Frequently Asked Questions
We always tell a first-year apprentice, the first time you step foot on a job site, you’ll know nothing about being an electrician, but you’re already not the cheapest option the customer could’ve hired.
Because they understand the training you’re going to go through and the expectations placed upon you, they know their installation investment is going to pay dividends in the long run.
That training starts at the Apprenticeship Program.
Are there additional requirements?
Some apprenticeship programs have additional basic requirements such as drug testing, a physical examination, a security background check, or a valid driver’s license.
Can requirements be waived with prior experience?
Minimum requirements can be waived if you have been working in the electrical construction industry and meet specific work hour requirements (you must provide indisputable documentation of work hour experience).
Are there any penalties for guessing on the tests?
No, there are no penalties for guessing. Your score will be based on the number of items you answer correctly.
Should I work as fast as lean when taking the tests?
Most applicants will find they have plenty of time to complete each of the tests without rushing. You should work steadily and carefully. Do not spend too much time on any one question.
Should I study to do better on the tests?
You should review these sample questions. If you find that certain types of questions are difficult for you, review material that is similar to those questions. However, there is no need to memorize certain formulas or factual material in order to do well on the tests. Previous knowledge of electrical work is not required.
What if I become ill or have an emergency on the day of the test?
If you are unable to attend the test session for which you are scheduled, you should contact the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee to see if you can take the tests at another time. Rescheduling is not guaranteed.
What should I bring on the day of the test?
Remember to bring a photo ID to the test session. Pencils and all other materials will be provided. You will not be able to use a calculator for the tests.
If I have to leave before I finish all of the tests, can I complete the tests another day?
No. If you do not complete all of the tests, your score will be based on the questions you do completely. The tests must be completed during your test session. You cannot finish the tests on another day. You will not be able to reschedule to take the tests again for a minimum of six (6) months.
How long before the tests results are received?
Approximately two to four weeks after you take the test battery, your local JATC will receive the results. They will subsequently notify you concerning the disposition of your application.
Will I receive a report of my score?
You will be informed whether or not you have received a qualifying score. Exact scores are not provided.
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 six (6) months has elapsed from your most recent test date.
PLEASE NOTE: WILLFUL ATTEMPTS TO VIOLATE THIS RULE MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DISQUALIFICATION