Trade Skill Programs

Through our nationally recognized apprenticeship school and trade skill program, apprentices learn skills to become qualified journeyman electricians while earning great wages with excellent employee benefits offered by IEC Member Contractors.

Our accredited four-year program is a minimum of 144 classroom hours per year, plus you earn while you learn as an employee of an IEC member contractor. The trade skill program is paid in full by the member contractor you work for. The only out-of-pocket expense are the textbook fees.

Why is IEC apprenticeship training an important career opportunity for you? Qualified electricians, certified by the state, are in high demand. Enrolling in our program is the first step toward achieving certification. Certified electricians are paid more per hour, they are better positioned for promotions, and possess a broad range of essential electrical skills necessary to work in the electrical industry.

The IEC electrical training apprenticeship program is the answer to both the individual wanting to jump-start their career and the electrical contractor who wants skilled and productive employees.

Appretices work on breaker boxes

Earn While You Learn

  • Apprentices earn wages from their employer while enrolled in the program
  • Entry wages are based on experience averaging $15.00 per hour with no experience required
  • Apprentices attend classes one or two nights per week after work from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Our school year runs from August through May
  • Most apprentices double their wages in just four years
  • You can earn up to 46 hours of college credit upon completion of our apprenticeship program.  The number of credit hours honored will vary depending on the institution and degree program to which you apply. Click HERE to learn more.
  • Only government certified programs like IEC’s can certify you as an Electrician, NOT a technical school

Certified Apprenticeship Program

  • The US Department of Labor, Ohio State Apprenticeship Council (OSAC) certifies IEC of Greater Cincinnati’s electrical apprenticeship program
  • To become a nationally recognized electrician, OSAC requires two components for certification: 8,000 on-the-job (OJT) hours and 576 hours of classroom related training
  • Upon completion, graduates receive a journeyman certificate recognized in all 50 states
  • Once you become an electrician, there are other career opportunities such as estimator, job foreman, or project manager
Apprentice smiling in an IEC classroom

Program Requirements

To be accepted into the apprenticeship program (no experience is required), you must

  • Submit an application for employment by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of our website
  • Schedule an appointment to take the math assessment by calling (513) 542-0400
  • Achieve a passing grade on the basic math assessment
  • Be hired by one of our member contractors


When you come in for your scheduled math assessment appointment, you must bring the following:

  • Valid driver’s license (you must also have dependable transportation)
  • $20 non-refundable application fee (cash only)
  • High school transcript that shows graduation date or GED certificate with scores

Youth Program

High school students can get a jump on their post-secondary education through our Youth Program.  Youth apprentices must be 16 years of age or older, enrolled in their high school’s work-based learning program and have counselor’s approval.  Speak to your high school counselor to see if this is an opportunity for you!


The tuition for our apprenticeship program is covered by the member contractor you work for.  The only out-of-pocket expense is the cost of books which varies, but averages $500 per year.


Apprentice applicants will take a basic math assessment as part of the application process to get into the program.  The assessments are timed and you cannot use a calculator. A practice math assessment is available to prepare for the testing.

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Areas Served

IEC of Greater Cincinnati serves the tri-state region formed by Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The counties included in our chapter are listed below. 

Don’t see your county listed? Click HERE to find your local chapter.

In Ohio:
Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and part of Warren.

In Kentucky:
Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton and Pendleton.

In Indiana:
Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland and Union.

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