To apply for an IBEW apprenticeship program, an applicant must provide documentation that she meets certain requirements, submit an application, take an aptitude test and conduct a personal interview. An applicant may also qualify on prior experience. Requirements and apprenticeship selection vary by state.
Common qualifications required to apply for an apprenticeship include a high school degree or GED, one year of high school algebra or one post-high school Algebra credit, a valid driver's license or state issued ID and a minimum of 18 years of age. An applicant must also pass the aptitude test with a score of four or higher out of a possible nine points. The application process typically requires a drug test and physical examination.
A local or state training committee conducts interviews with those who meet the minimum qualifications. The interview committee ranks the applicants based on the results of an applicant's aptitude test score and her interview. Apprenticeship selection varies by state. For example, in Ohio the committee may select apprentices at any time of the year from the ranking list in order of rank. Oregon, on the other, offers three apprenticeship programs and each accepts applications only certain times during the year.
States may offer informational sessions on how to apply for an apprenticeship. For example, Springfield, Massachusetts holds informational sessions each month from September to January.