How long does it take to become an Electrician?

According to Electrician Career Guide, about 4 years.

In fact, it takes about four years.

Yep! It usually takes four years to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeymanelectrician. That’s a long time.

The good news is, you don’t need to be a fully-licensed journeyman electrician to get a job and start getting paid.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the questions a lot of people have at their start of their careers:

How long is an electrician apprenticeship?

How long is electrician school?

And finally, how can I get started as soon as possible?

There are steps to becoming an independent electrician.  It goes in this order: apprentice > journeyman > master.  Before you can be a journeyman, you have to be an apprentice electrician.

A journeyman is a tradesperson who has successfully completed an apprenticeship, but is not yet qualified to own a business and manage employees.

Well, how long does it take to be an apprentice?

an apprenticeship is complete after two to four years

How is an apprentice different from a journeyman?  Words are important.

Journeymen are considered fully trained, but their level of experience is only intermediate, because they have not worked on their own and they lack the skills which come with years of practice in a particular trade. This term may also be used more generally to refer to a worker with intermediate skills.

It’s only when you’re a master that you can be independent and own your own electrical company.  Wow.  The trade system is really tightly regulated it sounds like to me.

Once an apprentice passes a journeyman test, he or she can work in another tradesperson’s business. Journeymen do not have employees or apprentices under their employ and they may not be allowed to own their own businesses, but they can work independently, acquiring skills which allow them to obtain master status. Once someone is a master of a trade, it is possible to own a shop, hire journeymen, and work with apprentices.

Okay, so a journeyman cannot run his own business but must maintain an employed relationship with a mentor.

Most young men are looking for work in and around their neighborhood where they group up, went to school, and married their sweetheart.  Even if this is your case, it doesn’t hurt to learn of the health of your industry.  And a good place to start is The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When you think of an apprentice or journeyman, think of baseball.  I quote Gary North,

Baseball teams have minor league teams that make a little money. Here is how they polish young men who might conceivably be good enough to get into the major leagues. Professional football never imitated this. From the beginning, professional football recruited successful college players. Teams hired young men who had reputations in the communities in which they played. Professional basketball did the same thing. In this sense, baseball is still an apprenticeship-based industry, but the training is provided by the teams, not by the players. There is a hierarchy of teams that are self-supporting at low wages. You might find a situation in which an experienced catcher trains an inexperienced pitcher, but you do not find a situation in which an experienced catcher trains an inexperienced catcher who may replace him.