Qualifications for Apprenticeship
- You must be 18 years of age or older
- You must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License Permit in order to take the NJATC Aptitude Test
- You must receive a qualifying score on the NJATC Aptitude Test and be physically fit
- Upon completion of the above qualifications you will be scheduled for a personal interview
- You must be willing to work away from home anywhere within your local union jurisdiction and occasionally beyond.
- You must learn to climb.
- You will be required to furnish your own climbing tools.
- You must be able to function as a part of a highly skilled team, dependent on each other for safety and achievement.
- You should like the outdoors.
- You should like working with your head and your hands; the work is sometimes hazardous and strenuous.
- You should have “perseverance” in order to complete your training program. (Once in this work for a year, virtually all apprentices say they are enthusiastic about the work and would not do any other kind of work.)
IBEW Partnership with NEAT
NEAT is fully funded and operated through a unique labor-management partnership between regional contractors of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and local unions of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.).
The Northeastern Apprentice Training Program
The Northeastern Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Outside Electrical Industry provides apprentice linemen the following training program:
- On-the-job training: a minimum of 7,000 hours total, over approximately 3 1/2 years.
- Off-the-job training: 144 hours minimum for each year of apprenticeship.
- The program is seven periods. Each period is clearly defined as to subject matter and hours of training required.
- Off-the-job training provides basic theoretical and “how-to” knowledge. It supports on-the-job training as both progress in scope and difficulty. Study of your at-home course materials will give you the knowledge and the confidence to be effective - and safe - in the field.
*College credit is available to graduates of the apprenticeship program, who can receive 25 semester hours of college credit through the American Council on Education that can be applied toward continued college education.
Steps To Become an Apprentice?
STEP 1: Please obtain a Commercial Driver’s License Permit
STEP 2: Apply at Neat1968.org