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Becoming a Licensed Electrician

In order to become a licensed electrician, it is necessary to complete a training that is a mix of education and experience. The end of that training culminates in an exam that is administered by the state. The requirements for each state can be different, so it is important that an electrician knows what is expected for their area of work.

In the state of Utah, there is a specific electrician exam for every category of electrician (journeyman, residential journeyman, master, and residential master). The state administers a test that is a mix of written and practical exams. In order to qualify to take the test and become a licensed electrician, there are specific requirements and qualifications that must first be met.

The beginning step on the road to becoming an electrician is usually an apprenticeship. During the apprenticeship, you learn from and work with a licensed electrician who serves as your mentor and supervisor. The education and experience during your apprenticeship makes you ready for the next level: journeyman electrician.

An electrician is ready to apply as a journeyman electrician after finishing an approved education apprenticeship program followed by four years working as a licensed apprentice (a year must have at least 2,000 hours of work in order to qualify). For those who do not complete such programs, you can qualify for journeyman level after completing 8 years of work with 16,000 hours of experience (including installation, wiring, and repair work). A residential journeyman license requires half of the experience of a normal journeyman license.

To qualify for the master electrician exam, you need to have a bachelor’s degree from an electrical engineering program as well as one year of licensed apprentice electrician experience or have an associate degree from an electrical trade school plus two years of experience as a licensed journeyman electrician. In order to become a residential master electrician, the requirement is two years experience as a licensed residential journeyman electrician.

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