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How to become an electrician

Most community colleges offer two year associates degree programs for individuals looking to become electricians. Along with learning the ins and outs of the electrical trade you will also earn an associates of sciences degree. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is a Union for electricians. The IBEW offers individuals who want to become electricians an apprenticeship program where along with some class room training you also get a lot of on the job experience.

In order to be licensed in most states you will be required to understand and demonstrate the national electrical code. The national electrical code covers electrical safety, wiring, conductors, equipment, residential and commercial as well as industrial occupancies. Along with class room studies and on the job training, individuals can pass the national electric code exam and become licensed electricians where they can become journeyman for Unions, private companies or go on to work for themselves.

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