The Application Process
Your first step to becoming a California-Nevada Outside Line Apprentice is to submit a completed application online with all required documentation.

Online Applications
When our application period is open, you can submit an application online. You will need to click on the Web Services tab and if you do not already have an account with us, you will need to create an account. You can create your account before the application period opens, however, you will not be able to fill out an online application until our application period is open. (Please note: it may take up to 24 hours to activate your online account).
After we receive your completed application
Once we have received your completed online application and all the required documents, it will be processed. This can take several months. We will then send you a letter letting you know if your application was accepted or not. If it was not accepted, the letter will notify you of reasons why & what you can do to get it accepted for our next application period.

If your application is accepted, you will be scheduled for an aptitude test at the JATC office in Riverside. You will be required to complete an aptitude test before interviewing with the Committee.
Applicants who qualify for a direct interview will have priority.
For more information on the aptitude test, please click here:

After completing the aptitude test, you will be scheduled for an oral interview with our Committee members. Interviews are scheduled in the order completed applications are received and accepted.
Applicants who qualify for a direct interview will have priority.

Interviews for the Power Lineman Apprenticeship Program
Interviews are conducted by our Committee members. Interviews last approximately 15 to 20 minutes. You will have the opportunity to impress upon our board why you are a good candidate for the apprenticeship. Each candidate is scored on various criteria by each interviewer. Each candidate will receive a letter shortly after their interview stating their rank on our eligibility list. This list determines the order in which candidates are offered apprenticeship positions.

Upon completion of the interviews, all interview scores are averaged, and the candidate receives an overall score. Once all applicants’ scores are compiled, a list is created naming the person with the highest score in the number 1 rank position.

Your entry into the Apprenticeship Program
Applicants are offered apprenticeship positions based on industry need. California-Nevada Line Contractors contact the California-Nevada JATC when an apprentice is needed on a crew. When all currently indentured apprentices have been dispatched to work by our office, candidates will be offered an indenture by the Committee based on their ranking on the current eligibility list.

Selected candidates are required to successfully complete a climbing/orientation class. The class will consist of wood pole, and steel tower climbing; rigging, pole top rescue, basic material identification, and general work procedures.

Each year offers a unique situation and the number of applicants offered apprenticeships.
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