Hawaii Electrician Exam

To get licensed in Hawaii, electricians are required to take an exam that covers such subjects as circuits, conductors, grounding, lighting and safety.  Whether you live in Honolulu or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your electrician's license.
 
Need of a License: Electrical contractors and journeyman electrician, including some specialty electricians, need a license to work in Hawaii.
 
Who Grants a License:   Electrician licenses are granted by the Hawaii Contractor’s License Board and the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Professional and Vocational Licensing.
 
Qualifications and Exam requirements
 
Electrical Contractor C-13
  • Must pass the Business and Law (Part I) and Trade Specific (Part II) exam.
  • 5 years of experience for a journey worker and an extended 2 years for a master license
  • Credit report covering the previous 5 years on each individual applicant
  • A current financial statement prepared and signed by a CPA
  • A current state tax clearance from the Dept. of Taxation
  • Certificate of insurance for worker's compensation and certificate from their insurer showing liability coverage for: Property damage- $50,000 per occurrence and Bodily Injury- $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence.
 
Journey Worker Electrician
  • 5 years but not less than 10,000 hours of all aspect of electrical wiring work primarily involved in residential and commercial wiring and
  • Effective July, 2013 satisfactory completion accepted by a University of Hawaii Community College offering an appropriate program of study of 240 hours of electrical academic coursework.
 
Supervising Electrician: Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker electrician or equivalent
 
Journey Worker Industrial Electrician: Five (5) years but no less than 10,000 hours of industrial wiring work.
 
Supervising Industrial Electrician: Four (4) years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent
 
Maintenance ElectricianOne (1) year electrical maintenance wiring work or two years electrical trade schooling
 
For supervising or master categories, equivalent experience in the trade means having been licensed as a journey worker or supervising level electrician for at least four years or a journey worker or master level in another county, state, or country where requirements for licensure are equivalent to those in force in this State.
 
How to Apply for the License:
 
To obtain an Electrical Contractor C-13 license, an application must be filed.
 
To work as a Journeyman Electrician, you must file an application to get a license.
 
Test Content:
 
The electrician exams have the following content:
 
Electrical Contractor C-13
  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Grounding and Bonding 
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Raceways and Enclosures
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Motors and Controls
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Low Voltage Circuits
 
See Candidate Booklet: Contractor Candidate booklet
 
Passing Grade: 75%
Exam Details: Business & Law Exam: Closed Book, 80 questions, 3-hour time limit.
C-13 Electrical Contractor Trade Exam: Open Book, 40 questions, 2-hour time limit
C-13 Contractor Exam Content Outline  Contractors Business & Law
 
Journey Worker Electrician
  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Grounding and Bonding 
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Raceways and Enclosures
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Motors and Controls
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Low Voltage Circuits
 
See Candidate Booklet: Electrician Exam Candidate Information Bulletin
 
Passing Grade: 70%
Exam Details: Supervising Electrician Exam: Open Book, 70 questions, 3 hours
Journey Worker Electrician Exam: Open Book, 70 questions, 3 hours
 
Fees:  There are fees to take the exam and get licensed.
 
Who administers the test:  Prometric l (808) 261-8182. Must have prior approval from Board.
 
License Renewal Requirements:
 
Electrical Contractor C-13: Biennial, by September 30 of even numbered years.
 
Journey Worker Electrician:  Triennial -  2014, 2017, 2020, etc.
 
Applicable Regulations:  Counties review plans and specifications, issue permits, conduct inspections, and enforce the electrical codes.
 
Applicable Code:  NEC 2008

CONTACT
Hawaii Contractors License Board
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2700
(808) 586-2689 fax
 
Board of Electricians & Plumbers
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2705
(808) 586-2689 fax
www.hawaii.gov
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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.

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