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#418 - 01/17/01 11:02 PM Education
Ruth Palludan Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
Posts: 2
Loc: Denmark
I'm a teacher from Denmark, who like to learn something about your education system.
What do you have to learn, how many years does it take and so on?
In Denmark it takes four years to become an electrician. They have to change among school and work. School is 55 weeks during the four years put on five periods.
Hope you can help me.

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#419 - 01/18/01 03:17 PM Re: Education
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
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Hello Ruth !
Well this can be an interesting thread....talkin' to electricians in Denmark!
If you are referring to our "Electrical school" here, it varies somewhat from state to state, but basically we all school for 4 years, serve an apprenticeship, work towards our "Journeyman" level , and then are eligible to continue onto a "Masters" level.
Possibly someone reading this could forward you to some sort of website containing this info.....
So tell us about the trade over there??!!

#420 - 01/18/01 06:08 PM Re: Education
gpowellpec Offline

Registered: 12/06/00
Posts: 128
Loc: Irving, Tx USA
For International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers go to They have a page giving the adresses of all the local unions. If not interested in union apprenticeship, go to That is the Independent Electrical Contractors site. I think the IBEW is 5 years now and requires some college. I know nothing about the IEC program except it is four years.

Some junior and community college systems have trade programs, but few are as extensive as the above apprenticeship programs.

#421 - 01/18/01 10:57 PM Re: Education
Ruth Palludan Offline
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Registered: 01/18/01
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Loc: Denmark
In Denmark our students most of them starts at school for 20 weeks. At this period they make house wirering and telephone installation. Between the school period they go for an apprentices for about ½ a year. In the next period of school they learn something about control and motors. The third time they come to the school they learn about PLC, pneumatic, telephone, LAN and light installation. The next time they come it is intelligent house control they have to work with together with control in general. After that they have the last period of school where they have to make a project where they use all the knowledge they have learned. This project is controlled by an authorized electrician and an ordinary electrician. They have to approve together with the teachers in order to finish the education.
This education is only for house electricians who works with house wirering. Beside this education we have in Denmark two other electricians, one for the industry and one for the computer and telephone companies.
Thanks for the help, by the way.

#422 - 01/19/01 05:45 AM Re: Education
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Registered: 11/10/00
Posts: 2209
Loc: IL
The NECA(National Electrical Contractors Association)/IBEW(International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) program is a 5 year program with both on the job and class room training. In some locals all of the class room time is in night classes, but in others the apprentices go to school on weekdays. Our program is just changing over to a day school. The apprentices will go to class for an 8 hour day every 2 weeks. They are not paid for the hours spent in the class room. Our Local (176) has a joint agreement with a junior college so that our apprentices automatically get college credit for the class room work. With the addition of a few college classes like english, history and the like they will be awarded an Associate Degree in Electrical Construction Technology. This is the first program of its type in the United States. Other programs can receive college credit, but requires some additional paper work, ours is preapproved.
All of the IBEW programs are joint programs with NECA and the NJACT (National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee) made of representatives from both the IBEW and NECA set up the required training standards. Both the NJACT and the local JACTs also offer continuing education for member electricians. The NJATC site is at: www(dot)njatc(dot)org. (this is written this way because the NJATC does not permit anyone to post actual links to their site)

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