OCTOBER 16, 2019

NOVEMBER 20, 2019

DECEMBER 11, 2019

JANUARY 15, 2020

**Apply within the hours on one of the above dates

between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. or between 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.**






  1. You must complete an application 
  2. Be at least 17 years of age
  3. Have completed one course in Algebra with a passing grade
  4. Be a high school graduate (or graduation pending within year of intake) or have passed the GED
  5. Have a valid driver’s license
  6. Make a qualifying score on the aptitude test (held on separate date from application intake)



  1. *Must possess a laptop computer for classroom and homework assignments. 
  2. Five (5) year program with classroom training
  3. 8000 hours on-the-job training
  4. Classes meet 3 hours per night for 2 nights each week for a minimum of 200 hours per school year (please note:  there is potential for some mandatory Saturday classes/assignments)
  5. Required to pay a registration fee ($150) and to buy school books each year (varies by school year)
  6. Pass a urine drug screening (UDS) upon selection into the apprenticeship program.




A.  Education and Transcripts – due 30 days from application intake date

You must have your high school and/or the state furnish this office with an official transcript(s)/GED.  Faxed or copied transcripts will not be accepted. If transcript/GED is not received your application will be archived and not processed.

If you apply on October 16, 2019 – Transcripts are due November 15th 2019

If you apply on November 20, 2019 – Transcripts are due December 20th 2019

If you apply on December 11, 2019 – Transcripts are due January 10th 2020

If you apply on January 15, 2020 – Transcripts are due February 14th 2020

It is your responsibility to contact this office to be sure the transcript(s) have been received.

Transcripts mailed to:  Apprentice Office, 20 Morgan Drive, Reading, PA  19608.  Submission of transcript will ensure spot for Aptitude Test.  You may pick up your transcript from your school and hand deliver it to the hall if you choose, but it must arrive sealed. 

High school students applying prior to graduation are still required to submit their current transcript for consideration into the program.


B.  Aptitude Tests

Those applicants who have submitted their high school transcripts within the 30 day deadline will be notified by mail to come in for an aptitude test - date to be determined.  The aptitude test covers general reading comprehension and math.  

Please note:  There is no fee to apply, however, those applicants who qualify for the aptitude test (by submitting their transcripts 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; cash or checks 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.

Voluntary math and reading comprehension courses are available online at  Basic mathematical and reading comprehension skills are essential to qualify for the apprenticeship.  Electric Prep offers a refresher course for a fee to review the key mathematical and reading comprehension skills associated with the trade.  The refresher courses are optional, not a requirement.


C.  Notification after All Documents Received

Upon obtaining a qualifying score on the aptitude test you will be notified by mail of an interview date with the committee.

D.  Change of Address

Information concerning the status of your application, after all documents are received, will be provided only by mail; therefore, you must notify this office of any change of address.

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