FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens after I submit my application?
You will have the first 7 days of the month to complete your application and submit any required documents. We will process your application within 30 days. You will then be sent an email letting you know whether you qualify or don't qualify to move on to the next step in the process. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be sent an additional e-mail with details regarding the next steps. This can take anywhere from 1-3 months from the original qualification email.
What happens if I don't have my proof of Algebra and/or High School Diploma/GED when I apply?
You will have until the close of business on the 7th day of the month to submit an official sealed transcript or a Certificate of Completion for the NJATC Algebra online course (Tech Math), AND High School Diploma/GED. If you fail to meet the minimum requirements after 7 days, your application will be purged, and you will need to reapply.
Can I apply for both Programs?
Yes, you can apply for the Residential and Inside Wireman Apprenticeship programs. However, if you do get selected for both programs, you can only pursue one. If you apply for both programs and meet the minimum requirements, you are only required to take one aptitude test.
How do I find out when I am scheduled for an aptitude test?
You will receive an email with a test date and time approximately 2-3 months after your application is approved.
I have hours in the field already, can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply.
What is the 4,000 hour rule?
If you can provide documentation that you have worked a minimum of 4,000 hours in the ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION TRADE (Residential, Commercial-Industrial), you may be given an oral interview. However, all exceptions to the testing policy must be approved by the Training Director.
What if I don’t pass the aptitude test on the first try?
You will have to wait three (3) months before you can reapply. After you reapply, you will be scheduled to retake the exam.
What happens once I am eligible for an interview?
Once you have met the minimum requirements and passed the aptitude test, now it is time for an interview with the Apprenticeship Committee. After an interview date has been selected, you will be notified by mail of your interview date and time.
What does my interview score and rank mean?
Your interview score is the average score (out of 100) given to you by the Apprenticeship Committee. That score is then entered onto our Ranking List. The Ranking List is the list that we use to pull applicants for employment. The higher your interview score, the higher you are on the Ranking List.
Example: Your score is a 94 and your rank is 5. That means that you would be the 5th person called out for employment.
Your score was 90.25 and your rank is 35. That means that you would be the 35th person called out for employment. However keep in mind that your rank can move up and down the Ranking List as people are placed for employment or as new applicants are interviewed. So, a rank of 35 could turn in to a rank of 17 or 150.
What can I do to increase my interview score? - Re-Interview Guidelines
You can request a re-interview provided that:
1) It has been 1 (one) year since your last interview.
2) You have completed 1000 hours of electrical related work or have taken 2 or more electrical or math related classes. (SEE BELOW)
Pursuant to California Division of Apprenticeship Standards, Section VII, Part D, paragraph 14:
Applicants wishing to re-interview must complete at least 1000 hours of work experience in the electrical trade related industry, or successfully complete at least TWO or more post-secondary trade related classes (2 quarters or 1 semester).
Examples: Physics, Industrial Arts, Mechanical Drawing/Drafting, CAD, BIM courses, Plan Grid Course, Electrical Code, HVAC controls or other electrical construction and technology relevant courses. Acceptable classes will also include Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and higher math.
We will accept verifiable, documented 1000 hours with any C-10 contractor, hours in Residential electrical construction, NECA approved Sound and Communication installation, Photovoltaic installation, or underground electrical installation with a C-10 contractor.
Acceptable classes will also include Algebra and higher math as well as any electrical construction technology courses.