Electrician Classes in Illinois (Top Schools)

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If you feel being an electrician is the right career for you, read on to learn more about becoming one.

Occupation Outlook

The Illinois Department of Employment Security claims there will be a 15% increase in electrician jobs in the next 6 years.

On average, Illinois electricians make $49,404 per year, while the better-paid ones make around $56,296 per year.

By contrast, these salaries are a bit lower at a national level, with the median one being $47,951 per year, and the highest being $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$43K
$49K
$56K

Average Salary of Electricians in Illinois

City NameSalary
Chicago$51,078
Rockford$48,149
Aurora$50,615
Naperville$49,989
Peoria$46,464
Springfield$44,258
Joliet$49,546
Elgin$50,328
Waukegan$48,019
Cicero$51,078
* Salary information last updated 2020

Becoming an Electrician

In Illinois, each city issues its own certifications, after which you are allowed to work anywhere in the state.

To get licensed, you need to follow some steps:

  • Become an apprentice
  • Take the licensing exam
  • Get certified as an Independent Electrical Contractor

Becoming an apprentice

Although the requirements vary based on the city, you will typically need to have 8,000 hours of job experience and between 500 and 800 hours of class training.

To meet the required standards, you have to:

  • Get into a technical program and then get hired for an entry-level position
  • Enroll in an apprenticeship program with the IBEW union
  • Attend a program that is not part of the union

Technical Programs

The easiest way to meet the standards is by getting an associate’s degree or diploma in electrical technology.

In some regions, it is possible to replace some of the job experience hours with the diploma. 

You can get hired in one of the larger companies in the state after getting your degree:

  • Handyman Matters in Chicago
  • Storm Electric Company in Melrose Park
  • Powell Construction and Decorating in Addison

Apprenticeship Programs

Illinois programs meet the standards of the National Training Alliance, the association which manages the JATCs (Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees) all over the country.

This table contains all the institutions you can contact to become an electrician:

50 Electrician Schools in Illinois

School NameAddress
Black Hawk College6600 34th Ave, Moline, IL 61265
Champaign JATC3301 North Boardwalk, Champaign, IL
City Colleges of Chicago226 West Jackson, Chicago, IL 60606
City Colleges of Chicago — Kennedy-King6301 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60621
Danville Area Community College2000 East Main Street, Danville, IL 61832
Frontier Community College2 Frontier Drive, Fairfield, IL 62837
Heartland Community College — Technology Division1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761
IEC of Greater St. Louis12704 Pennridge Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Illinois Central College1 College Dr, East Peoria, IL 61635
Illinois Valley Community College815 North Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
JATC of Bloomington and Normal2407 Beich Avenue, Bloomington, IL
JATC of DuPage County28600 Bella Vista Parkway, Warrenville, IL
JACT of Lake County31290 North U.S. Highway #45, Libertyville, IL
JATC for Local Union #1761110 Northeast Frontage, Joliet, IL
JATC of Local Union 461591 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL
John A. Logan College700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918
Joliet Junior College1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431,
Kankakee Community100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kaskaskia College27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801
Kishwaukee College21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150
Lakeland College5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938
Lewis and Clark Community College — Benjamin Godfrey Campus5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, IL 62035
Lewis and Clark Community College — National Great Rivers Confluence Campus1, Confluence Way, East Alton, IL 62024
Lewis and Clark Community College — N. O. Nelson Campus600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL 62025
Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd Road, Springfield, IL 62794
Lincoln Tech — Melrose Park Campus8317 West North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160
Lincoln Trail College11220 State Highway 1, Robinson, IL 62454
Local 193 JATC3150 Wide Track Drive, Springfield, IL
Local 649 JATC3941 Humbert Road, Alton, IL
McHenry & North Kane Counties JATC765 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake, IL
Midstate JATC3390 North Woodford Street, Decatur, IL
Midwest IEC371 Kairns Drive, Crown Point, IN 46307
Northern Illinois JATC619 South Rock, Rockford, IL
Oakton Community College — Des Plaines Campus1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Oakton Community College — Skokie Campus7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077
Olney Central College305 North West Street, Olney, IL 62450
Parkland College2400 West Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821
Peoria JATC707 Northeast Jefferson Avenue, Peoria, IL
Prairie State College — Matteson Area Center4821 Southwick Drive, Matteson, IL 60443
Quad City JATC1700 52nd Ave, Moline, IL
Rend Lake College468 North Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846
Richland Community CollegeOne College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
Rock Valley College — RVC3301 North Mumford Road, Rockford, IL
Sauk Valley Community College173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021
Shawnee Community College8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin, IL 62992
Southwestern Illinois College — Belleville Campus2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleville, IL 62221
Southeastern Illinois College -Harrisburg3575 College Road, Harrisburg, IL 62946
Southwestern Illinois JATC2000 Mall Street, Collinsville, IL
Tech Center of Dupage301 S Swift Rd, Addison, IL 60101
Wabash Valley College2200 College Drive, Mount Carmel, IL 62863

To attend a program, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have the physical abilities to do your job
  • Means of transportation
  • Take a general aptitude exam
  • Bring a high school diploma/GED
  • Finish a high-school algebra class 

You will also need to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

If you choose a non-union option, you can complete your training with a non-union contractor in Illinois and find employment that way. 

Some of the companies offering programs are:

  • Midwest IEC
  • IEC Greater Saint Louis (serving Illinois localities in Bridgeton, Missouri)
  • ABC-Illinois Chapter (Elk Grove Village, Springfield)

Take the Licensing Exam

The state of Illinois mostly offers electrical contractor certifications, with the exception of Chicago where a journeyman license is required first.

In order to show proof of finishing your apprenticeship hours in your region, take the City of Chicago exam. 

Chicago 

The “Supervising Electrician Certification” is the license electricians get in Chicago after they pass an exam. 

As a supervising electrician, your activities will be overseen by an electrical contractor.

The electrical contractor must work with a supervising electrician, or meet the qualification himself.

In Chicago, this is the final stage in becoming an electrician if you don’t want to start your own business.

To get certified, you need to:

  • Be 21 years old or older
  • An electrical experience totaling 2 years
  • Passing a test
  • Proof you worked under a supervising electrician

You will need to complete a form, after which the certification exam will be scheduled.

The test is managed by the Continental Testing Service.

The certification must be renewed after 1 to 4 years, and you can find info on the City of Chicago site.

Get Certified as an Independent Electrical Contractor

You will need to register in any city you want to work in, and below are the requirements for the biggest counties in the state:

Cook County

This county requires:

  • Be licensed as a supervising electrician in the county
  • Apply in person at the Department of Building and Zoning Office
  • A Certificate of General Liability up to $1 million
  • If your business is a corporation, a copy of your corporation papers with a list of corporate officers is required
  • Submit a Child Support Compliance Data Form

Your electrical contractor certification will need to be renewed yearly, and you will be contacted with a few weeks before the deadline.

DuPage County

In this county, you can either work as a sub-contractor or a contractor.

As a contractor, you will be allowed to do technical work in all trades.

As a sub-contractor, you can only do electrical work. 

To get licensed, visit the Contractor Registration Information on the county’s official website.

The requirements are below:

  • Knowledge of the DuPage County Ordinances, Codes, and Regulations
  • The proper registration fee
  • The required liability insurance

As a contractor, you need to have the liability insurance listed below:

  • General liability – $1 million
  • Worker’s compensation and employee liability – Broad form coverage as indicated by law

As a sub-contractor, you need to have the liability insurance listed below:

  • General liability insurance
  • Worker’s compensation and employee liability

Your certification will need to be renewed once a year.

Will County

You will have to complete the Contractor Registration Application on the Will County Building Division page, and meet the below requirements:

  • The proper fee
  • A Supervising Electrician Certification copy that shows the test date 

Your certification will need to be renewed once a year.

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