The I.B.E.W. Local 196 apprenticeship program is conducted through the American Line
Builders Apprenticeship and Training, know to many as "ALBAT".
The "ALBAT" program is registered with the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of
Apprenticeship and Training in Washington DC. The program is a 7000-hour apprenticeship
program consisting of on-the-job training and related study work.
The application for the Journeyman Lineman apprenticeship is closed till further notice. The
application for the Signal Technician is closed till further notice. When the applications are
open you can check online at www.albat.org/AppRequest.aspx click on the 196. When they are
available you can pick them up and fill out the application and send into Albat at the address on
The Journeyman Lineman apprenticeship program is approximately a 3 1/2 year on-the-job
training program which starts out with a 3 week training session in Ohio. The introductory
session in Ohio covers safety procedures, OSHA regulations, electrical theory, pole climbing,
bucket-truck rescue, first aid, CPR, ropes and rigging, knot tying, digger truck operation, and
more. You will come back and be assigned to a contractor for training and a new job. Your
training will be on the job and you will work for different contractors as you progress through the
apprenticeship. Your will attend school and complete bookwork that will expand your
knowledge. Your training can even count for college credits. You will learn how to run
equipment like cranes, trenchers, backhoes, diggers, buckets, and more. You will learn
everything about the powerline industry. You will learn how to install and build substations,
powerlines,underground duct banks, underground distribution systems, tower lines, and more.
The Signal Technician apprenticeship program is approximately a 3 year on-the-job training
program which starts out with a one week training session in Ohio. The program trains you in
everything from Street light instillation to Signal light maintenance. You will learn to run
equipment like cranes, trenchers, mini excavators, and bore rigs. Your training will focus on the
instillation of the signal light corner to the maintenance of the corner. You only need to drive
around to see how many lights are going in on the roads.
IBEW 196 working with NECA has also the Cable splicing technician apprenticeship and the
Sub-station technician apprenticeship. Both of these apprenticeships are closed till further
notice. These apprenticeships are DOL registered programs. Please watch Albat.org for
further information on applications.
The Cable Splicing Technician apprenticeship program is approximately a 3 1/2 year
on-the-job training program which starts out with a 1 week training session in Ohio. The
introductory session in Ohio covers safety procedures, OSHA regulations, Electrical Theory,
bucket-truck rescue, first aid, CPR, and may other hands on training to pro pair the apprentice
for his first job.
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO) Crane Operators
The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (CCO) is an independent
not-for-profit organization formed to establish and administer a nationwide program of
certification for crane operators. The purpose of CCO is to set standards for the knowledge and
proficiency required for the safe operation of cranes, and to develop valid and reliable
examinations to test that knowledge. A sound program of training and certification provides
operators with skill and confidence to safely operate sophisticated cranes in a variety of
situations. The professional designation as a Certified Operator also assures employers of a
proficient worker, without relying on subjective recommendations or judgment. The CCO written
and practical examinations have been developed in cooperation with International Assessment
Institute (IAI). The written examination program consists of a Core examination in crane
operation, as well as four Crane Specialty examinations. The Specialty Exams are Lattice
Boom Crawler Cranes, Lattice Boom Truck Cranes, Small Telescopic Boom Cranes (<17.5
tons) and Large Telescopic Boom Cranes (>17.5 tons). Once candidates have taken and
passed the Written Examinations, a Practical Examination can be conducted on the Specialty
Cranes to be certified. Crane operators certified by CCO must recertify every five-(5) years.
International Municipal Signal Association, INC. (IMSA) Traffic Signal Technician Certifications
The attainment of certification is a means for individuals to indicate to the general public,
coworkers, employers, and others that an impartial, nationally-recognized organization has
determined that they are qualified. This certification tests specific technical tasks; knowledge
and experiences that are involved in the traffic signal profession. Certification also bestows a
sense of achievement upon the individual, since it reflects professional advancement in a
ALBAT currently offers IMSA certifications in the following areas: Work Zone Traffic Safety,
Roadway Lighting, Traffic Signal Technician Level I, Traffic Signal Electrician Level II, Traffic
Signal Bench Technician Level II.
American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA) Traffic Control and Flagger Certification
- 4 hours
This course fulfills a need for traffic control and flagger training. Five out of the eight states the
ALBAT Program covers requires certified personnel in traffic control and flagging. This
supplementary training covers work zone setup and safety. Flagger trainees learn fundamental
concepts, usage and procedures. Demonstration and practice is included in the training for the
certification. This is a certification course and the attendees will receive cards from the ATSSA.
The maximum number of participants is 10 to 15 per class.
College Credit is available to graduates of the Power Line,Signal Tec, Cable Splicer Tec, and
Substation Tec apprenticeship. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends
college credit. These credits can be transferred towards continued education.
For more information regarding ALBAT go to www.albat.org
For more information regarding the AJATC go to www.ajatc.org
For more information regarding the NJATC go to www.njatc.org
For more information regarding the NECA go to www.necanet.org