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What is the IBEW Code of Excellence ? The IBEW Code of Excellence (COE) for the electrical industry is designed to ensure the highest standards of excellence on each and every IBEW workplace. Leaders and members commit to demonstrating the IBEW’s core values in everything they do. Those core values are known as SPARQ:

  • SAFETY  

What are the goals of the IBEW Code of Excellence Program?
In the electrical industry, the customer or end-user of our services will determine whether we perform future work. Therefore, it’s important that when people think of the IBEW, they think of quality, professionalism, safety, and overall excellence. When that happens, the IBEW is seen as the first choice for the job. With that as our objective, the goals of the program are to:

  • Create a culture where safety is a top priority
  • Hold one another accountable to the standards of excellence
  • Provide a mechanism for addressing issues on the job before they escalate
  • Promote a sense of pride in our work


Is this a labor/management program?
The IBEW Code of Excellence is an IBEW program, designed to instill a sense of pride and professionalism in our members. Leaders and members of the IBEW who commit to the COE do so because they know that demonstrating our SPARQ values are what set us apart from other electrical workers. However, the IBEW has a long history of productive labor-management partnerships, and the IBEW Code of Excellence has proven successful when the employer partners with our union. When working together, the IBEW and our employers have created a solutions-driven and proactive program that benefits our members, employers, and communities.

Who are the stakeholders and what is their role? The success of the IBEW Code of Excellence depends upon each stakeholder’s commitment to carry out their defined roles.  Of course, everyone on the jobsite is a key stakeholder: members, supervisors, managers, and stewards. But, the leadership of the union and the employer are who set the tone and expectations for success. It is up to them to define what success looks like and communicate those expectations. When each stakeholder is clear about what is expected, it is possible to hold one another accountable to performing their duties under the IBEW Code of Excellence.

How is the IBEW Code of Excellence implemented? When a local union commits to the IBEW Code of Excellence, there is a formal training program that has been implemented across the USA and Canada. Local union leadership provides training for members about the expectations and opportunities that align with the implementation of the IBEW Code of Excellence. Training is also available for jobsite supervisors. In addition to membership training, Excellence Stewards receive a specific training that enables them to carry out the program on the jobsite. These stewards are the critical link between the members, union leadership, and the employer. Once the program is implemented, ongoing awareness and communication is a core component of keeping the values of the COE at the forefront of every job.  


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IBEW COE-SPARQ Newsletters

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Broadcasting SPARQ Construction-200sq Government-200sq Manufacturing-200sq Railroad-200sq Telecommunications SPARQ Utility SPARQ

 Find all issues of the Code of Excellence SPARQ Newsletter here!  COE SPARQ Newsletter


IBEW Code of Excellence Success Stories
Click to see how the COE Program has positively impacted jobsites and local areas of the United States, and Canada.

COE success stories map Las Vegas Local Aims for ‘Gold Standard’ Partnership with Utility Code of Excellence Boosts Safety and Morale at Colorado Utility IBEW, Entergy ‘Sticking’ with Code of Excellence Code of Excellence Fuels Work at Indianaa’s Refineries IBEW, TVA Embark on Historic Code of Excellence Partnership Code of Excellence SPARQs Turnaround at Troubled Arkansas Nuke Plant How the Code of Excellence Increased Membership – and Profit Margins How the Code of Excellence Increased Membership – and Profit Margins The Code We Live By: New Jersey Local Embraces the Code of Excellence Excellence is in Spotlight at New York Manufacturing Plant Code is Key to Pa. Utility PLAs Code of Excellence Gets the Spotlight in the Sunshine State Tennessee Valley Authority and IBEW Code of Excellence partnership IBEW Local 37, New Brunswick, Utility IBEW Local 4, St. Louis, Broadcasting IBEW/Toledo Edison Code of Excellence IBEW/Florida Power and Light Code of Excellence


IBEW Code of Excellence Training and Education

IBEW Education Department


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Please send any questions to the IBEW Education Department at:

Mail: 900 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Email: Education@IBEW.org
Phone: 202-728-6186
Fax: 202-728-6175