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Guide to State Electrical Codes, Enforcement, and Licensing

Introduction

This publication summarizes the major provisions of electrical code, enforcement, and contractor/electrician licensing requirements for each state in the U.S. It is based upon information supplied by NECA Chapters. For more current or detailed information about electrical requirements in a particular state, contact the agency listed under Contact.

Listing: States are listed alphabetically.

Codes and Enforcement

This publication covers state safety requirements for electrical construction. Most states adopt by reference the National Electrical Code (ANSI/NFPA standard 70), sometimes with local changes. Some also adopt by reference the National Electrical Safety Code (ANSI/IEEE standard C2). Many states with statewide electrical codes allow local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent requirements. Some states have no electrical codes or enforcement authority, leaving these matters entirely to local jurisdictions.

Contractor/Electrician Licensing

States with statewide licensing requirements generally have an electrical or licensing Board with the power to give examinations and issue licenses, and to suspend and revoke licenses for cause. Some states have no statewide licensing requirements, leaving this matter entirely to local jurisdictions. Some states have reciprocity arrangements for contractor/electrician licensing with others that have the same or similar requirements. These are generally neighboring states.

Exceptions: Some states exempt certain types of work or classes of installations from electrical code, inspection, and/or licensing requirements. Typical exemptions are listed below; they are referenced by code letter in the individual state listings:

  1. Electric utility installations and wiring, up to and including meters on customer premises.
  2. Communications systems including radio, cable television, telecommunications, and similar systems.
  3. Industrial installations.
  4. Installations of a specialized nature such as mines, refineries, gas and oil fields, and transportation systems.
  5. Automotive wiring.
  6. Temporary wiring on construction or similar projects.
  7. Installations on government property.
  8. Farm or agricultural installations.
  9. Electrical appliances.
  10. One- and two-family dwellings.
  11. Work performed by homeowners on their own property, not intended for sale.
  • Alabama

    Code

    The codes and standards currently adopted and enforced by the Alabama Building Commission (for Electricians) as state building codes are:

    • 2008 National Electrical Code
    • 2006 International Building Code
    • 2006 International Fire Code

    Enforcement

    The codes and standards are enforced by the State of Alabama Building Commission.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Persons applying for statewide Electrical Contractor examination must demonstrate a minimum of four (4) years experience that show that you have designed, planned, laid-out and directly supervised electrical construction activities and the installing of electrical components. The work supervised must be commercial or industrial. The license is unlimited in voltage and bid requirements. Applicants may substitute one (1) year education in electrical curriculum for one-half (½) year electrical experience for a maximum of two (2) years credit of the four (4) years experience requirement. The applicant must submit a copy of the diploma or certificate.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Persons applying for statewide journeyman examination must demonstrate a minimum of four (4) years experience that show the necessary qualifications, training and technical knowledge to install electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment, light, heat or power. Applicant must demonstrate his or her ability to do the work according to plans and specifications furnished to him or her and in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing such work. A substantial part of the work performed must have been commercial or industrial. Applicants may substitute one (1) year of education in an electrical curriculum for one-half (½) year electrical experience for a maximum of one (1) year credit of the four (4) years experience required.

    Fees Electrical Contractor Journeyman Electrician
    License $200.00 $35.00
    Examination $165.00 $115.00
    Annual Renewal $200.00 $35.00*

    *Payable after notification of passing the examination.

    Reciprocity

    Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

    Contact

    State of Alabama Building Commission
    770 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor- Suite 444
    Montgomery, AL 36130
    (334) 242-4082
    (334) 242-4182
    phyllis.thomas@bc.alabama.gov
    www.bc.alabama.gov

    Alabama Electrical Contractors Boards
    610 S. McDonough Street
    Montgomery, AL 36104
    (334) 269-9990 Ext. 10
    (334) 263-6155 fax
    E-Mail ALELECTRICALBD@aol.com
    www.aecb.state.al.us

  • Alaska

    Code

    Installations must conform to the current editions of National Electrical Code and National Electrical Safety Code, with amendments approved by the American National Standards Association (ANSI).

    Enforcement

    Installations in any place of employment or public structure are subject to inspection by the Department of Labor, which may also authorize public or private utility inspectors to act as state electrical inspectors.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Contractors must be registered with the Department of Community & Economic Development and must also be, or have in their employ, a person currently licensed as an electrical administrator.

    Electrician

    The Department of Labor and Workforce Development issues license upon passage of an examination for journeyman electrician, journeyman power lineman, residential electrician, maintenance electrician, and apprentice/learner. Require 8000 hours of experience in the trade.

    Fees Electrical Contractor Journeyman Electrician
    Electrical Administrator Application $50.00 N/A
    Application N/A $50.00
    Exam $125.00 N/A
    License $350.00 $200.00
    Biennial Renewal $350.00 $200.00

    Reciprocity

    Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    Contact

    Department of Community &Economic Development
    Business Licensing
    Electrical Administration
    PO Box 110806
    Juneau, AK 99811-0806
    (907) 465-2589
    www.dced.state.ak.us/occ
    E-Mail License@alaska.gov

    Department of Labor &Workplace Development
    Labor Standards &Safety Division
    Mechanical Inspection Section
    3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
    Anchorage, AK 99510-7020
    (907) 269-4925
    (907) 269-4932 fax
    E-Mail Anchorage.Lss-mi@labor.state.ak.us
    www.labor.state.ak.us/research/dlo/elecwkr.htm

  • Arizona

    Code

    No statewide code. Most municipalities and Coconimo, Maricopa, and Pima counties adopt the National Electrical Code. Residential, commercial, and industrial work must be performed in accordance with the FHA Minimum Property Standards and Manual of Acceptable Practices.

    Enforcement

    Codes are enforced by the by the municipality or county and enforcement of the contractors is by the State Registrar of Contractors.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. Applicants must have had four (4) years trade experience within the last ten (10) years, not have had a license refused or revoked within one (1) year prior to the application, and must pass a written examination. Contractors are required to furnish a bond; residential contractors must either participate in a Consumer Recovery Fund or furnish an additional surety bond or cash deposit.

    Journeyman

    Licensed at local levels.

    Fees Electrical Contractor Journeyman
    New Residential Contractor License $770.00* N/A
    Renewal $540.00/2yr N/A
    New Commercial Contractor License $645.00* N/A
    Renewal of Commercial License $490.00/2yr N/A
    Dual (Commercial and Residential) License $1265.00* N/A
    Renewal of Dual License $1030.00/2yr N/A

    *plus bond

    Reciprocity

    California, Nevada, and Utah

    The Arizona Registrar of Contractors may waive trade examination requirements for contractors who want to be licensed in both states. No state licensing of journeymen and master electricians. Electricians are licensed by municipalities or counties. Under the agreement, Arizona can accept the licensing qualifications of these states. Applicants will be required to pass the Arizona Business Management examination and complete all other requirements for licensing in Arizona.

    Contact

    Arizona State Registrar of Contractors
    800 W. Washington, Sixth Floor
    Licensing Department
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    (602) 542-1525
    (602) 542-1536 fax
    www.azroc.gov
  • California

    Code

    Effective January 1, 2008, all jurisdictions in the State of California, are required to adopt and enforce the following new codes:

    • 2007 California Building Code
      (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2006 International Building Code with California amendments. Published by the International Code Council, ICC) 2007 California Electrical Code (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2005 National Electrical Code with California amendments. Published by the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA)
    • 2007 California Fire Code
      (Incorporates by adoption and reprints the 2006 International Fire Code with California amendments. Published by ICC)

    Installations in hotels, motels, apartment houses, and dwellings (including factory-built housing) must conform to regulations of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, Division of Housing and Building Standards (DHBS). DHBS enforces the most recent edition of the National Electrical Code.

    Counties and cities may adopt equal or more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    All electrical installations in places of employment under jurisdiction of the Department of Industrial Relations are subject to inspection by DIS. In practice, enforcement of building regulations is done primarily by local inspectors, with DIS providing all statewide safety inspection and consultation on safety matters in places of employment.

    Licensing

    Contractors, electricians and journeymen must be licensed by the Electrical Contractors’ State Licensing Board.

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued to either firms or individuals, firms must designate an owner, partner, officer or responsible managing employee who has the required qualifications to take the written examination. Applicants must present evidence of technical knowledge, experience, integrity, and financial responsibility, and pass a written examination.

    Exemption – Firms constructing or improving their own structures not intended for sale are exempt from licensing requirements. However, sale of a structure within one (1) year after construction or improvement is considered “presumptive evidence” of construction or improvement for purpose of sale.

    Electricians

    Certification is now required of all electricians (except electrical contractors working under their license (C-10) effective January 2005. Electricians must successfully complete an apprenticeship program approved by the California Apprenticeship Council, the BAT or a state Apprenticeship Council authorized by the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training. Certification required every three (3) years.

    General Electrician

    8000 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code.

    Residential Electrician

    4800 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code.

    Voice Data Video Technician

    4000 hours of work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining any system that falls within the scope of the National Electrical Code, Articles 725, (non-composite cables only), 800 (non-hybrid cables only) 810 and 820.

    Fire/Life Technician

    4000 hours of work for an electrical contractor involving the installation, construction or maintenance of systems as covered in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code.

    Nonresidential Lighting Technician

    2000 hours (4 years journeyman experience) of work installing, repairing and maintaining nonresidential lighting while employed by a contractor engaged in the business of nonresidential lighting maintenance and retrofit installations.

    Fees Electrical Contractors Electricians
    License $400.00 N/A
    Application $50.00, additional Classifications $75.00
    License Renewal $225.00/yr $100.00/ 2yr
    Examination N/A $100.00

    Reciprocity

    Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

    Contact

    Division of Apprentice Standards
    Department of Industrial Relations
    2424 Arden Way, Suite 160
    Sacramento, CA 95825
    (916) 263-2877
    (916) 263-0981 fax
    E-mailarojas@dir.hq.ca.gov

    Department of Industrial Relations
    Contractors License Board
    PO Box 26000
    Sacramento, CA 95826
    (916) 255-3985
    (916) 366-0130 fax
    www.cslb.ca.gov

  • Arkansas

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    The State Board of Electrical Examiners is responsible for enforcement of any violations reported to them. Municipalities may use local inspectors in their areas.

    Licensing

    The State of Arkansas requires special licensing for security alarm system installation/monitoring.

    Electrical Contractor

    Electrical contractors who perform on contracts of $20,000 or more must be licensed by the State Licensing Board of Contractors. Applicants must have five (5) years experience, list the equipment they own, provide an audited financial statement, hold a Master Electrician’s license, provide business references, and must pass the Arkansas Business and Law Exam.

    Electrician

    State electrical licenses are mandatory, and are recognized in all municipalities. Master and journeyman electricians must pass a written examination to be licensed by the State Board of Electrical Examiners. Apprentices are also required to be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training, and the Arkansas Department of Labor. Beginning in 2008 eight (8) hours of continuing education will be required each year.

    The Board is also authorized to issue license to those applicants holding equivalent licenses in other states and upon payment of the required fees and submission of proof of license in that state, provided an agreement has been reached with that state, to recognize the electrical licenses held by Arkansas residents.

    Apprentice

    Annual registration fee $10. Temporary license fees are the same as the permanent licenses listed below.

    Fees License Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $100.00 N/A $50.00
    Mater Electrician $50.00 $56.00/$86.00* $50.00
    Residential Master Electrician $25.00 $56.00/$86.00* $25.00
    Journeyman 25.00 $25.00** $25.00
    Residential Journeyman Electrician $25.00 $56.00/$86.00* $25.00
    Industrial Maintenance Electrician $25.00 $25.00** $25.00
    Air Conditioning Electrician $25.00 $56.00/$86.00* $25.00

    *Fees for examination $56 paper/pencil format; $86 computer format

    **Industrial Maintenance tests are given at the Arkansas Department of Labor $25 fee.

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana.

    Contact

    Contractors Licensing Board

    4100 Richard Road
    North Little Rock, AR 72116
    (501) 372-4661
    (501) 372-2247 Fax
    www.arkansas.gov/clb/

    State Board of Electrical Examiners
    10421 West Markham Little Rock, AR 72205
    (501) 682-4547
    (501) 682-1765 fax
    www.arkansas.gov/labor/
  • Colorado

    Code

    Installation must conform to the 2007 National Electrical Code, effective August 1st, 2008, or other standards which may be adopted by the Colorado State Electrical Board. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    State electrical inspectors must be master or journeyman electricians employed or appointed by the director of the Division of Registration. The Division director is also authorized to appoint or employ inspectors for one-, two-three- or four-family dwellings. These inspectors must have passed the written residential wireman’s examination, been certified as residential electrical inspector by a national certification authority approved by the Board, and have furnished satisfactory evidence of at least two (2) years practical experience in the inspection of residential dwellings.

    Licensing

    All contractors and electricians must be registered or licensed by the State Electrical Board. There is no local licensing. Local governments are permitted to require registration of electrical contractors performing services within their jurisdiction; fees cannot be charged for such registration.

    Successful completion of an open book examination (based upon the current edition of the National Electrical Code) is required as a prerequisite for license or registration renewal. The types of license and/or registration issued and the qualifications for each type are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued either to firms or individuals. Any firm owned wholly or in part by a licensed master electrician, and any individual who is a licensed master electrician may obtain an electrical contractor’s registration. Any other firm or individual desiring to be registered as an electrical contractor must employ a licensed master electrician in a supervisory capacity must pay the first time application fee and subsequent biennial renewal fee. The applicant must furnish evidence of compliance with the applicable workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation laws of the State. Out-of-State corporations must furnish a Certificate of Good Standing issued by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

    Master Electrician

    An applicant must furnish written evidence that he or she is a graduate electrical engineer and has one (1) year of practical electrical experience in the construction industry; or is a graduate of an electrical trade school or community college with at least four (4) years of practical experience in electrical work or has had at least one (1) year of practical experience in planning, laying out, supervision, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat, and power beyond the practical experience requirements for the journeyman’s license. Each applicant must pass a written examination.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicant must have at least four (4) years apprenticeship in the electrical trade or four (4) years practical experience in wiring for, installing, and repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, and power, at least two (2) years of this experience shall be in commercial or industrial work.

    Residential Wireman

    Applicant for a residential wireman’s license must have at least two (2) years of training that is acceptable to the Board or two (2) years of practical experience in wiring one-, two-, three- and four-family dwellings.

    Apprentice

    Apprentices must work under the supervision of a licensed electrician generally defined as one (1) licensed individual to three (3) apprentices at a jobsite. Apprentices must be registered with the Board, and must re-register each time they change employers.

     

    Fees Application Registration Exam License Renewal
    Electrical Contractors $150.00 N/A $115.00 $120.00/2yr
    Master Electrician N/A N/A $72.00 $48.00/2yr
    Journeyman Electrician $50.00 N/A $72.00 $28.00/2yr
    Residential Wireman $50.00 N/A $72.00 $28.00/2yr
    Apprentice N/A $10.00 N/A N/A

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

    Contact

    State Electrical Board
    1580 Logan Street, Suite 550
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 894-2300
    (303) 894-2310 fax
    www.dora.state.co.us/Electrical
  • Connecticut

    Code

    Installations must conform to regulations of the Consumer Protection Department and Electrical Board of Occupational Licensing. The regulations are the same as or similar to the 2005 National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    Electrical installations are subject to inspection by the Department of Consumer Protection.

    Licensing

    Electrical contractors and journeyman electricians must be licensed by the Electrical Board of Occupational Licensing. All electrical work must be performed by licensed electricians or registered apprentices, under a permit obtainable with an electrical contractor license (E2). There are no exceptions. It is the responsibility of the electrical contractor to validate the license number of every employee.

    Applicants for both contractor and journeyman licenses must be at least 20 years of age, have an eighth grade education or its equivalent, be of good moral character, and possess “the requisite skill” to perform electrical work.

    Electrical Contractor

    Two (2) years experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Four (4) years on the job training plus 576 hours of schooling in related instruction

    Fees Electrical Contractor Journeyman Electrician
    Application $75.00 $45.00
    Examination $130.00 $50.00
    License Renewal $75.00/yr $60.00/yr

    Contact

    Department of Consumer Protection
    Electrical Board of Occupational Licensing
    165 Capitol Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06106
    (860) 713-6135
    (850) 713-7239 fax
    www.ct.gov
  • Delaware

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2005 National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    All inspections are performed by private inspection agencies approved by the state.

    Licensing

    All contractors and electricians must be licensed by the state Board. Local jurisdictions may require additional licensing. Types of state licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Master Electrician General

    Applicants must present evidence of six (6) years practical experience, or four (4) years of schooling and two (2) years of practical experience, and must pass a written examination.

    Master Electrician Limited

    Applicants must present evidence of three (3) years practical experience, or two (2) years of schooling and one (1) year of practical experience, and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Electrician

    Limited to air conditioning, oil burners, signs, elevator and overhead and underground primary distribution systems, etc.

    Limited Special Electrician

    Residential wiring up to and including four-family dwellings.

    Fees Application* Examination License Renewal
    Master Electrician $124.00 $60.00 **/yr
    Master Special Electrician $124.00 $60.00 **/yr
    Limited Special Electrician $124.00 $60.00 **/yr
    Limited Electrician $67.00 $60.00 **/yr

    *Rate is prorated from when you postmark or hand in form

    ** You are notified of how much the license renewal is when you receive the form to renew.

    Reciprocity

    Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wyoming.

    Contact

    State of Delaware
    Division of Professional Regulation
    Cannon Building
    861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203
    Dover, DE 19904-2467
    (302) 739-4522
    (302) 739-2711 fax
    www.dpr.delaware.gov
  • Florida

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    Enforcement agencies include local inspection and building departments, the State Fire Marshall, and the State Hotel and Restaurant Commission. The State Board of Electrical Examiners has enforcement powers where local jurisdictions do not exist.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors must be registered with the state unless they are certified. Registration permits the contractor to engage in contracting only in a particular area or municipality.

    Electrical Contractor Registration – Applicants for registration shall file evidence of current occupational license or successful compliance with local examination and licensing requirements (if any) in the area for which registration is desired. No state level examination is required for registration. Licenses may be issued by registration or certification:

    Registration

    The applicant has taken and passed a local competency examination and can practice only within that locale.

    Electrical Contractor Certification

    Contractors may obtain an optional state license from the State Electrical Licensing Board. Requirements include qualification of financial responsibility, acceptable credit, business reputation, proven education, substantiated experience, insurance coverage, and passing an examination. This optional state license entitles the holder to engage in electrical contracting in any municipality within the state without further examination. Municipalities may require the holder of a state license to purchase a local occupational license if the contractor maintains an office within that locality.

    Continuing Education Requirements

    Fourteen hours of Board approved continuing education is required each biennial prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors. At least seven hours of which are on technical subjects; one hour on workers’ compensation; one hour on workplace safety; and one hour on business practices, and one hour of an advanced course. Multiple license holders are required to complete the continuing education requirements only once each biennium. Contractors, who are engaged in alarm system contracting, must take a two-hour false alarm prevention course, as a part of their continuing education.

    Journeyman Electrician

    There is no statewide journeyman license. Journeyman is licensed at local municipalities.

    Fees Registration Certification Certified Renewal* Registered Renewal*
    Specialty Electrical Contractors N/A N/A $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Electrical Contractors $105.00 $225.00 $225.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Alarm Contractor I and II $105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Lighting Maintenance Specialty $105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Sign Specialty $105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Residential $105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Limited Energy 105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr
    Utility Line $105.00 $255.00 $255.00/2yr $105.00/2yr

    *Due by 8/31 of even-numbered years.

    Application fees: $327.50 per form (there packages on the website)

    Examinations: $67.50

    Certification

    The applicant has taken and passed the State Licensing examination and can practice throughout the State of Florida.

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina

    Contact

    Department of Business and Professional Regulations
    Electrical Contractors Licensing Board
    1940 N. Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0771
    (850) 488-3109
    (850) 922-2918 fax
    E-mail callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us
    www.myfloridalicense.com
  • Georgia

    Code

    The Georgia State Minimum Standard Electrical Code consists of the 2005 National Electrical Code in conjunction with the 2005 Georgia Amendment. Some counties have adopted amendments to this code. Electrical installations are also subject to rules and regulations promulgated by the State Fire Marshal and the Insurance Commissioner.

    Enforcement

    There is no statewide electrical inspection. However, the Board is currently engaged in a program to encourage county and municipal authorities to require inspection of electrical work, where it is not currently inspected. The State Fire Marshall has broad powers to inspect buildings, though not specifically to perform electrical inspections. The Construction Industry Licensing Board, Electrical Division, has power to license or revoke, and to suspend or restore electrical contractor licenses.

    Licensing

    Contractor

    Electrical contractors must be licensed by the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Electrical Division. An examination is required and licenses are issued to a person, not a firm. Renewal requires the contractor holding the license to complete four (4) hours of continuing education courses per year.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Journeymen employed by a licensed electrical contractor do not need a separate license. Low-Voltage Systems – Although a restricted low-voltage license is required for electrical contractors when doing such work exclusively from regular electrical wiring, low-voltage work may be done with an unrestricted, normal license when the low-voltage portion of the contract is incidental to the main electrical contract.

    Fees License Examination Renewal
    Contractor $30.00 $128.00 $75.00/2yr
    Journeyman

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina

    Contact

    Georgia Board of Construction Industry
    PO Box 13446
    Macon, GA 31208
    (478) 207-2440
    (478) 207-1425 fax
    sos.georgia.gov
  • Hawaii

    Code

    As of this update there is no statewide electrical code. The Hawaii Building Codes Commission is in agreement of passing the 2008 National Electrical Code as published.

    Enforcement

    Counties review plans and specifications, issue permits, conduct inspections, and enforce the electrical codes.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    The Contractors Licensing Board conducts examinations and issues licenses for C-13 Electrical Contractor; C-15 Electronic Systems Contractor, C-15a Fire and Burglar Alarm Contractor, C-15b Telecommunications Contractor, C-60 Solar Power Systems Contractor, C-62 Pole and Line Contractor, and C-63 High Voltage Electrical Contractor.

    Journey Worker Electrician

    Five (5) years but no less than 10,000 hours of all aspect of electrical wiring work, primarily involved in residential and commercial wiring

    Supervising Electrician

    Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker electrician or equivalent

    Journey Worker Industrial Electrician

    Five (5) years but no less than 10,000 hours of industrial wiring work

    Supervising Industrial Electrician

    Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent

    Maintenance Electrician

    One (1) year electrical maintenance wiring work or two years electrical trade schooling

    Fees Application Examination License* Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $30.00 $133.00 N/A $75.00/3yr
    Journey Worker Electrician $40.00 $133.00 $225.00 $225.00/3yr
    Supervising Electrician $40.00 $85.00 $225.00 $225.00/3yr
    Journey Worker Industrial Electrician $40.00 $85.00 $225.00 $225.00/3yr
    Supervising Industrial Electrician $40.00 $85.00 $225.00 $225.00/3yr
    Maintenance Electrician $40.00 $85.00 $225.00 $225.00/3yr

    *This is amount is prorated. If you are licensed in the years 2008, 2011, or 2014 you pay the full amount. If you are licensed in the years 2009, 2012, or 2015 you pay $150.00. If you are licensed in the years 2010 or 2013 you pay $75.00.

    For supervising or master categories, equivalent experience in the trade means having been licensed as a journey worker or supervising level electrician for at least four years or a journey worker or master level in another county, state, or country where requirements for licensure are equivalent to those in force in this State.

    Contact

    Hawaii Contractors License Board
    PO Box 3469
    Honolulu, HI 96801
    (808) 586-2700
    (808) 586-2689 fax

    Board of Electricians &Plumbers
    PO Box 3469
    Honolulu, HI 96801
    (808) 586-2705
    (808) 586-2689 fax
    www.hawaii.gov
  • Idaho

    Code

    Installations must conform to the current National Electrical Code. Municipalities may establish local electrical codes that are no less stringent than the state requirements.

    Enforcement

    All electrical installations are subject to inspection by the Idaho State Electrical Bureau, a department within the Division of Building Safety, or by city electrical departments where the state does not perform inspection services.

    Licensing

    All contractors and electricians must be licensed by the Division of Building Safety. Continuing education is required for renewal of journeyman electrician and master journeyman electrician licenses. All licenses may be suspended or revoked by the Idaho State Electrical Board, which also has the authority to issue civil fines for violations of Idaho Title 54, Chapter 10 (electrical contracting/licensing provisions). Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. Applicants must pass an examination and be (or employ) a journeyman electrician who has held a state issued journeyman or master license for a minimum of two (2) years, and holds a current Idaho license. Individuals holding electrical contractor licenses may not perform actual electrical work unless they are also licensed as a journeyman electrician or have a licensed, qualified journeyman electrician as electrical supervisor. Electrical contractors must show proof of required insurance.

    Specialty Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. Applicants must pass an examination and be (or employ) a journeyman electrician who has held a state issued journeyman or master license for a minimum of two (2) years, and holds a current Idaho license. Individuals holding electrical contractor licenses may not perform actual electrical work unless they are also licensed as a journeyman electrician or have a licensed, qualified journeyman electrician as an electrical supervisor. Electrical contractors must show proof of required insurance.

    Master Journeyman Electrician

    Licenses may be issued to anyone who has been a licensed journeyman electrician in the State of Idaho for at least four (4) years and received a passing grade on the master journeyman test. Twenty-four hours of continuing education every three (3) years is required.

    Journeyman Electrician

    In order to be approved for the Idaho State Journeyman Electrician examination notarized documentation of four (4) years (a minimum of 8,000 hours) of work experience as an apprentice electrician making electrical installation under the constant supervision of a qualified journeyman and four (4) years (a minimum of 576 hours) of approved electrical apprenticeship class room instruction must be submitted.

    Specialty Electrician

    In order to be approved for the Idaho State Specialty Electrician (elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, sign, manufacturing or assembling equipment, and limited energy) examination notarized documentation of two (2) years (a minimum of 4,000 hours) of work experience within the scope of the specialty, and that experience must be in compliance with the rules of that state in which the experience was obtained.

    Apprentice

    qualifying documents for hours of work experience and schooling completed must be submitted prior to each July 1 for an annual re-registration process with the Electrical Bureau. After these requirements of 4 years (or a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job hours) and 576 total hours of classroom training, the apprentice is ready to make application for the journeyman test and upon passing, will be issued an Idaho journeyman electrical license.

    Fees License License Renewal Revival Fee Registration
    Electrical Contractor $125.00 $100.00/yr N/A N/A
    Specialty Electrical Contractor $125.00 $100.00/yr N/A N/A
    Master Journeyman Electrician $65.00 $45.00/3yr $55.00 N/A
    Journeyman Electrician $55.00 $45.00/3yr N/A N/A
    Specialty Electrician $55.00 $45.00/3yr N/A N/A
    Apprentice N/A N/A N/A $10.00*

    Certification

    *Annual Re-registration until the conditions for journeyman testing is met.

    An applicant with out-of-state experience, who has not completed the education, may alternatively submit twice the amount of experience (eight years defined as 16,000 hours). The work experience shall include three (3) categories: residential, commercial, and industrial. Experience shall not exceed seventy-five percent (75%) of the work time in any one category. If the applicant does not meet the 16,000 hour requirement, he or she may register as an apprentice electrician, and may be approved for placement testing for the required class room instruction based on their out-of-state work experience. Twenty-four hours of continuing education is required every three (3) years.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    Contact

    Electrical Bureau, Division of Building Safety
    1090 E. Watertower Street
    Meridian, ID 83642
    (208) 334-2183
    (208) 334-2165 fax
    dbs.idaho.gov
  • Indiana

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code, with minor amendments.

    Local jurisdictions shall not adopt and enforce their own electrical code unless it has been approved by the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission/Code Services.

    Enforcement

    Responsibility for inspection of all construction lies with the local government officials where there is a state approved building department. In areas without an approved local building department, the office of the State Building Commissioner inspects all buildings and structures except those intended for agricultural purposes and one- and two-family dwellings. All plan review is performed centrally, and state field inspectors assist local building officials in code and administrative matters.

    Licensing

    No state licensing of contractors or journeyman electricians. Most municipalities have contractor licensing requirements.

    Contact

    Fire Prevention & Building Safety Commission/Code Services
    302 W. Washington Street, Room W246
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
    (317) 232-1400 (for electrical code questions)
    http://www.in.gov/dhs/2375.htm
  • Iowa

    Code

    Iowa adopted the 2003 edition of the International Building Code and the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code by reference.

    Enforcement

    There are no state requirements for inspection of electrical installations; but the State Fire Marshal has general authority to inspect for fire hazards. The Iowa Bureau of Labor enforces NEC Chapter 5 for installations in hazardous locations.

    Licensing

    The Department of Public Safety is now licensing all electricians and electrical contractors.
    *No statewide licensing of journeymen.*

    The Electrical Examining Board has created the following four endorsements for the Special Electrician License:

    • Wiring Irrigation Systems
    • Disconnecting and Reconnecting Existing Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems
    • Sign Installer
    • Residential Electrician

    The Electrical Examining Board tentatively approves a schedule of fees for licenses to be issued by the Board. These fees will be adopted as part of the administrative rules on which the Board is currently working:

    Electrical Contractor 3 years $375.00
    Master Electrician - Class A 3 years $375.00
    Master Electrician - Class B 3 years $375.00
    Journeyman Electrician - Class A 3 years $75.00
    Journeyman Electrician - Class B 3 years $75.00
    Special Electrician 3 years $75.00
    Apprentice Electrician 1 years $20.00

    Contact

    Iowa Division of Labor Services
    1000 East Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0209
    (515) 242-5871 or (800) 562-4692 ext 25871
    (515) 281-7995 fax
    E-mail contractor.registration@lwd.iowa.gov
    www.iowaworkforce.orgIowa Department of Public Safety

    State Fire Marshal Division
    401 SW 7th Street, Suite N
    Des Moines, IA 50308-4631
    (515) 281-5821
    (515) 242-6299 fax
    www.dps.state.ia.us
    E-mail crine@dps.state.ia.us
    www.dps.state.ia.us

  • Kansas

    Code

    The 2003 National Electrical Code only pertains to state-owned buildings. Only the Kansas Fire Prevention Code is mandatory statewide.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection. Major local jurisdictions require inspections.

    Licensing

    No state licensing of contractors or electricians. Many local jurisdictions require licensing of contractors and one or a portion of electricians working on a job site. If Block & Associates examination is passed, all licensing jurisdictions must honor a passing score as qualification for a license. The Block & Associates Master Electrician examination qualifies one for a contractor’s license, and the Journeyman Electrician examination qualifies one for an electrician’s license.

    Contact

    Division of Facilities Management
    1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 500
    Topeka, KS 66612-1300
    (785) 296-3011
    (785) 296-2702 fax
    www.da.ks.gov
  • Kentucky

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    The Department of Public Safety and local fire departments have general authority to inspect for fire hazards and violations of public safety regulations; but there is no statewide inspection requirement for electrical installations. Interiors of occupied private dwellings may be inspected only when a specific hazard or violation is suspected. Cities and counties may inspect all new, altered, or repaired electrical installations. Permits are required before installations begin.

    Licensing

    Licenses are required for electricians, master electricians, and electrical contractors.

    Electrical Contractor

    Achieve passing score in the electrical trade; complete a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; achieve a passing score on a board-approved examination.

    Master Electrician

    Verifiable six (6) years experience in the electrical trade; completes a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; achieve a passing score on a board-approved examination.

    Electrician

    Verifiable four (4) years experience in the electrical trade; completes a department-approved training course or two (2) additional years of experience; and achieves a passing score on a board-approved examination.

    Fees Application License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $200.00* $200.00/yr
    Master Electrician $100.00* $100.00/yr
    Electrician 50.00* $50.00/yr

    *Not to exceed.

    Requires an electrical contractor who is not a licensed electrician to employ at least one (1) master electrician at all times; and Allows 30 days for an electrical contractor to replace a master electrician who leaves his or her employ before business must be shut down. Requires six (6) hours of Continuing Education for each category. Master Electrician and Electrician Continuing Education based on code. Electrical Contractor Continuing Education based on business/law related courses.

    Reciprocity

    Ohio

    Contact

    Electrical Licensing
    Office of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
    101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
    Frankfort, KY 40601-5405
    (502) 573-2002
    (502) 573-1057 fax
    www.ohbc.ky.gov
  • Louisiana

    Code

    Installations on state-owned buildings and hospitals must conform to the 2005 National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.

    Enforcement

    There is no state requirement for inspection of electrical installations; but the State Fire Marshall has general authority to inspect for fire hazards. Many municipalities have local inspection departments.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Contractors performing $50,000 or more work on any single job must be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors. License must be renewed annually. Applicants are evaluated with respect to experience, financial responsibility, technical qualification through a written examination administered or approved by the State Licensing Board for Contractors, and any other pertinent facts bearing upon applicant’s responsibility as a contractor.

    Burglar Alarm

    State contractor license required. Also required is a Type “A” license issued by the State Fire Marshal’s office. Each firm must employ at least one Class “B” technician who successfully completed the Level II Advanced Alarm Technician Training Course through NBFAA. All employees must have an individual license Type “B”, “C”, “D”, or “E” issued by the State Fire Marshal. Firms must have $5000, 000 liability insurance.

    Fire Alarm

    State contractors’ license required. State licensed electrical contractors can install and repair fire alarm systems. Certifying and planning of systems must be performed by firms certified by the State Fire Marshal. Firms must have a least one (1) employee who Is NICET Level II certified in fire protection or a professional engineer licensed in Louisiana. All employees must have an individual license identified by class issued by the State Fire Marshal. Firms must have $500,000 liability insurance. Licenses must be renewed annually.

    Journeyman Electrician

    There is no state licensing of journeyman electricians.

    Fees License Additional Classification Individual License Additional Classes
    Electrical Contractor $100.00 $95.00* N/A N/A
    Burglar Alarm $250.00 N/A $50.00** N/A
    Fire Alarm $350.00 N/A $50.00 $100.00

    * A maximum of $400, renewed annually

    **this is required

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

    Contact

    Licensing: Electrical Inspectors/Services
    State of Louisiana
    Office of State Fire Marshal
    5150 Florida Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    225-925-4911
    225-925-3813 fax
    www.dps.state.la.us

    State Licensing Board for Contractors
    PO Box 14419
    Baton Rouge, LA 70898
    (225) 765-2301
    (225) 765-2431 fax
    www.lslbc.state.la.us

  • Maine

    Code

    New installations are required to conform to the National Electrical Code, applicable statutes of the State, and all applicable ordinances, orders, rules and regulations of any city or town or the Electrician’s Examining Board. Existing electrical installations are required to meet the standards in effect at the time of installation.

    Enforcement

    The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Licensing & Registration employs electrical inspection to enforce the electrical installation standards and licensing of companies and individuals to make electrical installations.

    Licensing

    Companies and electricians are required to be licensed by the Electrician’s Examining Board. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Master Electrician

    an individual engaging in, or about to engage in the business of installing electrical wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures and other electrical equipment.

    Limited Electrician

    a person doing work to install and service the electrical work related to a specific type of electrically operated equipment or to specific electrical installations only authorized by this license.

    Journeyman Electrician

    a person making electrical installations in the employment of a master electrician, limited electrician, or electrical company.

    Journeyman-in-Training Electrician

    a person making electrical installations in the employment of a master electrician, limited electrician, or electrical company.

    Apprentice

    a person who is engaged in a written agreement to work and learn in the trade of an electrician under the direct supervision of a master, journeyman or limited electrician.

    Helper

    same as an apprentice except there is no written agreement.

    Electrical Company

    a person, firm, corporation or partnership employing licensees engaged in the business of doing electrical installations.

    Fees Application Fee Criminal Background Check License Renewal
    Master Electrician $25.00 $15.00 $150.00/2yr*
    Limited Electrician $25.00 $15.00 $100.00/2yr**
    Journeyman Electrician $25.00 $15.00 $80.00/2yr***
    Journeyman-in Training Electrician $25.00 $15.00 $80.00/2yr
    Apprentice**** $25.00 $15.00 $20.00/2yr
    Electrical Company $25.00 $15.00 N/A

    *$25.00/2yr for Senior Master Electricians (over the age of 70)

    **$20.00/2yr for Senior Limited Electricians (over the age of 70)

    ***20.00/2yr for Senior Journeyman Electrician

    **** Same as Helper

    Reciprocity

    Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont

    Contact

    Electricians Examining Board
    35 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333
    (207) 624-8603
    (207) 624-8637 fax
    www.maine.gov

    Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
    Office of Licensing & Regulation
    35 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0035
    (207) 624-8610
    (207) 624-8636 fax
    www.maine.gov

  • Maryland

    Code

    The State has two (2) separate codes for buildings. The Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS) are used for new buildings, while buildings that are one year and older are governed by the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code (MBRC) or "Smart Codes.” Both of these codes are in line the 2005 National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    There is no statewide electrical inspection. The cities of Annapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, and Rockville, and the counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Hartford, Howard and Montgomery perform their own electrical inspections. Other counties require inspection by the Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA) or other private inspection agencies.

    Licensing

    A statewide master electrician may be obtained by examination only. Municipalities are also authorized to license electrical contractors and electricians. Licenses are reciprocal between in-state municipalities. Fees vary based on municipalities and type of license.

    Master Electrician

    The Master Electrician license is needed for persons who provide electrical service or engage with a business to provide electrical services. The only person in a business that needs to be licensed for electrical work is the master electrician. Other people may perform electrical work without individual State licenses as long as at least one (1) person is a licensed Master Electrician. Electrical companies are not licensed, but they are required to employ a licensed Master Electrician who is insured to contract.

    Fees Master Electrician
    Application $20.00
    Examination $40.00
    License Renewal $25.00/2yr
    Each Maryland County issues its own electrical license to operate in that particular county. An electrician must hold a license for each county where the electrician performs electrical services. The State’s Master Electrician license is a non-performing license; it may only be used by the person to obtain the necessary local electrician licenses. A licensed Maser Electrician may only assign the license to one (1) company. A Master Electrician may not operate as an individual and then also assign the license to a company. If a Master Electrician assigns the license to a company, the Master Electrician is responsible for obtaining the permits for that company and is totally responsible for the electrical work the company performs.

    Requirements

    Pre-Approved

    To obtain a Master Electrician License, a person must have been employed regularly in providing electrical services for at least seven (7) years, while under the supervision of a Master Electrician or a similarly qualified person of a government unit. The work must be documented in writing and the applicant must pass a comprehensive written examination.

    Post-Approval

    A licensee must provide evidence of insurance coverage for liability and property damage prior to being licensed as a Master Electrician insured to contract.

    Local Approval

    to perform electrical work in most local jurisdictions throughout the State, the electrician must also obtain a local license and meet specific local requirements. Contact the county government for more information. A person providing electrical services must obtain a local permit to perform each specific job. The work performed is then inspected by a local electrical inspector to determine if the work was completed correctly according to applicable electrical codes.

     

    Application Process

    1. the applicant obtains a qualification information handbook and application package through the privatized testing service, PSI Examination Services, at (800) 733-9267.
    2. The applicant completes the application and returns it to PSI Examination Services with the application fee and supporting documents.
    3. Upon review and approval of the application, the applicant is notified that he or she may schedule an examination which is given at least twice weekly at four (4) different locations throughout Maryland.

    Reciprocity

    Delaware and Virginia

    Contact

    Licensing: Electrical Inspectors/ Services
    Department of State Police
    Office of the State Fire Marshal
    1201 Reisterstown Road
    Pikesville, MD 21208
    410-653-8680/800-525-3124
    410-653-8988 fax
    www.firemarshal.state.md.us
    Maryland Codes Administration
  • Massachusetts

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 Massachusetts Electrical Code, which is the 2008 National Electrical Code with some modifications.

    Enforcement

    State electrical inspection is required on state transportation projects. Local jurisdictions are required to appoint electrical inspectors, who inspect any electrical installation performed “for hire.” All appeals are to be made to the State Board.

    Licensing

    All electricians must be licensed by State Examiners of Electricians. Types of license and qualifications for each are:

    Master Electrician

    Certificate “A” licenses may be issued either to firms or individuals, and are similar to what are termed contractor licenses in a number of other states. Certificate “A” holders may do both electrical and systems contracting (Certificate “C”). Applicants must furnish evidence of having had at least one (1) year of experience as a licensed journeyman electrician and must pass a written examination; firms must designate an owner, partner, or officer to take the examination. Master electricians may operate electrical contracting businesses but may not engage in actual electrical work unless they also possess a journeyman electrician license.

    Exemptions – A, B, E

    Journeyman Electrician

    Certificate “B” license holders may do both electrical and systems work. Applicants must furnish evidence of having been employed for the preceding four (4) years or have 8,000 hours as a learner or apprentice under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman electrician and must pass a written examination. Journeyman electricians may work as employees of licensed master electricians or for themselves but may not employ journeyman electricians.

    Exemptions - A, B, E

    System Contractor

    Certificate “C” licenses may be issued to either firms or individuals. A system contractor is qualified to install, repair, and maintain fire warning, security or other inherently power-limited systems. Applicants must furnish evidence of having had at least one (1) year of experience as a licensed systems technician and must pass a written examination; firms must designate an owner, partner, or officer to take the examination. Systems contractors may operate system contracting businesses but may not engage in actual work of making system installations unless they also possess a systems technician license.

    Systems Technician

    Certification “D” applicants must furnish evidence of being qualified to do the work of installing, repairing or maintaining fire warning, security or other inherently power limited systems and pass a written examination. Systems technicians may work as employees of licensed systems contractors or for themselves but may not employ other systems technicians.

    Apprentice or Helper

    Any person may work as an apprentice or helper under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician or systems technician, who may supervise only one (1) apprentice or helper.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Master Electrician $135.00 $402.00 $102.00/3yr
    Journeyman Electrician $90.00 $312.00 $68.00/3yr
    System Contractor $135.00 $412.00 $102.00/3yr
    Systems Technician $90.00 $312.00 $68.00/3yr

    Reciprocity

    Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

    Contact

    Division of Professional Licensure
    Board of State Examiners of Electricians
    239 Causeway Street, Fifth Floor
    Boston, MA 02114
    (617) 727-9930
    (617) 727-5012 fax
    www.magnet.state.ma.us
  • Michigan

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2005 Michigan Electrical Code with possible amendments. The MEC is a combination of the 2005 National Electrical Code, the Michigan Residential Code, and the Electrical Code Rule part 8.

    Enforcement

    All inspections are performed by State Licensed Electrical Inspectors. Some local communities have responsibility for inspection services.

    Licensing

    Anyone performing electrician work in the State of Michigan must be a resident of the State of Michigan and licensed unless exempted.

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued to either Master Electricians or to companies having a Master Electrician in their full time employ. Contractors must pass an examination. The Mater Electrician must be a resident of the State of Michigan. Electrical Contractors are allowed to perform all types of electrical work required.

    Exemptions – A, B, E, I, K.

    Fire Alarm Contractor

    Licenses are issued to either a Fire Alarm Specialty Technician or a company that employs a full time Fire Alarm Specialty Technician or Master Electrician residing in the State of Michigan. Fire Alarm Specialty Technicians are not allowed to do any electrical work other than the installation or testing of a Fire Alarm System.

    Sign Specialty Contractor

    must be a Sign Specialist or a company with a Sign Specialist that is a resident of the State of Michigan in their full time employ. Sign Specialty Contractors must pass an examination. Sign Specialty Contractors are allowed to install and repair signs in the State of Michigan; they are not allowed to do electrical work other than install or repair electric signs.

    Electricians must obtain a license either from the State of Michigan or their local community (whichever has licensing jurisdiction) or be registered as an apprentice with the State of Michigan or their local community. Inspectors can enforce certain ratios of apprentices to licensed employees on a job-site. All local community licenses and State of Michigan licenses are reciprocal within the State.

    Master Electrician

    Must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass a written examination. Journeymen are allowed to install all types of electrical wiring, equipment, appliances, etc.

    Journeyman Electrician

    must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass a written examination. Journeymen are allowed to install all types of electrical wiring, equipment, appliances, etc.

    Apprentice Electrician

    Must be registered with either the State of Michigan or with their local community (depending on licensing jurisdiction) and carry an apprentice card with them on the job. Apprentice Electricians are allowed on all types of electrical work.

    Fire Alarm Specialty Apprentice Technician

    must be a resident of the State of Michigan. Apprentice Technicians must be registered with either the State of Michigan or their local community (depending on licensing jurisdiction). Apprentice Technicians may only be used on Fire Alarm work.

    Sign Specialist

    must be a resident of the State of Michigan and pass an examination. Sign Specialists are not allowed to do any electrical work other than the installation or repair of electrical signs.

    Fees Application Examination License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
    Fire Alarm Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
    Sign Specialty Contractor $75.00 $25.00 ***/3yr
    Master Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Apprentice Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Fire Alarm Specialty Apprentice Technician $5.00 $25.00 $10.00/yr
    Sign Specialist $5.00 $25.00 $10.00/yr

    ***3-$200.00, 2-$134.00, 1-$67.00

    Contact

    Michigan Department of Labor &Economic Growth
    Bureau of Construction Codes &Fire Safety
    Electrical Division
    PO Box 30255
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 241-9320
    (517) 241-9039 fax
    www.michigan.gov
  • Minnesota

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code, as of September 15th, 2008, the National Electrical Safety Code, and any electrical requirements of the current edition of the Minnesota State Building Code.

    Enforcement

    All electrical installations must be inspected by the State Board of Electricity or municipalities. Inspectors must be licensed master or journeyman electricians.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors and electricians performing work within the state must be licensed by the State Board of Electricity. There is no city or county licensing. Applicant must pass a written or oral examination; an oral examination shall be administered only to an applicant who furnishes a statement that he or she has a reading disability which would prevent satisfactorily performance on a written test. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    must be a licensed master electrician or employ a licensed class “A” or “B” master electrician. Biennial fee $200; $5000 performance bond; liability insurance with limits of at least $100,000 per occurrence, $300,000 aggregate limit for bodily injury and property damage of $300,000 per occurrence and $300,000 aggregate limits are required.

    Technology System Contractor

    Either the contractor or an employee of the contractor must pass an alarm and communication contractor examination. The term “alarm and communication system” means class 2 or class 3 signaling circuits, power limited fire protective signaling circuits, class 2 or class 3 alarm systems, or communication circuits or systems, as covered by Article 725, 760, 770, 800, and 820 of the National Electrical Code. Biennial fee $200; $5,000 performance bond and liability insurance required.

    “A” Master Electrician

    An applicant for a Class “A” Master electrician’s license shall be (a) a graduate of a four-year electrical course in an accredited college or university; or (b) shall have had at least one year of experience as a licensed journeyman; or (c) shall have had at least five years experience in planning for, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat, and power. Applicants must pass an examination.

    “A” Journeyman Electrician

    An applicant for a Class “A” Journeyman electrician’s license shall have had at least four years of experience in installing and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment. The Board may by rule or regulation provide for the allowance of one year of experience credit for successful completion of an approved two-year post-high school course. Applicants must pass an examination.

    “A” Installer

    an applicant must complete an approved post high school course in electricity or have one year of experience, post a $2000 bond, and pass an examination. “A” Installers may lay out and install electrical wiring and equipment for major home appliances in farm homes or villages under 1500 inhabitants not contiguous to any city of the first class and no established business therein of a Class “A” master electrician.

    “B” Installer

    An applicant must have completed an approved post-high school course in electricity or have one year of experience acceptable to the Board, post a $2000 bond, and pass an examination. “B” Installers may layout and install electrical wiring and equipment on center pivot irrigation booms on farmsteads.

    Maintenance Electrician

    An applicant must have at least four years experience in maintaining and repairing electrical wiring and equipment, and pass an examination. A maximum one-year experience credit is allowed for the successful completion of an approved two-year post-high school technical course.

    Apprentice

    An apprentice must work under the personal supervision of a licensed electrician.

    Power Limited Technician

    Except as otherwise provide by law, no person shall, alter, repair, plan, lay out, or supervise the installing, altering, repairing of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for technology circuits or systems unless:

    The person is licensed by the Board as a power limited technician; and the electrical work is for a licensed contractor and the person is an employee, partner, or officer of, or is the licensed contractor; or performed under the supervision of a master electrician or power limited technician also employed by the person’s employer on technology circuits, systems, apparatus, equipment, or facilities owned or leased by the employer that are located within the limits of property owned or leased, and maintained by the employer. An applicant for a power limited technician’s license shall be a graduate of a four-year electrical course in an accredited college or university; or have had at least 36 months’ experience, acceptable to the Board, in planning for, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for power limited systems, provided however, that the Board may by rule provide for the allowance of up to 12 months (2000 hours) of experience credit for successful completion of a two-year post-high school electrical course or other technical training approved by the Board.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    “A” Master Electrician $80.00 $35.00 $80.00/2yr
    “A” Journeyman Electrician $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr
    “A” Installer $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr
    “B” Installer $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr

    Maintenance Electrician $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

    Contact

    Minnesota State Board of Electricity
    1821 University Avenue, Room S-128
    St. Paul, MN 55104-2993
    (651) 642-0800
    (651) 642-0441 fax
    (800) 627-3529 TDD
    www.electricity.state.mn.us
  • Mississippi

    Code

    No statewide electrical code.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    A contractor having a state business license, and who is licensed by any municipality or county having an examining board which gives written examinations, may obtain a license in any other municipality or county provided he or she has actively engaged in business as an electrical contractor for two years or more. A Certificate of Responsibility is required on all private work projects of $100,000 or more, and on projects of $40,000 or more, financed totally or in part with public money. Certificates are issued by the Mississippi State Board of Contractors, based upon a satisfactory financial statement and passing a written examination.

    Journeyman Electricians

    Licensed at local levels. Master license fee $200; examination fee $50; annual license renewal fee $200.

     
    Fees Master License Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $100.00 $75.00 ---
    Journeyman Electricians $200.00 $50.00 $200.00/yr

    Contact

    Mississippi State Board of Contractors
    2001 Airport Road, Suite 101
    Jackson, MS 39208
    (601) 354-6161
    (601) 354-6715 fax
    www.msboc.us
  • Missouri

    Code

    No statewide electrical code. Local jurisdictions adopt various editions of the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection.

    Licensing

    No statewide licensing of contractors or journeyman electricians.

    Contact

    Missouri Division of Professional Registration
    3605 Missouri Boulevard
    PO Box 1335
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
    (573) 751-0293
    (800) 735-2966 TDD
    E-Mail profreg@pr.mo.gov
    www.pr.mo.gov
    www.mo.gov
  • Montana

    Code

    Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    All electrical installations are required to be inspected except maintenance of electrical wiring, circuits, etc., by any business as part of its plant operation.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrical Board. Types of licenses issued and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor (Unlimited and Limited)

    An applicant must provide proof of compliance with workers compensation and unemployment laws, and must identify a full-time Montana licensed journeyman or master electrician for all work done in Montana.

    Master Electrician

    Applicant must present evidence of five years experience in planning, laying out, and supervising of electrical construction beyond journeyman status, and must pass a written examination. The practical experience requirement for an electrical engineer graduate of an accredited college or university is one year. For a graduate of an approved two-year curriculum electrical trade school, the practical experience requirement is four years.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicant must present evidence of completion of a four-year apprenticeship in electrical construction work or four years of practical experience in electrical construction work which may consist of no more than two years in residential electrical construction, and must pass a written examination.

    Residential Electrician

    Applicant must furnish evidence of two years (4000 hours) apprenticeship in the electrical trade or two years practical experience in electrical construction work, and must pass a written examination.

    Apprentice

    a person registered with the Montana Department of Labor may work as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a journeyman or master electrician. Exemptions – A, B (cities and public utilities), C, I, J.

    Fees Application* Temp Endorsement** Initial License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor (Unlimited) N/A N/A N/A $250.00*** $250.00/2yr***
    Electrical Contractor (Limited) N/A N/A N/A $100.00*** $100.00/2yr***
    Journeyman Electrician $120.00 $20.00 $145.00 N/A $70.00
    Master Electrician $120.00 $20.00 N/A N/A $70.00
    Residential Electrician $120.00 $20.00 $145.00 N/A $70.00

    *Includes initial License fee.

    **Includes Application fee and Temp fee.

    ***License expires July 15th of even years.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    Contact

    Montana State Electrical Board
    PO Box 200513
    Helena, MT 59620-0513
    (406) 841-2329
    (406) 444-2309 fax
    posterhout@mt.gov
    www.electrician.mt.gov
  • Nebraska

    Code

    Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    All electrical installations require inspection except those in single-family dwellings. Municipalities and other political subdivision have the option of instituting local inspection programs. All other state areas and municipalities, as well as state-owned buildings and public educational facilities, fall under the jurisdiction of the State Electrical Board for the purpose of electrical inspection.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    is licensed to bid, plan, layout, install, and supervise the installation of electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment anywhere in the state of Nebraska. The contractor must be a graduate of a four-year electrical engineering course in an accredited college or university and have at least one year experience, acceptable to the board, as a journeyman electrician, or have at least one year experience, acceptable to the board, as a licensed journeyman electrician, or have at least five years experience, acceptable to the board, in planning for, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat, and power.

    Journeyman Electrician

    is licensed to install electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment, and to supervise apprentice electricians, anywhere in the state of Nebraska. The journeyman electrician must have at least four years verifiable experience acceptable to the board, or three years verifiable experience to the board, and successfully completion of a post high school course in electrical wiring with a degree in Electrical Technology received. See State Electrical Act, Board Rule 8 for details.

    Residential Journeyman Electrician, Type RW

    is licensed to wire for or install electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment for residential installations and to supervise apprentice electricians anywhere in the state of Nebraska. Residential installations are defined as installations intended for a single-family or two-family residential dwelling, or a multi-family residential dwelling not larger than three stories in height. Residential journeyman electrician, type RW must have at least three years verifiable experience acceptable to the board, or two years verifiable experience acceptable to the board, and successful completion of a post high school course in electrical wiring with a degree in Electrical Technology received. See State Electrical Act, Board Rule 8 for details.

    Fire Alarm Installer

    is licensed to plan, layout, and install electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment for only those components of fire alarm systems that operate at fifty volts or less, anywhere in the state of Nebraska. Fire alarm installers must have at least two years experience, acceptable to the board, in planning, laying out, and installing fire alarm systems.

    Apprentice Electrician

    shall not do electrical wiring except under the direct personal on-the-job supervision and control and in the immediate presence of a licensee under the State Electrical Act. The licensee may employ or supervise apprentice electricians at a ratio not to exceed three apprentice electricians to one licensee.

    Fees Examination License (even years) License (odd years) Renewal *
    Electrical Contractor $125.00 $125.00 $250.00 $250.00/2yr
    Journeyman Electrician $60.00 $25.00 $50.00 $50.00/2yr
    Residential Journeyman $60.00 $25.00 $50.00 $50.00/2yr
    Fire Alarm Installer $60.00 $25.00 $50.00 $50.00/2yr
    Apprentice Application even years: $20.00 Application odd years: $40.00

    *Renewals need to be placed by Oct 1st of odd years.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

    Contact

    State of Nebraska
    State Electrical Division
    800 S. Thirteenth Street, Suite 109
    PO Box 95066
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5066
    (402) 471-3550
    (402) 471-4297 fax
    www.electrical.state.ne.us
  • Nevada

    Code

    Installations must conform to the newest National Electrical Code. Municipalities may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection. Some local jurisdictions conduct electrical inspections.

    Licensing

    The Board will grant to qualified applicants a license in the specialty of electrical contracting. The Board designates such a license as “classification C-2.” A person with a license-designated classification C-2 may perform any work authorized for the sub-classifications of a license designated classification C-2. The sub-classifications of a license designated classification C-2 and the work authorized for persons licensed in the respective sub-classifications are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Contractors must be licensed by the State Contractors Board, upon passing an examination.

    ELECTRICAL WIRING

    (sub-classification C-2a)

    The installation, alteration and repair of electrical wires, fixtures, appliances and apparatuses, and the performance of any related wiring on existing structures.

    INTEGRATED CEILINGS

    (sub-classification C-2b)

    The installation, alteration and repair of wiring, fixtures, suspension systems, ducts and other related apparatuses of integrated ceilings which:

    1. Are primarily used for interior electrical illumination
    2. Are usually composed of modular units, each unit containing an electrical lighting fixture; and
    3. Usually contain incidental acoustical tile or a similar material.

    FIRE DETECTION

    (sub-classification C-2c)

    the installation, alteration and repair of electrical sensors and alarms used to detect heat and smoke, including all appurtenances and related wiring.

    LOW VOLTAGE SYSTEMS

    (sub-classification C-2d)

    The installation, alteration and repair of systems that use fiber optics or do not exceed 91 volts, including telephone systems, sound systems, cable television systems, closed circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, computer networking systems and landscape lighting.

    LINES TO TRANSMIT ELECTRICITY

    (sub-classification C-2e)

    The installation, alteration and repair of overhead or underground secondary lines which transmit electricity, including the installation of poles, towers, anchors, guys, transformers, substations, circuit breakers and any other related hardware, equipment or systems.

    RESIDENTIAL WIRING

    (sub-classification C-2f)

    The installation, alteration and repair of electrical wires, fixtures, appliances and apparatuses whose electrical current does not exceed 600 volts on new or existing structures which do not exceed more than three stories above the ground.

    PHOTOVOLTAICS

    (sub-classification C-2g)

    The installation, alteration and repair of photovoltaic cells, batteries and invertors used in the conversion of solar energy into electricity, but not the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wires beyond the service panel.

    Journeyman Electrician

    There is no state licensing of journeymen. Some local jurisdictions require journeyman licensing

    Fees Application License Renewal*
    Electrical Contractor $300.00 $300.00 $300.00/yr

    *Due on the Anniversary Month of your License.

    Contact

    Nevada State Contractors Board
    9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
    Reno, NV 89521
    (775) 688-1141
    (775) 688-1271 fax


    2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200
    Henderson, NV 89074
    (702) 486-1100
    (702) 486-1190 fax
    www.nscb.state.nv.us

  • New Hampshire

    Code

    Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code.

    Enforcement

    Local jurisdictions are required to appoint electrical inspectors. Municipalities and the State may hire their own certified inspectors.

    Licensing

    All electrical installations made for compensation must be performed by persons licensed by the Electrician’s Examining Board, except persons under the jurisdiction of the State Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, or the Interstate Commerce Commission, and electrical work on the property of industrial and manufacturing plants which is done under the supervision of an electrical engineer in the employ of such plants. The State Fire Marshal enforces licensing requirements under the direction of the Board, which may revoke or suspend a license for gross negligence or incompetence. Non-conformance with the National Electrical Code or the National Electrical Safety Code shall be prima facie evidence of gross negligence and incompetence. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Master Electrician

    Master Electricians may perform electrical installations and employ journeyman electricians. Licenses may be issued to corporations or partnerships provided an officer or partner directly in charge of business affairs has qualified as a licensed master electrician. Applicants must have at least two years service as an apprentice electrician or satisfactory completion of a course in a school approved by the Board, and pass an examination which may be written or oral.

    Journeyman Electrician

    A journeyman electrician is defined as a person installing electrical equipment in the employ of a master electrician. Requirements are the same as master electrician. Electrical installations performed by a journeyman electrician shall be periodically inspected by the master electrician from whom he receives direction and supervision. The master electrician shall perform a final inspection of the journeyman's completed installation.

    Apprentice

    Electrical installations performed by an apprentice electrician shall be directly supervised by a master or journeyman electrician at all times.

    Fees Application Examination Identification Card Renewal
    Master Electrician $75.00 $50.00 N/A $75.00/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $30.00 $50.00 N/A $30.00/yr
    Apprentice N/A N/A $15.00 $15.00/yr

    Reciprocity

    Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont

    Contact

    New Hampshire Department of Safety
    33 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305
    (603) 271-3748
    (603) 271-2257 fax
    www.state.nh.us
  • New Jersey

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    Electrical installations are inspected for conformance by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Any municipality or group of municipalities may appoint their own DCA-certified inspector, or may engage a private inspection agency approved by DCA.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Contractor licenses are issued to firms or individuals by the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. Applicants must present evidence of five years practical experience in electrical construction and installation, or other equivalent qualifications, and must pass a written examination. Each firm or person engaging in business as an electrical contractor must also obtain a business permit from the Board.

    Journeyman Electrician

    No state licensing of journeymen.

    Fees Application Examination License Renewal Business Permit
    Electrical Contractor $100.00 $135.00 $150.00/3yr $75.00

    Reciprocity

    Delaware

    Contact

    State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
    1207 Raymond Boulevard
    PO Box 45006
    Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 504-6410
    (973) 648-3355 fax
    www.state.nj.us
  • New Mexico

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the 2008 National Electrical Code and the 2008 New Mexico Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    All new, altered, or extensively repaired electrical installations are subject to inspection by state or municipal inspectors.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors and journeyman electricians must be licensed by the Construction Industries Division (CID). Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Applicants must demonstrate proof of financial responsibility; not have engaged in illegal contracting activity in New Mexico within one year prior to making application; demonstrate familiarity with rules, regulations, and codes; submit proof of registration with the taxation and revenue department; and demonstrate four years practical trade experience specifically related to the type of construction for which application is being made. Electrical contractors are issued a certificate of qualification after passing an examination by the Construction Industries Division.

    Types of certificates:

    • ER-1 Residential – 2 years
    • EE-98 Electrical (includes ER-1, ES Classifications) – 4 years
    • EL-1 Electrical Distribution Systems including Transmission Lines – 4 years
    • ES-1 Electrical Signs/Outline Lighting – 2 years
    • ES-2 Cathodic Protection and Lightning Protection – 2 years
    • ES-3 Sound and Intercommunication and Electrical Alarm Systems – 2 years
    • ES-7 Telephone Communications Systems – 2 years

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicant must demonstrate required number of years experience as an apprentice electrician and pass the examination. Journeyman electricians are issued a certificate of competence by the Construction Industries Division.

    Type of certificates:

    • EE-98J Electrical (includes all ESJ Specialties) – 4 years
    • EL-1J Electrical Distribution Systems, including Transmission Lines – 2 years
    • ES-1J Electrical Signs and Outline Lighting – 2 years
    • ES-2J Cathodic Protection and Lightning Protection – 2 years
    • ES-3J Sound and Intercommunication and Electrical Alarm Systems – 2 years
    • ER-1 Residential – 2 years
    • ES-7J Telephone Communications Systems – 2 years

    *The fee for a certificate of competence is $25 per year for each classification held.*

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $100.00 $200.00 $100.00/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $100.00 $200.00 $100.00/yr

    Contact

    Construction Industries Division
    Regulation and Licensing Department
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 476-4700
    (505) 476-4685 fax
    www.rld.state.nm.us
    Division Offices
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 476-4700
    (505) 476-4685 fax
    5200 Oakland NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87113
    (505) 222-9800
    (505) 765-5670 fax
    505 S. Main Street, Suite 150
    Loretto Town Center
    Las Cruces, NM 88004
    (505) 524-6320
    (505) 524-6319 fax


    For the latest information regarding examination fees

    Contact

    Thomson Prometric
    1221 St. Francis Drive, Suite B
    Santa Fe, NM 87505

    (505) 982-8197

    (505) 986-1299 fax

     

    or

    3311 Candelaria N.E. Suite C
    Albuquerque, NM 87107
    (505) 884-5850
    (505) 883-7696

  • New York

    Enforcement

    Inspections for work performed must be made by an approved electrical inspection agency. The New York Board of Fire Underwriters, Bureau of Electricity provides electrical safety inspections throughout New York State.

    Licensing

    No state licensing of contractors or journeymen. Local government entities license electrical contractors. Separate or additional permits may be required to perform the electrical work.

    Contact

    State Department of Labor
    Division of Safety &Health
    License &Certification Unit
    Building 12, Room 161
    Albany, NY 12240
    (518) 457-2735
    (518) 485-8530 fax
    www.labor.state.ny.us
  • North Carolina

    Code

    Installations must conform to regulations of the North Carolina Building Code Council, which has adopted the 2008 National Electrical Code. Municipalities have the option of adopting five supplemental rules.

    Enforcement

    Electrical installations are inspected by municipal and county electrical inspection departments; all municipal and county electrical inspectors must be certified by the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board. Electrical installations in state-owned buildings are inspected by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Engineering and Building Codes Division.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    all contractors must be licensed by the State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. Each license must have regularly on active duty in each place of business at least one person who has passed an examination prescribed by the Board, and who has the duty and authority to supervise and direct all work conducted by each respective place of business.

    Journeyman Electrician

    There is no state requirements for licensing journeymen. Municipalities and counties may establish qualifying requirements for journeyman electricians in their respective jurisdictions.

    License Classifications Fees
    Limited (electrical projects up to $10,000) $60
    Intermediate (electrical projects up to $50,000) $100
    Unlimited (not project limits) $150
    Single Family Dwelling (restricted) $30
    Special Restricted $60
    Examinations Fees
    All Classifications $75
    Specially-arranged $200
    Exam Review $25


    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

    Continuing Education

    Ten (10) hours of continuing education are required in the twelve months preceding annual license renewal.

    Contact

    NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
    PO Box 18727
    Raleigh, NC 27619-8727
    (919) 733-9042
    (919) 733-6105 fax
    information@ncbeec.org
    www.ncbeec.org
  • North Dakota

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    Electrical installations must be inspected by a inspector certified or employed by the State Electrical Board or appointed by a municipality. Inspectors must be licensed as a master or journeyman electrician, and are appointed by the State Electrical Board.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    This class is equivalent to a master electrician. Applicants must have two years of experience as a journeyman electrician or four years of experience as a Class “B” electrician. An undertaking deposit pledge in the amount of $10,000 shall be required plus a $50 yearly undertaking fee. Biennial license fee $100. Public liability insurance policy not less than $100,000 per occurrence and not less than $300,000 aggregate limit for bodily injury and property damage insurance with limits of not less than $25,000 per occurrence or a combined single limit of $300,000, or security approved by the commission in a sum equal to that amount.

    Master Electrician

    Applicants must have five years experience, one year of which must be as a journeyman electrician, and must pass a written examination. A bond of $3000 to the state is required; in addition a $25 deposit must be made to the Board in lieu of a surety bond.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must have at least four years experience and pass a written examination. Up to one year of experience may be obtained in a recognized and approved trade school.

    Class “B” Electrician

    Applicants must have at least three years experience and pass a written examination. Class “B” is limited to farmstead and residential wiring. A bond of $2,000 to the state is required; in addition a $15 fee deposit must be made to the Board in lieu of a surety bond.

    Apprentice Electrician

    An apprentice electrician shall register with the State Electrical Board after six months of employment, and must work under the personal supervision of a licensed electrician. Employees of electric and communications utilities need not be licensed to work on property owned or operated by such utilities.

    Fees Application Exam Renewal/Registration
    Journeyman Electrician $50.00 $50.00 $50.00/yr
    Class “B” Electrician $25.00 $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Apprentice N/A N/A $10.00/yr

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    Contact

    North Dakota State Electrical Board
    PO Box 857
    Bismarck, ND 58502-0857
    (701) 328-9522
    (701) 328-9524 fax
    www.ndseb.com
  • Ohio

    Code

    Installations in buildings other than one-, two- or three-family dwellings must conform to the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code. The Commercial/Industrial installations must conform to the 2007 edition of the NEC. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    All buildings to which the state building code applies are subject to inspection by state inspectors employed by the Department of Commerce, or by local inspectors. The Board of Building Standards is responsible for the certification of local inspection departments.

    Licensing

    Ohio requires a mandatory state electrical license for contractors (companies) in commercial work. The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB) administers a test for electrical contractors, and no localities may subsequently require any restriction other than registration from practicing electrical contracting in that locality.

    Contractor

    In order to obtain approval from the Board to site for the exam, a contractor must meeting the following requirements:

    1. Five years (immediately prior to the date of application) experience in the trade, or be an engineer, or have three years of business experience in the construction industry, or other experience acceptable to the Board.
    2. Be at least 18 years of age;
    3. be a US citizen or legal resident alien; and
    4. Never been convicted of a felony.

    Continuing education and proof of $500,000 liability insurance is a requirement for license renewal.

    No statewide licensing of journeyman electricians.

    Fees Application Renewal
    Contractor $60.00 $60.00/yr

    Reciprocity

    West Virginia and Kentucky.

    Contact

    State of Ohio Department of Commerce
    Division of Industry Compliance OCIEB
    Board of Building Standards
    6066 Tussing Road
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
    (614) 644-3493
    (614) 728-1200 fax
    www.com.state.oh.us
    E-Mail dic.ocilb@com.state.oh.us
  • Oklahoma

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2005 National Electrical Code, as a minimum standard.

    Enforcement

    Statewide electrical inspection upon request

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors, journeyman electricians, and apprentices must be licensed by the Department of Health. Examinations are conducted by the State Board of Examiners.

    Electrical Contractor

    any person skilled in the planning, superintending and practical installation of electrical facilities who is familiar with the laws, rules and regulations governing such work. Electrical contractors also means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or business performing skills of an electrical contractor or an electrician or the business of contracting, or furnishing labor or labor and materials for the installation, repair, maintenance or renovation of electrical facilities or electrical construction work according to the provisions of the Electrical License Act.

    Journeyman Electricians

    any person other than an electrical contractor who engages in the actual installation, alteration, repair or renovation of electrical facilities or electrical construction work unless specifically exempted by the provisions of the Electrical License Act.

    Apprentice

    any person sixteen (16) years of age or older whose principal occupation is the learning of and assisting in the installation of electrical work under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman electrician or electrical contractor.

    Fees Application License/Registration Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $25.00 $200.00 $150.00/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $25.00 $50.00 $50.00
    Apprentice $10.00 $20.00

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

    Contact

    Construction Industries Board
    2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 5
    Oklahoma City, OK 73107
    (405) 271-5217
    (405) 271-5254 fax
    www.cib.state.ok.us
  • Oregon

    Code

    Based on the 2005National Electric Code, the State of Oregon has the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, implemented on April 1, 2008. The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code has includes state amendments to the 2007 NEC. Some of the amendments are:

    1. Section 210.12 has been modified to require arc fault protection, combination type, only for bedroom circuits in dwellings. This is consistent with the requirements in the 2005 Ed. of the NEC that took effect on Jan. 1st, 2008
    2. Section 406.11 requiring tamper resistant receptacles was adopted as written, but with a delayed implementation date of October 2008.
    3. The requirements for selective coordination of over-current protection in several articles were modified to clarify that it will only be required for new installations and the new or modified portions of existing installations. There was also wording that severely restricts the local jurisdictions from effectively enforcing the requirement. Compliance is left to the engineer or supervising electrician designing the installation.

    Enforcement

    All new or modified electrical installations are subject to inspections employed by the Building Codes Agency or municipalities. In order to receive an inspection, it is advisable that a fax or follow-up letter be sent to the inspection authority which the permit was obtained. Final inspection is required by the permit-issuing authority – state, county, city, or contract inspector. Industrial plants may obtain an industrial electrical inspection permit under which annual or semi-annual inspections are made in lieu of inspection of each individual installation.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed and bonded by the Building Codes Agency and the Construction Contractors Board. For contractors working in the State of Oregon, one minor label permit will cover limited work. Types of licenses issued and qualifications are each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    State of Oregon business licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. All electrical work must be under actual supervision of a licensed supervising electrician.

    General Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least four years apprenticeship as a general electrician, or equivalent experience, and must pass a written examination. Continuing education of 24 hours each three years is required for journeyman electricians, and it must include a code update class of eight hours.

    Limited Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least four years apprenticeship “in a recognized branch of the electrical trade,” or equivalent experience, and must pass a written examination.

    General Supervising Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least four years experience as a journeyman general electrician, and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Supervising Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least four years experience as a journeyman “in a recognized branch of the electrical trade,” and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Maintenance Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of experience in repair and maintenance of electrical wiring and equipment of the type used in industrial plants, an must pass a written examination on repair and maintenance of electrical motors, control system and switches, and lighting systems, and the use of electrical testing systems. Limited maintenance electricians may work only on industrial premises and no plant may employ more than one maintenance electrician per shift.

    Limited Residential Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least two years of apprenticeship or its equivalent, and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of four years experience in stage lighting, and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Journeyman Elevator Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of four years experience installing elevators, and must pass a written examination.

    Limited Journeyman Energy Electrician

    Applicant must present evidence of four years experience in installing communications systems and burglar and fire systems of 100 amps or less, and must pass a written examination.

    Electrical Apprentice

    Applicants must present evidence of compliance with Oregon’s apprenticeship law. Apprentices seeking a limited journeyman’s license must be employed by a licensed electrician who conducts an approved training program “in recognized branch of the electrical trade.” No license fee is required.

    Fees Application License Examination License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor N/A N/A N/A $260.00/2yr or$520.00/4yr
    General Journeyman Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Journeyman Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    General Supervising Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Supervising Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Maintenance Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Residential Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Journeyman Stage Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Journeyman Elevator Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100.00/3yr
    Limited Journeyman Energy Electrician* $50.00 $50.00 $10.00 $100/3yr

    *Application fee and License fee appears as one fee on Application form ($100.00)

    Contact

    Construction Contractors Board
    700 Summer Street NE, Suite 300
    PO Box 14140
    Salem, OR 97309-5052
    (503) 378-4621 Ext 4900
    (503) 373-2212 fax
    www.ccb.state.or.us

    Department of Consumer &Business Services
    Building Codes Division
    1535 Edgewater NE
    Salem, OR 97310
    (503) 373-1268
    (503) 378-2322 fax
    www.oregonbcd.org

  • Pennsylvania

    Code

    The Department of Labor and Industry, as of January 1st, 2007, has implemented the 2005 NEC.

    Enforcement

    As of July 9, 2004, all code officials issuing permits and plan reviews must be licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Regulation is left to local jurisdictions.

    Licensing

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has no requirements related to the registration, certification or licensure of contractors (or their employees) that are engaged in the construction industry.

    Some of Pennsylvania’s 2,565 municipalities have established local licensure or certification requirements for contractors or construction trades people.

    Typically, these requirements pertain to home improvement contractors, electrical contractors (or electricians), and plumbing contractors (or plumbers). Since the Commonwealth has no jurisdiction in this matter, the Department maintains no records concerning municipalities that have established licensure or certification requirements. This information can only be obtained by contacting the municipality where construction work will occur.

    Contact

    Construction Regulation Department of General Services
    Public Works – Headquarters Building
    18th & Herr Street, Room 104
    Harrisburg, PA 17125
    (717) 787-6371
    (717) 772-3399 fax
    www.dgs.state.pa.us

    Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety
    Department of Labor and Industry
    1600 Labor and Industry Building
    Harrisburg, PA 17120

  • Rhode Island

    Code

    Electrical and telecommunication installations must conform to regulations of the State Board of Examiners of Electricians and Telecommunications Board, based on the latest edition of the National Electrical Code and State Building Code that has been adopted by the State Building Code Standards Committee.

    Enforcement

    Each municipality is responsible for its own electrical and telecommunication inspections. Local decisions can be appealed to the State Board.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    a corporation, firm or person, who, by the employment of journeypersons, performs the work of installing wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures, and other appliances for carrying or using electricity for light, heat or power purposes exclusive of low voltage wiring for heating or refrigeration equipment for service, maintenance, and installation.

    Electrical Sign Contractor

    a corporation, firm, or person who, by the employment of electrical sign installers, performs the work of installing, altering, and servicing electrical signs.

    Electrical Sign Installer

    a person engaged in installing, altering, and servicing electrical signs.

    Fire Alarm Contractor

    a corporation, firm, or person who, by the employment of fire alarm installers, performs the work of installing, altering and servicing and testing of fire alarm systems in accordance with the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code, chapters 28.1 – 28.39 of title 23.

    Fire Alarm Installer

    a person engaged in installing, altering, or servicing and testing of a fire alarm system used for the purpose of causing an alarm to be sounded in case of fire.

    Journeyperson Electrician

    a person doing any work of installing wires, conduits, apparatus, fixtures, and other appliances.

    Oil Burner Contractor

    a corporation, firm, or person, who by the employment of Oil Burnerpersons performs the work of installing and servicing oil and domestic automatic coal burning heating equipment, including central heating plants, and domestic type range burners, and including all accessory equipment and control systems, excluding thermostatic, mechanical, and low voltage wiring on heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment.

    Oil Burnerperson

    a person doing any work or installing or servicing oil burners and other equipment installed and serviced by an oil burner contractor.

    Lightning Protection Contractor

    a corporation, firm or person, who by employment of lightning protection installers, performs the work of installing, altering, maintaining, lightning protection systems. The "systems" are defined and should be installed in accordance with NFPA 780 current edition, and all referenced NFPA documents.

    Lightning Protection Installer

    a person engaged in the installation, service or maintenance of a lightning protection system according to NFPA 780 current edition.

    Electrical contractor licenses:
    Electrical Contractor (Certificate A) $120
    Oil Burner Contractor (Certificate E) $120
    Limited Premises (Certificate C) $120
    Limited Maintenance (Certificate D) $120
    Fire Alarm Contractor (Certificate AF) $120
    Electrical Sign Contractor (Certificate SCF) $120
    Journeyman Electrician licenses:
    Journeyperson Electrician (Certificate B) $36
    Oil Burnerperson (Certificate F) $36
    Fire Alarm Installer (Certificate BF) $36
    Electrical Sign Installer (Certificate CF) $36

    Contact

    Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training
    Division of Professional Regulation
    1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 70
    Cranston, RI 02902-0943
    (401) 462-8580
    (401) 462-8528 fax
    www.dlt.state.ri.us
  • South Carolina

    Code

    As of July 1st, 2007 the 2005 NEC is implemented for all jurisdictions. Local jurisdictions may have implemented Annex G of the 2005 NEC.

    Enforcement

    The Building Codes Council was originally created to oversee adoption of building codes by cities and counties in South Carolina and to assist in their use and interpretation when requested. The Council was charged with the responsibility to authorize amendments to building codes proposed by cities and counties throughout the state, before they could be adopted or enforced.

    In July of 2003, Act 83, which constituted a complete rewrite of the Building Codes Council's Practice Act, was signed into law by Governor Sanford. The new statutory language shifted the responsibility of adoption and implementation of the mandatory building codes, from the local jurisdictions, to the Council. In addition, a mandatory, structured building code adoption and modification procedure was established.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Contractors performing on contracts of $17,500 or more must be licensed by the State Licensing Board for Contractors. Applicants must pass a written examination. License fee $350; examination fee $75; biennial renewal license fee $350. A special license is required for contractors exclusively installing fire alarms.

    Journeyman Electrician

    No state licensing of journeymen. Licensed at local level.

    Fees License Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $350.00 $75.00 $350.00/2yr

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

    Contact

    South Carolina Licensing Board
    110 Centerview Drive
    PO Box 11329
    Columbia, SC 29211-1329
    (803) 896-4300
    (803) 896-4364 fax
    www.llr.state.sc.us
  • South Dakota

    Code

    Installations must conform to approved methods such as the National Electrical Code and the National Electrical Safety Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    Electrical installations must be inspected by an inspector certified or employed by the State Electrical Commission, or appointed by a municipality. Inspectors must be licensed as a master or journeyman electrician.

    Licensing

    All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrical Commission. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    This is the equivalent of a master electrician. Applicants must have six years experience, two of them as a journeyman electrician. An understanding deposit pledge in the amount of $10,000 shall be required plus a $50 yearly undertaking fee. Biennial license fee $100.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must have at least four years experience. Up to 1-½ years experience may be obtained in a recognized trade school. Application fee $40; examination fee $40; biennial license renewal fee $40.

    Class “B” Electrician

    Applicants must have at least eighteen months experience. Class “B” is limited to farmstead and residential wiring. An undertaking deposit pledge in the amount of $10,000 shall be required plus a $50 yearly undertaking fee. Application fee $40; examination fee $40; biennial license renewal fee $40.

    Apprentice Electrician

    An apprentice shall register with the State Electrical Commission. Registration fee $20; biennial registration fee $20. Apprentices must work under the personal supervision of a registered electrician.

     
    Fees Application/License Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $0.00 $40.00 $100.00/2yr
    Journeyman Electrician $40.00 $40.00 $40.00/2yr
    Class “B” Electrician $40.00 $40.00 $40.00/2yr
    Apprentice Electrician $20.00 $0.00 $20.00/2yr

    Exemptions

    Employees of electric and communication utilities need not be licensed to work on property owned or operated by such utilities.

    Reciprocity

    Electrical Contractor

    Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming

    Journeyman

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

    Contact

    State Electrical Commission
    308 S. Pierre Street
    Pierre, SD 57501-5070
    (605) 773-3573 or 1-800-233-7765
    (605) 773-6213 fax
    www.state.sd.us
  • Tennessee

    Code

    Installations must conform to State Fire Marshall Regulation No.15, which incorporates the latest edition of the National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    State Fire Marshal is empowered to require inspection of any electrical installation. Metropolitan areas have code departments for licensing, permitting, and inspection. Rural areas use the State Department of Insurance for permitting, and state inspectors for inspection.

    Licensing

    The Board for Licensing Contractors requires an electrical contractor’s license for any project exceeding $25,000 which must be obtained prior to offering to engage, bid or contract. A Limited Licensed Electrician’s License (LLE) is required for electrical projects less than $25,000, except where counties have their own licensing and inspections.

    Contractors

    Applicants are required to pass the business law and electrical contractor (CE) exam with a minimum score of 70%. In addition, submit their completed application listing their equipment, experience and reference, with a financial statement prepared by CPA/LPA with a reviewed or audited opinion. Subsidiaries must submit their parent company financial with a Guaranty Agreement. License limits are based 10% lesser of the applications working capital and net worth.

    Electricians

    Applicants are required to submit their application and pass the LLE examination. Contractors holding a Tennessee electrical contractor’s license are exempt from the LLE license.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Contractors $150.00 $45.00 $200.00/2yr
    Electricians $50.00 $45.00 $50.00/2yr

    Reciprocity

    Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan.

    Contact

    Department of Commerce & Insurance
    Board of Licensing Contractors
    500 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 110
    Nashville, TN 37243-1150
    (615) 741-8307
    (800) 544-7693 (Intrastate)
    (615) 532-2868 fax
    www.state.tn.us

    Department of Commerce & Insurance
    State Fire Marshal
    500 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243-1150
    (615) 741-2981
    (615) 741-1583 fax
    www.state.tn.ys/commerce/fpdiv

  • Texas

    Code

    The 2008 NEC (implemented September 1st, 2008) will be the effective "minimum standard" for all electrical installations in Texas that is covered by the Act. In addition, all examinations for state electrical licenses offered on or after that date will be based on the 2008 NEC.

    Enforcement

    Contractors must have a Texas State Electrical License to perform electrical installations.

    Licensing

    Statewide licensing regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

    Electrical Contractor

    be a licensed master electrician or employ one.

    Master Electrician

    12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician. Held a journeyman electrician license for at least two years. Passed the master electrician examination within the last two years.

    Master Sign Electrician

    be a licensed master electrician or employ one.

    Journeyman Electrician

    8000 hours of on the job training under the direct supervision of a master electrician and pass examination.

    Journeyman Sign Electrician

    8000 hours of on the job training under the direct supervision of a master electrician and pass examination.

    Residential Wireman

    12,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master electrician. Held a journeyman electrician license for at least two years. Passed the master electrician examination within the last two years.

    Maintenance Electrician

    8,000 hours of on-the-job training under the supervision of a master or maintenance electrician. Passed the maintenance electrician examination within the last two years.

    Electrical Sign Contractor

    Maintain the minimum general liability insurance coverage. The insurance must: Be at least $300,000 per occurrence (combined for property damage and bodily injury); be at least $600,000 aggregate (total amount the policy will pay for the property damage and bodily injury coverage); be at least $300,000 aggregate for products and complete operations.

    Apprentice

    be at least 16 years old. Assist in installation of electrical work under the supervision of a master electrician.

    Electric Sign Apprentice

    be at least 16 years old. Assist in installation of electrical work under the supervision of a master Electric Sign Electrician.

    Fees License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $115.00 $115.00/yr
    Master Electrician $50.00 $50.00/yr
    Master Sign Electrician $50.00 $50.00/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $35.00 $35.00/yr
    Journeyman Sign Electrician $35.00 $35.00/yr
    Residential Wireman $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Maintenance Electrician $25.00 $25.00/yr
    Electrical Sign Contractor $115.00 $115.00/yr
    Electrical Apprentice $20.00 $20.00/yr
    Electrical Sign Apprentice $20.00 $20.00/yr

    Reciprocity

    Louisiana (master electricians only).

    Contact

    TDLR Regional Offices:

    Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations - Fort Worth
    1501 Circle Drive, Suite 215
    Ft. Worth, TX 76119
    (817) 321-8350
    (817) 321-8365 fax

    Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations - Houston
    5425 Polk Avenue, Suite G40
    Houston, TX 77023
    (713) 924-6300
    (713) 921-3106 fax
    www.tdlr.state.tx.us

  • Utah

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection. Some local jurisdictions conduct electrical inspections.

    Licensing

    All contractors and electricians must be licensed by the Department of Commerce. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Electrical contractors are required to employ a master electrician, must pass a written examination to demonstrate management ability and knowledge of business law, and must product a financial statement. Amount of bidding may be restricted by assets and financial responsibility.

    Master Electrician

    Applicants must have eight years experience which may include four years of recognized apprenticeship, or a degree in electrical engineering and one year practical experience, and pass a written and practical examination.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicant must have four years experience as a registered apprentice or six years of practical experience, and must pass a written and practical examination.

    Apprentice Electrician

    Applicant electricians must register with the Department of Commerce. No examination required. Registration with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training is optional.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal*
    Electrical Contractor $200.00 $100.00 $100.00/2yr
    Master Electrician $100.00 $105.00 $50.00/2yr
    Journeyman Electrician $50.00 $105.00 $50.00/2yr
    Apprentice $100.00 N/A $50.00/2yr

    *Renewal takes place in even-numbered years.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.

    Master Electrician

    Idaho, Oregon, or Wyoming

    Journeyman Electrician

    Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, or Wyoming

    Continuing Education

    An Electrician Licensee is obligated to complete sixteen hours of continuing education each licensing period. Twelve hours must be "core" education and the remaining four can be "core" or "professional" related. See Rule R156-55b-304 for details.

    Beginning December 01, 2010, all courses must be approved by DOPL to be acceptable.

    Electricians may view a list of courses that have been approved by DOPL at http://www.utah.gov/ce-public

    Contact

    Division of Professional Licensing Division
    160 East 300 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    (801) 530-6628
    (801) 530-6511 fax
    doplweb@utah.gov
    www.dopl.utah.gov
  • Vermont

    Code

    Installations must conform to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    Industrial, commercial, institutional establishments and residential occupancies of four or more living units are inspected by the State Electrician’s Licensing Board.

    Licensing

    Contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrician’s Licensing Board. A “grandfather clause” and reciprocity are included. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Master Electrician

    Applicants must have held a journeyman electrician’s license for at least two years and pass a written and oral examination. Master electrician (electrical contractors) may employ others to perform work under their direction.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must have completed apprenticeship or equivalent training, and pass a written and oral examination. Journeymen must work under the direction of a master electrician and may supervise apprentices and helpers employed by the master.

    Type "S" Journeyman

    A person who is entitled to design, install, repair, maintain and replace electrical installations as an employee or an independent contractor only in connection with the specialty field designated on the person’s license, and may only install branch circuits from the existing electrical service.

    Types of fields: (A1) Automatic gas or oil heating; (B2) Outdoor advertising; (C3) Refrigeration or air conditioning; (D4) Appliance and motor repairs; (E5) Well pumps; (F6) Farm Equipment; (G7) Any miscellaneous specified area of specialized competence.

    The G7 class includes: (G7)c Commercial fire alarm systems (G7)g Gas pump installation and bulk plant work (G7)h 1 & 2 family dwellings household fire detection and alarm systems (electrical) (G7)k Electrical lock installation including delayed egress and access control (G7)l Lightning rod installation

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Master Electrician $115.00 $45.00 $115.00/3yr
    Journeyman Electrician $115.00 $45.00 $115.00/3yr
    Type “S” Journeyman $115.00 $45.00 $115.00/3yr

    Reciprocity

    Maine and New Hampshire.

    Continuing Education

    Master Electricians and Journeymen need 15 hours of Code updates for license renewal.

    Contact

    Department of Labor and Inspection
    National Life Building, Drawer 20
    Montpelier, VT 05620
    (802) 828-2107
    (802) 828-2195 fax
    http://dps.vermont.gov/
  • Virginia

    Code

    VUSWBC became effective May 1, 2008, and is based on the 2006 ICC family of codes. All residential construction and all non-residential construction will use the 2005 NEC.

    Enforcement

    Each political subdivision is required by law to enforce the USBC.

    Licensing

    There are statewide examinations for master and journeyman electricians; however, local political subdivisions may elect not to test journeymen or masters.

    Electrical Contractor

    A corporation or individual that engages in electrical work consisting of, but not limited to: planning and layout of details for installation or modification of electrical apparatus and controls including preparation of sketches showing location of wiring and equipment; measuring, cutting, bending, threading, assembling and installing electrical conduits; performing maintenance on electrical systems and apparatus; observation of installed systems or apparatus to detect hazards and need for adjustments, relocation or replacement; and repairing faulty systems or apparatus. Electrical contractor(s) must have either a Class “A” or Class “B” license or a Class “C” certificate, according to project amount.

    Project amount requirements are: Class “A” license - $45,000 and over; Class “B” license – over $15,000 and less than $70,000; Class “C” certificate – over $1,000 but less than $7,500.

    Electrical contractors must be registered with the State Registration Board for Contractors. License fee for Class “A” license $160; Class “B” license $140; Class “C” certificate $95.

    Master Electrician

    A person who possesses the necessary ability, proficiency and qualifications to plan and layout the details for installation and supervise the work of installing, repairing and maintaining specific types of materials and equipment utilizing a working knowledge sufficient to comply with the pertinent provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

    Journeyman Electrician

    A person who possesses the necessary ability, proficiency and qualifications to install, repair and maintain specific types of materials and equipment, utilizing a working knowledge sufficient to comply with the pertinent provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and according to plans and specifications.

    Apprentice

    A person who assists a master or journeyman electrician while gaining knowledge of the trade through on-the-job training and related instruction in accordance with the Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Act.

    Fees License Examination Renewal
    Master Electrician $130.00 $125.00* $90.00/2yr
    Journeyman Electrician $130.00 $100.00* $90.00/2yr

    *Not to exceed

    Reciprocity

    Maryland and North Carolina.

    Continuing Education

    Effective with all licenses issued or renewed after December 31, 2007, as a condition of renewal or reinstatement, and pursuant to § 54.1-1133 of the Code of Virginia, all individuals holding an electrical license shall be required to satisfactorily complete three hours of continuing education.

    Contact

    Virginia Board for Contractors
    Department of Professional Occupational Regulation
    The Perimeter Center
    9960 Maryland Drive Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23230
    (804) 367-8511
    (804) 367-2945
    E-Mail contractor@dpor.virginia.gov
    www.state.va.us
  • Washington

    Code

    Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code, and other standards approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as modified or supplemented by rules and regulations issued by the Department of Labor and Industries (DLI). Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    Installations are subject to inspection by the DLI, except in jurisdictions that adopt equal or better standards, and whose electrical inspectors meet the same qualifications as state electrical inspectors. Electrical inspectors must have at least four years experience as electricians, or four years experience as municipal inspectors, or two years training in a recognized college of electrical engineering, and two years practical experience as an electrician, or a degree in electrical engineering.

    Licensing

    Contractors and electricians must be licensed by the Department of Labor and Industries. State law prohibits city or county electrical licensing or certification.

    Electrical Contractor

    A person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that offers to undertake, undertakes, submits a bid for, or does the work of installing or maintaining wires or equipment that convey electrical current. Applicants must possess, or employ a person possessing an Administrators Certificate. Application fee $232.90; biennial license renewal fee $239.90 (plus a $4,000 bond).

    Master Electrician

    either a master journeyman electrician or master specialty electrician.

    Master journeyman electrician means a person who has been issued a master journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department and who may be designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with rules adopted under this chapter. Applicants must graduate from an indentured apprentice program or work under a journeyman electrician for four years, or work under a journeyman electrician for two years and attend a vocational-technical school for two years, or have received military training in electrical contraction.

    Master specialty electrician means a person who has been issued a specialty electrician certificate of competency by the department and who may be designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with rules adopted under this chapter.

    Journeyman Electrician

    means a person who has been issued a journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department.

    Specialty Electrician

    means a person who has been issued a specialty electrician certificate of competency by the department.

    Apprentice/Trainee

    Applicants must register with the state and annually report the hours worked and employers worked for. Apprentice/trainee must work under the supervision of a journeyman electrician at the following ratios: one trainee per journeyman on commercial jobs; two apprentices per journeyman on residential jobs.

    Fees Application Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $232.90 $232.90/yr
    Master Electrician $134.70 $133.20/yr
    Journeyman Electrician $75.60 $70.20/yr
    Specialty Electrician $75.60 $70.20/yr
    Apprentice/Trainee $37.10 $44.90/yr

    LaserGrade exam fees

    LaserGrade charges per hour for most exams. Exams that are based on a series of separate sections, however, such as the Master Electrician exam, will be billed at a flat rate. This is regardless of how many sections you take, complete, or how long you spend on the exam. But if you retest on this exam within a year, you will be billed per hour on the retest sections. Contact LaserGrade to get the non-hourly exam rates.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Arkansas, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.

    Contact

  • District of Columbia

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2005 edition of the National Electrical Code, supplemented by additional requirements which constitute the DC Construction Codes.

    Enforcement

    Qualified companies and individuals in the District of Columbia may provide inspection services to builders, developers, and others who require inspection services under the District’s Third Party Inspection Program. The program is overseen by the Building and Land Regulation Administration (BLRA). BLRA regulates all building and land use within the District of Columbia to ensure safety and conformity to local and federal laws and regulations. It also manages permit processing, building inspection, and zoning programs covering new construction, alterations, repairs and use. BLRA certifies third party inspectors and allows them to conduct the following types of inspections: Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Construction, Fire Protection, and Elevator. Builders, developers, and others must file a request with BLRA to use third party inspection services.

    Licensing

    Licenses are required for the categories of apprentice, specialty, journeyman, and master electrician. An electrical contractor must either be a master electrician or employ a master electrician.

    Upon submission of the required documents, the DC Board of Industrial Trades – Electrical will review the application. Upon final approval of the application, either a license to practice in the District of Columbia (for temporary, apprentice or contractors only) or be authorized to site for the District of Columbia Electrician examination (journeyman and master applications only) will be issued.

    Electrician licenses expire on November 30 of odd numbered years.

    Fees Application License Examination Post a Bond
    Electrical Contractor $65.00 $120.00 N/A $4000.00
    Electrical Contractor Specialist $65.00 $120.00 N/A $2000.00
    Electrical Contractor Specialist Fixture* $65.00 $120.00 N/A $1000.00
    Master Electrician $65.00 $120.00 $85.00 N/A
    Designated Master Electrician $65.00 $85.00 N/A $2000.00
    Master Electrician Specialist $65.00 $120.00 $85.00 $1000.00
    Designated Master Electrician Specialist $65.00 $120.00 $85.00 N/A
    Temporary Electrician $65.00 $110.00 N/A N/A
    Apprentice Electrician $65.00 $110.00 N/A N/A
    Journeyman Electrician $65.00 $110.00 $85.00 N/A
    Journeyman Electrician Specialist $65.00 $110.00 $85.00 N/A

    * Specialty license are for elevator, low-voltage, escalator, maintenance and repair, sign, and fixtures (contractors only).

    Contact

    Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
    Government of the District of Columbia
    941 North Capitol Street NE
    8201 Corporate Drive
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202)-442-4400
    Department DC-EL
    dcra.dc.gov
  • West Virginia

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code. State law requires all communities to adopt the State minimum. West Virginia adopts the International Residential Code without the electrical section deferring to the NEC.

    Enforcement

    No statewide electrical inspection.

    Licensing

    Contractors and electricians must be licensed by the state. The State Fire Marshal offers several classifications of license with examinations tailored to each. Qualified persons may be able to qualify for a temporary “one time” license.

    Electrical Contractor

    The Division of Labor offers several classifications of licenses with examinations tailored to each. Compliance with the following agencies is also required prior to receiving a license: Division of Tax and Revenue, Bureau of Employment Services, and Workers’ Compensation.

    Master Electrician

    A person with at least five (5) years of electrical work experience, including experience in all phases of electrical wiring and installation, who is competent to instruct and supervise the electrical work of Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians. A Master Electrician must have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the ability to read electrical plans, drawings, and designs to calculate demand loads in compliance with the NEC.

    Journeyman Electrician

    A person qualified by at least four (4) years of electrical work experience to do any work installing wires, conduits, apparatus, equipment, fixtures, and other appliances subject to supervision by a master electrician. A journeyman electrician shall have a knowledge and understanding of the National Electric Code as it pertains to the installation of wires, conduits, apparatus, equipments, fixtures and other appliances. A journeyman electrician cannot design electrical systems.

    HVAC Electrician

    A person able to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to plumbing, heating, and air conditioning equipment not to exceed 600 volts.

    Electric Sign Electrician

    A person able to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to electric signs and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system. Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in electric sign wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

    Single Family Dwelling Electrician

    A person able to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or devices in or on a single family residential dwelling. Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in residential wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

    Low Voltage – Fire & Burglar Alarm System Electrician

    A person able to install, maintain or repair only low voltage wiring (80 volts or less). Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in low voltage wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

    Elevator Electrician

    A person able to install, maintain or repair electric wiring that is directly related to elevators and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system.

    Apprentice

    A helper or person who cannot perform electrical workout supervision by a journeyman or master. Must be 18 years of age.

    Fees Application Examination License Renewal
    Electrical Contractor N/A $42.50*, $42.40** $90.00 $90.00
    Master Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Journeyman Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    HVAC Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Electric Sign Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Single Family Dwelling Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Low Voltage Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Elevator Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
    Apprentice $50.00 $10.0 $50.00**** $50.00/yr*****

    * For electrician

    ** for business law

    *** one time 90-day temporary license

    **** one time 180-day temporary license

    *****Expires 30th of June every year.

    Reciprocity

    North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia

    Contact

    State Fire Marshal
    1207 Quarrier Street, Second Floor
    Charleston, WV 25301
    (304) 558-2191
    (304) 558-2537 fax
    www.wvfiremarshal.org
  • Wisconsin

    Code

    Installations must conform to Wisconsin Administrative Rules, Chapter Comm 16 Electrical, which incorporates the National Electrical Code with specified changes. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    All electrical work must be inspected by state certified inspectors. Municipalities may hire their own certified inspectors or employ a private inspection agency. Areas without permit or inspection requirements are inspected by the Department of Commerce, Division of Safety and Buildings.

    Licensing

    Electrical Contractor

    Allows local municipalities to accept electrical permit applications from owner of the contracting business, a partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of the partnership, or the chairman of the board or chief executive officer applying on behalf of the contracting business.

    Restricted Electrical Contractor

    Allows local municipalities to accept electrical permit applications from a person to perform electrical construction work in one or more municipalities where the person held municipal electrical licenses or certifications as of the date the municipalities required state certification.

    Master Electrician

    Allows an electrician to obtain a license at any municipality without local examination. Local municipalities decide whether certification is required.

    Journeyman Electrician

    an electrician with 5 years (1000 hours) who will be working under a master electrician to obtain a license at any municipality without local examination. Local municipalities decide whether certification is required.

    Beginning Electrician

    certification granted to an electrician with some experience installing and repairing electrical wiring to work under direct supervision of a master or journeyman electrician. Local municipalities decide whether certification is required.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $35.00 N/A $200.00/4yr*
    Restricted Electrical Contractor $35.00 N/A $200/4yr*
    Master Electrician $35.00 $30.00 $200/4yr*
    Journeyman Electrician $35.00 $30.00 $100.00/4yr*
    Beginning Electrician $35.00 N/A $80.00/4yr*
    *Renewal Fee is prorated for partial cycle

    Contact

    Wisconsin Department of Commerce
    201 West Washington Avenue
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 266-1018
    http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/
  • Wyoming

    Code

    Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code. Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

    Enforcement

    The State Electrical Inspector enforces electrical rules and regulations. Permits are required.

    Licensing

    All contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrical Board. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

    Electrical Contractor

    Licenses may be issued either to firms or individuals. Firms licensed as electrical contractors must employ a master electrician, and individuals licensed as electrical contractors must have a Wyoming master license.

    Master Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least eight years (16,000 hours) experience in residential, commercial and industrial electrical work and must pass an examination.

    Journeyman Electrician

    Applicants must present evidence of at least four years experience and 8000 hours of residential, commercial and industrial electrical work, and must pass an examination.

    Temporary Work Permit

    Applicants for a journeyman electrician’s license may apply for a temporary work permit. A master candidate may apply for a journeyman work permit. If applicant holds a journeyman license from a state recognized by the Electrical Board, they may request a work permit when applying for the next scheduled test. If applicant does not hold a journeyman license in another state, a competency test must be taken. The work permit expires three week after the examination is given. Applicant is allowed two work permits for a total of 150 days. Permit fee $50.

    Apprentice Electrician

    Apprentices must be employed by an electrical contractor and work under the direct supervision of a journeyman or master. They must be enrolled in an approved apprentice program. To advance to the next year, they must show proof of 144 hours of schooling and 2000 hours of on-the-job-training. Apprentices must be registered with the Electrical Board.

    Low-Voltage/Limited Contractor License

    (Electrical work under 90 volt) – Licenses may be issued either to firms or individuals. Firms licensed as low-voltage/limited contractors must employ a technician with a Wyoming Technician License, and individuals must have a technician license.

    Limited Technician License

    Applicant must have at least two years (4,000 hours) work experience in one of trade (elevator, light fixtures, electrical signs, heating, ventilating, air conditioning systems, well water and irrigation) and pass an examination.

    Low Voltage License

    Applicant must have two years (4000 hours) apprenticeship or work experience in one of the trades (general, sound, alarms, television, communications, or control) and pass an examination.

    Fees Application Examination Renewal
    Electrical Contractor $400.00 $400.00/yr
    Master Electrician $200.00 $85.00 $100.00/3yr*
    Journeyman Electrician $100.00 $85.00 $50.00/3yr
    Apprentice Electrician $20.00 N/A $20.00/yr
    Low-Voltage/Limited Contractor License** $200.00 N/A $100.00/yr
    Limited Technician License $100.00 $85.00 $50.00/3yr
    Low Voltage License $100.00 $85.00 $50.00/3yr

    *in addition to 16 hours of continuing education

    ** If the low-voltage/limited contractor is an individual and has no employees, a fee is not charged.

    Reciprocity

    Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas (journeyman electrician only).

    To receive a Wyoming reciprocal journeyman license, the original license must have been obtained by examination and held for one year. A signed and notarized application formalong with a letter of verification of license from the state in which the license is helda copy of the license, and a check made out to the State of Wyoming for $100 is required to process the application.

    If you have had a Master license from South Dakota for at least a year and pass an examination with a score of 75% or better, Wyoming may recognize your license.

    To receive a Wyoming reciprocal master license, the original license must have been obtained by examination and held for one year. A signed and notarized application formalong with a letter of verification of license from the state in which the license is helda copy of the licenseand a check made out to the State of Wyoming for $200 is required to process the application.

    Contact

    Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
    Herschler Building – 1 West
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    (307) 777-6385
    (307) 777-7119 fax
    www.state.wy.us
  • Illinois

    Code

    There is no statewide code. Local municipalities may adopt editions of the current National Electrical Code.

    Enforcement

    The State Fire Marshal and local fire chiefs have general authority to inspect for fire hazards; but there is no state requirement for inspection of electrical installations. Many municipalities are authorized to license electrical contractors. Separate licensing is required for any firm which installs or maintains fire and burglar alarm systems. 

    Licensing

    No statewide licensing of electrical contractors or journeyman is required. Municipalities are authorized to license electrical contractors. Separate licensing is required for any firm which installs or maintains fire and burglar alarm systems.

    Contact

    State Fire Marshal
    1035 Stevenson Drive
    Springfield, IL 62703
    (217) 785-0969
    (217) 782-1062 fax
    www.state.il.us