The electrical and telecommunications trades are unique because contractors require mechanical, technical and a professionalism skill-set. These abilities must evolve continually to meet an ever-changing technological environment.

Our membership consistently keeps up to date with these evolving challenges and avoid being left behind. Our contractors rely on individuals with the aptitude and desire to:

  • Being productive on day one
  • Meet challenges and construction goals daily
  • Excel in a variety of job-site assignments
  • Demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Employ the "Code Of Excellence" daily
How does each member meet our obligation to proficiently perform the work associated with the tasks of our trades?

That's where Local 164's Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee … the JATC … steps in. Representing both the IBEW and NECA, we've dedicated countless hours towards developing an efficient training program … through systematic schooling and on-the-job training … to produce well qualified electricians and telecommunications technicians with the skill, attitude and knowledge to get jobs done on time and under budget.

Training Facility

The IBEW Local 164 Training Academy is a state-of-the-art facility, located in a 40,000-square-foot, two-story building adjacent to our headquarters. It offers easy access to the Garden State Parkway, NJ Routes 17 and 4, allowing for quick and direct transportation via car. (Get directions)

The Academy boasts 12 large classrooms and 10 labs, including two state-of-the-art computer labs with a full complement of the most modern equipment. This includes the latest electrical, instrumentation, local operating network and "voice-data-video" equipment, all of which is central to the experiments and troubleshooting exercises that make up typical classwork-related studies.

The Training Academy also has a library of the latest printed materials, along with educational information available via a variety of media, including films, videotapes, DVDs and computer generated graphics. Our center also boasts a 10,000-square-foot auditorium, available for student assemblies and large seminars. These facilities provide an excellent setting for the advancement of the program's objectives.

The program itself is a national standardized training program, with course materials periodically reviewed, updated and revised by the National JATC for the Electrical Industry. Our goal is to ensure that all students keep up with the latest technology advances, ensuring their ability to meet long-term career objectives!

College Credit   Local 164's electrical and telecommunications programs are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), and graduates earn college credit after completion! As of early 2004, electricians earn 60 semester hours of college credit recommendations from the ACE, while telecommunications technicians earn 37 semester hours. Thereafter, students may further their education by transferring these credits into degree programs offered by two- or four-year institutions.