Getting Started (FAQ’s)

Q:  How Do I get started?

A:  It all starts with the Application…        Download Apprenticeship Application here…

The first page of the Application Packet lists the basic qualifications we are looking for. The Second page is a list of documents that are required to process the Application.  Specifically, these items are Proof of Age, Proof of Completion of High School, an Official High School Transcript, Verification of completing at least one year of High School level Algebra with a passing grade, a DD-214 (for veterans status), Work History or Resume, and proof of a Valid Driver’s License. Once the Application is received with all of the supporting documents, you will be scheduled for an Aptitude Test.

Q: What is the Aptitude Test and what does it consist of?

A: The Aptitude Test…

The Aptitude test is scheduled on an “as needed” basis.  When enough Applications have been received a date and time will be scheduled and the Applicants will be notified by mail two to three weeks in advance.  The test itself is approximately 3 hours in length and is strongly based on Algebra and Reading Comprehension.

Q: What is the Interview like?

A: The Oral Interview…

The Interview Committee is comprised of representatives of electrical companies of the Reno/Sparks area that we have contracted with to provide employment and On the Job Training  and representatives of the IBEW Local 401.  You are asked a series of standardized questions and evaluated on your responses.

Q: What is the Waiting List?

A: The Eligibility (Waiting) List…

Once the Test and Interview are completed, your scores are totaled and based on that number, you are placed on a waiting list.   As we fill our Apprenticeship Classes (based on the need for Apprentices that our Contractors place on us) we start at the top of the list and work our way down until either the class is full or the need is met.

Q:  How long is the Waiting List?

A:  The length of the Waiting List is irrelevant…

Because your position on the waiting list is based on how well you score thru the Testing/Interview process, It doesn’t matter how long the list is.  The higher you score, the higher you sit on our waiting list.  The list may be hundreds of people long, and you may be sitting in the top 10.

Q: What is Boot Camp?

A: Boot Camp…

Boot Camp is an 80 hour class that must be completed before you are considered for an Apprenticeship Position.  It provides you with a basic set of skills, safety training (OSHA-10) and First Aid/CPR.  This training is usually scheduled two evenings during the week and alternating Saturdays.  (Subject to change based on instructor availability.)  Completion of the course does not guarantee an offer of Apprenticeship and it is not something you get paid to attend, but it IS required before we can offer you an Apprenticeship.

Q: How long will all of this take?

A: Wait time…

It is impossible to determine how long you will be on the waiting list.  There are multiple variables that prevent accurate estimations.  These variables are: how well you scored in the Testing/Interview process, the demand for new Apprentices the Contractors place on us,  Classroom Availability, and the changes to your position on the Eligibility List.

Q: How can my position change on the Eligibility List?

A: Refreshing the Eligibility List…

With every new batch of Applicants that go thru the Aptitude Test and Interview, the waiting list gets refreshed.  Just as when you were added to the Waiting List, you bumped previous Applicants down, with each subsequent Test/Interview your position may be adversely affected as well.