Frequently Asked Question's 

Enrolling into the Apprentice Classes

Q. Do I need to pay for all 4 years of the program at once?
A. No, you will just pay for one year at a time per apprentice.

Q. Can I set up a payment plan for the tuition of the course?

A. No, we do not allow payment plans – you must pay for the entire year in full prior to us enrolling the apprentice.

Q. What if I need to cancel out of the classes?  

A. Click here to view the withdrawal/transfer policy for the Apprentice Classes

Q. Do I need my own study guide for the classes or can I share with my coworker?
A. You need your own study guide for the course.  You will be using this every week during class, making notes, highlighting items, etc.

Q. Do I need to be at my own computer when I watch the webinar or can I watch with my coworker?
A. You will need your own computer/laptop to watch the sessions.  You will also need to log in to each class yourself, even if you are watching in groups. Everyone must log in to a different computer for each lesson as themselves. Our software tracks how much time you are paying attention to the lessons and logged in for.

Q. How do I know if my computer is compatible with the online courses?
A. Click here for technology requirements

Q. Why do I need to sign a waiver?  
A. In order for us to share your grades with your employer, we need your consent to do so.  By signing a waiver, this will give your employer access to your records in our learning management system along with a report on a monthly basis with your grades included.  

Q. Do I need to pay the registered apprentice/3rd party verification fee?
A. If you are in a registered program with the Department of Labor, yes.  If you are not in a registered program with the Department of Labor, no.

Q. How do I know if I am in a registered program with the Department of Labor?
Click here to view a list of approved programs/sponsors that are registered with the Department of Labor.  If you have any questions or are still unclear, please call the Electrical Association (612) 827-6117 and ask for someone who can help you with questions on registered apprenticeship programs.

Q. I am not in a registered apprentice program with the Department of Labor, can I join ETN of MN?
A. Only the Electrical Association members will be accepted as new companies into ETN of MN.  Application and board approval are required.  Please call the Electrical Association (612) 827-6117 if you have any further questions about ETN of MN and application requirements.

Q. Does the training count towards continuing education hours?
A. No. You will still need to take course towards your continuing education credits.

Q. If I take all 4 years of the the Electrical Association Apprentice Classes, will this go towards my on the job hours that I can use to sit for the MN journeyworker exam?
A. No, you will still need to obtain 8,000 on the job training hours to qualify to sit for your MN journeyworker exam.

Once classes have begun:

Q. How do I log into my account to watch webinars and take quizzes?
A. www.electricalassociation.org – your username and password will be the same each year that you are in the program.  If you are new to these classes, your login information will be sent to you prior to the beginning of class.  If you need your login information, call the Electrical Association (612) 827-6117 and ask for someone to reset your password for the apprentice classes.

Q. Do I have to attend the live session in order to receive credit?
A. No. We encourage and prefer you attend the live session, however we understand that work and prior commitments can get in the way. You are allowed to watch the recording of that session for credit.  

Q. I watched the recording and it is not showing up in my record?
A. This is updated once a week manually at the the Electrical Association office.  Check back in a few days to see if your grade shows up, if it is still not accurate – contact the Electrical Association (612) 827-6117 and ask for someone who can help you with questions on your grades for the apprenticeship course.

Q. Can I re-take my Exams?
A. Block Exams can be re-taken or re-opened per the request of your administrator. Once they call or email us the request we can re-open your Block Exam.

Q. Do I need to complete everything in order to pass?

A. Yes. Every lesson must be watched, whether that be watched live, or you watch the recording. You must complete all homework, quizzes and exams with a score of 70 percent or higher.

Q. Can having other windows up during class affect my grades?
A. Yes. Per state law you must have an attention to attendance ratio of at least 80%. If other windows such as Email, Facebook, Etc. are open during class, your percentage will lower. If your percentage of attention is below 80% you will not receive credit for class and you will have to re watch the class recording.
 
Q. How long do I have after the final class to complete everything for completion?
A. You will have 2 weeks after the final lesson to complete any make up work and to take the final exam. All course materials will be unavailable after June 1st, if you have not completed all items by then, you will need to retake that year in the program if you would like to advance.

Q. Can I begin the apprentice program late; can I make up classes that I’ve missed?
A. Yes. You can begin the apprentice program after it has begun but you will need to make up any missed work by watching lesson recordings and completing the homework, quizzes and exams

Q. What is the cancellation/ withdrawal policy? 
A: Student Withdrawal
     •Any student who withdraws before the first day of classes will receive a refund of the full tuition paid, minus a $100.00 administrative cancellation fee.
     •Students who withdraw from the course during the first 4 classes will receive a refund of 75% of the full tuition paid.  
     •Students who withdraw from the course during classes 5-8 will receive a refund of 50% of the full tuition paid.  
     •Any student who withdraw after 8 class meetings will receive no refund.  
A: Materials purchased (Books, Study guides):
     •Books and study guides that were already purchased but not used by the first day of class may be returned for a full refund minus shipping costs.
     •Books and study guides may not be returned any time after the first class meeting and will receive no refund.