What is the Best Way to Become an Electrical Apprentice?
How to Become an Electrical Apprentice: The Electrical Industry is a wonderful place to be – everybody needs it on a daily basis.
Electrical Apprenticeship Programs
Electrical Question: What is the best way to enter the Electrical field in an apprentice school, with paid training?
There are many opportunities to enter Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs which are available through the Federal Government, State Government, and Local Community Education Programs.
I personally grew up in an electrician’s family where my Dad taught me the electrical trade and helped get me started, however during my career I expanded my electrical education in several areas to enable me to become qualified for other positions within the electrical industry. Below are several examples of how to gain experience and education as an electrician and participate in an electrical apprenticeship program.
How to Become an Electrical Apprentice
Federal Government Apprenticeship Programs
The United States Department of Labor is a great place to find information about apprenticeship programs that are available, and grants that may be available.
Find out more about The Department of Labor and the Apprenticeship USA
State and Local Government Apprenticeship Programs
Each state has various apprenticeship programs that are available for electrician training for the electrical trade.
Here is an example of the The California Apprenticeship Program
Here is an example of the The New York Apprenticeship Program
Occupational Programs for Students
Local colleges offer training programs for careers within the construction industry working through Local Occupational Centers where students receive Hands On Training, which is a great place to gain experience and basic education before entering a formal apprenticeship program.
Here is an example of the List of Approved Schools for the California Department of Industrial Relations
Educational Programs for Youth
Local communities offer educational programs through clubs and organizations that provide youth and students the opportunity to begin developing their understanding and education in many areas of life they may choose to become involved in.
Here is an example of the The Future Farmers of America Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems Program
Here is an example of the The Programs Available through Local 4?H Clubs
Note: Local programs provide great educational opportunities, community involvement, as well as competitive events and achievement rewards that can be beneficial for a future career.
The Rewards of Electrical Training
The benefits of an electrical apprenticeship training program are great and the training is superior. I have personally received training through such programs and I am very satisfied with the electrical industry as a career.
The Electrical Industry is a wonderful occupation everybody needs electricity on a daily basis. I’ve met so many other people in the trades who wished they had become an electrician. When other trades are out of work, we keep busy – and with the advancing technologies and energy efficiency I think the future will be awesome!
Find your place in the electrical construction and maintenance industry and go for it, I think you’ll find it very rewarding!
More about How to Become an Electrician
Learn about the National Electrical Code
Electrical Wiring Codes
Home Electrical Codes
Electrical Code Directory covering AFCI circuit, electrical-boxes, electrical-circuit, electrical-code-outlets, electrical GFCI, electrical-grounding, electrical-project, electrical-services, electrical-underground, electrical-wiring, electrical-wiring-code, lighting-codes and smoke-detectors.
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wiring!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester, [amazon.com], I use for the detection of Standard Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
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