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  • The Application Process
    Updated On: Feb 40, 2023

    To apply for the electrical apprenticeship program, you must first complete an online application. Your application will be evaluated to determine whether or not you meet the local program’s basic requirements. Minimum requirements for local JATCs may include any of the following:

    • Minimum age requirement is 18 (You can apply at 17 but can't start the apprenticeship until you're 18)
    • Show evidence of successful completion of one full year of high school algebra with a passing grade, or one post high school algebra course with a passing grade.
    • Be at least a high school graduate, or have a GED, or in lieu of a high school diploma or GED, have a two-year Associate Degree or higher
    • Provide an official transcript for high school and post high school education and training. If applicable, GED records must be submitted

    Minimum requirements can be waived if you have been working in the electrical construction industry for 4000 hours  (you must provide undisputable documentation of work hour experience).

    If you meet the basic requirements, you will be scheduled to take the NJATC aptitude test battery — if required. The test battery consists of two tests. It will take approximately two and a half hours to complete. The number of items and the amount of time allotted for each test are shown on the following page.

    Name of Test Number of Items Number of Minutes
    Algebra and Functions 33 46
    Reading Comprehension 36 51

    You will take a short break between the Algebra and Functions Test and the Reading Comprehension Test.

    Approximately 24 to 48 hours after you take the test battery, your local JATC will receive the results. They will subsequently notify you concerning the disposition of your application. A full six (6) months must elapse before you may retake the test. The six month rule remains in effect after each subsequent retake of the test.


    If you obtain a qualifying score on the test battery, you will be scheduled for an oral interview. You will be interviewed by a committee representing both NECA and the IBEW. Based on the interview, and a review of your qualifications, you will receive an overall ranking. Your name will be placed on an eligibility list for one (1) year. As new positions become available in the apprenticeship program, names will be taken off the respective eligibility list in order of the ranking score. If you are not selected to begin an apprenticeship during that one-year period, you will need to reapply if you are still interested.

    Some apprenticeship programs have additional basic

    requirements such as drug testing, a physical examination, security background check, or a valid driver’s license.


    We recognize and comply with our obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities.

    If you are a person with a physical or mental impairment (including learning disabilities) that you believe may affect your ability to complete any aspect of the application process (including testing), and if you need an accommodation to ensure that the test battery accurately measures your skills and abilities, you must notify the AJATC/JATC before, or as soon as you are scheduled to take the NJATC aptitude test battery.

    Accommodation requests given on the test day CANNOT be addressed that day. In most cases, you will need to provide:

    • Documentation of your disability, and
    • Documentation of the need for a particular accommodation.
    • Your request will be considered promptly.


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