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Promoting Responsible Independent Dedicated Electricians

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)

We are an organization of merit shop electrical contractors dedicated to providing industry-related education and training, business management, legislative participation, safety materials and training. Our members are dedicated to quality, integrity, and professionalism in the electrical construction industry.

Today’s electrical construction industry is rapidly changing with the introduction of new technology, new methods and increasing competition. This environment requires the independent electrical contractor to be professional in managing and constructing electrical projects.

Established in 1997, the Southern Colorado Chapter is one of 72 chapters nationwide representing over 3,200 merit shop and systems contractors. IEC promotes the common interests of independent electrical contractors and works with local, state and federal governments to make the electrical industry safer and stronger.

At IEC, our mission is to provide your apprentices, journeymen and management with education, training and forums so you can build a team of professionals and excel in the electrical construction industry.

Apprenticeship Training

IEC Southern Colorado Chapter offers a four year training program. Students can attend school one night per week. During their apprenticeship, students receive hands on training that is extremely valuable in preparing them to take the Journeyman’s License Exam. Read more about the training below

LEADer Classes - formerly PEP

This is an upgraded and dynamic modular program specifically designed for the electrician who wants to be a leader in the electrical trade. These are classes designed for Licensed Electrician and Apprentice Development. New classes are forming now and will be announced soon.

Workshops and Seminars

The Chapter offers management workshops that cover topics such as: project management, material ordering, change orders, safety and business management, just to name a few. To view upcoming workshop and seminar events see our Calendar. View workshop and seminar events

The Apprentice Training Program

The IEC Apprenticeship Training Program is a four-year program that will equip the prospective student with the skills and knowledge necessary to have a  successful career in the electrical construction trade.

The only age limitation is the apprentice must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit to enter the program. The apprentice must be physically capable of performing the various tasks that are required of a journeyman electrician.
Our apprenticeship program is approved by the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Military veterans may use their VA benefits while enrolled in the apprenticeship program.

Graduates of the  apprentice program receive 42 hours of college credit through theEmily Griffith Opportunity School. These credits are transferable to most colleges or universities in Colorado. College credits can also be earned through the American Council on Education.

Our Chapter works with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center and the Workforce Investment Act. A first – year apprentice who has never enrolled in any apprentice program and meets the WIA requirements can receive  financial assistance during their first year.

The Colorado State Electrical Board requires that an apprentice perform 8,000 hours of  on-the-job training and at least 288 hours of supplementary instruction, prior to submitting an application to take the state journeyman exam. For the residential wireman, 4,000 hours of on-the-job training is required.

All IEC instructors are required to hold a current, state – issued master electrician or journeyman electrician’s license.

Students attend class one night a week for 4 hours. There are 18 weeks in each semester and two semesters in each academic year for a total of 144 hours of instruction per year. This will be a combination of lecture, code study and hands-on labwork.

New incoming students are required to take the Math Diagnostic Exam. This exam is not a Pass/Fail exam, but a way to measure the apprentices ability to do the math required for the lessons. We have found that to remember the math and learn new electrical principles is usually too much for the new apprentice. This will give those apprentices a chance to brush up on their math skills before tackling new material. This exam is given by appointment and is free of charge.