Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the ETA/AIR Aptitude test more than one time?

The only time you would retake the ETA/AIR Aptitude test is if you do not at first qualify for the oral interview by achieving a score of five (5) or above on a stanine scale. You will not be eligible to retest for a period of six (6) months from the previous test date. Qualifying test scores are accepted for a period of two (2) years. If you reapply after that time period you will be scheduled to retake the test. How can I fill out the application? At this time applications are completed online. See the Apprenticeship page of this website for the link to the application and the instructions that follow.

Is experience necessary to apply for apprenticeship?

No experience in the electrical field is required to apply for apprenticeship. The Central New York ETA provides training with a combination of classroom and on-the-job training.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship combines on-the-job and classroom training. The contractor with which they are employed pays the apprentice for on-the-job training.

What sort of income should I expect from the apprenticeship?

Hourly rates are based on percentages of the current Journeyman Wireman rate. Effective June 1, 2021 the hourly rate at the Journeyman level is $41.00. Apprentice rates are as follows (hourly, NOT including the benefit package paid by the employer):

1st Period (become an apprentice) $16.40
2nd Period (at 1,000 OJT Hours) $18.45
3rd Period (at 1,800 OJT Hours and completion of 1st Year) $20.05
4th Period (at 3,350 OJT Hours and completion of 2nd Year) $24.60
5th Period (at 4,900 OJT Hours and completion of 3rd Year) $28.70
6th Period (at 6,450 OJT Hours and completion of 4th Year) $32.80
Journeyman Wireman (at 8,000 Hours and completion of 5th Year) $41.00
OJT = On the Job Training

When can I apply for apprenticeship?

Applications are accepted online year round by using the link provided on the Apprenticeship page of this website. Be careful that you follow through with the instructions provided in order to get your application processed.

Can I attend classes without attending on-the-job training?

No, classes are available to registered apprentices only. Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom training.

Are there fees associated with the application?

The only fee associated with the application process would be the $20.00 testing fee. This fee is for the ETA/AIR Aptitude test, payable online prior to the test. You will be sent payment information after we receive your applicaion and any applicable paperwork.