To begin electrician training, you need to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a G.E.D. Certified electricians can work inside or outside, performing maintenance work, construction work or wiring. Certified electricians must complete a four-year apprenticeship, electrician course work (which can be taken online) and pass a state licensing exam to receive certification.
Browse online electrician programs at Online-education.net, Education-portal.com or a similar distance learning directory. Apply to several programs. Begin learning once you've been accepted.
Find your local branch of the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee by using your telephone directory or searching the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee's website (see Resources). Click on "Apprentice Training" in the "Training" link box. On the next page, select your state and click enter. You will see a list of branches in your state with relevant contact information.
Contact your local branch to make sure there are no additional prerequisites before you begin an electrician apprenticeship. Certain states have different rules. Once you're sure you have completed all the requirements, visit your local branch to ask how you enter the apprentice pool.
Find your local branch of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers by using your telephone directory or searching the "Local Union Directory" at Ibew.org. Call your local branch to discuss apprentice opportunities.
Begin an apprenticeship that you have found through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Complete your apprenticeship and all related course work.
Schedule an exam test date with your state's Electrical Board or Contractor Licensing Board. Study for the test and pass to become a certified electrician.
2016 Salary Information for Electricians
Electricians earned a median annual salary of $52,720 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, electricians earned a 25th percentile salary of $39,570, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $69,670, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 666,900 people were employed in the U.S. as electricians.