Electrician Classes in Iowa (Top Schools)

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Electricians have one of the most stable jobs in the US and this occupation also offers the possibility of advancing in the chosen career.

Job Prospects

Up until 2024, electricians in Iowa can expect to have 20.2% more jobs available.

In Iowa, electricians can expect to make on average $45,793 per year, while the highest salaries reach $52,181 annually.

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

The time seems right to start your training.

Annual Salary Range:
$40K
$45K
$40K

Average Salary of Electricians in Iowa

City NameSalary
Des Moines$46,081
Cedar Rapids$45,409
Davenport$45,289
Sioux City$39,895
Waterloo$43,347
Iowa City$45,035
Council Bluffs$45,335
Dubuque$44,917
Ames$45,649
West Des Moines$46,081
* Salary information last updated 2020

Training to be an Electrician

Those who want to work as an electrician need the license issued by Iowa’s Department of Public Safety’s (IDPS) Electrical Examining Board.

There are a few stages to follow:

  • Be an apprentice
  • Take the licensing exam
  • Become a certified master electrician
  • Possibility of working as an independent electrical contractor (with a license)

Being an Apprentice

You can’t become a journeyman without first gaining the apprentice experience.

Your apprenticeship program must be recognized by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the United States Department of Labor.

This means you’ll have to complete 8,000 hours working with a licensed electrical contractor and 576 hours of education in a classroom.

You can also join an apprenticeship program that the Iowa Electrical Examining Board approved and that is equivalent to the training needed to get the license, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

You can also consider the limited Special Electrician endorsement that allows you to work on specific systems and that has fewer requirements.

Technical Colleges

When attending a technical college you get all the classroom education for the next step.

By attending, you’ll earn the Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology diploma, or similar.

These are just some of the subjects you’ll study:

  • Electrical math
  • National Electric Code standards
  • Alarm systems
  • Lighting systems
  • Breakers, programmable boards, and other boards
  • Surge protection

Most colleges also have partnerships for internships to help you earn the experience needed on the job, or they can help with finding one.

17 Electrician Schools in Iowa

School NameAddress
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) — Newton Campus600 North 2nd Avenue West Newton, IA 50208
Indian Hills Community College525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, IA 52501
Iowa Lakes Community College — Estherville Campus300 South 18th Street Estherville, IA 51334
Iowa Central Community College — Main CampusOne Triton Circle Fort Dodge, IA
Iowa Western Community College 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
JATC of Cedar Rapids Electrical2300 Johnson Avenue Northwest Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
JATC of Des Moines1948 Northwest 92nd Court Clive, IA 50325
JATC of Dubuque680 Main Street Dubuque, IA 52001
JATC of Missouri Valley1707 North 14th Street Indianola, IA 50125
JATC of Sioux City4647 Stone Avenue Sioux City, IA 51102
JATC of Southwest Iowa1205 North Central Avenue Burlington, IA 52601
JATC of Waterloo3395 Newcastle Road Marion, IA 52302
Kirkwood Community College6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Marshalltown Community College3700 South Center Street Marshalltown, IA 50158
Northwest Iowa Community College603 West Park Street Sheldon, IA 51201
Southeastern Community College1500 West Agency Road West Burlington, IA 52655
WIT — Western Iowa Tech Community College4647 Stone Ave PO Box 5199 Sioux City, IA

Apprenticeship Programs

To directly join an apprenticeship program you’ll usually have to ask your local Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (or JATC), which work with unionized companies.

If you’d prefer not to work in a union, you can contact the Associated Builders and Contractors chapter in Iowa, for instance.

The school table above has the JATCs and non-unions eligible to train future electricians in Iowa.

Apprentice Licensing

Iowa requires apprentices to have a license as well.

You can apply for it online, but you also have to pay a fee that usually is not more than $20.

To get this license, you’ll need to provide evidence of enrollment, employment, and experience:

  • Personal information (including SSN)
  • Document of indenture (form ETA 671) or approval from an apprenticeship program
  • Documented proof of joining an apprentice program
  • Any currently active electrical licenses (if applicable)
  • The number of months employed as an apprentice (if newly employed, put down 1 month)
  • Contact details of people that can vouch for your work experience (if newly employed/inexperienced, put down employer’s contact information)
  • Contact details of a current employer as verifiable electrical work experience

Pass the Licensing Exam

In Iowa, the journeyman license allows you to supervise the work of apprentices, as well as perform all sorts of electrical work.

You can get one of the 2 licenses available:

  • Class A journeyman license: is valid since 2008, and candidates must adhere to the Board’s requirements to obtain it, including to pass its exam.
    • This article is designed to help you get this license that doesn’t have the limitations of the Class B certificate.
  • Class B License: applies to those who work in the field since before 1998; some readers might have changed careers since then, and if they want to return to this trade, they must proof 16,000 hours of job experience with a portion of it being before 1998.
    • This license doesn’t apply to most readers and has limitations on the kind of work the holder can perform.

Future Class A electricians must pass the Prometric exam after they submit the PSI Testing Sponsorship Form.

The form requires to fill in personal details such as the SSN, the dates worked as an electrician and the years of licensure, regardless of level.

Additionally, you must pay the exam fee ($60) and to score more than 75% to pass.

The exam lasts for 3 hours, has 80 questions and is open-book.

Topic breakdown:

  • Wiring and Protection – 25%
  • Wiring Methods and Materials – 20%
  • Equipment for General Use – 20%
  • General Electrical Knowledge – 10%
  • Special Occupancies – 10%
  • Special Equipment – 5%
  • Special Conditions – 5%

If you pass, you must apply for the license which includes paying a fee of not more than $75, filling in a form and providing proof of having passed the exam.

Remember that the fee changes based on the month.

Once you get your license, you must renew it every 3 years and also complete 6 hours of classroom education per year.

6 of those hours must cover the National Electrical Code standards, and there’s also a list of classes electricians must attend.

Earn the Master Electrician License

Master electricians can get permits to work on residential properties and there are 2 licenses available here as well.

To get the Class B master electrician you need to follow the same rules as for Class B journeyman electrician but doesn’t apply to those entering the industry after 2008.

To get the Class A master electrician license, you must:

  • Submit an application
  • Have a journeyman license for at least a year
  • Pass the master electrician Prometric exam (by scoring more than 75%)

Don’t forget to submit the PSI Testing Sponsorship Form like for the journeyman license, along with the same documents as above.

The exam you must pass costs $60, is 4 hours long, has 100 questions, and is an open book.

Breakdown of topics covered in the exam:

  • Wiring and Protection – 25%
  • Wiring Methods and Materials – 20%
  • Equipment for General Use – 20%
  • General Electrical Knowledge – 10%
  • Special Occupancies – 10%
  • Special Equipment – 5%
  • Special Conditions – 5%
  • Communication Systems – 5%

If you pass, you must apply again with the Electrical Examining Board showing proof you passed, and after paying the $375 license fee.

Just like above, the license must be renewed and the requirements are the same.

Becoming an Independent Electrical Contractor

This license allows you to offer your services across the State of Iowa, hire other electricians and run a business.

Requirements:

  • Must have or employ a person who holds an active master (Class A or B) license
  • Must maintain general and completed operations liability insurance for at least $1 million for all work performed which requires licensing
  • Must register as a contractor with the labor services division of Iowa workforce development

To earn this license you don’t need to pass an exam, but you have to pay the license fee of $375 and to renew it every 3 years along with your master electrician license because the later one is not replaced.

There are no requirements to continue your education for the renewal of this license.

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