The Electrical trade is growing and the College of Western Idaho Electrical Apprenticeship Program is your key to starting a rewarding career in a field that is increasingly in need of trained and licensed technicians, installers, and trouble shooters.
The Electrical Apprenticeship Program at CWI is a four year program that will take you from the basics to being prepared to take the Journeyman’s test.
You will learn from industry experts in the classroom in concert with employment in the electrical field for on-the-job training while earning a living. The schooling teaches the how’s and why’s of electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, lighting, motors and controls, installation methods, and much more.
You have two options for your Electrical Apprenticeship program through CWI
- Hybrid (In-Class and Online) - Course content is delivered online and in-class with lab access. Class attendance is required one evening per week.
- Online - 100% of the course material is delivered over the Internet via an instructor led course. This does require a motivated individual to dedicate time and stay current with the materials.
Both options prepare you for the same required tests to become a licensed electrician.
You will have 576 hours of classroom (in-class or online) training along with 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience during the four year program.
Be prepared to work in these areas of the electrical industry:
Registration is open every year from July through September and is based on first come, first serve. So mark your calendars and register as soon as you can.
Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.
Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Tools of the trade
- Blueprint reading
- Electrical theory
- Circuit breakers
- National Electric Code requirements
- Hands-on training in a lab setting
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Certificate of Completion
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Register with the Idaho State Division of Building Safety for your on-the-job apprentice hours to start. Idaho State Division of Building Safety, Electrical Bureau - 208.334.2183
Minimum Age Requirement
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.
- Electrical Apprenticeship Program costs are $800-$900 per year
- Book costs will vary by year
Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.
There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.
CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options
You will be prepared for a career in the electrical profession as an electrician.
- Electrical Journeyman
- Residential Electrician
- Commercial Electrician
- Industrial Eletrician
- Electrical Contractor