Electrician Schools and Training in Idaho
Are you interested in a career as an electrician? If so, you're in the right spot. On this page, we'll outline all the facts you'll need to start an electrician career in Idaho.
Are you ready to get to it? Let's jump in.
What You Need To Do
If you want to start a career as an electrician, you have a couple of options.
1. Go To An Electrician School. An electrician training program will prepare you for all the tasks you'll find on the job, and you'll start at a higher wage than unskilled laborers. You'll learn how to install and test electrical wiring, work from blueprints, make sure the installations meet the National Electric Code, and so on. Upon graduation, your certificate from an electrician school (or a degree from a community college) will enable you to look for work in the local economy as an assistant or a helper.
2. Get An Apprenticeship. These are "earn as you learn" programs. Apprentices go to job sites, learn from experienced electricians, and get paid for the work that they do. It's a great option, because on every jobsite you work, you'll have someone giving you instruction and guidance.
You might be wondering: why would you bother going to electrician school or become a helper, if you can just get an apprenticeship and start getting paid? Very often, apprentice programs have a LOT of applicants, and if you've gone to school, apprentice organizers know that you're already committed to the profession, and your experience will have prepared you for the apprenticeship.
So, which path should you take? We always recommend knowing all of your options. Call all of the electrician schools near you, and see if you can arrange a visit; contact each of the apprentice programs in your area, and see how long the waiting period is. When you know your options, you'll be able to make a wise decision.
Idaho offers a LOT of different types of licenses that electricians in Idaho can get, including:
- Journeyman Electrician;
- Master Electrician; and
- Electrical Contractor
Idaho also has "Specialty Electrician" licenses, including:
- Outside Wireman (Lineman);
- Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning;
- Irrigation Sprinkler;
- Manufacturing/Assembling; and
- Well Driller/Pump Installer
It's important to note that you need an apprenticeship in order to get a license. The state wants to be able to track your training and make sure you're fulfilling the educational requirements to attain licensure, so you need to be a registered apprentice in order to get any of the licenses above.
If you can find an apprenticeship that'll accept you without any experience, you should most definitely take it. However, if you're having trouble getting accepted into an apprenticeship, a diploma or certificate from a technical institute or electrician school can help your odds of getting chosen.
Did you know that licensed electricians in Idaho are among the highest-paid tradespeople in the state? According to measurements taken from the government's salary data website, they out-earn plumbers, HVAC professionals, carpenters, AND construction laborers:
|Idaho||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|All Occupations in ID||$19.12||$39,770|
These are what many consider to be the "most popular" trades that people enter, so the data is interesting. "Electrician" is both a dangerous job, and one that takes extensive training, and earns the most; plumber is perhaps less dangerous, but occasionally gross, and earns the second most; HVAC pros and carpenters require a little less training, but earn considerably less ($7,330 and $8,730 less, respectively), and construction workers---who arguably have a more "physical" job all the others surveyed (but require less training), earn a LOT less ($16,130 less, to be exact).
The best news about the data above is that it shows that electricians in Idaho earn a salary that is higher than the average Idaho income. According to the data, electricians earn $5,850 more per year than the average person in Idaho. This may be an extrapolation, but the data may shows that an electrician's standard of living may be a little bit higher than the average citizen's standard of living!
Education Opportunities in Idaho
We've put together a list of all the electrician schools in Idaho, and followed it with each of the apprenticeship opportunities available in your area.
Be sure to follow up with each, and get a sense of your opportunities. We wish you all the best!
Electrician Schools and Electrical Programs in Idaho
North Idaho College (NIC)
West Garden Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Eastern Idaho Technical College
1600 South 25th Street East
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
College of Western Idaho
Nampa Campus Academic Building
5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
921 South Eighth Ave
Union Apprenticeship Programs in Idaho
JATC of Southwestern Idaho
121 East 34th Street
Boise, ID 83714
JATC of Eastern Idaho Electrical
Pocatello, ID 83205
Independent Electrical Contractors (“IEC”) Apprenticeships in Idaho (Non-Union)
IEC of Idaho
Boise, ID 83715