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    Hampton Roads JATC APPLICATION PROCESS

    Step 1: ONLINE APPLICATION

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    To start electrical training, you must first apply by completing an application form.  You can complete an application online at any time. Click on the tab above "APPLY HERE"

    Step 2: FOLLOW-UP APPLICATION APPOINTMENT

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    Once you complete the online portion of the application process, our office will follow-up and call to schedule an in-person meeting to turn in the required documents, pay a processing fee, and sign the completed application. If you have questions, please call us at 757-875-1744 during office hours, which are 8am - 4:30pm. 

    In order to apply, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

    1.  Age - Must be at least 17 years old to apply & 18 years of age to participate if selected.

    2.  Education - Must have ONE of the following:  a. High School Diploma  b. GED (full credit in Algebra I or successful completion of a Tech Math course);*Provide a sealed official transcript (not diplomas) for high school and post-high school education and training.  If applicable, GED records must be submitted.  The Aptitude Test will not be scheduled until we have received the transcripts.

    3.  Valid Driver's License

    4. Processing Fee - $25.00; payable by Money Order or Cashier’s Check payable to HRJATC at the time of the in-person application process.

    5.  Other Requirements - Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States and live within the area covered by Local Union 1340.

    This is a Web-Based program - Applicants must have a valid email address.  Accepted Applicants are required to have access to the internet and a computer to bring to class.

    Step 3: APTITUDE TEST

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    Once a completed application is submitted, we will schedule you for an aptitude test.  The aptitude test covers two proficiencies, reading comprehension and mathematics (Algebra based).  In order to move to the next step (interview), a qualifying score is required.  The Aptitude Test is scored using the Stanine Scoring method ("standard nine"). A stanine score is a way to scale scores on a nine-point scale (0-9). An applicant must earn a four (4) or better to move to the next step of the acceptance process.  Anyone not receiving a qualifying score can re-take the Aptitude Test three (3) months from the last test.

    We recommend that our applicants utilize ElectricPrep, a website that provides voluntary online courses specifically crafted for individuals who want to practice their math and reading comprehension skills before taking the aptitude test.  Courses offered include a mathematics refresher, reading comprehension, interview skills and an introduction to the electrical industry.  However, there is a fee involved (which we do not see a penny of).  If you can't afford these prep courses, we recommend that individuals prepare themselves for the math portion of the aptitude test by utilizing Khan Academy's a free math course for Algebra 1.

    If you meet the basic requirements, you will be scheduled to take the Electrical Training Alliance  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 three (3) months must elapse before you may retake the test. The three month rule remains in effect after each subsequent retake of the test.

    PLEASE NOTE: WILLFUL ATTEMPTS TO VIOLATE THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION.

    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

    Step 4: INTERVIEW

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    If you score a 4 or higher on our aptitude test you will be invited to attend the next regularly scheduled oral interview.  It is recommended that the applicant arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the interview session.  All applicants must be present and accounted for prior to their assigned time slot.  The overall interview session will last approximately 2.5 hours, so please plan accordingly.  While the overall session may last hours, the actual interview will only last between 10 - 15 minutes.


    Feb 09, 2023
    QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS If I do not score well on the tests, can I take them again? Yes, you may take the test battery again after a period of three (3) months has elapsed from your most recent test date. Are there any penalties for guessing on the tests? No, there are no penalties for guessing.
    Nov 12, 2019
    FOR YOUR INFORMATION: These tests are validated for use by sponsors of IBEW/NECA electrical apprenticeship programs. They have been developed to assist in the selection of apprentices for the respective apprenticeship programs.
    Feb 09, 2023
    Aptitude Test Study Material APTITUDE TEST: Applicants to the Hampton Roads JATC program must achieve a score of “4” or higher on the electrical industry aptitude test battery. Developed and Validated by the American Institutes for Research.
    Feb 09, 2023
    REMINDERS FOR APPLICANTS For optimal test performance, get a good night’s rest and eat a nutritious meal prior to taking the tests Report to the test center early. It is a good idea to arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before the scheduled testing time. On your scheduled test day, remember to bring a photo ID with you to the testing center.


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