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 to 5 pm. There is a question and answer session at the end of the Orientation Seminar.
What are the steps to be taken for acceptance into an electrical apprenticeship?
Qualifying Aptitude Test score.
Completion of the Oral Interview.
Posting to the ranked list of applicants for the apprenticeship applied for.
Are there any fees required to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
Yes. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for the Inside and Limited Energy apprenticeships. Currently there is no fee to apply for the Limited Residential apprenticeship.
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. Showing a food assistance card is the simplest way to prove this.
How can I apply for entrance into an electrical apprenticeship?
You can apply in person at NIETC during open application periods.
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.
Can I apply online for an electrical apprenticeship?
No. You must apply in person at NIETC.
Can I apply for more than one program?
You should apply for the program from which you plan to graduate. Applying for multiple programs is discouraged.
How long does it take to fill out the application?
Allow time for waiting in line. Most applicants spend 30-45 minutes filling out the application. The application is 2 pages and will ask for dates for education and employment history.
May I take my application home?
You may remove the application from the building as long as it is returned by 3 pm on the same day.
May I have help filling out the application?
No, you are required to fill out your own application.
What do I need to bring when I come to apply?
Only items required to meet the qualifications of the chosen program. Resumes, letters of recommendation, photos and any other items for the interview committee should be brought to the actual interview. You will also need to bring photo I.D. and the application fee, if applicable.
I would like to add a cover letter and letters of reference to my application. To whom should these be addressed?
Only attach qualifying documents to your application. There is no limit to how many letters you bring to your interview. You may address letters to “Apprentice Selection Committee”. They will all be returned or recycled at the completion of your oral interview.
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 is the “ranked list” of applicants?
This is the list, for each apprenticeship, of all candidates who qualify based on their oral interview scores.
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 happens after I’m placed on the ranked list of applicants?
The apprenticeship will accept applicants for Basic Skills class from the ranked list, starting with #1, as needed to fulfill the needs of the electrical industry.
Is it possible to check my current rank online?
No. The only way is to email the training center (click here) for your updated rank. Please only do so if you know that something has occured to affect your rank, such as the start of a new Basic Skills class or interviews of new applicants.
After 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 work the following week after Basic Skills class.
Age and Residency
Is there an age requirement to apply for an apprenticeship at NIETC?
Not to apply, but you must be 18 years old at the time you are invited to enter an electrical apprenticeship.
What are the residency requirements to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
You must be a U.S. Citizen or have the right to work in the U.S.
Transcripts and Minimum Qualifications
What level of education is required to apply for an electrical apprenticeship?
High School or College is acceptable. In both cases, transcripts are required as documentation for at least one of the following items:
High School Graduate with at least a 2.0 GPA (graduation date must be reflected on transcripts).
Qualifying GED score (see program requirements).
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).
Please see our program information and requirements for more information.
Is there any math requirement necessary to apply?
Yes. The math requirement can be met by documenting one of the following:
“C” grade for one full year of high school algebra.
Equivalent course in college level algebra (Oregon: Math 65, Washington: Math 90).
Math placement test from an accredited school that places you beyond HS algebra (Compass test placement at Math 95 or higher).
What if I was home schooled?
Your transcripts must be from an accredited school; otherwise you will need to take a GED test.
What is an “Accredited School”?
A school accredited by a State Education Agency.
I graduate shortly after you take applications; may I still apply?
No, you must meet the minimum education requirements at the time of application.
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.
My school no longer exists and I do not have my transcripts. What can I do?
You will need to contact your school district and request a copy of your transcripts. If you are unable to get them, you will need to take the GED test.
My transcripts are in another language.
Your transcripts will need to be translated and notarized; we recommend IRCO (503) 234-1541. Because foreign transcripts will likely not use a GPA that aligns with the U.S. standard, we generally will accept completion of secondary school or college/university. You will still need to meet the math requirement for the program you choose.
Will I be able to have my transcripts reviewed at the time of application?
No. The office can review your transcripts on a day other than application day.
If I didn’t achieve a 2.0 GPA in HS, how can I bring up my GPA?
Every 3-credit college class in which you earn an A or a B will raise your GPA by .05. Transcripts from both high school and the college classes will be required.
If I got a D and a B in Algebra, which makes a C average, will I qualify?
No, to meet the minimum math requirement you must receive a C or better for one full year.
I have a degree; can I bring that transcript instead of the HS transcript?
Yes, as long as it reflects that you meet all of the minimum program requirements.
If I applied in the past, do I still need to bring in all new documents?
Yes. You will need to bring another copy of your qualifying documents.
I have passed the aptitude test through another JATC. Will I have to retest?
Not if it has been passed within the last 2 years with a score of 5 or higher. Make sure you identify the program on the application, then simply call your previous JATC and ask them to email a copy of the score to Monica Hosler at .
What do I bring to the interview?
All documents such as resumes, letters of recommendation, photos etc. that were not submitted at application. Please bring only one copy of your documents. They will be reviewed and returned or recycled at the conclusion of the interview.
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.
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 Local 48 for area covered.
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 the variable nature of working in the construction industry, you may have “short weeks” and/or overtime weeks. If you do not work, you will not be paid.
School and Program Information
Where will I attend apprenticeship classes?
The apprenticeship classes are held at NIETC in Portland, Oregon.
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 need to accumulate 8000 hours of OJT and complete 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 duration of the Limited Energy Apprenticeship program?
The LE-A apprenticeship is 3½ years in duration. During these 3½ 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 duration of the Limited Residential Apprenticeship program?
The Limited Residential apprenticeship is 2½ years in duration. During these 2½ 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.
What will it cost to take the classes needed for the electrical apprenticeship?
If accepted into an electrical apprenticeship you will qualify for a scholarship that will cover the cost of your classes and books. The details of this scholarship are discussed at the monthly orientation.
When are the apprenticeship classes held?
The apprenticeship classes are held during the week from 7:00 am until 3:30 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 school 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.
Do I get paid for the hours that I am in class?
No. However, IBEW Local 48 has a fund that will provide you with a check for $300 after each completed term, not to exceed $600 in one calendar year.
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.
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, Wahkiakum, Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties.
What documents do I bring if I am reapplying?
All qualifying documents of the chosen program must be resubmitted at time of application.
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
16021 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230