Choosing to become an electrician can be rewarding, with high pay rates, a good job outlook, and room for career advancements.
You can put yourself on the path to this amazing career by enrolling in an electrician program.
But before doing so, you must find out how much the training costs.
By doing so, you can determine whether you can afford the program.
While the fees may vary slightly by school and by state, here is the general cost of electrician training in the U.S.
Cost of Electrician Training Program by Type
You can receive the necessary electrician training in two ways:
- Electrician certificate/diploma/degree programs offered by trade schools and community colleges
- Apprenticeship programs offered by the union and non-union sponsors
The former can cost between $1,000 and $11,000.
For instance, J.F. Drake State Technical College in Alabama offers two different certificate courses in electrical technology for $4,400 and $9,229.
Hawkeye College in Iowa offers an associate’s degree for $11,171 (inclusive of fees and tuition).
Meanwhile, the latter can cost between $250 and $1,420 per year.
For instance, Arkansas State University offers an apprenticeship program for $260 per year, which covers 2000 hours of field work.
Colorado’s Construction Industry Training Council offers an apprenticeship program for $710 per semester.
Aside from the tuition, you will incur other expenses in completing the program.
This includes the following:
- Textbooks and reference materials
- Tools and supplies
- Room and board for training
The total cost for all these may range from around $1,000 to $25,000.
For instance, Mohave Community College in Arizona, estimates books and supplies to cost $1,188 and board at $24564.
Some schools and sponsors offer scholarships for these electrician training programs.
For instance, the Electrical Association of Philadelphia offers a $3,000 scholarship.
Lowe’s awards almost 200 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 per year.
After your training, you’ll most likely apply for the journeyman electrician license immediately.
Typically, the license costs between $15 and $150 yearly, with an exam fee of $30 to $75.
For example, in Arkansas, the licensing exam fee ranges from $56 to $86, with initial license fees between $25 and $50.
In North Carolina, the exam fee is $75, with the license fees ranging between $60 to $150, depending on several restrictions.
Find the Electrician Training You Need
There are plenty of schools and sponsors offering electrician training nationwide.
You may check the following sites for training opportunities:
- electrical training ALLIANCE
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
- Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)