The Application Process
To apply for any of the electrical apprenticeship programs, you will follow the process of completing an application, undergoing the NJATC aptitude test battery, and complete an oral interview.
To apply for any of the electrical apprenticeship programs, you must first complete an application form in person at the JATC. Your application will be evaluated to determine whether or not you meet the local program’s basic requirements.
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, with short breaks in-between.
You will be interviewed by a committee representing both NECA and the IBEW. Based on your interview and qualifications, you’ll 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 selected in the order of the ranking score. If you are not selected to begin an apprenticeship during that one-year period, then you’ll need to reapply.
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To begin the application process, start by filling out a short form to reserve your date to complete the application process at the JATC.
A Note to Those with Disabilities
In order to accommodate your needs, you must notify the AJATC/JATC before, or as soon as you are scheduled to take, the NJATC aptitude test battery.
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 both:
- Documentation of your disability
- Documentation of the need for a particular accommodation.
Your request will be considered promptly.
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
Test Preparation Reminders
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Report to the test center early. It is a good idea to arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before the schedule testing time.
On your scheduled test day, remember to bring a photo ID with you to the testing center. Your ID will be checked before you will be allowed to take the tests. No ID, No Test, No Exceptions!
Do not bring a calculator. If you bring a watch with a built-in calculator, you will be asked to remove it during the test session.
Plan on spending approximately 3 hours at the test center on your scheduled test day.
Be sure to make arrangements for childcare ahead of time. Children will not be allowed at the test center.
Do not attempt to retake the test battery for six (6) months after your last test date. If you retest before the six (6) month period has elapsed, your score will not be valid and you will not be allowed to retest for another six (6) month. Please take this warning seriously. This is YOUR responsibility.
Make arrangements with the JATC before you report for testing if you will need special accommodations during the testing procedure.