I.B.E.W. Local Union 379
Serving The Carolinas Since 1926


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  • CE-CW Upgrade

    Welcome to the CW (Construction Wireman) & CE (Construction Electrician) Classification Upgrade Page

    Here you will be able to apply to move up your classification if you meet the requirements. No re-evaluating is allowed while you are working for a signatory (Union) contractor. If you have a break from the Union and work non-union for a minimum of 12 months and return, then you may re-evaluate.

    Note that only hours worked for a signatory (Union) contractor can be counted towards your hours worked as a CW.  

    Construction Wireman Upgrade Requirements are:

    1.CW-1 to a CW-2 you must have reported 1000 CW-1 hours worked for a signatory (Union) contractor.

    2.CW-2 to a CW-3 you must have reported 2000 CW-2 hours worked for a signatory (Union) contractor.  

    3.CW-3 to a CW-4 you must have reported 2000 CW-3 hours worked for a signatory (Union) contractor.


    All CW (Construction Wireman) must fill out the CW Upgrade form found here to start the process of upgrading. You can call the Hall to see how many hours are on file for you, but only by filling out the online form can an upgrade process begin. Once the form is filled out and submitted, it can take up to 48 business hours to verify your qualifications to upgrade. You will be notified along with your contractor via email and US Mail. Once the contractor has been notified via email your raise will take affect the next pay period.

    Construction Electricians Upgrade Requirements are:

    When upgrading to a Construction Electrician classification you must have completed the following class prior to applying:

    1. OSHA -10

    2. NFPA-70E

    3. First Aid / CPR

    4. IBEW 379 Code of Excellence

    And you must have the following verified electricial field hours Union and Non-Union:

    CE-1 8000 (Union and Non Union) hours

    CE-2 10,000 (Union and Non Union) hours

    CE-3 12,000 (Union and Non Union) hours

    All these class are provided by the Carolina Electrical Training Institute (CETI) and IBEW LU 379. You can take any of these class at any time during your employment, but they must be completed before applying to upgrade to a CE level classification. You can also take these class on your own, at your own cost, or if you already have them, they must be less than 3 years old to count.

    Please download the CE-CW Policy, read, fill out the following forms: 

    1. Application for Prior OJT Credit (if you have non-union hours).

    2. Construction Wireman & Construction Electrician Application for Advancement.

    3. Mail to 1900 Cross Beam Dr Suite A Charlotte NC, 28217, or deliver in person to Tina Williams Director of the CETI.

    CE Construction Electrician Upgrade PDF (Print off and fill out two pages then turn into CETI)

    CW-Construction Wireman Upgrade Form HERE




    Page Last Updated: Sep 08, 2017 (08:50:44)
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