Become An Installer/Technician Through The IBEW/NECA Sound and Communication Apprentice Training Program

The IBEW/NECA Sound and Communication training program consists of the following:

  • 480 hours of related supplemental instruction (160 hours a year for three years)
  • 4,800 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of an experienced Installer/Technician.

The program focuses on the following four disciplines:

  • Voice/Data Systems
  • Sound and Pro-Audio Systems
  • Security Systems
  • Fire/Life Safety Systems

While participating in on-the-job training under the supervision of experienced Installer/Technicians, Apprentices are trained on skills required to install, maintain, and troubleshoot various sound and communication systems.

Upon completion of the training, Apprentices will have been trained to install, maintain, and integrate a wide variety of systems found in the Sound and Communications low voltage electrical industry. Over 300 students are currently enrolled in the program.

Curriculum Each Year

During the first year, Apprentices study various topics, such as:

  • Safety
  • Structured Cabling
  • Telecommunications
  • Fiber Optics
  • The National Electric Code
  • DC Theory
  • Wiring Devices
  • Instruments
  • Electrical Industry Terms

The second year of study includes:

  • AC Theory
  • Circuit Calculation
  • Inductance
  • Capacitance
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Grounding and Bonding Fundamentals
  • Wiring Methods
  • Communication Circuits
  • Security Systems
  • Fundamentals of Telephony

During the third year, Apprentices move to more advanced topics including:

  • Audio and Video Theory
  • Nurse Call Systems
  • CCTV Fundamentals
  • Fire/Life Safety Systems
  • The Apprentices are also prepared for the California State VDV and Fire/Life Safety Exams.