Electricians install electrical systems in structures; install wiring and other electrical components, such as circuit breaker panels, switches, and light fixtures, and follow blueprints, the National Electrical Code® and state and local codes. To prepare for an electrical field career, the ABA Education Trust Fund offers a comprehensive, 4-level Electrical curriculum that complies with Department of Labor (DOL) time-based standards for apprenticeship.
Classes are held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday schedule. While we try to accommodate requests for a certain schedule, it cannot be guaranteed. Once enrolled, staff will notify you of your schedule, prior to the beginning of each semester.The fall semester begins early-August and ends early-December. The spring semester begins early-January and ends mid-May.
While a few apprentices in the program do pay themselves, most receive some type of funding. After application, we will provide information regarding possible grants and scholarships. For apprentices who do not receive a grant or scholarship, often their employer will pay the tuition. If an apprentice does need to self-pay, a noninterest payment plan is available.
Apprentices are required to work full-time for a contractor in their trade. This is considered on-the-job training or OJT. Hours are required to be logged into an online database. 2,000 hours are required per year and 8,000 hours are required to graduate. These hours are paid and there is a guaranteed minimum wage that increases after every 1,000 hours of OJT are completed.
For apprentices who live and/or work outside of Metro Phoenix, a hybrid course may be available. Apprentices in the hybrid program must complete the coursework in their book and online. Tests and labs are completed in person. These are offered in Phoenix and Tucson on designated Saturdays each semester. Only contractors can request that an apprentice be enrolled in the hybrid course.