At Ventura County Electrical Apprenticeship, our mission is to provide an exceptional training program that is clearly structured and organized to train the next generation of electrical construction workers. This allows our apprentices to focus on their hands-on training and classroom curriculum while working towards a defined career path.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. This allows apprentices to gain a well-rounded education suited for the requirements and demands of the electrical construction industry.

What Do Electrical Construction Workers Do?

Electrical construction workers install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. The specific duties of an electrical construction worker include:

  • Reading blueprints or technical diagrams
  • Installing and maintaining wiring, control, and lighting systems
  • Inspecting electrical components, such as transformers and circuit breakers
  • Identifying electrical problems with a variety of testing devices
  • Repairing or replacing wiring, equipment, or fixtures using hand tools and power tools
  • Following state and local building regulations based on the National Electric Code
  • Directing and training workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or equipment

How does the program work?

At Ventura County Electrical Apprenticeship, students attend our school twice per week in the evenings at our training center in Oxnard, while working during the day with an electrical contractor. Apprentices do not need to seek their own employment as the Ventura County Electrical Apprenticeship will place apprentices to work with participating contractors. Once the apprentice has completed the 5-year program they will be upgraded to Journeyman Level status and will receive a Certificate of Completion from the State of California, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Electrical Training Alliance.


Apprentices are paid while working on the job with a participating electrical contractor. Beginning wages and benefits are good and apprentices receive wage increases based on successful completion of schooling and on-the-job training. Here is a breakdown of wages and benefits:

  • 1st Year Apprentices = $18.86/hr + health insurance                                                    
  • 2nd Year Apprentices = $23.58/hr + insurance and pension
  • 3rd Year Apprentices = $28.29/hr + insurance and pension
  • 4th Year Apprentices = $33.01/hr + insurance and pension
  • 5th Year Apprentices = $40.08/hr + insurance and pension
  • Journeyman Electrician = $47.15/hr + insurance and pension

Program Timeline

The Ventura County Electrical Apprenticeship Inside Wireman Training Program is completed over a five-year period. After successfully completing the Inside Wireman Apprenticeship and receiving the title of Journeyman Wireman, we require you to continue working for our IBEW/NECA Contractors for an additional five-year period as “payment in kind” for your training. In lieu of working this five-year period, you may elect to pay for your schooling at a total cost of $25,000. In summary, if you are accepted into this program, you can expect to live and work in Ventura County for the next ten years. After this period, if you desire to relocate to another jurisdiction, you may do so without having to request an official transfer.  

Take the Next Step:

Ready to discover a world of opportunities and propel your electrical career forward? Click here to fill out an apprenticeship application and get started on your path to being an electrical construction worker with Ventura County Electrical Apprenticeship today!