What is Apprenticeship Training? 

Apprenticeship training is a form of education that incorporates workplace training with technical in-school training. Since 1972, National IEC has conducted apprenticeship training programs under standards approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Apprenticeship and Training.


What is IEC’s Apprenticeship Program for electricians?

The apprenticeship program is a combination of “classroom” and “on the job training” over a four year period of time. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of electrician. For completion, a minimum of 576 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 8,000 (documented) on the job training hours are required. Those apprentices, who satisfactorily complete the requirements, will be certified by the Apprenticeship and Training Committee. At the end of training, the apprentice receives a Completion Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.



What makes IEC’s program so successful?

  • 144 hours of classroom training per year with lectures, demonstrations, labs, homework, and a comprehensive final that must be passed prior to graduating to the next level.
  • 2,000 hours On-The-Job training per year (8,000 hours for all four years).
  • The nationally approved electrical curriculum is in use nationwide by nearly 10,000 electrical apprentices annually.
  • Dedicated professional staff and instructors are available to assist you in progressing through the apprenticeship program.
  • The Central Indiana IEC’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program has many certifications to assist the Central Indiana IEC in delivering a quality education, such as: 

Central Indiana IEC’s four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized by the US. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship & Training.

Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship

The Central Indiana’s IEC’s four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized by the Veterans Affairs so veterans can receive their VA benefits.

 Apprenticeship Recognized by Department of Veterans Affairs

The Central Indiana IEC’s four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized for 40 college credits from the American Council on Education (ACE).

 Apprenticeship recognized by American Council on Education

The Central Indiana’s IEC’s four year electrical apprenticeship program has been approved by the Workforce Investment Act for possible tuition assistance for qualifying apprentice.




Course outline

Below are links, (in .pdf format) of the course outlines to each year of the electrical apprenticeship program.  These outlines identify specifically what will be taught throughout the four year program:


With a growth rate in excess of 20% per year, IEC’s electrical apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming recognized as the premier electrical apprenticeship program in the industry.  Through this combination of education, training, and hands-on experience, students not only learn an understanding of theory, operation, and code, they also learn how to develop management and leadership skills.



What are the minimum requirements?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must be a High School Graduates or have successfully passed the GED equivalent. A copy of the high school transcript and transcripts of other specialized education will be required.
  • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license or other form of government issued ID
  • The applicant must have their own reliable transportation to the employer’s place of business and/or job site and to the place where job related instruction is conducted.
  • The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the trade.
  • In the four year period, applicants must attend a minimum of 576 hours of classroom instruction at night without compensation and a minimum of 8,000 hours (documented) in an on the job training program supervised by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee.
  • Applicants must complete the apprenticeship application and pass a basic math and reading test. You can follow this link for a practice math test:
  • Practice Math Test


How do I apply? 

Registration and courses follow the typical school year cycle. Registration is typically held in June/July, with classes being conducted between August – May.

To inquire about our Apprenticeship Program, please contact us at (317) 562-1102 or You will receive our information manual upon request with information on tuition and additional requirements. Once you have reviewed our requirements and still wish to proceed, call to schedule an appointment. 

Appointments during this registration period are by appointment only, Monday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm. 

At registration, you should bring with you: 

  • Your driver’s license or government-issued ID
  • A copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Your $200 deposit to guarantee your spot in the class
  • Current employment with an electrical contractor, or plans to do so within 30 days of class starting to remain eligible for the program

Applicant should be prepared to take the aforementioned basic math and reading test. This is a paper test that will be graded on site at the time of the registration.  


Class dates will be announced after registration closes. 

26 Responses to “Apprenticeship”

    • Hi Dustin!

      While we have Member Contractors that we work with, we don’t handle employment directly. We’re are responsible for the teaching aspect of the program. If you would like, I can send you more information about our program in general, and give you the contact information to our Member Contractors, but gaining employment is upon the apprentice. As far as pay goes, it depends on the contractor that you’re working with. You would be working full time, and then come to classes one night a week for four hours.

    • Good morning!

      I will send you some information via email. If you don’t see it shortly, be sure to check your spam folder!

  1. I recently purchased a house in the area, and will be moving this coming week. Would love to get involved in this program!

    • Hi Todd!

      Welcome to the area! We’re glad that you’re interested in the program. Once you’re here, be sure to email or call (317) 562-1102 for more information. We have an accelerated program in December, and our regular program that begins in August. We’d love to have you!

  2. I’ve been looking into becoming a union electrician for years now. I’m currently employed in the construction field. I’m looking for any and all information I can get to get the ball rolling on this as my cousins down south who area in the trade told me it’s a great time to get in.

    • Hi Mike!

      Thank you for the comment! We are actually INDEPENDENT Electrical Contractors, so we are not affiliated with the union. And your cousins are right! With the labor shortage, there’s never been a better time to get an education and get into the trade! I will send you information regarding our program and registration.

  3. Hello, I’m retiring from the military in a couple of years and would like to start a second career as an electrician, I am very interested in your program and wondering if you can provide any information on the difference between your school and the IBEW Electrical Training Institute, other than they are a 5 year program and you are a 4 year program?

    • Hello!

      Thank you for your comment! I’ll go ahead and send you some information via email about our apprenticeship program and it differs from others.

    • Good morning Mary,

      I just sent you one of our brochures with last year’s tuition included! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  4. My son will be transitioning out of the military soon and would make an exceptional lineman. Please forward information about the IEC apprenticeship program. Thank you.

    • Hi Andrew!

      I just sent you an email with our info packet. Please feel free to email or call me directly if you have any questions!

    • Good morning Garrett,

      Thank you for your interest in our apprenticeship program!
      I just sent you our info packet to your email. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

    • Good morning Brandon,

      We just sent you our info packet. If you have any questions about the material, please feel free to contact me!

  5. I’m interested in the apprenticeship program. If there is any way to get any more information sent to me through email then that would be really appreciated. Thank you for your time!

    • Hi Brandon,

      I just sent you our information packet. If you have any questions on the material, please feel free to contact me!

    • Good morning Kurt,

      Thank you for your interest! I just sent you our information packet. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

  6. I am currently working in a warehouse and I am looking for a career change into the electrician field. Would you happen to have any information on local employers that are hiring new apprentices that are starting in your program?

    • Good morning Andrew!

      I just sent you our information packet to your email. In it includes our current contractor member list. I would suggest reaching out to contractors and getting some experience before enrolling for our 2018-2019 school year in August. If you need any clarification or have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

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