General Apprenticeship Information

Job Description – Apprentices will layout, assemble, install and hook up all electrical apparatus, equipment, fixtures and wiring used in electrical systems on maintenance, renovation and new construction projects. Possible installation, connecting, and troubleshooting of electrical machinery, control devices, industrial equipment, and signal communications systems.

Employers – Electrical contractors affiliated with I.B.E.W. Local 776. Contractors are not necessarily based in the Charleston area. 

Working Conditions – Physical strength and agility are an absolute necessity for the kinds of work that are performed. You must be willing to work in all types of weather as much of the work is performed outdoors.

Jurisdiction – Reliable transportation is an absolute necessity. Local 776’s jurisdiction covers a majority of South Carolina, which includes Charelston, Columbia, and Florence, . There is no travel compensation within Local 776’s jurisdiction.

Training – Length of apprenticeship is  four years, depending on the program. On-the-job training is provided through the Electrical Contractors. Classroom instruction is provided approximately one evening a week (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) and one Saturday a month.

Wages – The rate of pay for apprentices is determined by the collective bargaining agreement between  I.B.E.W. Local 776 and the Contractors. Apprentice pay is based on a predetermined percentage of the journeyman’s pay rate.

Fringe Benefits – There is a Health and Welfare plan which your employer contributes to, on your behalf. After a probationary period, there is a Pension program that is also contributed to, on your behalf, by the employer. There are no paid holidays, sick days, vacations, etc… When you work, you get paid. When you don’t work, you are not paid.

Competition – During a given selection period, we receive in excess of 100 applications.  Offers of apprenticeship are based upon meeting qualifications and industry demand.

Cost – You are required to purchase your own work clotheswork shoes, textbooks, workbooks and tools.


In order to enter the Charleston Electrical Training Alliance apprenticeship program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • High School Transcript
  • High School Diploma or GED. If submitting a GED, test scores must be included. High School Transcripts through the last grade completed are still required.
  • DD214 if you are a Veteran or DD2384 if you are a Reservist
  • Ability to lift 75 pounds
  • Negative 10 panel drug screen from a facility prescribed by the CETA at the applicant’s own expense (after being selected for the Apprenticeship Program).

Selection into the program also is based on oral interviews.

The recruitment, selection, employment and training of all apprentices during their apprenticeships are without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age.

 Charleston Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program

The apprenticeship program is based on the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) 5-year curriculum. The Charleston Electrical Training Alliance Program is registered with the Department of Labor.

The CETA offers a four year apprenticeship which combines on the job (OJT) and classroom training. Apprentices are required to complete all classroom related instruction and 8,000 hours of OJT.

If accepted into the apprentice program, apprentices are assigned to an electrical contractor for a minimum of 8000 OJT hours;

as we do not employ apprentices, there is no guarantee of working hours.

Apprentices will complete a total of 4 terms of school; classes are currently one day per week at the Charleston Electrical Training Alliance in Charleston, SC.