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Dear WECA Community,

     Online and on the phone, WECA is open and looking forward to serving you! Our physical locations are closed to the public indefinitely due to the COVID-19 situation and California Stay-at-Home order. WECA's Rancho Cordova headquarters and San Diego and Riverside training facilities can't serve you in person at this time, but please call us at 1-877-444-9322 or email us as you usually would. Our entire staff is online, on the phones, and ready to help!  

    The health and safety of our apprentices, students, staff, members, and greater community are top concerns at WECA, and we have been closely watching news and recommendations from the CDC and state and local authorities. We have taken measures to ensure that WECA continues to serve its educational mission with a minimum of disruption, while also prioritizing health and safety. Please review the information below for changes to upcoming class scheduling, in response to the growing spread of COVID-19 in California. 

     The situation around COVID-19 contines to evolve and WECA's class delivery plans are subject to further modifications based upon subsequent advice from authorities.  Please follow WECA's communications closely and check back to this page often for further updates, as we will do our best to rapidly communicate any further changes to you. Thank you for your patience and solidarity as we all work together to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community.

Sincerely,

   The WECA Team​

Quicklinks:

Information for Apprentices and their Member Contractors

Information for Electrician Trainees, Journeyman Continuing Education and General Students, and their Contractors

Contractor Resources


For Apprentices and their Member Contractors

For all apprentices:

  • WECA intends to deliver your apprenticeship classes online, until such time as the COVID-19 threat recedes and the classroom learning experience can be resumed.
  • You will attend your classes remotely, online, instructor-led, in real-time. Your class days and times will remain exactly the same as if you were attending in person.
  • You will be notified of your online class login and other remote access instructions as soon as possible, prior to the start date of your class. 

● Certification Testing: As of May 1, 2020, PSI has reopened several of its testing sites across California for limited testing. WECA has personally checked with PSI testing centers in both Sacramento and San Diego and each reports that they are currently open, practicing social distancing, and only allowing a certain amount of people in the building at a time. Keep in mind as you schedule your exam appointment that available windows may be limited, so if you're ready to take the exam, don't delay in securing your appointment. In addition, the State of California confirms that it is actively processing certification applications.

Open PSI Testing Sites in Califonia as of May 6th, 2020

1. IRVINE
2. SACRAMENTO (CAL CENTER)
3. SAN FRANCISCO - Suite 2400
4. SAN DIEGO
5. EL MONTE - SANTA FE SPRINGS
6. RIVERSIDE - MISSION GROVE
7. AGOURA HILLS
8. DIAMOND BAR
9. SANTA CLARA
10. SANTA ROSA
11. WALNUT CREEK
12. UNION CITY
13. VENTURA
14. VISALIA
15. LAWNDALE
16. ATASCADERO
17. REDDING

 


For Electrician Trainees, Journeyman Continuing Education and General Students, and their Contractors

     Please review the information below for changes to upcoming onsite lab scheduling and in-person classroom courses, in response to the growing spread of COVID-19 in California.

    The good news for Trainees and Journeyperson continuing education students enrolled in our programs is that most of our class delivery is already online. Online classes will continue to be delivered as scheduled with no interruption, including all evening GetWired classes. Alternate arrangements are offered for onsite lab days; please read below for details specific to your course.

    WECA has cancelled all in-person classroom courses (such as Two Day Exam Prep and Basic Motor Controls) scheduled for the remainder of 2020. Students who need to pass Basic Motor Controls in order to graduate with their Electrician Trainee Program Certificate can take alternative online electives to fulfill this requirement during this time; please contact WECA for details.

For those students currently enrolled in a GetWired class with a lab date through December 31, 2020:

  • Your lab will be conducted entirely online.
  • Your lab date will remain identical. Your lab time may shift from afternoon to morning, or vice versa. Please watch your email for further details.
  • WECA will send you confirmation of your login instructions for your online lab.

For those students interested in Classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep, these classes have been cancelled until further notice. However, our Live Online Two Day Exam Prep class is available for enrollment! It's the same curriculum; just delivered in an online classroom instead.

  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Two Day Exam Prep class instances until further notice.
  • WECA's Live Online Two Day Exam Prep is now available on a monthly basis. Scheduled over two subsequent Saturdays, a live instructor leads students through our popular Two Day Exam Prep course experience over Zoom in this 16 hour class.
  • You may prefer to take an upcoming GetWired 404 Exam Prep instance. GetWired 404 is also entirely online and instructor-led, but delves even more deeply into preparation for the State certification exam over 42 hours.

For those students interested in Basic Motor Controls, these classes have been cancelled until further notice.

  • WECA has cancelled all classroom-based Basic Motor Controls classes through the end of 2020. 
  • You may take an alternate online course to fulfill this requirement towards your ET Program Certificate. Call WECA to discuss your options.
  • You can wait until WECA can resume offering the classroom Basic Motor Controls class and take it on a future date, but as of now, no dates are scheduled. 

WECA has suspended sales of its DVD/Textbook-based home study courses. All online home study courses will remain available.

● Certification Testing: As of May 1, 2020, PSI has reopened several of its testing sites across California for limited testing. WECA has personally checked with PSI testing centers in both Sacramento and San Diego and each reports that they are currently open, practicing social distancing, and only allowing a certain amount of people in the building at a time. Keep in mind as you schedule your exam appointment that available windows may be limited, so if you're ready to take the exam, don't delay in securing your appointment. In addition, the State of California confirms that it is actively processing certification applications.

Open PSI Testing Sites in Califonia as of May 6th, 2020

1. IRVINE
2. SACRAMENTO (CAL CENTER)
3. SAN FRANCISCO - Suite 2400
4. SAN DIEGO
5. EL MONTE - SANTA FE SPRINGS
6. RIVERSIDE - MISSION GROVE
7. AGOURA HILLS
8. DIAMOND BAR
9. SANTA CLARA
10. SANTA ROSA
11. WALNUT CREEK
12. UNION CITY
13. VENTURA
14. VISALIA
15. LAWNDALE
16. ATASCADERO
17. REDDING

 


Resources for Contractors

•  Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Plan (v2.4 updated 8-6-20)

•  CA DIR Div. of Occupational Safety & Health: COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction

•  California Dept. of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Construction

•  California Dept. of Health Employer Playbook for Safe Reopening

•  COVID-19 Situation Flow Company Template

•  COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Construction

•  WECA Special Update Helping to Clarify Executive Order N-33-20 for California Electrical Contractors

•  Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

• Supplemental Toolbox Talks COVID-19

• Coronavirus Toolbox Talk

• COVID-19 in Construction Workplace

• COVID-19 Safety Meeting Outlines

• COVID-19 Toolbox Talks for Subs

• Fact Sheet for Pandemics

• Marek Brother Toolbox Talk

• COVID-19 Action Plan

• Pandemic Preparedness - Coronavirus

• Coronavirus - Workplace, School and Home Guidance

• COVID-19 Tool Cleaning Protocols

• COVID-19 Print Resources

• COVID-19 Fact Sheet

• United States Department of Labor: COVID-19

• CDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Flowchart

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