Journeyman Electrical License Requirements by State

To get your state license you must take the licensing exam which tests you on your knowledge of the NEC (National Electric Code) and electrical theory. To take your exam, you must qualify with the below requirements depending on the state you are in. Once you qualify, fill out the application and send it in to get your test scheduled.

OJT = On the Job Training (work experience)

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State Journeyman State RequirementsLicensing WebsiteLicensing Documents
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Alabama
8000 OJT Hours. May Subsitute 1000 hours for
evey year of approved school or apprenticeship
training up to 2000 hours.
(E.g Having 6000 hours and two years of schooling)
WebsiteApplication
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Alaska8000 OJT Hours. Minimum 6000 in commercial or
industrial settings. Up to 1000 hours of in school
learning count towards the 8000
WebsiteApplication
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ArizonaNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality--
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Arkansas
Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship OR 16000
hours (8 years). Complex requirements for masters
and industrial licensing. Refer to pages 21-25 in
this PDF.
WebsiteApplication
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California
Completion of apprenticeship, electrician trainee
program, OR 8000 OJT. School or apprenticeship NOT
required. Refer to (A)(2) in application.
WebsiteApplication
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Colorado
8000 OJT in no less than 4 years, 4000 minimum in
commercial / industrial. 288 classroom hours for
those registered as apprentices
Website
Online Application Portal (Must
have a registered account)
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Connecticut
Completion of apprenticeship, OR 8000 hours OJT
and "proof of equivalent trade-related education". No
minimum school hours speicifed. Refer to website.
WebsiteApplication
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Delaware
(1) Be at least 20 years of age
(2) Completion of apprenticeship OR 8000 hours OJT
Refer to Section 1408 (5)
WebsiteOnline Application Portal
(Refer to website
instructions to continue)
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FloridaNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality.--
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GeorgiaNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality--
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Hawaii5 years experience with no less than 10,000 hours
in residential or commercial AND 240 hours of
approved academic coursework
WebsiteApplication (scoll to bottom)
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Idaho
(1) Completion of 4 year apprenticeship AND 8000
OJT hours OR (2) Notarized documentation of 16000
OJT
WebsiteApplication
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IllinoisNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality--
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Indiana
Licensing requirements at the discretion of each local
municipality.
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IowaWebsiteApplication
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KansasNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality.--
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Kentucky
Completion of an apprenticeship with 576 classroom
hours OR 3 years experience and associates degree
in electrical technology at Kentucky Community
OR 6 years experience with notarized letters to verify.
Reference
WebsiteApplication
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LouisianaNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality--
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Maine8000 OJT hours and completion of program
comprising of 576 clasroom hours. Other ways of
qualifying for exam can be seen here.
WebsiteApplication
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Maryland
(1) Four years experience OR (2) Written proof of
3 years work experience under master electrician(?)
OR (3) completion of apprenticeship program with
8000 OJT hours and 576 classroom hours. Worded
oddly refer to link.
WebsiteAccording to website: If you
meet criteria,contact
PSI Exams for application.
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Massachusetts
High School Diploma, 600 hours classroom hours,
4 years with 8000 OJT hours. Background check
required. Refer here
WebsiteApplication (Scroll down to
bottom)
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Michigan
20 years of age, 8000 OJT hours, 4 years minimum
WebsiteApplication
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Minnesota8000 OJT Hours, Minimum 4 yearsWebsiteApplication
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MississippiNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality --
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MissouriNo statewide license. Refer to local municipality --
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Montana8000 OJT Hours OR completion of apprenticeshipWebsiteApplication
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NebraskaFour years experience. Up to a year experience
credit will be given for completion of qualifying
electrical course. If four years experience not
in an apprenticeship, restricted license will
be given. Refer here for details.
WebsiteApplication
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NevadaNo statewide license. Refer to local municipalities --
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New Hampshire
8000 OJT hours. Refer to Elec 302.04WebsiteApplication
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New Jersey
5 years OJT hours OR 4 year apprenticeship program
OR bachelors degree in electrical engineering with
two years on the job experience. Reference
WebsiteOnline Portal to Application
(Need to register)
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New Mexico8000 OJT HoursWebsite (Simply refers you
to PSI)
Application (To be submitted
to PSI)
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New YorkNo state license. Refer to local municipalities--
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North Carolina
No state license. Refer to local municipalities--
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North DakotaWebsiteApplication
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Ohio
No state license required. Journeyman license only
required in Middletown and Hamilton.
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Oklahoma8000 OJT Hours, 4000 of those must be in
commercial / industrial. Up to 2000 hours can be
classroom hours. Reference
WebsiteApplication
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Oregon(1) Completion of apprenticeship OR (2) 8000 OJT
hours + 576 classroom hours OR (3) 16,000 OJT
hours obtained outside of oregon. Reference
WebsiteApplication
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PennsylvaniaNo statewide licensing measures in placeWebsite-
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Rhode Island8000 OJT Hours and 576 Classrom HoursWebsiteApplication
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South Carolina
No statewide licensing in place. Please refer to local
municipaltiy.
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South Dakota8000 OJT HoursWebsiteApplication
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Tennessee
No state license. License depends on municipality.
Limited License given out, refer to website
Website -
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Texas
Can take exam at 7000 OJT hours, license given at
8000 OJT hours. Experience must be verified by each
supervisor using this form (Also attatched on
application)
WebsiteApplication
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Utah
4 years experience as a licensed apprentice (does
not have to be an apprenticeship, just means you are
enrolled in school and register with the website) +
576 classroom hours OR 8 years full time experience
as a licensed apprentice. Reference
WebsiteOnline Application Portal
(Need to be registered)
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Vermont
Completion of apprenticeship OR "equivalent training
and experience." Reference
WebsiteApplication
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Virginia
Four Years Experience + 240 classroom Hours OR
Five years experience + 160 Classroom Hours OR
Six years experience + 80 hours classroom hours OR
(Continues on. Lots of ways to qualify. Refer to item
15 on application here
)
WebsiteAppliation
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Washington8000 OJT hours, 4000 minimum on commercial
or industrial installations. +96 hours classroom
instruction. Beginning July 1 2023 you MUST
completean apprenticeship program to qualify.
Reference
WebsiteOnline Application Portal
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West VirginiaOne year experience(??Ref1 Ref2 ) OR completion
of apprenticeship program
WebsiteOnline Application Portal
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Wisconsin
(1) Completion of apprenticeship OR (2) 8000 OJT
hours over no less than 4 years OR (3) At least
1000 OJT hours a year for 5 years. Each semester
spent school counts for 500 hours, up to a max of
2000. Refer to Method 1 (2)(b) on application
WebsiteApplication
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Wyoming
4 years, 8000 OJT hours with 144 classroom hours
per year OR completion of apprenticeship with 576
classroom hours. Use this form to verify work hours
WebsiteOnline Application Portal

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