So you’re thinking about becoming a licensed electrician. Well, it’s not as hard as some people make it out to be. Here are some tips to get you started.
First things first: to become a licensed electrician, you first need to have graduated from high school or at least have passed an acceptable high-school equivalent exam. From there, it’s a good idea to go to a vocational or trade school to get all the necessary basics so you can take on an apprenticeship with an established electrical contractor. Your journey doesn’t end there, unfortunately. You’ll be required to sit for a licensing examination administered by the electrician board of your state. Once you pass this, you’ll be licensed and able to work in the public sector, although most states will still require an apprenticeship with a licensed electrician before allowing you to start earning money.
Once you’ve gotten your license, you must pass the licensure exam. This is typically administered by the state board of electricians. Depending on your state, it might take a week or two to get the application and all the necessary materials together for the exam. Remember, you’ll need all of the materials and paperwork because this is where the testing will take place. It’s important that you read all of the instructions and study hard so you don’t miss anything.
The next step is the licensing exam and this will normally take about eighteen weeks. Even though it takes a while, you’ll be surprised how quickly you learn new things. After your licensing exam, you will be required to take an electrical journeyman exam and this will generally take another eighteen weeks. Once you pass the exam you will be licensed and ready to begin working as an electrician.
If you are thinking about going back into school just to get your electrical license then you will need to complete at least 500 hours of training. Many times an apprenticeship will also be required if you want to sit for the exam. If your schooling is not through a legitimate apprenticeship program then you won’t be allowed to sit for the examination.
Finally, once you get licensed, you will need to find an apprenticeship. Some electricians work on-site with a company and go to school on the weekends. However, others have found success working as self-employed, licensed journeyman or as an employee for a construction company, manufacturing facility or office building. In either case, you’ll need to search for an apprenticeship that fits both your needs and your desires. If you’re not happy with the apprenticeship you choose then you may have to go back to school.