You have a lot of options when planning your Educational Path. A good education leads you into new territories, arms you with solid skills that will support you for a lifetime, and helps you turn a passion into a career. At IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County, we offer such a path and encourage you to explore Electrical Apprenticeship as an option. Unlike a traditional 4-year program, graduates of the IEC Fort Worth/Tarrant County Apprenticeship Program leave school employed, with no school debts to carry, and the typical pay ranges of graduates are $40,000-$80,000 a year!

Existing Students

prospective (New) Students

The Program

The IEC Electrical Training Apprenticeship Program is the answer to both the individual wanting to jump-start their career and the Electrical Contractor who wants skilled and productive employees. With an increasing dependency on electrical systems in homes and businesses, trained electricians are more important than ever.

IEFWTC’s apprenticeship program lets you earn while you learn, and earn a license to operate as an electrician in the state of Texas. The US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA) certifies IEC’s Electrical Apprenticeship Program.

Apprentices attend classes one time per week (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m, September-June)

Earn college credit towards a Bachelor or Associate’s degree.

Earn While You Learn

Enroll in an IEC apprentice training program and earn while you learn!

IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Training Programs combine the on-the-job training and formal related technical instruction you need to prepare you for this high-demand field. This means you get paid to work while you receive a top-notch education in the electrical field. Where else can you do that?!

Students will receive no less than 580 hours of hands-on training as part of their classroom activities and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Our instructors are trained in using an interactive approach. Students are encouraged to ask questions, allowing instructors to not only train, but to mentor apprentices.

Are you aware that it takes an electrician 4 years, the same as a traditional degree, to complete their program? A Master Electrician trains as long as doctor studies, having at least 8 years on the job and the 4 years of classroom study. As with many professions, an electrician must also be licensed. So let’s compare your two options, using (2014) stats:

CategoriesTraditional University 4-Year ProgramsIEC Apprenticeship Program
Annual Tuition & Mandatory Fees*$9427-$29720 (resident vs. non-resident)​​$.52 per hour
(40 hr. work weeks) approximately $1080
On Campus Resident Hall Room, Cable & Phone​$6,424N/A
Books & Supplies**4,209N/A
Meal Plan (Average)$1,130Books provided by IEC
– (except NEC Codebook $125)
Local Transportation & Incidental Costs**​$3,162​N/A
TOTAL$24,352-$44,645 (resident vs. non-resident)$4500 (for all four years)

Only government certified programs like IEC’s can certify you as an Electrician, NOT a technical school

This is an Equal Employment Opportunity in Apprenticeship and Training for all applicants who meet the qualifications of the program. Women, Minorities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Getting Started

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Valid Photo Identification Card or Driver’s License.
  • Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States.
  • Applicants must provide proof of four years of high school or successfully passed General Education Diploma (GED) equivalent.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain a State of Texas Electrical Apprentice License. (
  • Applicants must have transportation to work and school.
  • Applicant must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Male applicants must be registered with Selective Services or have proof of exemption.
  • Applicants shall be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the apprenticeship program without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of the individual or others.

Required Documentation

  • Apprentice License. Register online with TDLR, pay your $20 and just send us a screenshot of your temporary license!
  • Documents to Establish Identity: Passport, Driver’s License, State-issued Identification Card,
  • or other acceptable I-9 B-type documents
  • Documents to Establish Employment Authorization: Passport, U.S. Social Security Card, U.S. Birth Certificate<
  • Form FS-545/1350 or other acceptable I-9 C-type documents.
  • Education. Copy of your high school transcript, copy of your diploma, or GED information.
  • Selective Service Document (if applicable. Males over 26 years of ages, females, and other individuals are generally excluded).

​Additional Documentation (if applicable)

  • DD214 (if veteran)
  • Letters of Recommendation from previous or present employers (if any)
  • Evidence of previous experience in the electrical field (if any)

Length of Apprenticeship:

Usually four years, which includes a minimum of 8,000 of on-the-job training and a minimum of 576 hours of classroom work.

Pay Scale

  • At this time, the starting wage is $15.75 per hour, with periodic raises based on the current wage scale.
  • Based on the interview score, applicants will be referred to a contractor member for a job interview and potential employment.
  • Employment is not guaranteed; however, if a contractor hires the applicant, the applicant will be registered to the Apprenticeship and Training Committee as soon as possible.


The cost to the apprentice is currently .52 cents per hour of on-the-job training. (Example 40 hours x .52 = $20.80)

For more information call 817-496-8422 |