Electrician School Cost
To become an electrician, there are three general routes: trade schools, community colleges and apprenticeship programs (that also make use of on-the-job training).
Our purpose here is to give you an idea of the electrician school cost of each approach, and help you make the best decision with regard to receiving an electrical education. As far as cost, obviously there can be a wide disparity depending on many factors, including geography, so the numbers we are dealing with here are general estimates. You should find out for yourself the true cost depending on what track you choose and where you choose to get your education.
Technical Trade School
A certificate from a trade school will likely cost $5,000, and possibly up to $10,000. A certificate program will cover the basics such as wiring and voltage testing.
Community College Associates Degree
You should expect to spend $10,000 – $12,000 or more to receive an associates degree from a community college for tuition and fees. Additional costs include boarding (if you live away from home), food, and other necessities. This degree should cover certain more advanted topics.
Here is where it really gets interesting. An apprenticeship with Independent Electrical Contractors has zero cost. In fact, you actually get paid while conducting the internship. This type of education includes both classroom instruction as well as hands-on, from-the-field work. And did we mention that you get paid?
As you can see, electrical school cost can range from zero to $12 thousand or more. In our opinion, the best kind of education is one that involves actually doing the work you are being trained to do.
Your career through IEC will begin as an apprentice electrician, then journeyman status, and then foreman or supervisor. There is no limit on how far you can take your electrical career. How you choose to get there is up to you, but we invite you to contact us through the form below to find out if an electrical apprenticeship is the right path for you.