Electrical Apprenticeship

Combine Education with Earning Opportunities for an In-Demand Career as an Electrician

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Program Overview

Are you ready to spark a dynamic career in the electrical field? The Electrical Apprenticeship program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is your gateway to becoming a skilled electrician. This program aligns with the 'earn while you learn' model, allowing you to be employed while gaining essential skills and knowledge in electrical work and meets the State of Idaho requirements for apprentices, setting you on the path to test for journeyman certification.

During the apprenticeship, you will engage in practical training, learning about electrical theory, code compliance, and installation techniques. This comprehensive approach combines employment in the field with classroom instruction, ensuring you develop both the theoretical understanding and hands-on skills needed in today's electrical trade. The program not only prepares you for journeyman certification but also equips you with in-demand skills crucial for a successful electrical career.

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Additional cost may apply.

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Learning Opportunities

  • Employment-Based Learning: Gain hands-on experience while being employed in the electrical field.
  • Journeyman Certification Preparation: Meet Idaho's requirements for testing to become a journeyman.
  • Electrical Theory & Code Training: Learn electrical concepts and code compliance for safe practices.
  • Balanced Skill Development: Blend classroom learning with practical on-the-job training.
  • Career Advancement: Equip yourself for upward mobility in the electrical industry.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Completion




  • Program Cost

    The cost of the Electrical Apprenticeship program is $350 per quarter or $1,295 for the full series.

    Beyond the annual enrollment fee, students should anticipate additional expenses for course materials required throughout the program.

    • Course material fees vary by year.
    • Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.

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    • Payment Options

      Students in the Electrical Apprenticeship program have several payment options:

      • Pay for a year series (A, B, C, & D) in full at the time of registration at the discounted price of $1,295.
      • Pay for each of the four, 8-week sessions (A, B, C, & D) individually for $350 a session.
      • Visit Financial Information to learn more about available payments options. 
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    Career Opportunities

    • Electricians

      Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.


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      Growth (2021 – 2031)*

    • First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

      Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.


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      Growth (2021 – 2031)*

    • Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

      Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.


      Annual Openings*


      Hourly Median Wage*


      Annual Median Salary


      Growth (2021 – 2031)*

    • Signal and Track Switch Repairers

      Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunications systems within a railroad system.


      Annual Openings*


      Hourly Median Wage*


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      Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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    *Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

    "These instructors are here to help you. They want to see you succeed and are here to help you complete this program and be sure that you learn the concepts and skills that you need."
    Ian Alvarado
    2020 Graduate, Electrical Apprenticeship


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