Alabama Electrician Exam

To get licensed in Alabama, electricians are required to take an exam that covers such subjects as circuits, conductors, grounding, lighting and safety.  Whether you live in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your electricians license.

Need of a License: Electrical contractors and state-wide journeyman electricians need a license to work in Alabama.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the Alabama Electrical Contractor’s Board

Qualifications needed to receive a License:  A candidate for the journeyman license must have at least 8,000 hours or 4 years of experience in installation of electrical wiring and apparatus or equipment for lighting or power including controls.  A candidate can substitute up to 2,000 hours or 1 year of the 8,000 hour/ 4 year requirement with approved education or apprenticeship programs.

A candidate for the electrical contractor license must have at least 8,000 hours in overall design, layout,  planning and supervision of electrical construction activities.  The 8,000 hour requirement may be satisfied by working as a journeyman in charge for the requisite time period.  A candidate for electrical contractor can substitute up to 2,000 hours of the 8,000 hour requirement with approved education or apprenticeship programs.

Exam Requirement:   A candidate for either the electrical contractor license or the journeyman license must pass a state electrical exam to get a license.  Passage of an approved national exam, taken in Alabama, may satisfy the exam requirement.  More information can be found in a Candidate Handbook.

How to Apply for the License:  A candidate for licensure must send in an Application to the Board.  Forms can be found online.  

Contractor Application

Journeyman Application

Mail the completed application to:

Alabama Electrician Contractor’s Board

2777 Zelda Road

Montgomery, AL 36106

For questions on the application, call (334) 269-9990 Ext 10

Test Content:

Electrical Contractor Exam - The electrical contractor exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions.  Test takers have 5 hours to complete exam. The exam is open-book with authorized materials and computer based.

The exam covers the following subject areas:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Service, Feeders and Branch Circuits
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceway and Boxes
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Electrical Power
  • Motors
  • Low Voltage
  • Lighting
  • Illuminated Signs
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Safety Information
  • Overcurrent protection
  • Business Organization
  • Risk Management
  • Project Management
  • Estimating
  • Safety and Environmental
  • Labor Laws
  • Tax Laws
  • Financial Management
  • Contracts
  • Lien Law
  • Licensing Law

Journeyman Exam - The journeyman exam consists of 80 multiple-choice questions.  Test takers have 4 hours to complete exam. The exam is open-book with authorized materials and computer based.

The exam covers the following subject areas:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Service, Feeders and Branch Circuits
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceway and Boxes
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Electrical Power
  • Motors
  • Low Voltage
  • Lighting
  • Illuminated Signs
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Safety Information
  • Overcurrent protection

Fees:  There are fees to apply to become a licensed electrician.

Who administers the test:  Prov Inc.

License Renewal Requirements – An electrician must renew a license every year.

Applicable RegulationsAlabama Electrical Contractor’s Act,34-36-1-18 .

Applicable Code:  NEC, IRC and IECC, where applicable

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To prepare for your electrician exam, use the following two practice exams by Ray Holder (Master Electrician and Certified Electrical Trade Instructor) which have 300 questions with fully explained answers:

For more information on licensing and exam prep, go to Tests.com's Journeyman and Master Electrician Test Guide.

And take Tests.com's free Journeyman Electrician Practice Test and the Master Electrician Practice Test.

For electrician exam preparation products and services, such as study guides, practice tests, flashcards and courses, go to Tests.com's Journeyman Electrician Exam and Master Electrician Exam listings.