IBEW Local Union 26
Washington, D.C.

Inside Wireman Electrical Apprenticeship Program

5-Year Track

This program is a 5-year training program with standards approved in the State of Maryland, Commonwealth of Virginia, and District of Columbia. It requires that each apprentice receive a minimum 8,000 hours of on-the-job training in the electrical construction industry with the supervision of a journeyman electrician. During the course of the apprenticeship, each apprentice is transferred on a yearly basis to a new contractor. This affords the apprentice the opportunity to receive varied experiences during their apprenticeship. The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee makes all placements with contractors.

While in the Training Program apprentices are required to attend 900 hours of classroom related instruction. This instruction is setup in the following manner over the 5-year period.

During the first four years of apprenticeship, an apprentice will attend school one day, every two weeks, year round for a minimum of 23 days in a 12-month period. While attending Day School, apprentices will be taught the curriculum set in place by the Electrical Training Alliance. This Curriculum consists of the following:

  • AC THEORY
  • DC THEORY
  • JOB SAFETY
  • HISTORY OF THE IBEW AND NECA
  • BLUEPRINT READING
  • CONDUIT BENDING
  • SOLID STATE ELECTRONICS
  • DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
  • CATEGORY 5 WIRING
  • MOTOR CONTROLS
  • OPTICAL FIBER
  • FIRE ALARM AND SECURITY SYSTEMS
  • PLCs
  • TRANSFORMERS
  • NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE

For the days that apprentices attend school and are not on the job, they receive attendance checks after successfully completing the day’s coursework. In the last year of apprenticeship, apprentices attend school one night a week from September through May. While attending night school the apprentices choose from numerous different skill improvement classes to attend. In their fifth year of apprenticeship they must take two skill improvement classes. Typical classes consist of the following:

  • CATEGORY 5 WIRING
  • FIBER OPTICS
  • NEC CODE TEST PREPARATION
  • FIRE ALARMS
  • MOTOR CONTROLS
  • TRANSFORMERS
  • GROUNDING
  • HIGH VOLTAGE CABLE SPLICING
  • ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
  • BICSI CERTIFICATIONS
  • NETWORKING
  • INDUSTRIAL POWER
  • VARIABLE FREQUENCY DRIVES
  • POWER QUALITY

Apprentices will receive pay increases during the course of their apprenticeship based on the amount of work hours they have successfully completed in the program and successful school performance. To see how those raises are set, please go HERE