Apprentice FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions that you may be wondering about yourself. If you do not find your answer here, please contact the office.  We are happy to help.

Do I still have to turn in OJT reports if I am laid off?
When are OJT reports due?
What is a summons?
Do I have to attend a disciplinary committee meeting if I receive a summons?
What if I do not attend the disciplinary committee meeting when I have been summonsed?
Why did I get a summons for homework that is not due yet?
What if I miss a lab?
What happens if I miss the deadline for completing my classes?
What happens if my grade for the year is below 70%?
What is an affidavit?
How do I get an affidavit?
What do I do with my affidavit?
Do I have to attend graduation?
Do I have to participate in the Wire-Off?
What do I need for the Wire-Off?


Do I still have to turn in OJT reports if I am laid off?
Yes, OJT reports must be turned in every month, even if you have no hours to report. If you need assistance in submitting 0 hours, please contact the IEC office.

Return to top

When are OJT reports due?
OJT reports are due by midnight Pacific Time on the 10th of the month following the reporting period.

Return to top

 

What is a summons?
A summons is an official notification that you must attend a disciplinary committee meeting.

Return to top

 

Do I have to attend a disciplinary committee meeting if I receive a summons?
If you receive a summons, it is important to read the notice very carefully.  There will be information in it about why you are being summonsed and if you can have the summons relieved.  If you can, the summons will tell you the deadline for resolving any issues in order to have your summons relieved.

If you are unable to have your summons relieved, you are required to attend the disciplinary committee meeting. You may attend via telephone, but you must request a phone call from the committee at least 15 days prior to the committee meeting.

Return to top

 

What if I do not attend the disciplinary committee meeting when I have been summonsed?
If you are summonsed to the disciplinary committee meeting and do not attend disciplinary action may be taken against you up to and including cancellation of your apprenticeship.

Return to top

 

Why did I get a summons for homework that is not due yet?
The disciplinary committee must take action on violations of the Standards in an appropriate length of time.  Homework and class completion are required both by the Standards and Washington Administrative Code (WAC). The WAC also requires notification of summons at least 20 days in advance of the disciplinary committee meetings. Because of these time requirements IEC has to send summons out before the deadline for completing classes or homework, in some instances.  However, incomplete homework or classes is an issue that is able to be resolved.  If you receive a summons for work completion that is not “past due”, simply complete the work by the original deadline and the summons will be relieved by IEC.

Return to top

 

What if I miss a lab?
Labs are offered in 5 different locations throughout the year.  If you miss your lab in one location, simply attend in another location. If you do not attend all your labs – either in the location closest to you or an alternate location – you will not receive credit for completing the school year and will be required to repeat the entire year.

Return to top

 

What happens if I miss the deadline for completing my classes?
If the school year is still in session you will be charged a make-up fee for each class you where the deadline was missed and you will need to complete the missed classes within 2 weeks.

If the school year is over you will have to seek permission from the disciplinary committee to complete the missed classes.  If permission is granted, you will have to pay the make-up fee and complete the missed classes by the deadline set by the disciplinary committee. If permission is not granted you will be required to repeat the school year.

Return to top

What happens if my grade for the year is below 70%?
You will not receive credit for the school year and will have to repeat the classes in  the next school cycle.

Return to top

 

What is an affidavit?
An affidavit of experience or affidavit is a form required by the licensing section of the Department of Labor and Industries. It documents the number of hours of experience a person has worked toward their eligibility to take the licensing exam.

Return to top

 

How do I get an affidavit?
IEC tracks when your trainee card is due to expire and will automatically send you an affidavit up to 6 weeks before that time.  If you wish to have an affidavit other than at that time you will need to request it in writing by emailing info@iecofwa.org or completing the affidavit request form on this website.

Return to top

 

What do I do with my affidavit?
When you receive your affidavit it is your responsibility to sign it in front of a notary, have your signature notarized and submit the affidavit to the Department of Labor and Industries. It should be submitted to the Department of Labor and Industries when you renew your trainee card. IEC does not submit them for you.  IEC and the Department of Labor and Industries can notarize your signature for you.

Return to top

 

Do I have to attend graduation?
If you are a 4th year student and have successfully completed the requirements for graduation, you must attend graduation.

Return to top

 

Do I have to participate in the Wire-Off?
As a fourth year student the Wire-Off is half of your final exam.  You must participate fully in the Wire-Off.

Return to top

 

What do I need for the Wire-Off?
You must dress as  though you are going to work.  Wear your hardhat, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, long pants and an appropriate shirt.

Additionally, you will need to bring your tools and code book.

Return to top