Four-Year Electrician Apprentice Program – FAQ’s
IECRM is the Rocky Mountain region’s largest electrical apprentice training institution with over 1,300 students in the program each year. We are the first and only State Approved electrical training school in Colorado.
Quick Facts about IECRM
- IECRM is the largest electrical trade school in Colorado and Wyoming, with over 1,300 students annually
- Recognized by the US DOL Office of Apprenticeship (OA/BAT)
- Approved and regulated by The Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools Board
- Campuses in Denver and Ft. Collins, as well as a Live-Online Program for remote and out-of-state students
- Classes meet once a week and start at 5:30pm
- 95% of our students are employed while pursuing their education
- Tuition assistance is available for unemployed students.
- Veterans: Apprentice training is GI Bill -applicable, and IECRM gives Veterans priority in terms of Tuition Assistance, as long as all other T.A. requirements are satisfied.
- Students can get up to 44 hours of transferable credit toward Colorado Community College coursework, and graduates can get up to 37 college credit hours through the American Council of Education (ACE)
- IECRM offers the Davis-Bacon Wage Benefit OA/BAT Program, which provides a tiered scale of prevailing wage salary and benefits to qualified apprentices
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For more information on the career opportunities and benefits of an IECRM education, call IECRM at 303-853-4886.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does it take to become an electrician?
In order to take the license exam to become a Journeyman electrician, an individual must have a combination of 4 years of apprentice experience (8,000 hours on-the-job training), and at least 288 hours of classroom training. Please see this link to Title 12, Article 23 of Colorado’s Revised Statutes for more detailed information.
How can IECRM help me find a job as an apprentice?
A major benefit of IECRM is our large network of nearly 200 local electrical contractors in Colorado and Wyoming. (IECRM is a trade association in addition to being an educational institution.)
1. Get on our Hire List, which contractors use to find new apprentices – please follow these instructions.
2. In addition, please visit our ONLINE JOB BOARD to see a current list of local companies hiring for new apprentices!
When do classes start at IECRM for NEW apprentice students?
Open Enrollment for New students (“First Year Apprentices”) is held mid-June through mid-July of each year. New students will begin their first year of classroom training at IECRM in August of each year. The first year ends in either May or June of the following year. There are two semesters per school year. Students can attend class in Denver, Ft. Collins, or Live-Online.
In addition to August start, IECRM has a LATE START program for First Year Students ONLY. Enrollment for the Late Start program opens in mid-September of each year and will close the last Friday in September or when all seats are filled. Late Start students can attend class in Denver or Live-Online.
How to apply to the program
If you are not yet working as an apprentice: You MUST APPLY first. Learn how to apply here. Read FAQs about the Apprentice Program here. If you are already working as an apprentice, OR you are a contractor trying to register one of your apprentices for schooling, please continue down to “How to Register” below and follow those instructions.
How to register
To register, your employer must register you online using AMPS. If you are a student who is paying his/her own tuition, please call Annette at (303) 853-4886.
- Denver Campus: 11429 Pearl Street, Northglenn, CO 80233
- Fort Collins Campus: 912 Smithfield Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80524
- Live-Online Program: Online
Who are the instructors?
IECRM prides itself on the passion and talents of our instructors.
Our instructors are dedicated to teaching over 1,300 apprentice students and shaping them into highly skilled, highly trained, and highly motivated electricians. As licensed electricians themselves, they bring a wide range of experiences to the classroom which help our students develop an interest and understanding for the real-life applications and impacts of their skilled trade. Quite a few of our instructors own their own successful contracting companies. Meet our instructors.
What is the curriculum for each year of training?
The entire four years of curriculum can be viewed here.
I have a job. Will classes affect my work schedule?
The vast majority of our students are employed as apprentices with electrical contractors during the day, and come to class at IECRM once a week from 5:30pm – 9:30pm. This means that classes should not affect students’ ability to work a full-time job as an electrical apprentice.
We also offer the option of Live-Online Apprentice Training, which also runs from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, once a week. Because this class is taught live by instructors over the web, it is a unique program unmatched by any other electrical training program in the region!
How much is tuition at IECRM?
Apprentice EARLY registration tuition for the 2017-18 school year is $590-$840 a semester plus the cost of books, $590 = Member Rate; $840 = Non-Member Rate. Book costs range from $400-$600 a year. Apprentice general registration tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $640-$915 a semester plus the cost of books, $640 = General Regular Registration Member Rate; $915 = General Regular Registration Non-Member Rate. Learn more about how your company can become a Contractor Member of IECRM.
Quite a few of our students are assisted with tuition costs by their employer.
If you are a student planning to pay your own tuition, please call IECRM at (303) 853-4886 to find out about tuition payment options.
I am a US Veteran. Can I use my GI Bill benefits for the IECRM apprentice program?
Yes, you can apply your GI Bill benefits to apprentice training!
How to use your GI Bill benefits:
- If you are a Registered Apprentice: If you are currently working as an apprentice for an electrical contractor, and if you have been registered with the BAT program (registered with DOL), you may use your GI Bill benefits to pay for schooling. Note: OJT is required for monthly payment of benefits.
- If you are a Non-Registered Apprentice: If you are currently working as an apprentice for an electrical contractor, and you have not been registered in the BAT program (registered with DOL), you may use your GI Bill benefits to pay for schooling. Note: OJT is required for monthly payment.
- If you are Not Working as An Apprentice: If you enroll in the program, you are eligible to use your GI Bill benefits for your tuition and books. This applies to ALL education offered by IECRM, including the apprenticeship program and continuing education classes.
Additionally, if you are unemployed, you may apply for Tuition Assistance through IECRM. IECRM gives US Veterans priority for Tuition Assistance, as long as all other Tuition Assistance requirements are met by the individual.
Please visit IECRM.org/veterans to learn how to apply your GI Bill benefits, apply for tuition assistance, and get more information on benefits we provide to our Veterans.
Can I use the Job Training Tax Credit for apprentice tuition?
If your company is located in one of Colorado’s Enterprise Zones, your company may be eligible for a tax credit toward job training expenses for your employees. The Job Training Tax Credit may be applied toward what your company spends on IECRM apprentice training (including the Live-Online Program) and continuing education classes for your employees.
Please visit IECRM.org/tax-credit for a helpful guide to this tax credit.
What tools do I need for my first year?
These are suggested tools for First Year Students:
- Tool Bag
- Tape Measure
- Torpedo Level
- Roto Split
- Wire Strippers
- Pipe Reamer
- Phillips screwdriver
- Standard Screwdriver
- Lineman Pliers
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Channel Locks
- Sawzall or Hacksaw
- Cordless Drill
- Wire Cutters or Dikes
- Razor Knife
- Rock Saw for Drywall
- Head Lamp
- Amp Meter
I live outside of Colorado and Wyoming. Can I apply to the program?
The IECRM apprentice program fulfills state licensing requirements for the states of Colorado and Wyoming.
If you are an out-of-state resident hoping to apply to the Live-Online Apprentice Training Program, please follow these steps:
- Check to see if your state has a local IEC Chapter – click to view the full list of IEC Chapters. Your local chapter will be able to tell you if they offer an apprentice program near where you live, and they will also be able to tell you the apprentice training requirements for your state of residence – this is imperative because apprentice requirements vary from state to state.
- If your state does not have a local IEC Chapter, you must check with your state of residence to find out the apprentice training requirements within your state – this is imperative because apprentice training requirements vary from state to state.
- Contact IECRM with your state’s apprentice training requirements, and if our program meets your state’s requirements, we will begin the application process for the Live-Online Apprentice Training Program over the phone.
a. You do not need to come into our Denver office to fill out an application. We will take your information over the phone.
b. Please note, the OA/BAT program is not available to apprentice students outside of Colorado and Wyoming.
c. If you are a contractor interested in membership with IECRM, you may have an option to become a Member-at-Large with our chapter. Please contact Mary Beth Armbruster, IECRM Director of Operations and Member Services, for details, at (303) 853-4886.
I have more questions.
Please call us during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. We would be glad to answer your questions!
How do I get started?
Please see How to Get Started.