Electrical Construction Apprentice Requirements and Application

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To become an apprentice in the state of Wisconsin, one must first be indentured by the State Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS). To become indentured you must:

  • Contact an employer on your own. Employment is a requirement of entering an apprenticeship.
  • Once you have an employer / sponsor, contact the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards to initiate the application process between you and your employer.

Qualifications required by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards:

  • The minimum age of an apprentice is established to be 17 years of age. (Applicant must provide evidence of minimum age respecting any applicable State Laws or regulations.) 
  • All apprentices must be high school graduates, from a state accredited or state approved school, have a GED or High School Equivalency Certificate. High school transcript or proof of equivalency must be provided to the Committee on request. 
    • WI Statute 118.15 (4), states that “instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s.118.165 (1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.” Providers of the instruction must file form PI-1206 “Home-Based Private Educational Program” annually with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This form may be used as proof of instruction.
  • Applicants will be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the Construction Electrician apprenticeship program, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.
  • All applicants must take one of the following assessments and satisfy the minimum scores: ACT: 16 Reading and 15 Math. Next Gen Accuplacer: 244 Reading, 235 Arithmetic and 237 Algebra. Scores will be accepted 5 years from the test date.
  • The apprentice applicant must have the ability to get to and from school and work. Individual employers may require a valid driver’s license at the time of placement as an apprentice.
  • The apprentice applicant must have satisfactorily (with a passing grade of “C” or better) completed one year of high school algebra or its equivalency.
    • Equivalent courses are defined as: one (1) full year of high school Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, or Calculus that are satisfactorily completed with a passing grade of “C”, or one (1) post high school Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, or Calculus course with a passing grade of “C”. 
    •  If an applicant does not meet the math requirements as specified in the above section, the applicant will be required to take and satisfactorily pass the 32804325 Applied Technical Math 1 course through Northwood Technical College with a “C” or better before being registered as an apprentice.
    • To qualify as an equivalent, each course is required to be satisfactorily completed in its entirety, and each course will be considered separately.
  • Must be approved by the Northwest Electrical Committee prior to being admitted to this apprenticeship.

Admission Requirements

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Apprenticeship Application

Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Employer/Sponsor Application


Program-Specific Requirements

  • Confirmation of admission from Northwood Tech Academic Affairs Apprenticeship Office


Eric Lockwood, Director, Apprenticeships and Academies
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