January 23, 2019

How to Become an OA Contractor

IECRM is a U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA) certified training provider. This OA designation, formerly called BAT, allows our member companies with employees in our IECRM Apprenticeship School to bid government projects with Davis-Bacon wage requirements on a tiered scale. This tiered scale allows contractors to provide wage and benefit estimates far below that listed as Davis-Bacon prevailing wages. This unique benefit of IECRM enables contractors to provide a more competitive bid.

Colorado State law requires that apprentices must be registered with the State Electrical Board. Apprentices can now register themselves prior to employment. Alternatively, once an apprentice begins working for an electrical contractor, the employer must complete an application to register the apprentice with the Board within 30 days of the hire date. After the initial registration, a card with a registration number is given to the apprentice. This number remains the same through any employment changes. It is the apprentice’s responsibility to have the card with them while working in the trade. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.

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An employer must also notify the Board within 30 days of any apprentice employment changes or apprentice termination. The contractor can submit either a registration or termination application to the board via the same application. There is no fee for notifying the Board that an apprentice has been terminated.

To be registered with the OA Program, the contractor’s membership must be in good standing at IECRM. Apprentices must be registered in the OA Program, and must be enrolled in classes or signed up for the next enrollment period at IECRM. Finally, apprentices must complete on-the-job training (OJT) forms monthly and turn them in to IECRM or the employer. Forms can be sent to Apprentices should  notify IECRM if released from a previous employer and need to be on the Hire List.

The OA Program registration ties directly to the requirements to sit for a Journeyman’s license. To take the Journeyman exam, apprentices must have a combination of four years “on the job” training experience and 8,000 OJT hours. Licensure as a Journeyman requires only 288 hours of classroom training. However, apprentices must have 576 hours of classroom training to earn the OA Program Certificate from the Department of Labor which verifies documented hours of electrical training through a nationally recognized program.

Valuable benefit for IECRM contractor members include:

  • Access to the Borrowed Employee Program: contractors can loan or borrow workers for short term projects without having to hire or layoff employees. Access to the Borrowed Worker List and Hire List on the IECRM website is at /member-resources/iecrm-member-documents/. A password is required.


  • Access to the Hire List: contact information of unemployed apprentices who have already gone through the OA Program enrollment process.


Access to the Borrowed Worker List and Hire List on the IECRM website is at /member-resources/iecrm-member-documents/. A password is required.



  • VA Benefits: are available for veteran apprentices who have education benefits available. The student must apply through IECRM to begin the process. For more specifics, contact Training Manager Annette Gauna at


  • Free IECRM Room Rentals: contractors may utilize our building for free for your training, meeting, and event needs during normal business hours. To reserve available space, including the Board Room (seats 20) and the Great Room (seats 150), contact the Administrative Specialist Misty Oberbeck at 303-853-4886 or at

For more information about the OA Program including Standards of Apprenticeship, Ratio of Apprentices to Journeymen employed, Journeymen Wage survey, Apprentice Wage Minimums, and Fringe Benefits, visit

(Katie? add link to the PPT presentation?)