New Applicant FAQs

Below are the most frequently asked questions that applicants have about the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) program.

How do I apply for the ALBAT program?

Our applications are completed online, and can be found Here!

What documents do I need to turn in?

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A License or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A Permit and driver’s license, High School Transcripts ( that show an earned Algebra 1 credit and graduation date) and resume or work history.

How long is the apprenticeship?

The length is approximately 3 to 3 ½ years, but we track the progress by number of on-the-job training hours.

For the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Line, Substation and Cable Splicer Apprenticeships, the requirement is 7,000 hours of on-the-job training.

For the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Transmission and Underground Residential Distribution (URD) Apprenticeships, the requirement is 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.

For the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Traffic Signal Apprenticeship, the requirement is 6,000 hours of on-the-job training.

How much does the schooling cost?

There is no tuition cost to receive training through the ALBAT registered apprenticeship program.

There is a Scholarship Loan Agreement, which states that you will pay back the amount of training cost if you get terminated from the program or do not complete the in-kind credits after completion of the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) program.

How long before I get an interview?

Applicants are interviewed by the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Committee program within one year of applying.

Depending on the IBEW Local Union area you have an application with, you may be interviewed earlier than one year.

Do I have to have a CDL A license to apply?

A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A License or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) A Permit must be valid at the time of application and interview.

How long can I be on the ALBAT Standby List?

Applicants can stay on the ALBAT Standby List for two years. If you have not been selected within two years, your application will become invalid.

How much money does an apprentice make?

The rate an apprentice will start at depends on the Local Union’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that the apprentice will be working under. Apprentices advance approximately every six months to the next pay level until the full training has been completed. At that time, Journeyman pay rate will be earned, based on the Local Union for whom you are working.

How does my ranking number change?

The ALBAT Standby List is a “live” list that can fluctuate, as applicants are added (interviews) or removed (indentured or two years).

Can I be re-interviewed if I do not like where I was placed on the ALBAT Standby List?

Following your interview from American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Committee, if you are placed on the ALBAT Standby List and you are not satisfied with your placement, you can request to be re-interviewed if you have acquired 450 hours of industry related work experience or 2 industry related classes. The re-interview application can be found and must be completed after a minimum of 90-days from your interview date and has to be submitted to the ALBAT office.

Are there any benefits included during the apprenticeship?

While you are in the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) Apprenticeship Program, Apprentices receive health insurance and retirement benefits that correlate to the industry standard.

If you still need more assistance, please contact us.

The American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training (ALBAT) program is a cooperative labor-management training program funded and administered by American Line Builders Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Fourth and Sixth Districts. In the IBEW Fourth District, ALBAT performs the training for Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. ALBAT serves the IBEW Sixth District in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

ALBAT’s advantage as an apprenticeship provides the opportunity for individuals seeking highly-skilled, high-paying jobs and for employers seeking to build a qualified workforce. Our programs are built on providing flexible training that combines job-related technical instruction with structured on-the-job learning experiences. We are proud to train the top electricians in the following programs: Cable Splicing, Outside Line, Substation, Traffic Signal, Transmission, and URD (Underground Residential Distribution).