The most common way people enter the IBEW is through the apprenticeship. Each classification represented by IBEW 684 has an apprenticeship program, and there are application processes for each. However, many electricians & installers start in the trade unrepresented and un-affiliated with the IBEW. We honor that experience and have provided a method for membership for those electrical workers.
Sound & Communication
Incoming installers are asked to have accumulated and prove 6,000 on-the-job hours and pass 1 of a 4-part written exam when applying for the IBEW. The 4 written exams are based of Audio/Visual, Security, Fire Alarm & Life Safety, and VDV Installer basic knowledge. At least one exam must be passed to be given acceptance into the local union.
Electricians, what is the 9th District test and why? (for electricians only)
The 9th District test is given to incoming journeyman wireman who have accumulated and able to prove at least 8,000 on-the-job hours and don't hold or have held a State Certification for under 5-years. If holding an active State Certification for 5-years or more you are exempt from taking the exam. The exam is a 5-part, 4 hands on and 1 common knowledge written test of the electrical trade. It is designed to measure an incoming electricians strength's and weaknesses (if any) in the trade, also, to help the union place the electrician with the appropriate signatory contractor for success.
If you have significant experience working as an electrician or sound & communication installer, please fill out the following CONTACT FORM and a representative will contact you soon.
If you have little/no experience and are looking to start or expand your training, please visit the Central Valley JATC apprenticeship website for more information on how to apply.
IBEW Local 684 is proud to work in partnership with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Northern California Chapter and it's signatory contractor members. Together, we lead the electrical industry through training, promotion of higher standards, quality workmanship and the opportunity to enhance our Valley and Sierra Foothill/Mountain communities. To learn more about becoming a partner contractor, contact Local 684 at (209)524-5171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.