About the Program

The Limited Residential Electrician apprenticeship program is a 2 year program designed to give students the experience and training necessary to become licensed limited residential electricians. It is a combination of classroom instruction at the Independent Electrical Training Center (IETC) in Salem, OR and supervised work experience with approved employers, or training agents.

An individual with a Limited Residential Electrical license may perform electrical installations on one and two-family or multi-family dwelling units, not to exceed three floors above grade.  They install wiring for power, lighting and specialized systems in dwellings. They also repair and maintain existing electrical systems in existing residences.


2 years
4000 on-the-job hours
288 classroom hours


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How much can I earn?

Apprentices begin at half of the average salary of journey workers and receive pay increases as they progress through the program. Entry-level apprentices earn an average of $20.41 per hour to start and generally receive their first raise after 3 months. Licensed limited residential electricians earn on average $37.10 per hour—that’s about $77,168 per year.

How do I receive my on-the-job training?

Apprentices work under the direct supervision of licensed journey worker electricians.  After you are registered as an apprentice, you will work for an employer who has been approved by the Area II Inside Electrical committee to be a training agent through the Bureau of Labor & Industries. Training agents have promised to provide on-the-job training and supervision according to approved industry standards.

Where are employers located?

Training agents have offices located in the following counties in Oregon: Benton, Harney, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, and South Yamhill. However, you may be required to travel all over Oregon and to other states.

What working conditions can I expect?

Limited residential electricians work both inside and outside in a variety of weather conditions. The work requires standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling, and reaching.  Work may be performed in cramped spaces and on ladders and scaffolding ranging up to 160+ feet.

How do I receive my classroom instruction?

Classroom instruction – or related training – is conducted at the Independent Electrical Training Center (IETC) in Salem, OR.  IETC is operated in partnership with IEC of Oregon and the Area II Inside Electrical committee.  IETC is affiliated with Chemeketa Community College and apprentices earn college credit and qualify for financial aid.  Classes are two evenings a week in the fall, winter, and spring.  You will start school once you are registered in the program as an apprentice.

Online schooling is also available on a case-by-case basis.

What costs can I expect?

Related training tuition and books combined cost around $1,700 – $1,900 per year. This cost is the responsibility of the apprentice, although some employers do assist with expenses.  Apprentices are also eligible for financial aid through Chemeketa Community College.