Aid?
No, our program is not eligible to receive Federal Student Aid.
What is the difference between the Journeyman Certificate and Contractor’s License in Georgia?
The Journeyman Certificate qualifies you as a Certified Electrician in all 50 states. This certification comes from US Dept of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. As a Journeyman Electrician, you are able to work in a variety of settings under a Licensed Contractor.
An Electrical Contractors License must be obtained from the State Board of Electrical Contractors. Obtaining a license allows one to provide electrical contracting services, pull permits, etc. You must have an Electrical Contractor’s License, a business license, and proper insurance to conduct a legal contracting business. For more information regarding the Contractor’s License, please visit the Georgia Secretary of State website: https://sos.ga.gov/georgia-state-board-electrical-contractors
Who qualifies for the 2-Year Professional Electrician’s Program (PEP)?
To qualify for the 2-Year Professional Electrician’s Program (PEP), you must have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in a position above helper. IEC requires documentation (emails or letters) from previous and current employers stating that you have this required experience in the electrical field. Please email the documentation to Training@iecatlantaga.org or fax letters, written on company letterhead, to 770-242-9994.
Will the CEU credits earned at IEC count for other states besides Georgia?
Yes, IEC will send your credentials to Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, & Kentucky.
How many CEU credits are required for Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Virginia?
Georgia: 4 hours per year, 2 year renewal period
Alabama: 14 hours over a 2 year period
North Carolina: 8 hours per year, 4 in-person, 4 can be online, annual renewals
Kentucky: 6 hours per year, annual renewals
Virginia: 3 hours per year, annual renewals
Mississippi: 2 hours per year, annual renewals
The Professional Electrician’s Program (PEP) is a fast-paced, advanced technical training series for electricians that have been working in the electrical field as non-helpers for a minimum of 10,000 hours(5 years). It is a two-year training program certified by the Department of Labor (DOL), and is divided into nine 10-week segments. When completed, IEC and the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) will issue a nationally recognized certificate with the title of an electrician to acknowledge your achievement.