The Application Process

Below are listed the requirements that must be met in order to qualify for the application process:

The algebra and high school graduation requirements can be waived if:

If you meet the basic requirements, you will be scheduled to take the NJATC apprenticeship test battery. The test consists of two (2) parts. If will take approximately two and one half hours to complete. The number of items and the amount of time allotted for each test are as follows:
Number ofNumber of
Name of TestItemsMinutes
Algebra and Functions
Reading and Comprehension

You will take a short break between the Algebra and Functions Test and the Reading Comprehension Test.

Approximately two to four weeks after you take the test battery you will be notified of the disposition of you application. If you have taken the test battery within the past six months, you may not take it again until six months have passed. Please note willful attempts to violate this rule may result in permanent disqualification.

If you obtain a qualifying score on the test battery, you will be scheduled for an oral interview. You will be interviewed by a committee representing both NECA and the IBEW. Based on the interview (including a review of your qualifications), you will receive an overall ranking. As new positions become available in the apprenticeship program, names will be taken off the respective eligibility list for two (2) years. If you are not selected to begin an apprenticeship during that two-year period, you will need to reapply if you are still interested.

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A Note to Those with Disabilities

We recognize and comply with our obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to not discriminate against qualified persons with disabilities.

If you are a person with a physical or mental impairment (including learning disabilities) that you believe may affect your ability to complete any aspect of the application process (including testing) and if you need an accommodation to ensure that the test battery accurately measure your skills and abilities, please notify the AJATC/JATC, as soon as possible, and no later than upon receipt of notification that you are scheduled to the NJATC test battery. Accommodation requests given on the test day cannot be addressed on that day. In most cases, you will need to provide:

  1. documentation of your disability and
  2. documentation of the need for a particular accommodation.

Your request will be considered promptly.

You may request an application by completing the "Application Request Form" and submitting it with your check or money order in the amount of $25.00. If you are unable to come into the office to request the application, you may mail the completed form to the JATC office. Upon receipt of the form and check, an application will be mailed to you. Applications can be obtained from the JATC office Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The Application Request Form requires Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you may download a free copy at:

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Applications expire one (1) year from the date of issue.

Applicants who do not interview, meet the minimum qualifications or fail to complete the application within the one (1) year's time frame, will be required to reapply after the expiration date of the application.

All applications and required documentation must be completed and returned to the JATC office within 30 days of receiving the application.

Apprentice Applicant Appeals Procedure

If you feel you have been unjustly treated with regards to selection for our apprenticeship program you may appeal the committee's decision. Any appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days of the date of notification to the applicant regarding the JATC's decision concerning application for apprenticeship.

Please send appeals in writing to:

Apprentice Applicant Appeals Committee IBEW Local 291
225 N 16th St. Suite 110
Boise, Idaho 83702-5187

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