In order to be an officially licensed electrician, you must complete a set amount of training education coupled with hands-on training in the field. There are typically three levels or steps to becoming fully licensed: journeyman, master, and contractor. When you’re ready to begin your foray into the world of electrical work, here is what you need to do in order to get the qualifications to continue your career.
Becoming a journeyman electrician is the first step to becoming fully licensed. Journeymen must have two years of experience working in the field along with the completion of a two year formal training program. These programs are available at most trade schools or community colleges. Alternatively, you may receive your journeyman certification if you have four years’ worth of training in the field along with a set amount of hours of formal classroom training. The more years you have in the field, the less formal training hours you will need. This number varies by state, so be sure you check with your individual state to get your exact requirements.
A master electrician is typically paid more for their work and has more authority over job sites and other electricians. No one can become a master electrician until they receive their journeyman qualifications first. You must complete at least one year of hands-on experience as a journeyman and pass an official master electrician certification test. For those who never received their journeyman’s certification, they may be able to circumvent this with ten years’ worth of experience as an electrician in the field as long as they can obtain a signed affidavit by someone who can verify their length of time performing electrical related tasks on the job.
Those who have received their master electrician certification can apply to become a licensed contractor. This title allows you to start your own business and perform your own work without being directly employed by an electrical company. You can perform duties such as planning layout details for electrical installation and providing electrical maintenance contracts to customers. In order to get your license, you must apply with your local jurisdiction’s department of occupational and professional regulation board. Once the application is submitted, you must take an examination that will register you as an officially licensed electrician. Getting your contractor’s license can open the doors to a long and successful career as a professional electrician. For more information about becoming an electrician, contact a school such as the HVAC Technical Institute.Read More