As it turns out, electricians who complete the IEC’s apprenticeship and training courses are smarter than anyone was giving them credit for. After a review by the American Council on Education’s College Recommendation Service, the electrical contracting organization’s apprenticeship program was deemed worthy of 29 semester hours of college transfer credit. The program was valued at 24 hours during a review three years ago.

The increase comes at a time when more than 40% of American adults are returning to school in one form or another to earn their bachelor’s degrees, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education Study. Electricians interested in going back to college will now have more than a full year of college credit under their belts.