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Apprenticeship Program


The IAMU Electric Line Maintainer Apprenticeship  Program has been in existence since 1993.  The purpose of the program is to train an apprentice in the routine and non-routine tasks required for an Electric Line Maintainer.  The goal is to ensure an apprentice completes the necessary tasks correctly and safely, not only for their personal safety, but also for the safety of co-workers and the community they serve.

Please note that individuals who enroll in the IAMU Electric Line Maintainer Apprenticeship Program must be employees of an IAMU member utility.  Prior training or experience in the area is not required.


Participating cities must form a local apprenticeship committee to approve IAMU's Standards of Apprenticeship.  These standards are registered with the Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.  IAMU serves as the sponsoring agency.  Once a utility has accepted the standards, individual apprentices may register for the correspondence course.  Placement testing is also available.  Upon completion of the program, the Department of Labor will issue a Certificate of Completion and IAMU will issue a Journeyperson Electric Line Maintainer wallet card.

Correspondence Program

The current IAMU program was purchased in January 2003 to better meet the needs of our municipal electric utility members.  The approximate four-year program consists of three components:  online testing, hands-on skill evaluations, and a 7,000 on-the-job hour requirement.


Each step of the program is comprised of modules with corresponding written/online examinations.  A final examination is required at the end of each step, as well as each respective year.  Module exams are taken online through IAMU's testing portal.  Year-end testing takes place at the IAMU Training and Office Complex.  Satisfactory scores are required in order to proceed to the next step of the program.  Enter Testing Site

Skill Evaluations

Most of the training modules contain hands-on skill evaluations.  The apprentice's supervisor will administer these evaluations at the utility; arrangements can also be made with IAMU's Electric Services Coordinator upon request.  Year-end skill evaluations will also be conducted in conjunction with year-end testing at the IAMU facility.  Apprentices are encouraged to attend IAMU's numerous electric workshops for additional training opportunities.


Contact IAMU for the current costs for the program.  Costs will include reference books, study and testing materials, annual skill evaluations, and documentation/certification upon completion of the program.

Dan Llewellyn, Electric Services Coordinator, 515-289-1999 (after hours - 515-971-8481)
Dave Hraha, Director of Member Services, 515-289-1999 (after hours - 515-210-8567)
Meredith Hibbs, Apprenticeship Assistant, 515-289-1999

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