Electrical Apprenticeship Program

The four-year Electrical Apprenticeship Program offers the student advantages unlike other programs. We are the only higher education institution in the state with full National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accreditation. NCCER is a nationally recognized in the construction industry as the training, assessment and certification standard.


Classes Meet:

October 2, 2024, to April 28, 2025

Mondays & Wednesdays from 6-9 PM.

Time Commitment

Time Commitment

150 hours over 25 weeks


Cost: $1,670 per year

Ways to Save

Parking is provided.

Instructor assisting a student on a project.

About the Program

Our program has been approved by the Department of Labor and Training and meets the related education component of the apprenticeship standards.  The state of RI requires a student to attend 144 hours of related instruction per level of studies, for a total of 576 hours at the end of 4 years.  We impart 150 hours of related instruction for a total of 600 hours at the end of 4 years.

Students are required to take chapter tests and maintain a 70% average each year of studies. This helps to strengthen test taking abilities in preparation for the journeyperson exam. In addition, students also learn financial literacy, job skills preparation, soft skills, and time management while enrolled in this program.

The RWU Electrical Apprenticeship Program is unique and prepares students for their next steps. Our key program differentiators include:

Small class sizes— This model promotes personalized attention from the instructors.

Updated national curriculum— Our curriculum was crafted by NCCER and contains current and updated information on the electrical trade.

Quality instructors—Our instructors are amongst the best educators and practitioners in the field. They hold A, B (RI) license or A, E (MA) licenses.

Top of the line Learning Management System (LMS) and free access to LinkedIn Learning—our LMS platform is intuitive and easy to use.  The course is replete with multimedia resources and 24/7 online tutoring support that aids in student learning. LinkedIn Learning is an additional online learning platform that contains over 5,000 video courses led by experts across business, technology and creative fields that is provided at no cost with your Roger Williams university email address.   

College credits may be available—Upon successful completion of all 4 years in our program, the completers may be eligible to receive up to 42 college credits.  Program completers can earn college credits at University College through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.).  Upon successful completion of the RWU Electrical Apprenticeship Program, a participant is eligible to have the coursework transcribed for 42 college credits. A successful participant must apply and be accepted to University College | RWU as a matriculating student and successfully complete one semester prior to the credit being transcribed. 

Students will:

  • Fulfill the state requirements for education clock hours in pursuing the Rhode Island Electrical Journeypersons Test.
  • Graduate from a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accredited program.
  • Receive college credits for life and work experience.
  • Gain curriculum to better prepare students for work in the electrical field.


Apply HERE First

After you receive confirmation, register for Year 1 (If you are new to the system, you will need to create a new account below).

Register for Year One

Returning Students, click the appropriate link below to register:

Register for Year Two

Register for Year Three

Register for Year Four

Book Details 

The instructors advise that students purchase printed books, not e-books. You may purchase the books for your class level directly from the publisher or vendor by clicking on the links below: 

Level 1 (11th edition) ISBN-13: 9780137934867

Level 2 (11th edition) ISBN-13: 9780138231675

Level 3 (11th edition) ISBN-13: 9780138174880

Level 4 (11th edition) ISBN-13: 9780138176211

NFPA 70, National Electrical Code (NFC), 2020 Edition (1st edition) (Hardcover) ISBN-13: 9781455922901

Class Schedule & Location

All in-person classes will be held at University College, One Empire Street, Providence RI 02903

Classes are held on Mondays & Wednesdays.

Free parking validation for students:

Civic Center Parking Garage
165 Washington St
Providence, RI 02903

Please note there is a minimum number of students required to start each class. If that minimum is not met, the class may be canceled and enrolled students will receive a full refund.

Request Information

Have questions about this program? Fill out our request information form and a member of our enrollment team will be in touch.

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More About This Program

An individual must demonstrate successful completion of one hundred forty-four (144) hours of related instruction per year in a program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to qualify for the journeyperson “B” electrician examination.  Additionally, an individual is required to show evidence of a minimum of 8,000 apprenticeship hours.   

Please visit the Rhode Island Department of Training (DLT) for more information on the examination.  


If you have previously completed studies at another school or institution you must provide a letter/certificate stating the time spent at the other program (s). The letter or certificate must be signed by a representative from the previous school/institution.  

Please note that our program is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and provides the necessary related instruction to qualify for the Journeyperson electrician examination in the state of Rhode Island only. 

An individual must demonstrate successful completion of one hundred forty-four (144) hours of related instruction per year in a program approved by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training to qualify for the journeyperson “B” electrician examination.  Please be sure that your apprenticeship site registers you as an apprentice with the Apprenticeship Office. You must also demonstrate completion of 8000 apprenticeship hours before qualifying for the exam.  

Although not affiliated with Roger Williams University, the Bring Back the Trades organization awards scholarships during the year to students attending post-secondary education in the trades.  For more information or an application, please go to:  Bring Back the Trades Scholarship 

Learn more about the journey to become an electrician by clicking on this education pathway handout

View the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Bureau of Labor & Statistics to learn more about becoming an electrician and prevailing wages in the field.  

You may also view Labor Market Information (LMI) from the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training

Jack Grenga, Level 1 Instructor 

Rick Besser, Level 2 Instructor and Program Coordinator 

David Payne, Level 3 Instructor 

Kai Warneke, Level 4 Instructor 

Test Prep Classes are available for our EAP Program completers. 

Electrical Code Update Classes- Coming soon!