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July 2017

Ever Thought about Being an IBEW Contractor?
Sign up for the Fall 2017 New Contractor Training
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Applications now being accepted

The IBEW New Contractor Training is a comprehensive class for those who are ready to take the next step in their electrical career. The course consists of two week-long sessions — separated by six weeks of at-home preparation activities — covering the complete range of subject matter designed expressly for IBEW electrical workers who are interested in going into business and becoming electrical contractors.

The course provides the critical fundamentals and the break-through strategies of market-driven contracting.

The fall session is limited to 25 class members and will take place at the Painter's Union Finishing Trades Institute and Residence Suites in Hanover, Md.

The dates for the fall training program are:

  • Week 1: September 25-29
  • Week 2: November 13-17

Week 1 Curriculum

During Week 1 of on-campus instruction, students gain in-depth exposure to accounting, financial and legal subjects encompassing business administration concepts that every contractor should know.

Return Home to Start the Business

Then, students will return home for six weeks to complete take-home assignments to start their new businesses, including the research for filing for incorporation, setting up an accounting program, contacting legal and insurance firms, beginning a banking relationship and developing a business plan.

Week 2 Curriculum

Students come back to class, where instructors concentrate on best practices in pre-construction and construction activities, with an overarching theme of balancing material management with the effective use of multiple classifications of electricians.


The program will start on Monday morning and conclude on Friday at noon. The cost per attendee is $1,000 per week for a total of $2,000. Included in the cost are food and lodging at the IUPAT Conference Center. Travel costs will be the responsibility of each attendee.


Applications and a list of frequently-asked questions can be found on the IBEW Education Department web page: Applications are due on Friday, Aug. 25.

If you have questions, please contact IBEW Education Department Director Amanda Pacheco at (202) 728-6186 or at