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Inside Wire Electrician Apprenticeship Program

Chemeketa partners with IEC of Oregon who provides courses and administer this registered apprenticeship electrician program.

How to Apply


(Email is preferred through early August, due to remote work)

Apply: Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon

Applications are accepted and screened by IEC of Oregon February 1-November 30

Classes are not open to the public--Electrician Apprentices only 

  • Workkeys Test for Electrician Apprentice Applicants

    Applying to become an Electrician Apprentice?

    Contact Chemeketa Testing to schedule your Workkeys test




  • Math Placement Testing

    Apprenticeship requires a math placement assessment if you haven't taken math in high school or college:

    Math assessment is not needed if you have completed one year of Algebra in high school or college with a C or higher. When applying for an apprenticeship program, provide a copy of your unofficial transcript with your application for proof. 

    If you need the math placement assessment:

    1. Submit this online form to choose your test:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions. Under the Intent section, choose “I am applying for an Apprenticeship...”
    3. Within five business days, you will receive steps on how to take your placement test
    4. Take your placement test at home, online and at your convenience
    5. Once completed, email to request a PDF copy of your results within two business days 

    Other questions or concerns? Contact

  • Testing: Journeyman Electrician

    After you complete your apprenticeship, take the Journeyman Electrician test -

    1. Call Oregon Building Codes Division to select and pay for the Journeyman Electrician test at 503.378.4133 and have your test sent to the Chemeketa Testing Center.
    2. Next contact the Chemeketa Testing Center to schedule your test at the Chemeketa Salem Campus.
  • Classes


    Once you become a registered apprentice with IEC of Oregon, you will take classes two evenings per week in fall, winter and spring terms. Register every term through and with IEC of Oregon.

    Your grades are sent to Chemeketa at the end of each term and will be posted on your Chemeketa transcript.

    Class location

    Independent Electrical Training Center
    3710 Portland Rd NE
    Salem, OR 97301

  • Job description

    Working conditions

    Electrician work may be strenuous. The working environment varies depending on the type of job. The work can require considerable standing, bending, reaching and lifting and may be conducted in cramped spaces or at great heights. 

    Job description

    As an Electrician, you may install, connect, test and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. You may also install and maintain the electronic controls for machines in business and industry.


  • How much can you earn?

    How much can your earn?

    On average a licensed inside electrician earns per hour around $40.97, or per year about $85,216.

    Entry-level apprentices earn a minimum of $16.39 per hour to start with pay increases as you progress through the program.

    After one year (1,800 hours) in the program, your pay increases to $22.53 per hour.  

  • 4-Year Training

    Apprentice Training

    This 4-year program combines on-the-job training with concurrent related-training classroom instruction, providing the most comprehensive course of study for an apprentice in the electrician trade. 

    • 8,000 on-the-job hours
    • 576 classroom hours (gain 13 academic credits each year by attending fall, winter and spring terms)

    Successful electrician apprentices qualify for state licensure.

  • Additional degrees

    Additional degrees

    • You may earn a Certificate of Completion in Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies by successfully completing three required general education courses and 12 electrician apprenticeship courses
    • You may earn an AAS degree in Electrician Apprenticeship Technologies by successfully completing six required general education courses and 12 electrician apprenticeship courses
    • Additional training and degrees credits can be applied to a certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree
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