Apprentice Program

Minimum Requirements

  • All applicants must be 18 years of age when applying.
  • Education: One year of algebra/regents math is required. Official transcripts from all high schools and/or colleges will be submitted at time of application.
  • Two (2) year residence in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area immediately prior to receiving application. (Within a 60-mile radius of Columbus Circle, New York City).

Five and One-Half Year Program

The Apprentice Program of the Electrical Industry of IBEW Local Union No. 3 includes a minimum of 35 hours per week on-the-job training for four years plus the following requirements:

  • Mandatory attendance at related instruction for four (4) hours per week;
  • Classroom instruction in Electrical Theory; and
  • Three (3) hours per week in college courses leading to an associate degree.

The fifth and final period will consist of four (4) hours per week of related instruction for 18 months and a minimum of 35 hours per week of work (from 18 months to two years).

For more information, see the Apprenticeship Training Program Brochure. For frequently asked questions, click here.

We Are Selective

  • We are seeking men and women of all races who demonstrate the best characteristics, aptitude, motivation and personality traits conducive to success in our trade. Employers and union representatives interview all qualified candidates in an effort to select the best candidates.
  • A good candidate is one with a record of having done well in school, especially in math and science, one who has demonstrated reliability and a sincere desire to succeed.
  • The electrical trade is becoming more technical each day. It is a great opportunity to be selected into the Apprentice Training Program and it is granted only to those who are the very best. All who are accepted for apprenticeship are fortunate to be a part of an industry that is devoted to their well being. They will benefit from the knowledge and experience of the journeypersons who teach them the trade and will be an asset to the union that represents them, the contractors who employ them, and to the customers they serve.

What is Apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeship is a well organized and supervised method, which industries use to train people with little or no prior knowledge of a craft, or trade, to become capable, qualified craftspersons or journeypersons. It is a “earn while you learn program.” The “on the job” portion of the training is a full time, well paid job.
  • Gain experience using the most modern practices;
  • Work under the direction of a competent journeyman who will teach you the trade in the shop and at the jobsite;
  • Attend evening classes a minimum of four hours each week to receive technical instruction and 3 hours each week in college courses leading toward an associate degree;
  • Have your work experience reports, school grades and attendance reviewed before each wage increase is granted. Satisfactory progress results in automatic wage increases.
  • Have the opportunity to become a member of the most respected and progressive Union in the Building and Construction Trades.
  • The opportunity to “earn” a journey level status and certification, which is recognized throughout the United States.


There are currently no applications available. If you would like to be notified when applications become available, please submit your request in writing to:

The Joint Apprentice Committee
158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue
Flushing, NY 11365

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have one year of completed high school algebra?

You can take a no credited course that is equivalent to one year of high school algebra in advance, to be prepared when applications become available. These classes are offered by most community colleges.

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