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The first step to become an apprentice electrician is to be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. You also need to have completed at least a year of algebra in high school or one semester of college algebra.
Secondly, most apprenticeship programs require you to pass the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee aptitude test. This test consists of reading comprehension and mathematical problems.
Finally, you must have other skills, such as physical fitness, attention to detail, effective communication skills, organization, ability to work with a team, problem-solving skills and dexterity (ability to work with your hands). Technical skills include the ability to read diagrams and identify colors, basic knowledge of electrical tools and basic knowledge of math.
It would take around 4 years for an apprentice electrician to complete the training required to become a fully-fledged electrician.
While an apprenticeship is not needed to start a career as an electrician, it is highly recommended as it enables someone to gain valuable on the job training experience.
It is worth becoming an apprentice electrician as it provides an opportunity to complete on the job training which can be beneficial in securing a job.