The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 666, in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, proudly sponsors the Richmond Electricians' Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (RJATC). The RJATC provides the most comprehensive electrical journey worker and apprentice training program in the commonwealth.
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The RJATC has properly trained thousands of men and women to become highly skilled professional journey worker electricians for nearly 100 years in the Richmond area. As a result, these individuals enjoy the benefits of being part of this extraordinary and exciting industry, including:
- Competitive wage rates
- Paid health insurance
- Safer working conditions
- A lifelong career with continuing education
- Advancement opportunities
- Guaranteed retirement benefits
What is an apprenticeship?
The RJATC provides the ultimate "earn while you learn" apprenticeship training program. As an apprentice, you will be assigned to one of our electrical contractors, earning a progressively increasing hourly wage (plus benefits" as you successfully gain more skills and technical knowledge in the electrical industry. For more information about our program, please read our Apprentice Guidelines.
- Inside Wireman Electrical Apprenticeship
Over the course of the four-year Inside Wireman Program, apprentices undergo 8,000+ hours of on-the-job training with experienced journeypersons, plus 900 hours of intensive classroom instruction with qualified instructors. Through this rigorous training, Inside Wireman apprentices leave the program knowledgeable in the full scope of their field.
How the Apprenticeship Program Works
This is a rigorous four-year in-depth post-secondary electrical training program. Apprentices are provided on-the-job training on actual construction sites during the day (with pay and benefits) and attend class one afternoon a week from 1pm-7pm to learn the required electrical concepts, theories and applications necessary to develop apprentices into top performing journey workers and professional union members. rade. In order to graduate, an apprentice must complete 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and successfully complete 900 hours of related instruction with an average of 75% or above.
Upon graduation, apprentices become full-fledged journey workers and earn nationally recognized certifications that make them eligible to work out of any local IBEW union across the country.
The RJATC accepts applications year-round, and starts a new class of apprentices every January and August. It is a competitive application process, so we encourage all applicants to take advantage of the information and resources provided here to maximize their chances of being accepted into the program.
Want to get a leg up on the competition? Click on the Electric Prep logo for resources to help you ace the entrance process!
Apprentices will receive increases during the course of their apprenticeship based on the amount of work hours they successfully complete and successful school performance.
Apprentice wages are based upon a percentage of the Journeypersons hourly wage rate and advancements are made during the four years of apprenticeship.
Current hourly pay rate for Journeyperson's = $33.58 per hour *plus benefits
*plus benefits - In addition to pay rate, Family Health Insurance and Full Pension Benefits paid for by the contractor.
Inside Wireman Apprentice Pay Rates
Period School Year Percentage Hourly Rate
1st First 53% $17.80 hr. *plus benefits
2nd First 58% $19.48 hr. *plus benefits
3rd Second 60% $20.15 hr. *plus benefits
4th Third 66% $22.16 hr. *plus benefits
5th Fourth 72% $24.18 hr. *plus benefits
6th Fifth 80% $26.86 hr. *plus benefits
How To Get Started
To start electrical training, you must first apply by completing an application form. You can complete an application online or in person (by appointment only).
In-person applications are taken by appointment only on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, 9am-11am and 1pm-3:00pm.
Online applications can be started anytime/anywhere by choosing the "APPLY HERE" tab on this website. After submitting the online application, you must follow up with a phone call to our office (804-752-8266) to schedule a day and time to sign your application and to turn in the required supporting documents.
Supporting documentation will be required in order to complete your application.
YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 17 YEARS OLD TO APPLY & 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PARTICIPATE IF SELECTED.
The primary supporting documents needed to verify the minimum requirements are, but not limited to:
- A VALID driver’s license
- A copy of your birth certificate or social security card
- Provide ALL transcripts (not diplomas) for all high school, college, technical schools, or any other education and training. Those using a GED to qualify, in addition to transcripts, you must provide GED test scores, not just a diploma.
- Form DD-214 (military veterans only)
- $20.00 processing fee (non-refundable) payable by credit/debit card, cash or money order payable to “Richmond Electricians JAF”. Checks Not Accepted
Once you have all supporting document, call the office to schedule an appointment time to complete the application process.
Once an application is completed, we will schedule you for an aptitude test. The aptitude test covers two proficiencies, reading comprehension and mathematics (Algebra I based). You will need to earn a qualifying score in order to advance to the next stage of the selection process, which is a sit-down interview.
If you earn a qualifying score on the aptitude test, you will be invited to attend the next regularly scheduled oral interview. Interviews are conducted monthly, typically on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. It is recommended that the applicant arrive at least 15 minutes before their scheduled interview time. The overall interview session will last approximately 2.5 hours, so please plan accordingly. While the overall session may last hours, the actual interview will only last between 10-15 minutes.