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The Richmond Electricians' JATC Training Program offers the following apprenticeship, designed to shape apprentices into well-rounded electricians, expert in the complete scope of their chosen field:

  • 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

As an Inside Wireman apprentice enrolled in the Richmond Electricians' JATC Training Program, you work during the day on actual construction job sites where experienced Journeypersons teach you the trade.  One day per week from 1pm-7pm, you attend classes in the cutting-edge classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories of the Richmond Electricians' JATC Training Center.  This apprenticeship program enables you to receive full-time pay while gaining the experience and skills necessary to succeed as an Electrician.

Benefits of Becoming an Apprentice at the Richmond Electricians' JATC

The Richmond Electricians' JATC Apprenticeship Program offers a full range of benefits, from the financial to the personal:

  • Unlimited advancement opportunities
  • Membership in a community that takes pride in its work and supports its members
  • The opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals
  • The chance to work on the most exciting, important projects around the Richmond area
  • Work that challenges mind and body
  • Respect and recognition
  • Healthy, cooperative workplace
  • State-of-the-art training
  • Fair treatment and safe working conditions
  • Job security
  • Great benefits such as comprehensive health insurance and pension plans at no cost to you
  • Excellent wages

Pay Rate

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 = $31.46 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               50%          $15.73 *plus benefits

2nd         First               55%          $17.30 *plus benefits

3rd         Second            60%         $18.88 *plus benefits

4th          Third              66%         $20.76 *plus benefits

5th          Fourth            72%         $22.65 *plus benefits

6th          Fifth               80%         $25.17 *plus benefits

How To Get Started

Step 1

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 applicantion and to turn in the required supporting documents.

Supporting documentation will be required in order to complete your application. 


The primary supporting documents needed to verify the minimum requirements are, but not limited to:

  1. A VALID driver’s license
  2. A copy of your birth certificate or social security card
  3. 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.
  4. Form DD-214 (military veterans only)
  5. $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.

Step 2

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. 

Step 3

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 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

Apprentice Tool List

The ability to use and manipulate the following tools, or other similar tools which may be required to perform elecrical work is necessary for the apprenticeship program:

  • 9" Lineman Pliers (Sidecutter pliers)
  • 2 pair of Tongue and Groove Pliers (pump, channel lock pliers)
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver (large and small)
  • Slotted Head Screwdriver (large and small)
  • Hack Saw
  • 6' Folding Inside Reading Rule
  • Pocketknife
  • Torpedo Level
  • Pouch & Belt and/or Tool Bag and/or Tool Box
  • Pencil

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