The Limited Residential Electrician Apprenticeship Program accepts applications year-round. You may submit a complete application packet to the IEC Office at any time. On the first business day of each month, the apprenticeship department processes all applications received over the previous month. If you meet the program requirements, you will receive an email with information on completing an interview. Your application will only be considered complete if it includes the following:
- Proof of minimum requirements
- WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test results
Please see below for more information on the minimum requirements and how to take the WorkKeys NCRC test.
- What are the minimum requirements?
- How do I take a math placement test?
- What WorkKeys assessments are required?
- What are WorkKeys assessments?
- How can I take the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test?
- I already have WorkKeys NCRC test scores. Can I submit these?
- How can I prepare to take the WorkKeys NCRC test?
What are the minimum requirements?
The following are the minimum requirements:
- At least 17 years old to apply and 18 years old to begin the program
- High school diploma, GED, or Associate Degree or higher from an accredited educational institution (include copies of diploma/certificate with application)
- Proof of algebra. We will accept any of the following:
- Copies of transcripts demonstrating completion of one year of high school algebra, Integrated Math II, or equivalent with a grade of C or higher or
- Math placement test scores demonstrating that you place into Math 65 or higher or
- Copy of the Individual Score Report from the WorkKeys Applied Math test showing a score of 5 or higher
How do I take a math placement test?
You can submit college math placement test scores to meet our algebra requirement for entry into the program. Simply take a math placement test at a community college and submit your results demonstrating that you place into Math 65 or higher. If you need assistance with the basics of algebra prior to taking your test, see Algebra Help and Math League. The following local community colleges offer placement testing:
What WorkKeys assessments are required?
With your application, you must include test scores from the three WorkKeys assessments that make up the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC):
- Applied Math (previously called Applied Mathematics)
- Workplace Documents (previously called Reading for Information)
- Graphic Literacy (previously called Locating Information)
Please note that we are not looking for the certificate itself, but copies of the scores that you received in each of the three assessments.
What are WorkKeys assessments?
The ACT WorkKeys assessments are tests designed to measure specific skills to gauge potential success in the workplace. For more information, please visit the ACT website here.
The National Career Readiness Certificate is comprised of three WorkKeys assessments – Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Individuals who complete these three assessments will receive a WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). For more information, please visit the NCRC page here.
How can I take the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) test?
You can take the NCRC test at a WorkSource Oregon center, and can find a list of all the centers here. Many of the locations have links to their calendars with test dates. The test that you will take is the National Career Readiness Certificate or NCRC. The NCRC test is free and takes around 4.5 hours to complete. You will be able to receive copies of your scores upon completion of the test, and the certificate will be mailed to you later.
The WorkSource center in Salem offers NCRC testing twice a month. You can view their calendar here. You will need to complete a 30-minute welcome process in person to set up an account and register for the test. The center is located at 605 Cottage St. NE in Salem, OR.
I already have WorkKeys NCRC test scores. Can I submit these?
Yes, if you have already taken the WorkKeys assessments that make up the NCRC, you may submit those scores to us. Please note that in June 2017 the WorkKeys assessments were renamed: Applied Mathematics is now Applied Math, Reading for Information is now Workplace Documents, and Locating Information is now Graphic Literacy. We will accept older versions of test results.
How can I prepare to take the WorkKeys NCRC test?
ACT offers free practice tests on their website that you can use to prepare.
WorkSource Oregon also encourages individuals to complete the Initial Skills Review (ISR) prior to taking the NCRC test, which is an indicator for potential success on the test. WorkSource Oregon also offers the Worldwide Interactive Network (WIN) courseware for individuals to improve their skills. Both of these tools are available by clicking here and registering in WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS). From the main menu screen in WOMIS, select “Work-Related Skills Review and Free Online Lessons” to access the ISR and WIN courseware.
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