The application window for the 2020 Modified NIETC Electrical Training Alliance Pre-Apprenticeship is closed.

We canceled our Summer 2020 ETAP due to COVID-19. We are running a modified online/limited lab-time ETAP in the fall of 2020, with people who are already on the ranked list of eligible candidates.

Check back in Spring 2021 for information about a Summer 2021 ETAP.

Check out other pre-apprenticeship program options here:

Program Information and Application Requirements

Population served: Women, people of color, veterans, spouses of veterans, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals.

For the Fall 2020 Modified ETAP, requirements also include: as of June 12, 2020, ranked 100 – 300 on the Inside Electrician list, or 25 – 100 on the Limited Energy list. Being on the ranked list means that within the past 2 years you applied to one of our apprenticeship programs, scored a 5 or higher on the Electrical Training Alliance aptitude test, interviewed, and are ranked on our eligible to hire list.

9/02/20 – 9/30/20: Unpaid online math review course: self-paced

10/02/20 – 11/06/20: M-F, 7 AM – 3 PM; Unpaid classroom and lab instruction

11/09/20 – 11/20/20: Paid on-the-job experience

At NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center staff discretion, successful graduates of the pre-apprenticeship will earn Direct Entry on 11/23. Graduates may select the Inside Electrician or the Limited Energy Technician Program.


In 2015 the Department of Labor solicited applications for a grant under the American apprenticeship Initiative. The initiative intended to be a catalyst in supporting a uniquely American Apprenticeship system that meets our country’s economic and workforce needs. The Electrical Training Alliance was awarded the federal grant to identify pre-apprentices and equip them for entry into new careers in high-paying occupations in the electrical industry.

The US Department of Labor has been the funding source for this pre-apprenticeship program since 2015.

Program Purpose

The primary focus of the NIETC Electrical Training Alliance Pre-Apprenticeship Program is to provide apprenticeship opportunities to communities who have traditionally been under-represented in the electrical industry. 

ETAP curriculum aligns with the Electrical Training Alliance’s national curriculum, as well as lab exercises corresponding to industry norms.

During the course the participant will be able to demonstrate:

  • Adherence to the attendance policy
  • Work ethic in the classroom, labs, and on the job
  • Follow safety protocols
  • Navigate and use the on-line coursework
  • Complete homework assignments on time
  • Comply with drug testing
  • Appropriate attire for classroom and the job-site

Participants will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Math and algebra skills
  • Identification of tools and materials
  • Working with tools safely and efficiently
  • Reading & drawing electrical circuits
  • Wiring electrical circuits according to drawings
  • Hand fabricating electrical conduit runs
  • Installing & terminating low-voltage cabling

“We have been very happy with the etA pre-apprentice program, finding potential applicants that likely wouldn’t have applied to the apprentice program. Most of the pre-apprentices are extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn about the trade and get enough experience during the program to make them a competitive applicant and ultimately a successful apprentice.”

-Rod Belisle, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center -Training Director

The Oregon-Columbia, Chapter, NECA and it’s affiliated electrical contractor members are extremely pleased with the efforts and results of our pre-apprenticeship program which continues to strengthen not only our commitment to diversity, but our resolve to make the electrical construction industry all inclusive.

-Timothy Gauthier, Oregon-Columbia Chapter -Director

“The NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center is fortunate to have been selected as a grant recipient to run this pre-apprenticeship. The ten-week program provides a mutual student-trade compatibility assessment between the instructors and the student. Those who graduate have truly proven their grit and passion for the trade. The program allows us to strengthen our membership by providing exposure and opportunity to individuals who are typically not represented in our industry.”

– Bridget Quinn, NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center – Workforce Development Coordinator

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