Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is an Electrician?
An electrician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with this knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of building facilities. Thus, the electrician performs a service, which enables the consumer to use electrical energy for such purposes as lighting, heating and the operation of electrical equipment, motors, control systems and appliances. Through this combination of education, training, and hands-on experience, students not only learn a skilled trade but also build a career. The current electrical workforce is aging and the need for skilled electricians is constant. Jobs for experienced electricians are always available.
If you're seriously interested in becoming a skilled and licensed journeyman electrician, apprenticeship training is the proven method to reach your goal. Years of field experience enhances your practical knowledge but does not substitute for registered apprenticeship training.
The electrician apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom and on the job training over a four-year period. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of electrician.
The Independent Electrical Contractors, FECC, Inc. Chapter provides you with the proper education to prepare you to step into this greatly needed profession.
For more information on the career opportunities and benefits of an IEC-FECC education, call IEC-FECC at 561-697-4893.
What does it take to become an electrician?
To qualify to take the license exam to become a Journeyman electrician, an individual must have a combination of 4 years of apprentice experience (8,000 hours on-the-job training), and at least 180 hours of classroom training.
What is apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship prepares you for a successful career in the electrical field. Upon completion of the program, you will be a knowledgeable electrician ready to pass the journeyman's exam and be a licensed electrical journey worker.
What are the minimum requirements?
Must be 18 years of age
DL or State ID
A copy of a high school diploma/GED equivalent or transcript will be required.
Proof of residency, if not a U.S Citizen
Be able read and write English
Be able to perform high school math
Able to perform the functions of the trade
Be able to get to and from work and school
This apprenticeship program does not discriminate based on race, color, gender, ethnic status or national origin.
How long is the program?
The program is 4 years in length which includes:
8000 or more hours of continuous on-the-job-training
Recommended 576 hours of related classroom training
How can IEC-FECC help me find a job as an apprentice?
A major benefit of IEC-FECC is our large network of mostly local electrical contractors in South East Florida. IEC-FECC is a trade association in addition to being an educational institution. Apply here for assistance.
When do classes start at IEC-FECC for NEW apprentice students?
Open Enrollment for New students (“First Year Apprentices”) is held mid-June through mid-July of each year. New students will begin their first year of classroom training at IEC-FECC in August of each year. The year ends in either May or June of the following year. There are two semesters per school year.
In addition to the August start, IEC-FECC has a LATE START program for First-Year Students ONLY. Enrollment for the Late Start program opens in mid-September of each year and will close the last Friday in September.
How to apply to the program
If you are already working as an electrical apprentice, OR you are an electrical contractor trying to register one of your apprentices for schooling, please continue down to “How to Register” below and follow those instructions.
How to Register
Select one of these options:
1st year Apprentices Application (w/a sponsoring contractor): 1st year Apprenticeship Application
Sponsoring Contractor Re-enrollment for 1st-4th year students: Sponsoring Contractor Re-enrollment form
Where are classes held?
Due to the current pandemic, the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year classes will be held online via Zoom.
Note: Once back in the classroom, there are 2 classroom locations:
Florida Training Services, Inc.
8011 Monetary Drive, B-1
Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Palm Beach State College
4200 Congress Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
What is the cost of program?
There is no cost to the apprentice for instruction fees as instruction is paid by your employer each year. You may have a cost for books per year, and for tools for your first year.
Can I use Financial Aid to pay for apprenticeship?
No. Your employer pays the instruction fee per year.
Is the curriculum nationally recognized?
The IEC 4-Year Electrical Apprenticeship Program is based on the IEC Nationally approved USDOL Curriculum.
Do you accept transfers from other electrical apprenticeship programs?
Yes, however you will be tested so we can determine your skill level coming in. We also ask you to provide a transcript from your school, a certificate of completion and any OJT hours you worked while in that program. IEC-FECC reserves the right to determine your placement upon entrance into our program.
Who are the instructors?
IEC-FECC prides itself on the passion and talents of our instructors.
Our instructors are dedicated to teaching students and shaping them into highly skilled, highly trained, and highly motivated electricians. As licensed electricians themselves, they bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom which help our students develop an interest and understanding for the real-life applications and impacts of their skilled trade. Quite a few of our instructors own their own successful electrical contracting companies.
What is the curriculum for each year of training?
The entire four years of the curriculum can be viewed here.