Beginning July 1, 2023, all individuals who are applying to take the general journey level electrical examination, or any trainee working on a commercial jobsite must have completed an electrical apprenticeship program. Both the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council and L&I’s Electrical Program must approve an electrical apprenticeship program for hours of experience to count toward electrical examination. Electrical trainees who are working toward a specialty electrical certification do not need to complete an apprenticeship program at this time.

Electrical trainees are often informally referred to as “electrical apprentices.” However, unless a trainee is enrolled in a formal registered apprenticeship program, they are not an apprentice.

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