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Hey everyone, my question has to do with getting certified without a formal apprenticeship. I currently have a few years of lighting technician experience through various contractors and apprentice experience through WECA. I was also accepted into the IBEW in sacramento but I waived my apprenticeship because i was also offered employment at a city municipal utility district that same week. My question is, when I become an electrician or electrical technician within a public entity such as a municipal utility district and complete 8000 hours in combination with my previous work as an apprentice will that count towards the journeymans exam? I noticed every electrician that works at the plant is not a journeyman except for one, and thats because he went through the ibew before he got the job. We have no formal training, but I will complete the required college courses. Will this be feasible to me the hourly and educational requirements? Will my hours count? The only reason i ask is because i read on the DIR website that in order to sit for the test you must submit proof of hours via SS report. The only problem is that I do not participate in social security since im on calpers. I called and tried to ask and when i finally got through the receptionists were never able to answer my questions, and anyone that could answer sent me to voicemail. I feel like only 3 people handle the entire states electricians.... very very frustrating.

If anyone is familiar with this situation please let me know.
 

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Hey everyone, my question has to do with getting certified without a formal apprenticeship. I currently have a few years of lighting technician experience through various contractors and apprentice experience through WECA. I was also accepted into the IBEW in sacramento but I waived my apprenticeship because i was also offered employment at a city municipal utility district that same week. My question is, when I become an electrician or electrical technician within a public entity such as a municipal utility district and complete 8000 hours in combination with my previous work as an apprentice will that count towards the journeymans exam? I noticed every electrician that works at the plant is not a journeyman except for one, and thats because he went through the ibew before he got the job. We have no formal training, but I will complete the required college courses. Will this be feasible to me the hourly and educational requirements? Will my hours count? The only reason i ask is because i read on the DIR website that in order to sit for the test you must submit proof of hours via SS report. The only problem is that I do not participate in social security since im on calpers. I called and tried to ask and when i finally got through the receptionists were never able to answer my questions, and anyone that could answer sent me to voicemail. I feel like only 3 people handle the entire states electricians.... very very frustrating.

If anyone is familiar with this situation please let me know.
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/ecu/ElectricalTrade.html

Existing law requires that persons performing work as electrician under a C-10 licensed contractor be certified pursuant to certification standards established by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. “Electricians” is defined as all persons who engage in the connection of electrical devices for electrical contractors licensed pursuant to Section 7058 of the Business and Profession Code, specifically, contractors classified as electrical contractors in the Contractors State License Board Rules and Regulations [Labor Code § 108 (c)].
 
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