Effective September 1, 2010 all electrical apprentices in the State of Michigan are required to be participating in an electrical training program approved by the Electrical Administrative Board (EAB).
On February 6th, 2009 the EAB approved the Bureau of Construction Codes Electrical Division recommendation to utilize the United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL-OA) for the registration of all approved electrical training programs.
Initially the two main requirements are:
- Electrical contractors that currently employ or anticipate the employment of electrical apprentices must register their companies with the USDOL-OA.
- Once an employer has registered with the USDOL-OA they can set up their apprenticeship training program with the USDOL-OA and register the apprentices under their employment.
Registration with the USDOL-OA for electrical contractors and the apprentices they employ is mandatory. In order to process a State of Michigan apprentice registration or renewal the sponsoring employer and the electrical apprentice must first be registered with the USDOL-OA.
You can request information regarding registering with the USDOL-OA by contacting the Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee Inc. (MASCI) at http://www.aboutmasci.org/request%20form.htm. Many community colleges, trade schools, and labor organizations have electrical training programs that have been approved by the USDOL-OA.
It is imperative that electrical contractors and apprentices comply with the new requirements. Failure to do so will make an apprentice ineligible to sit for the journeyman electrician examination! The electrical contractor could also face licensing action for allowing individuals to perform electrical wiring under their contractor's license who are not properly licensed or registered as required by PA 217 of 1956.
For more information please contact Glen Bivens or Dave Jackson of the Michigan USDOL Office of Apprenticeship at (517) 377-1517.