Need educational guidance

JanimanMarch 27, 2013

I,m new in this industry. I,m an electrician apprentice. I perform assigned tasks under the supervision of an electrician. I,m learning things very slowly. I want to earn a good income and want to become a professional electrician. My question is: What education and training is required to become a professional electrician.

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Ron Natalie

What municipality are you in?

Check with the local community college. They will often have the courses you need to study for the certification exams.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 4:26AM
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It ALL depends on where you are.
In NYS for instance there are literally NO qualifications or requirements to be an electrician in much of the state.
On the contrary, in MA and CT the requirements are many and you also require continuing education throughout your career.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 7:05AM
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I live in Anaheim CA.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 1:51PM
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Ron Natalie

Here is a link to the California page on licensure procedure.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 27, 2013 at 3:34PM
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Think about a union apprenticeship through the IBEW. The classes are free- the only costs incurred are buying books. You'll save thousands of dollars and complete an apprenticeship which is recognized by state and federal government. Some 'trade schools' charge $10k+ for 6 or 12 month course and give a 'certificate' which essentially means nothing to employers. Becoming a journeyman -electrician or other skilled trades- gives the opportunity to earn decent money without going to college and all the associated debt. Good luck with school and stay safe in the field- I'll get off my soapbox now :)

Here's a link from the site giving info and wages- looks like a first year apprentice makes $15.82

Here is a link that might be useful: Orange County electrical apprenticeship

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 8:50AM
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The IBEW apprenticeship (JATC) also includes (here in Indy at least) an associates degree at a local community college. It is paid for by your employer. As stated before, the only cost to you is books and 5 years of your time. Well worth the investment.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 10:58PM
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