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As an electrician, you control your destiny. Your powerful career puts cutting-edge technology in your hands and places you in one of America's most in-demand occupations. As our reliance on energy sources rises, so does the need for skilled electricians. As your career grows, you will have unlimited career paths to choose from. What inspires you? Leading a team? Owning a company? Working on complex construction projects? You have the POWER to build the exciting future of your dreams. Let us help you pave the path to your success!

The Electrical Apprenticeship Program is operated by MSIEC (Mid-South Independent Electrical Contractors Inc) which is a not for-profit 501(c)(6) organization. The MSIEC is in place to help individuals receive an education that leads them to have a trade that the electrical apprentices can use for the rest of their lives. Therefore developing self-esteem and the ability to have a positive impact on themselves, their families and the community.


The Apprenticeship Training Program is a form of education that incorporates workplace training with technical in-school training. Since 1972, National IEC has conducted apprenticeship training programs under standards approved by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Apprenticeship. The Mid-South IEC supports Four Strategic Pillars of the National IEC: Educate, Grow, Advocate, and Recognize.

Educate: We provide world class education by teaching the curriculum developed by professional electricians.

Grow: We provide the resources and membership to maintain a dynamic industry association that supports our contractor members.

Advocate: We are a voice for the merit shop electric and limited energy (low voltage) industry for the issues that affect the entire electric industry.

Recognize: We strive to showcase the success stories from the Memphis Metropolitan Area.

The Mid-South IEC's Electrical Apprenticeship Program has many certifications to assist the Mid-South IEC in delivering a quality education. Below are the certifications of the Mid-South IEC's Electrical Apprenticeship Program.



Mid-South IEC's four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized by the US. Department of Labor's Bureau, Office of Apprenticeship.



The Mid-South IEC's four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized for up to 40 college credits from the American Council on Education (ACE)



The Mid-South's IEC's four year electrical apprenticeship program is recognized by the Veterans Affairs so veterans can receive their VA benefits.



The Mid-South's IEC's four year electrical apprenticeship program has been approved by the Workforce Investment Network (area 13).

What makes IEC's program so successful?

  • 144 hours of classroom training per year with lectures, demonstrations, labs, homework, and a comprehensive final that must be passed prior to graduating to the next level.

  • 2,000 hours On-The-Job training per year (8,000 hours for all four years).

  • A nationally approved electrical curriculum is in use nationwide by nearly 10,000 electrical apprentices annually.

  • Dedicated professional staff and instructors are available to assist you in progressing through the apprenticeship program.

Don't just take our word for it!


Check out My Electric Career and be sure to read through all of the great information provided to you! If you scroll down to the section that says Earn While you Learn you can hear from four apprentices from the Mid-South IEC! You can also view our Virtual Career Fair established in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting our YouTube page to hear from other electrical apprentices in our program, alumni, contractor owners, and other electricians.

Course outline


Below are links, (in.pdf format) of the course outlines to each year of the electrical apprenticeship program. These outlines identify specifically what will be taught throughout the four year program:

With a growth rate in excess of 20% per year, IEC's electrical apprenticeship program is rapidly becoming recognized as the premier electrical apprenticeship program in the industry. Through this combination of education, training, and hands-on experience, students not only learn an understanding of theory, operation, and code. They also learn how to develop management and leadership skills.

What is an electrician?

An electrician is a skilled tradesperson who combines electrical theory with the knowledge of the operating characteristics of electrical equipment and devices. Along with this knowledge and the necessary job skills, this individual safely and correctly wires commercial, industrial, residential and other types of building facilities. Thus, the electrician performs a service which enables the consumer to use electrical energy for such purposes as lighting , heating and the operation of electrical equipment, motors, control systems and appliances.


Why become an electrician?

Electricians earn high hourly wages and experienced men and women are always in demand. Many who complete apprenticeship move up the career ladder as estimators, supervisors and superintendents. You might even own your own company someday.

What is the apprenticeship program for electricians?

The apprenticeship program is a combination of "classroom" and "on the job training" over a four year period of time. The program is designed to provide the apprentice with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of electrician. For completion, 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on the job training hours are required. Those apprentices, who satisfactorily complete the requirements, will be certified by the Apprenticeship and Training Committee. This committee sponsors, supervises and regulates the program. At the end of training, the apprentice receives a Completion Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.


What are the job opportunities?

During the training period, the apprentice will be employed by IEC Electrical Contractor Members of the association. After the training period and when the apprentice has achieved electrician status, job opportunities will exist locally and nationally. The demand for an electrician's services will be in direct proportion to attitude and eagerness to produce quality, useful work.


What pay can an apprentice expect?

The minimum pay an apprentice can expect is 50% of the hourly rate of pay for an Average Journeymen Electrician. This rate is determined by the Apprenticeship and Training Committee. The apprentice then receives systemic hourly wage increases when the following are completed; every 1000 hours worked, complete the semester and pass the semester. This process continues throughout the 4 year training period. When the apprentice has successfully completed the apprenticeship and training program, including qualifying tests, that person will be eligible for Electrician wages.


Who can apply to the program?


Any person at least 17 years of age can apply and all applicants must meet the minimum requirements.


What are the minimum requirements for consideration and the procedure to apply for the apprenticeship program?

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.

  • Applicants must be a High School Graduate or have successfully passed the GED equivalent. A copy of the high school transcript and transcripts of other specialized education will be required.

  • The applicant must have their own reliable transportation to the employer's place of business and/or job site and to the place where job related instruction is conducted.

  • The applicant must be able to perform the essential functions of the trade.

  • In the four year period, applicants must attend 576 hours of classroom instruction at night without compensation and 8,000 hours in an on the job training program supervised by the Apprenticeship & Training Committee.

  • Applicants must complete the apprenticeship application.

  • Applicants must pass a basic math and reading test. You can follow this link for a practice math test: PRACTICE MATH TEST 

  • Applicants must pass a drug test

  • Applicants must appear for scheduled orientation


Check out our YouTube page for even more information and testimonials.

training center

Check out photos from our training facility. 

apprentice job description

Check out the job description for an electrical apprentice.

Apprentice brochure

Check out a downloadable and printable apprentice brochure.

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