Enrolling in ETN of MN 

Enrolling Your Company 

1. Employers must be a member of the Electrical Association in order to participate in ETN of MN   
2. Download: Minnesota Standards of Apprenticeship(Employer Agreement and Application (PDF)
3. Employers must review the ETN of MN Standards and be aware of expectations and responsibilities.
4. Employers will complete and sign the application (pages 34-36) to the Electrical Association office with application fee to ETN, care of Minnesota Electrical Association.
5. A credit and background check will be performed on the employer and reviewed by the ETN Board.
6. The Board will make the decision to accept or reject the application at their next meeting.  The ETN Board meets 3 times per year, so the acceptance process can take up to 6 months depending on the timing of the application and the board meeting schedule.
7. The Electrical Association will notify the prospective company of acceptance into the program - You cannot enroll and apprentice into ETN of MN until your company has been accepted

Enrolling Your Apprentice 

Congratulations! As a new member contractor of ETN of MN, you are now eligible to enter your apprentices into the registered apprenticeship program. Your workers will NOT automatically be enrolled. 
You will receive an "Apprenticeship Agreement Application" from us with your acceptance letter.  If you misplace your documentation, we can supply you with a blank copy of the Apprenticeship Agreement Application.  We can assist with the wage schedule portion of the application. 

1. Fill out Apprentice Application with your apprentice and have them sign it. 
2. The apprentice should be given credit for any hours worked as an unlicensed registered electrician, and their wage schedule will be based on experience and geographic location of the shop. 
3. Once we receive the application, it will be forwarded to Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) for approval.  Approval typically takes 3-5 days from submittal. 
4. We will notify you when the DLI has approved the apprentice’s application.  Do not place the apprentice on a prevailing wage project until this approval has occurred, or you may owe full journeyworker wages to the apprentice.

Requirements for an Apprentice to Enter ETN of MN

1. Be at least 18 years of age and must be qualified to perform the work of the electrical trade.
2. Be able to legally work in the United States.
3. Have either a high school diploma or a (GED) Certificate of Equivalency.
4. Be able to provide documents verifying requirements for 1, 2, and 3

Record-keeping Requirements

Once you have been accepted, understand that as a participant in ETN of MN’s Indentured Apprentice Program, the following information must be submitted on a monthly basis:
1. Apprentice Work Report
2. Apprentice Safety Training Report

Recruitment and Workforce Development

As a participant of the program, you are required to promote diversity and equity as part of your hiring practices.

You are expected to reach out to diverse populations as you build your workforce.  Efforts to try and attract minority and women participants to your workforce must be documented.  These efforts include type of promotion, where positions are posted, and specific events and participation dates.  The Electrical Association and DLI can help provide ideas for recruitment to meet your specific needs.

Do I Need to Provide Benefits to Apprentices

While providing benefits is not a statutory requirement, it is a best-business practice when it comes to recruiting and training valued electricians. If you do not provide benefits, your apprentice base wage will be based on the total prevailing wage package instead of the base prevailing wage rate.  As long as you provide some bona fide benefits to your apprentices, the standards will be based off of the basic wage rate. 

How to Stay in Compliance with the ETN of MN Program
FAQs on Prevailing Wage