• When will you be accepting applications?
    We frequently update the date(s) and time(s) of application on our website. To stay current on when we are accepting applications please check our Apprentice Programs Overview page which lists all programs currently open for applications.
  • Is there any type of Orientation Seminar offered to learn about electrical apprenticeships?
    Yes. An Orientation Seminar is held on the third (3rd) Tuesday of every month at NIETC from 4 pm till 5 pm.  There is a question and answer session at the end of the Orientation Seminar.
  • Is there an age requirement to apply for an apprenticeship at NIETC?
    No, but you must be 18 years old at the time you are invited to enter an electrical apprenticeship.
  • How can I apply for entrance into an electrical apprenticeship?
    You can apply in person at NIETC during open application periods.
  • Can I apply online for an electrical apprenticeship?
    No. You must apply in person at NIETC.
  • What are the residency requirements to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
    You must be a US Citizen or have the right to work in the US.
  • What level of education is required to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
    High School or College are acceptable.  In both cases, transcripts are required as documentation for at least one of the following items:
       a. High School Graduate with a 2.0 GPA (graduation date must be reflected on transcripts).
       b. GED score of 2550 or 255 if prior to January 2002.
       c. AA Degree or higher from an accredited school. This is not a requirement BUT acceptable in lieu of a High School Diploma. (graduation date and degree awarded must appear on transcripts)
       d. Please see our program information and requirements for more information. 
  • What is an “Accredited School”?
    A school accredited by a State Education Agency.
  • Are there any Math requirements necessary to apply?
    Yes. The Math requirements can be met by documenting one of the following:
       a. “C” grade for one full year of High School Algebra.
       b. Equivalent course in college level algebra (Oregon: Math 65, Washington: Math 90).
       c. Math placement from an accredited school that place you beyond HS algebra (compass test placement at Math 95 or higher).
       d. Successful completion of an online NJATC Math Course.
       e. Please see our program information and requirements for more information.
  • Will I need Educational Transcripts with my application?
    Yes, they are required and must be submitted with your completed application. Note: these do not need to be official copies.
  • Can I have my transcripts mailed to NIETC to be put with my application?
    No. They must be submitted with your completed application.
  • Are there any fees required to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
    Yes. There are application fees for the Inside and Limited Energy apprenticeships.
  • What is the fee to apply for the Inside Electrical Apprenticeship?
    There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee due when you apply.
  • What is the duration of the Inside Wireman apprenticeship program?
    The Inside Wireman apprenticeship is 5 years in duration. During these 5 years you will accumulate 8000 hours of OJT and 10 terms of classes. Upon completion of these requirements you are eligible to take the appropriate state Journeyman Wireman exam for your license.
  • What is the fee to apply for the Limited Energy Apprenticeship?
    There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee due when you apply.
  • What is the duration of the Limited Energy Apprenticeship program?
    The LE-A apprenticeship is 3 ½ years in duration. During these 3 ½ years you will need to accumulate 6000 hours of OJT and complete 7 terms of classes. Upon completion of these requirements you are eligible to take the appropriate state LE-A exam for your license.
  • What is the fee to apply for the Limited Residential Apprenticeship?
    Currently there is no fee to apply for the Limited Residential Apprenticeship.
  • What is the duration of the Limited Residential Apprenticeship program?
    The Limited Residential apprenticeship is 2 ½ years in duration. During these 2 ½ years you will need to accumulate 4000 hours of OJT and complete 5 terms of classes. Upon completion of these requirements you are eligible to take the appropriate state exam for your license.
  • Is it possible to get a “fee waiver” when applying for an Apprenticeship?
    Yes. An individual with an income below 150% of the federal poverty guideline may apply for a fee waiver.
  • What is the timeline for an applicant to be accepted into an electrical apprenticeship?
    This is not a “fast” or “quick” process. A minimum of 90 days is required to process an application, schedule and complete an aptitude test,  complete an oral interview and be placed on the ranked list of eligible to hire applicants.   Holidays, economic conditions and the need for apprentices in the electrical industry also affect this process.
  • What are the steps to be taken for acceptance into an electrical apprenticeship?
       1. Qualifying application.
       2. Qualifying Aptitude Test score.
       3. Completion of the Oral Interview.
       4. Posting to the ranked list of applicants for the apprenticeship applied for.
       5. Successful completion of the Basic Skills Class.
  • What is the “ranked list” of applicants?
    This is the list, for each apprenticeship, of all candidates who qualify for an electrical apprenticeship based on their oral interview scores.
  • What happens after I’m placed on the Ranked List of applicants?
    The apprenticeship will accept applicants off of the ranked list, starting with the top of the list, as needed to fulfill the needs of the electrical industry.
  • How will I be notified of my position on the Ranked List?
    You will receive written notification by mail of your ranked # on the list.
  • What will it cost to take the classes needed for the electrical apprenticeship?
    If accepted in an electrical apprenticeship you will qualify for a scholarship that will cover your classes and books. The details of this scholarship are discussed at the monthly orientations.
  • What happens after I’m accepted into an electrical apprenticeship?
    You will be notified of your acceptance and enrolled into a Basic Skills Class held at NIETC. You must complete the Basic Skills Class to be formally accepted into an electrical apprenticeship.
  • When I complete the Basic Skills Class what is the next step?
    You will be assigned to a NECA Contractor/Training Agent and will report to them upon completion of the Basic Skills Class.
  • Where will I be working after I’m assigned to a NECA Contractor/Training Agent?
    You will be working in the IBEW Local 48 Geographical jurisdiction. Please see “Geographical Area”.
  • What is the IBEW Local 48 Geographical Area?
    In Oregon the following counties: Clatsop, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Multnomah, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington and northern Yamhill counties.  In Washington the following counties; Cowlitz, Wahkaihum, Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties.
  • Where will I attend apprenticeship classes?
    The apprenticeship class are held at NIETC in Portland Oregon.
  • When are the apprenticeship classes held?
    The apprenticeship classes are held during the week from 7:30 am until 4 pm. You will attend one day a week for 10-11 weeks per term (depending on the term you attend). You will attend two alternating terms per year.
  • When are the Terms for the electrical apprenticeship?
    There are four terms every year at NIETC. Each term reflects a quarter of the year; Winter Term = January, February and March Spring Term = April, May and June. Summer Term = July August and September.  Fall Term = October, November and December.  The actual start and end dates may be in the previous or subsequent quarter.
  • Will I be working during my apprenticeship?
    Yes you will be working for the NECA Contractor you are assigned to. However you will not work on the days you have apprenticeship classes.
  • If I become an electrical apprentice will I be working 40 hours every week?
    There is no guarantee of a 40 hour work week. During classes you will miss one day of work each week. Due to working in the construction industry you may have “short weeks” and/or overtime weeks. IF you do not work you will not be paid.