Helpful Questions:

What exactly is an electrician?

An electrician is a skilled trades person 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.

Why become an electrician?

Electricians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.

 What is the apprenticeship program for electricians?

The apprenticeship program is a combination of classroom and on the job training over a four year period of time. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of electrician. For completion, no less than 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on the job training hours are required.

Apprentices who satisfactorily complete the requirements will be certified by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee. This committee sponsors, supervises and regulates the program. At the end of training, the apprentice receives a Completion Certificate as an electrician from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

What are the job opportunities?

During the training period, the apprentice will be employed by electrical contractor members of the association. After the training period and when the apprentice has achieved electrician status, job opportunities will exist locally and nationally. The demand for an electricians services will be in direct proportion to attitude and eagerness to produce quality, useful work.

What pay can an apprentice expect?

The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 50% of the hourly rate of pay for electricians. This rate is determined by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee. At this time the MINIMUM starting wage is $12.37 per hour. The apprentice receives 5% hourly pay increases every 1000 hours worked throughout the training period. When the apprentice has successfully completed the apprenticeship and training program, including qualifying tests, that person will be eligible for Electrician wages.

 Is there a cost to the apprentice?

Yes, while in the program, each apprentice will have a predetermined amount deducted from their paycheck each pay period. This amount represents their contribution to the cost of the program as determined by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee.
IEC Contractor Members, who employ apprentices, will also be paying a predetermined amount as their contribution to the cost of the program.

 Who can apply to the program?

Any person meeting the minimum requirements can apply by contacting IEC of the Texas Panhandle at

What are the minimum requirements for applicants?

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and provide proof.
  • Applicants must provide proof that they have completed four years of high school or successfully passed the GED equivalent.
  • Applicants shall be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.•Applicants must be able to obtain a State of Texas Electrical Apprentice License and provide proof.
  • In the four year period, applicants must be willing to attend a minimum of 576 hours of classroom instruction at night without compensation and 8,000 hours in and on the job training program supervised by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee.
  • Applicants must complete the apprenticeship application and submit it to the Apprenticeship & Training Committee.
  • Applicants must appear for all scheduled interviews.
  • Applicants must have transportation to work and school

How do I apply?

The apprenticeship program will be accepting applications as follows:

 ** For 2017 Class - February 2017 (see above for details or email at with questions)

Licensed electricians in Texas must take (4) hours of continuing education each year in order to maintain your license through the Texas Department of License and Regulation (and you are NOT allowed to take the same course two years in a row).


2017 CEU class schedule is below. If you need immediate CEU credits please see the on-line training tab above.

* January 28, 2017: Amarillo

* February 25, 2017: Amarillo

* March 4, 2017: Pampa

* March 11, 2017: Borger

* IEC members get (3) free registrations. Please notate on your registration form to identify the (3) freebies from your company. All other employees from your company will be $40pp

* Non-members: $50pp


Apprenticeship program: **OUR 2017 applications process will start in February. please see below for more details.

If you are interested in a career in the electrical field you have come to the right place. Not only is IEC considered the #1 training association for future electricians, but the job market now and in the future is outstanding. While training and on the job experience is critical, your efforts will be rewarded with a great paying career. Welcome to the IEC family and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions:


Please see apprentice requirements/job functions on this page. You may print and fill out the application but you have to hand deliver the application (and bring required documents) to one of two locations listed below between February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017 to be considered for our 2017 apprentice class. PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will be conducted in March/April and you may be able to start work as soon as May 2017. This 4 year apprenticeship program is a PAID earn while you learn program with full time employment and class time on either Monday or Tuesday evenings Sept 2017 - May 2018. Financial scholarships are offered through the IEC Foundation.


Locations to fill out and/or return applications:

10001 FM 1541 (S. Washington south of Owens Corning) - Amarillo

200 S. Main - Borger

Applications will be taken Mon - Fri:  8am - 11:30am / 1pm - 4pm


* Drivers License or photo I.D

* Birth Certificate

* Social Security Card

* High school diploma or G.E.D

* Selective service number

* DD 214 (if it applies)


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Our apprenticeship training is a form of education that incorporates workplace training with technical school training:

  • Federally approved four year training program
  • Completion Certificate from the Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Dept. of Labor•
  • No less than 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on the job training hours usually within 4 years
  • Earn while you learn Health Insurance Benefits (provided by some contractors)
  • Paid vacations (provided by some contractors)

This is an Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training for all applicants who meet the qualifications of the program. Women, Minorities and Veterans are encouraged to apply. Regulations prohibit discrimination in registered apprenticeship on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age (40 and older), genetic information, sexual orientation, and disability. 

Download Apprenticeship Application and Apprentice Requirements / Job Functions. Click on buttons above.