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The Application Process
Updated On: Apr 18, 2011




· All applicants must be physically able to perform the work of the trade.

· Electrician applicants must take and receive a score of “4” or higher on our Aptitude Test (Electrician applicants documenting 4000 or more electrical construction hours must take the test but do not have to receive a minimum score). For more information on the Aptitude Test click here.

· All applicants must submit high school transcripts for grades 9-12. If qualifying with a GED, submit transcripts for the grade(s) completed. Transcripts for seniors in high school must include grades 9-11 and the first semester of the senior year, and be accompanied by a letter from the high school stating that the applicant is “on track” to graduate with their class.

Applicants who have met all of the above requirements and documented the proper paperwork will be scheduled for an interview, the next step in the application process. Back to top.

Qualifying with Prior Experience

Some of the requirements listed above may be bypassed with documentation of adequate prior experience. To apply using prior experience, bring along the $10.00 application fee, your driver’s license, and tax and/or payroll records documenting your prior experience of at least:

Electrical Construction Applicants– 4000 hours of electrical construction work experience

Telecommunications Applicants— 2400 hours of telecommunications work experience.

The JATC Committee determines whether the documented experience is the proper type of experience. If the experience qualifies, the applicant will proceed to the next step of the process, the personal interview. Back to top.

Personal Interview

Interviews are conducted by the members of the Cincinnati, Ohio Area Electricians’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC Committee). The JATC Committee consists of six members; three appointed by the Cincinnati Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association, and three appointed by Local Union #212, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Interviews are scheduled as a sufficient number of applications are received, usually monthly. Qualified applicants will be notified by mail of the scheduled date and time of their interview with the JATC Committee.

Each applicant’s transcripts and any other submitted documentation is evaluated and reviewed by the JATC Committee before the interview. During the interview, the Committee will consider the above along with reliability, interest, attitude, judgment, cooperation and other personal traits.

Following the interview, each committee member scores the applicant from 0-100 based upon the interview and the information submitted during the application process. The average of the committee members scores becomes the applicants “interview score” and is entered onto the “ranking list”. This score remains active on the ranking list for a period of two years. Back to top.

Ranking List

The ranking list consists of all active interview scores. Interview scores are entered onto the ranking list with the highest score being first. An applicant’s interview score remains on the ranking list for a period of two years, during which time an applicant is eligible for selection. Each month as interviews are conducted, interview scores are added and the ranking order changes. Back to top.

Apprentice Selection

New apprentices may be selected at any time and are selected from the ranking list in order of ranking by the JATC Committee. If 5 apprentices are to be selected, the top 5 scores on the ranking list at that time will be chosen. There is one apprentice class selected per year, although there is no specific time when these apprentices are selected, and no specific number of apprentices selected. The number selected is determined by the JATC Committee based upon the needs of the industry. Typically, a total of 50 to 100 apprentices are selected yearly for the electrical construction program and 10 to 20 apprentices are selected yearly for the telecommunications program. All selected applicants will be required to pass a physical drug screen. Back to top.

Apprentice Orientation

Selected applicants are notified by mail and must decline or accept the offer of apprenticeship by phone or mail. An orientation is scheduled and must be attended. Details of the program and its benefits are covered at the orientation.

Selected applicants will be required to successfully pass a physical Substance Abuse Screening before beginning to work. In the event that an applicant is placed on a job in advance of the Substance Abuse Screening, the same rules and provisions apply. See our Substance Abuse Policy for complete details.

Before signing the US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Agreement, a selected applicant will be given the opportunity to read our Apprenticeship Standards, the JATC Policy Statement, the Substance Abuse Policy, the Scholarship Loan Agreement, and the Apprenticeship Agreement. Back to top.

Applicant Appeals Procedure

1. An Appeals Committee is hereby established composed of one member appointed by Labor, one member appointed by Management and a public member appointed by both members. Each organization shall appoint or remove its own representatives on the Appeals Committee in such manner, as it desires. No member of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee may serve on the Appeals Committee.

2. Where an Appeals Committee exists under an established referral procedure and it is of this type, this Committee shall be used for this purpose.

3. Management and Labor shall mutually agree to and select or remove the public member of this Committee.

4. The authority of the Appeals Committee shall be limited to the rendering of decision only on cases involving alleged unjust treatment of applicants for the apprenticeship program in the matter of selection.

5. Any appeal must be filed in writing and signed by the applicant within fifteen (15) days of the date of notification of the applicant as to the decision of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee regarding the application.

6. A copy of the appeal shall be filed with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.

7. The Joint Apprenticeship Committee must file a written answer to the Appeals Committee within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the copy of the appeal.

8. The Appeals Committee shall consider the written evidence and shall on request of either party, grant a hearing.

9. A final decision shall be rendered by the Appeals Committee within thirty (30) days of the date of filing of the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee answer to the appeal or from the date of the hearing.

10. Decisions of the Appeals Committee shall be final and binding. All records of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and Appeals Committee will be kept for five (5) years. Back to top.


All correspondence from the JATC office will be by mail. It is very important that any personal information changes (address, phone numbers) be reported to the JATC office as soon as possible. Back to top.

The intent of our entire selection process is to reveal those individuals with the highest overall qualifications for the apprenticeship openings available, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Our ONLY goal is to indenture the highest qualified applicants and train them to be skilled electricians or installer/technicians.

Our application process consists of several steps. The process is outlined below. Please read through the entire process to familiarize yourself with what to expect. You can also use the following links for a quick search on any portion of the application process.

Complete an Application

Applications are accepted Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A $10.00 non-refundable application fee, payable in cash or money order (no checks), is due at the time of application. Our office is located at 5455 Glenway Aveenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. Click here for directions. Remember to bring verification of other qualifications (see "Qualifications" below).

Applicants who can not meet one or more of the above qualifications will not be denied an application, but the application will be filed as “does not meet qualifications”. These applications will be kept on file for a period of two years during which requirements may be met and the applicant will progress to the next step of the application process.

Applications for either of our apprenticeship programs will be accepted without regard to race, color religion, national origin or sex (see Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students under the left menu). Back to top.


Applicants must document the following qualifications in order to proceed with the application process:

· All applicants must be at least 17 years of age at time of application.

· All applicants must be a high school graduate, have a GED, have a two year Associate
Degree or higher, or be a high school senior on track to graduate.

· Telecommunications applicants must have completed one full year of Algebra I (Pre-Algebra, Basic Algebra or Intro to Algebra are not acceptable) at the high school level or have obtained one post high school Algebra credit. Electrician applicants do not have to have an Algebra credit although proficiency in Algebra must be demonstrated on the Aptitude Test to receive a qualifying score.

· Telecommunications applicants must possess a valid driver’s license. Electrician applicants must possess a valid driver's license or state issued ID.

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