Electrical Technology Degree Summary
The Electrical Technology program is a two year degree program which provides a sound
foundation for jobs as an Electrical Technician or an Industrial or Commercial
Electrician. This degree will help students who want to become part of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union prepare for the
apprenticeship entrance exam, or the State Electricians Certification exam.
In Dec of 2008 Cuesta College was approved by the State Division of
Apprenticeship Standards to provide the 720hours
of training mandated to take the State Electricians Certification Exam. This
training can be offered either through the Electricians Union (IBEW) or an approved
school. Since Cuesta is now an approved school you can apply to become an
Electricians Trainee and maintain that status as long as you are enrolled in the
approved courses (or complete the program and pass the certification exam).
-Allows non-union electricians who have not passed the State Electrician
Certification Exam to legally work with a C10 electrical contractor.
-Provides an alternative for the general public to become a Certified
Electrician outside of the union
-The training is equivalent to the training offered by the union
apprenticeship program however this is NOT an apprenticeship program
-Once a candidate is in (or completes) the program they can legally work
with a C10 electrical contractor to obtain the 8000 hours of experience
needed to become a Certified Electrician (the candidate must seek employment
with a C10 contractor - this is not provided, however leads may become
available through the program).
-The candidate can take the State Electrician Certification test at any time
after completing the program but will still be an Electricians Trainee until
they complete the 8000 hours of experience with the C10 contractor.
-No experience is needed to become an Electricians Trainee
-The candidate does not have to be working for a C10 electrical contractor
to sign up with the state as an Electricians Trainee in Cuesta's approved
-The cost to sign up for the program is a one time $25 fee paid to the state
start the program and pick up an application package contact 805-546-3264