Program Information2018-03-01T12:01:53-04:00

Advancing Utility Apprenticeship Training

The Joint Michigan Apprentice Program features smaller, segmented training labs and field instruction performed at a single location in northern Lower Michigan. All apprentices currently enrolled can transition to JMAP, remain on their current pace, and continue on-the-job learning from experienced journeymen.

For classroom, lab, and field training, Wolverine is partnering with Northwest Lineman College (NLC), an industry-leading educational institution that provides pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey-level training for hundreds of companies throughout the United States and internationally. Graduates of NLC are highly regarded in the power delivery industry.

U.S. Department of Labor Standards

The Joint Michigan Apprentice Program is proudly certified by the U.S. Department of Labor. Click the links below to review standards of Apprenticeship.

·         Standards of Apprenticeship
·         Appendix A – Work Process Schedule and Related Instruction Outline
·         Appendix B – Apprenticeship Agreement
·         Appendix C – Affirmative Action Plan
·         Appendix D – Qualifications and Selection Procedures

Enrollment Information

To register your apprentices for classes beginning September 18, 2017, please click here for more information.

Upcoming Events

2018 Class Schedule

May 7 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 21, 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Questions2017-05-10T09:41:30-04:00

Please direct any additional questions to and Wolverine will promptly respond.

Where can I learn more about NLC?2017-05-10T09:41:20-04:00

NLC is an industry-leading educational institution that provides apprentice and journey-level training for hundreds of power and construction companies throughout the United States and internationally. You can learn more about NLC online at

How do I enroll in the new program?2017-05-10T09:41:12-04:00

Wolverine has scheduled two orientation/enrollment meetings on July 18 (Boyne Falls) and July 19 (Lansing). Wolverine will provide details on June 7 and June 8.

What is Wolverine’s role in the JMAP?2017-05-10T09:39:14-04:00
  • Provide for related instruction.
  • Secure training facilities.
  • Program administration.
  • Select members of the committee.
What is the IBEW #876 Role in the JMAP?2017-05-10T09:39:05-04:00
  • Select members of the committee.
  • Review apprentice on-the-job and classroom training.
Who will provide related instruction?2017-05-10T09:38:57-04:00

Northwest Lineman College (NLC) has been selected to provide related instruction; including: instruction materials, classroom, lab/field competencies, and curriculum.

Will this impact apprentice progress?2017-05-10T09:38:46-04:00

Any apprentice that is currently enrolled in the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program is eligible to enroll and continue at the same program step in the JMAP.

Will JMAP impact apprentice compensation?2017-05-10T09:38:35-04:00

Compensation will not be impacted. Apprentices will still “top out” per their respective Collective Bargaining Agreement.

What If apprentice completed all related instruction?2017-05-10T09:38:28-04:00

An apprentice who has completed all classroom, book work, and testing and has completed 6,000 hours of qualified on-the-job training reported to Great Lakes Energy no later than July 10, 2017 is eligible to complete apprenticeship in the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program.

What certification is issued to JMAP graduates?2017-05-10T09:38:21-04:00

Satisfactory completion of JMAP results in a Utility Worker Ticket from the Department of Labor.  A graduate is eligible to receive a “B” ticket from IBEW, Local 876, and may be eligible to receive “Journeyman A” status via testing administered by their local union.

How is the related instruction structured?2017-05-10T10:18:30-04:00

Outline of the NLC Program:

YEAR 1: Climbing
YEAR 2: Protective Grounding (OH & UG)
Transformer Banking
YEAR 3: Hot Line
YEAR 4: Smart Grid Electrical Devices
Journeyman Excellence
RESCUE: Pole-Top Rescue
Tower Rescue
Enclosed Space Attendant
Where will the related instruction take place?2017-05-10T09:37:53-04:00

Wolverine Power Cooperative is working to finalize a site. The goal is to provide a single location in northern Lower Michigan. A new location will be in place this fall (2017).

When will related instruction take place?2017-05-10T09:37:45-04:00

Classes will meet twice per year, likely in the spring and fall, for four consecutive days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday). At present, no final decisions have been made on dates or location for training in Michigan.

What if apprentice misses class work?2017-05-10T09:37:38-04:00

The apprentice is expected to make-up classroom work, the location and timing will be determined case-by-case. Wolverine will ensure advanced notice is provided of class dates to allow planning of vacation and other life events.

Who is responsible for new training facilities?2017-05-10T09:37:29-04:00

Wolverine will provide facilities.

How much will the program cost annually?2017-06-14T23:41:00-04:00

Wolverine is working to finalize the annual cost per apprentice. This will be determined prior to the information sessions on June 7 and June 8.

What is the role of the JMAP Committee?2017-05-10T09:24:43-04:00
  • Review progress of apprentice’s on-the-job training and related instruction.
  • Determine satisfactory completion of JMAP requirements.
  • Maintain registration, documentation, and records.
Are there additional costs for participating utilities?2017-05-10T09:37:09-04:00

Participating utilities should expect ten (10) room nights, meal expenses, and fuel costs each year.

Who will be on the JMAP Committee?2017-05-10T09:24:16-04:00

The JMAP Committee will have six (6) members (three selected by IBEW and three selected by Wolverine).

Who pays for program participation?2017-05-10T09:36:59-04:00

It is expected that each utility will be responsible for all costs associated with its apprentices’ participation.

When will related instruction begin?2017-05-10T09:36:43-04:00

The goal is to deliver training in Michigan this fall (2017).

Will the JMAP have an Apprentice Committee?2017-05-10T09:23:48-04:00

Yes, the JMAP will have an apprentice committee.

What will replace the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program?2017-05-10T09:23:26-04:00

The newly created Joint Michigan Apprentice Program (JMAP) between Wolverine and the IBEW Local #876.

When is the Great Lakes Energy/IBEW Local #876 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program Administered by Great Lakes Energy (GLE) ending?2017-05-10T09:23:00-04:00

GLE/IBEW Local #876 are no longer enrolling apprentices and expect to deregister the program by the end of 2017.

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