Pre-Apprenticeship FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to FAQ about the FALL 2020 Modified ETAP. For general FAQ, please scroll past this section.

Common Questions about the FALL 2020 Modified ETAP:

Q.  How many students will be accepted into the Fall 2020 ETAP?

  • With social distancing requirements in place, we can accommodate 12 students.

Q.  Why is this program only open to people on the ranked list?

  • Because of the COVID outbreak, we were not going to hold a pre-app at all this year and canceled the summer program which did not have the added requirement of being on the ranked list.
    Because the program is grant-funded we did not want to lose that funding so we decided to hold a very small, modified pre-apprenticeship that would allow us to maintain social distancing guidelines and reduce the need for the public to enter our building which is closed to the public.
    The bulk of the pre-apprenticeship has been math review for preparation for the required Electrical Training Alliance aptitude test, and our math teacher is unavailable in the fall. If someone is on our ranked list it means that they have already passed the aptitude test and do not need that prep.

Q. I have applied to and qualified for the Inside Electrician and/or Limited Energy program in the past. Do I need to turn in my qualifying transcripts again for the modified Fall 2020 ETAP?

  • No. You have met the minimum qualifications and we have your transcripts on file.

Q.  Will there be a Summer 2021 ETAP that has not been modified to include the ranked list requirement?

  • The US Department of Labor has grant funding available through August 2021. It is possible that we will hold a 2021 ETAP in the summer, but because of the uncertainty of the times, we advise that you monitor the website for future developments.

Q.  What wages will be paid for the on-the-job experience?

  • Pay-period 1 wages will be paid dependent on which program the pre-apprentice earns entry into. The current pay-period 1 wage for Inside Electrician is $19.14/hr and the current pay-period 1 wage for Limited Energy Technician is $19.44/hr.

Q.  What steps are the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center has established recommended protocols to help prevent the spread of infection. This includes health surveys, hand-hygiene practice, the wearing of face coverings or masks, reduced class size to maintain distancing guidelines, and classroom/lab/tool sterilization practices. For information on jobsite protocols please visit the IBEW Local 48 website: 

Q. Why is the pre-apprenticeship only open to certain demographics?

  • The pre-apprenticeship is made possible through a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor whose goals are to address the unique needs of the American workforce and population. The demographics served have been historically under-represented within the electrical industry. Our population is becoming increasingly diverse and we are facing a shortage of workers in our industry.

Q. I meet the ranked list requirements. How do I qualify as a low-income applicant?

  • See US Department of Health and Human Services. To prove your gross annual income, submit one of these items:- Current income statement from an employer or paycheck stub (at least 3 most recent consecutive months)
    – 2018 state, federal, or Tribal tax return
    – Unemployment or Worker’s Compensation statement of benefits
    – Federal or Tribal notice letter of participation in General Assistance
    – See US Department of Health and Human Services.

Q. I meet the ranked list requirements. How do I qualify as a disability applicant?

  • Please submit signed documentation from medical provider of disability and necessary accommodation. This documentation must be dated within 5 years.

The following FAQ apply to our standard, non-modified ETAP program:

Q. I am 17 years old but meet all other eligibility requirements – may I still apply?

  • You must be 18 years or older by August 14, 2020 so that you can begin work.

Q. I am a High School senior and will be graduating in June but will not have my diploma by the application deadline. What can I do?

  • Please submit a letter from your school indicating that you are on track to graduate from High School with at least a 2.0 GPA and a full year of Algebra with a C or better. The completed transcript will be required at the time of your interview.


Q. My transcript shows half a year of Algebra with a B and half a year of Algebra with a D. Will this be averaged to equal a full year with a C or better?

  • No. You must have achieved a C or better for each class.

Q. My transcript shows Calculus, but not Algebra – will this qualify?

  • No, Algebra must be reflected on your transcript.

Aptitude Testing

Q. If I go through the pre-apprenticeship will I still have to pass the aptitude test?

  • Yes. Passing the aptitude test is a state requirement for entry into the Inside and Limited Energy Programs. 

Q. I have already passed the NJATC aptitude test. Do I need to re-test?

  • Aptitude test scores are valid for 2 years. If your test score expires prior to the last day of the ETAP classroom training you will be scheduled to re-test. 

Q. I achieved a qualifying score on the NJATC aptitude test with another IBEW Local – can I use those test results?

  • Yes, once accepted into the pre-apprenticeship please have the other Local email your test scores to Monica Hosler at

Q. What happens if I get accepted into the pre-apprenticeship but I do not pass the aptitude test?

  • You may re-test in six months. We encourage you to work as a material handler until you are eligible to re-test.

Attendance Policies

Q. Is 100% attendance required? I have a vacation/wedding/graduation/etc planned.

  • Attendance is critical. Pre-apprentices are required to attend all classroom training and On-the-Job Training. Documentation of any attendance or tardy related issue is encouraged (tow receipt, doctor’s note, etc.)

Absences during Classroom Training: Three absences are allowed over the duration of the classroom training.

1st Absence: Verbal Warning
2nd Absence: Written Warning
3rd Absence: Written Warning
4th Absence: Termination

Absences during On-the-Job Training: One absence per 80 hours of OJT experience.
1st Absence: Written Warning
2nd Absence: Termination

Tardies during Classroom Training: Tardy means arriving up to 2 hours late to class in the morning, from break, from lunch, and/or leaving up to 2 hours early. Students with incomplete homework can be sent to a lab to finish it and will be tardy or absent as applicable. Over 2 hours is an absence. Two tardies are allowed. Three equate to an absence.
1st Tardy: Verbal Warning
2nd Tardy: Written Warning
3rd Tardy: Counted as an Absence and the above rules apply

Tardies during On-the-Job Training: This will vary per contractor policy. Repeated tardiness could be cause for termination.

Direct Entry

Q. Can you explain how Direct Entry works?

  • Pre-apprentices who successfully complete all classwork, demonstrate a good attitude, attendance, and aptitude for the trade, and receive favorable reports for their two weeks of on-the-job training will be considered for direct entry into the Inside Electrician or Limited Energy program. This offer expires after 180 days. All application requirements must be met. Think of the pre-apprenticeship as a ten-week interview.

Q. Do you offer successful pre-apprenticeship graduates Direct Entry into the Limited Residential Program?

  • No, Direct Entry is only available for the Inside Electrician and Limited Energy Technician Programs.

Q. If I do not pass the aptitude test the first time but pass it six months later, will I still get direct entry?

  • The direct entry offer expires 180 days after completion of the pre-apprenticeship. This provides time to re-test and accept the direct entry offer. If you do not pass again you will need to wait six months, go through the general application process – apply, aptitude test again, interview, and rank.

Q. Is it still possible to test out of first term and get placed into 2nd term?

  • No, we no longer offer this as an option. We have eliminated first term classes from the pre-apprenticeship curriculum so that we can focus on basic skills and make more time for hands-on training in the lab.


Q. If I go through the pre-apprenticeship and am later accepted into the apprenticeship, will I displace anyone on the ranked list?

  • No. ETAP students do not displace any applicants. We have a projected number of new classes (boot camps) that we are going to take for the year, and we take those off of the ranked list. Those classes are paid for by NIETC (the resources, instructor, etc). The pre-apprenticeship is completed funded through a Department of Labor grant and not paid for by the NIETC, and the pre-apprentices are not merged onto the ranked list.

Q. I have applied to one of your programs in the past. Do I need to turn in my qualifying transcripts again?

  • Yes, you will need to submit a new set of qualifying documents 

Q. Will there be homework?

  • Yes, there will be occasional homework, and pre-apprentices are encouraged to study on their own time in preparation for the aptitude test. Tutoring is available for pre-apprentices at the Training Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Q. Is there any financial assistance available beyond the $500 stipend?

  • We recognize that the unpaid pre-apprenticeship program may present a hardship to some applicants. WorkSource and 211 are community resources that may be able to provide assistance. To locate a WorkSource center in Oregon visit To locate a center in Washington visit 211 can be reached by visiting, by dialing 211, by emailing, or by texting your zip code to 898211.
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