Independent Electrical Contractors

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The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) is a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors.[1]

IEC has about 3,700 member companies in about 70 chapters throughout the USA,[2]


Founded in 1957 as the Associated Independent Electrical Contractors of America, the primary goal of the group was to consider and deal by all lawful means with common problems of management, distribution, employment, and financial functions of the electrical construction industry; to foster cooperative action in advancing the common purposes of its members; and promote activities that enable the industry to be conducted with the greatest economy and efficiency.[3]

The association's first offices were located in Texas and in 1962, IEC was granted a certificate of incorporation. IEC convinced the U.S. Department of Labor to adopt national pattern standards of Apprenticeship and Training. And for the first time, registered apprenticeship was recognized across the country for those adopting the "Open Shop" philosophy.

In subsequent years, IEC grew into a nearly 70-chapter association representing over 3,000 members and nearly 90,000 electrical workers. IEC has expanded its alliance to include over 10,000 apprentices who are in the process of learning to become prominent and productive electricians.

Education and Training[edit]

IEC provides workforce training for apprentices, journeymen, and foremen, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.[4] Training takes place in any of IEC’s chapters across the country and is conducted in accordance with the requirements established by the U.S. Department of Labor and are recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Graduates of IEC's apprenticeship program are recommended by the American Council of Education to receive up to 37 college credits.[5] IEC Chapters additionally offer a variety of continuing education courses for professional contractors.[6]

IEC Foundation[edit]

Founded in 1996, the Independent Electrical Contractors Foundation (IECF) has provided nearly $5 million in cash and equipment to IEC training centers across the country. More than 85% of donations directly support these programs.[7] Through IECF funding, new apprentices are given the opportunity to train to become electricians and technicians.

OSHA Alliance[edit]

IEC works in partnership with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.[8] Together with OSHA, IEC helps develop compliance assistance tools, spread communication to the electrical industry on workplace hazards and hazard prevention, and promote involvement in OSHA’s cooperative programs.[9]