Electrical apprenticeship is similar to college in that it is a four to five year program in length. Earn a wage while you learn. The apprentices works side-by-side with an experienced journeyman. The vast majority of training occurs on-the-job and is supplemented by classroom instruction. The classroom instruction of at least 144 hours a year is held in the Fall and Winter, generally two evenings a week, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, until all related classroom hours are completed.