Application Intake Dates
Thank you for your interest in the apprenticeship program
Applications were recently taken in
October 2018, December 2018 and January 2019
Applications will be accepted closer to Fall of 2019; please check back often for future intake dates
Please see the following information regarding the apprenticeship program:
 General Information:
The prerequisites to apply are:
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Have completed one course in Algebra with a passing grade
  • Be a high school graduate (or graduation pending)  or have passed the GED
  • Have a valid PA driver’s license
  • Make a qualifying score on the aptitude test (which is held on a different date than application intake)
  • And pass a drug screening test upon/if selected into the program.
  • Must possess a laptop computer for classroom and homework assignments.
Every person who applies will have 30 days from the date of application intake to have their high school submit their corresponding high school transcript to the apprentice office.  (High school students applying prior to graduation are still required to submit their current transcript).   If you decide to pick up your transcript to hand deliver it, it must arrive sealed and unopened.  Faxed transcripts will not be accepted.  All applicants submitting their transcript by the 30-day due date will be notified by mail to come in for an aptitude test (date to be determined).  Submission of transcript will ensure spot for the Aptitude Test, if transcript/GED is not received your application will be archived and not processed.  The aptitude test covers general reading comprehension and math. 
Please note aptitude test fee:  There is no fee to apply, however, those applicants who qualify for the aptitude test (by submitting their transcript by the due date) will be required to pay a $22 processing fee for the aptitude test.  Payment must be submitted the morning of the test in the form of cash or check made payable to IBEW LU 743 Rdg Joint Apprenticeship (we can stamp your check the morning of if preferred).  If payment is not presented you will not be allowed to take the test.  
​There are voluntary math and reading comprehension refresher courses available online at -  Electric Prep offers refresher courses for a fee to review the key mathematical and reading comprehension skills associated with the trade.  The refresher courses are optional, not a requirement.
You must reside in Local Union 743’s jurisdiction which is Berks County, Lancaster County, and parts of Chester, Montgomery, and Schuylkill counties.  If you do not reside in one of the above counties, you will need to apply to the Local Union assigned to your area. 
​If you are currently working with an electrical contractor or have electrical occupation experience please call Geoff Litwin at 610-777-3100.
Please call Anne Fanella @ 610-777-8388 with any questions.


The IBEW Local 743 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) mission is to educate our members to insure we are providing the Electrical Industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible.  Skill, Knowledge, and Attitude are the main focus of our training program.

A career in the electrical industry can be both demanding and highly rewarding.  With excellent wages and benefits available, there are great opportunities for those who work hard and have the right attitude.  With the ever changing technology, today’s electricians are faced with more and more challenges, both physical and mental.  To stay on top, the JATC provides the best training programs to keep our members the best in the craft.

Our apprenticeship program is truly the best in the industry!   The program is a five year apprenticeship consisting of on-the-job, classroom, and hands on lab training.  Selected applicants will learn while they earn.  Apprentices are assigned to electrical contractors working along side journeyman electricians.  They are paid excellent wages and benefits while they compile 10,000 hours of on-the-job training.

In addition to receiving skill training on the job, our apprentices are provided trade related classroom training that produces competency and pride that lead to true craftsmanship.  Each apprentice completes a minimum of 1,000 hours of classroom training.  As noted, there are also hands on lab training on such areas as conduit bending, motor control, fire alarm, tele-data, and DC/AC theory.

Safety is also one of the foremost areas that our apprentices are trained in.  Each apprentice is trained and certified yearly in CPR/First Aid.  This training includes the proper use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  They also receive the OSHA 30-hour and NFPA 70E training.

All of the training is conducted by our own highly trained instructors at our training facility in Reading, Pa.  The instructors are all members of the IBEW and possess many years of experience and expertise in the electrical industry.  

The IBEW Local 743 apprenticeship presents a great opportunity for those interested in a career in the electrical industry.  After five years of excellent training, most apprentices advance to journeyman wireman status and enjoy a profitable and rewarding career.

Apprenticeship and Training Staff Contacts :

Mark Pinkasavage – Training Director


Anne Fanella


Address: 20 Morgan Drive

                 Reading, Pa, 19608

Phone number: 610-777-8388