Need of a License: 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.
Qualifications and Exam Requirements:
Applicants must pass a written exam. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:
Applicants must be a licensed master electrician or employ a licensed class “A” or “B” master electrician. There are performance bond and liability insurance limit requirements.
Electrical Contractor (Business) Information and application forms
Master Electrician (Class A)
An applicant for a Class “A” Master electrician’s license must be (a) a graduate of a four-year electrical course in an accredited college or university; or (b) 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.
An applicant for a Class “A” Journeyman electrician’s license must have had at least four years of experience in installing and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment. Credit may be given for successful completion of an approved two-year post-high school course. Applicants must pass an examination.
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.
Who Grants a License: Minnesota State Board of Electricity
How to Apply for the License:
Contractor - License Application
Master Electrician - License Application
Journeyman Electrician - License Application
Before you can schedule an examination date, the department must verify that you qualify for a license. Qualified applicants are notified by mail when verification is complete, and then are directed to the department's website to schedule an exam. Only applicants qualified by the department to take an examination will be allowed to schedule an examination. Online Exam Registration; Exam Schedule
The following knowledge areas are tested on the master and journeyman exams:
- Introduction - Rules, jurisdiction and NEC
- General - Definitions, labels, interpretation, work space
- Wiring and Protection
- Wiring Methods and Materials
- Equipment for General Use
- Special Occupancies
- Special Conditions
- Communication Systems
- Applied Electrical Theory, Electrical Systems and Equipment
Journeyman Electrician Candidate Booklet - License Examination Guide
Passing Grade: 70%
Exam Details: 5.5 hours, 80 questions
Fees: There are fees to obtain a license.
License Renewal Requirements:
Contractor - licenses expire March 1 of each even-numbered year after issuance or renewal.
Master Electrician - Biennial: expires March 1 of each odd-numbered year
Journeyman Electrician - Biennial, on the date of original issuance
Applicable Code: NEC 2014
Minnesota State Board of Electricity
1821 University Avenue, Room S-128
St. Paul, MN 55104-2993
(651) 642-0441 fax
(800) 627-3529 TDD
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