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Electrical Apprenticeship

A Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) approved electrical apprenticeship program is Sponsor driven. 

A RIDLT approved electrical apprenticeship program is comprised of three components, Sponsor, Related Instruction Provider, and Apprentice. 

Sponsor: An electrical company (employer) registered with RIDLT that assumes full responsibility for administration and operation of the approved apprenticeship program.  The Sponsor provides the on-the-job-learning required hours.   

Related Instruction Provider: An organization that provides related instruction hours designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of the theoretical and technical subjects related to the electrical occupation.  

Apprentice: An individual employed by the Sponsor who has signed an apprenticeship agreement with their Sponsor. The signed apprenticeship agreement must be registered with RIDLT.  The apprentice and Sponsor work together to ensure all RIDLT requirements are met in order to sit for the electrical licensure exam. 

As the designated Related Instructor Provider, the Community College of Rhode Island will provide the minimum 144 related instruction hours per enrolled year to satisfy that part of the Earn While You Learn model of a RIDLT approved electrical apprenticeship program.   

Earn While You Learn (EWYL): is a model that requires apprentices to be working during the day with their Sponsor and attending class in the evening, pursuing the related instruction hours with an approved RIDLT provider.  EWYL must happen concurrently each registered year to receive credit with RIDLT while the apprentice works towards qualifying for the licensure exam. 

Approved RIDLT Electrical Apprenticeship Program Requirements

The total requirement is 4 years @ 144 hours per year of related instruction and 8,000 on-the-job-learning hours (four years at 2,000/year). These hours must be completed while employed by a Sponsor and registered as an apprentice with RIDLT.  

The only exception is if a Sponsor is willing to give credit for up to 288 related instruction hours earned with an approved RIDLT provider.  The student would only receive credit for the instructional hours and still be responsible for the 4000 OJL hours. It is highly recommended that all RIDLT Electrical Apprenticeship program requirements are being met at the onset of study.

RIDLT Registered Apprentice  Related Instruction  OJL 
YEAR 1 Minimum of 144 hours 2000
YEAR 2 Minimum of 144 hours 2000
YEAR 3 Minimum of 144 hours 2000
YEAR4 Minimum of 144 hours 2000
TOTAL REQUIREMENTS 576 hours 8000 hours

An apprentice cannot sit for the electrical licensure exam until all RIDLT Electrical Apprenticeship program requirements are completed.  

CCRI Related Instruction 

The CCRI related instruction component is a hybrid model that requires a minimum of 144 time-based hours per year along with reading assignments and competency-based assessments to demonstrate apprentice comprehension. 

The related instruction is currently being offered online via Zoom, unless otherwise stated. 

Registration Information

  1. All classes are being held online. Online registration is paid by credit card ONLY and *full payment is required at time of registration
  2. Registration for the Electrical Apprenticeship program is a two-part process:
    • Register on CCRI’s website
    • In order to have access to the e-book and course, you will need to register at the NCCERconnect site. Instructions to do this will be given to you at time of textbook pick up, within 2-3 weeks before your class start date.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER AT NCCERconnect UNTIL INSTRUCTIONS ARE PROVIDED BY CCRI. 
  3. New students are required to Register for Year One, unless they have been approved for **Advanced Placement. If you are a returning student, you may register for the next year class, providing you had completed at least 141 hours in your previous year. If you did not complete at least 141 hours, you must re-register for the year you did not complete.
  4. Read the complete areas of study for each program year. 
  5. To complete CCRI registration for Electrical Years 1 - 4, select 'View Upcoming Classes' below.

The last day to register is 9/2/22.

To Register and View Upcoming Classes

 *EasyPay is not available for this online program. Payment must be made in full at time of registration.

 **ADVANCED PLACEMENT - Students who are new to CCRI’s Electrical Program and/or have completed hours should email Donna Costa [email protected] (please use email header: Advanced Placement Request), see Advanced Placement instructions.

VETERANS may choose to use VA Educational Benefits to cover either the Apprenticeship Training Program or the tuition for the related instruction hours at CCRI, not both programs. Please note: Veterans Certification Worksheet must be submitted EACH semester in order to be certified / paid under VA Education benefits. For more information about using your benefits, please contact the RI State Approving Agency at [email protected] or 401.736.1164.

Duplicate/Replacement Certificates: To request a duplicate certificate of completion, please complete our online registration form here. There is a $10 charge for a duplicate certificate.




$1,220 - $1,340  
Includes $10 non-refundable registration fee

Includes: textbook, NCCERConnect e-book access, (and 2020 Code Book for Level 1 students only)  


Time Commitment

 150 hours per year, 75 hours per semester.






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