In July 1988 Richard Reeve, Richard Stewart and Leland Dockery joined together to form the Birmingham Electrical Contractors Association. The major purpose for creating the group was to establish an apprenticeship training program for merit shop contractors.
In 1987 Mr. Reeve attended a national convention sponsored by the Independent Electrical Contractors Association. Soon after on January 19th , 1990 the Birmingham Electrical contractors Association became the Central Alabama Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors.
We are dedicated to the success and advancement of our merit shop members and the independent electrical and systems contracting industry.
About IEC National
Founded in 1957, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is a national trade association for merit shop electrical contractors. IEC has 52 chapters across the country which represent over 4,000 member companies and trains over 14,000 apprentices each year. Its mission is to develop and foster a stronger economy through the level of quality and services its members provide to the industry.
IEC is a national voice for electrical contractors on many issues and the program is a Registered Apprenticeship program with the US Department of Labor. It is under the supervision of the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. Companies have the option to register employees as apprentices. As of today about 50% of students are registered while others are in the program to learn the trade and prepare themselves to take the Journeyman test administered by the State of Alabama.