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Requirements:
  • NOTICE: Effective February 1, 2008, all individuals applying for a tradesman’s license or individual certification must submit an application directly to the Board for Contractors (the Board) BEFORE taking any required examination. The examination vendor, PSI, will no longer permit you to sit for the exam unless you have received prior approval from the Board.
  • The Board will review the application and, if it determines an applicant is eligible to sit for the examination, notification will be sent to the applicant via regular mail with instructions concerning how to register with PSI and schedule the examination.
  • Once an applicant passes the examination, PSI will notify the Board and the license will be sent to the individual’s address of record.

    Journeyman Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:  

  • Two (2) years of practical experience in the trade AND an Associate Degree or certificate of completion from a two-year program in the trade from an accredited community college or technical school; OR
  • Four (4) years of practical experience in the trade AND 240 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; OR
  • Five (5) years of practical experience in the trade and 160 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; OR
  • Six (6) years of practical experience in the trade AND 80 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; OR
  • Seven (7) years of practical experience in the trade AND 40 hours of formal vocational training in the trade; OR
  • Ten (10) years of practical experience in the trade, verified by an affidavit from those who observed the candidates work.

    Master Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:


     
  • One (1) year of practical experience as a licensed Virginia Journeyman, OR
  • Ten (10) years of practical experience in the trade, verified by an affidavit from those who observed the work.
  • To become an Electrical Contractor, you must add the Class A or Class B to your Master Electrical license.
Scope of Work:

Electrical license allows contracts including the construction, repair, maintenance, alteration, or the removal of electrical systems under the national electric code.

Applications:

To apply for this license contact the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation at (804) 367-8511

Licensing Fees for both Master and Journeyman Electrical Classifications are $90.00

Licenses belong to the business.  A person can take the exam and pass and qualify his or her business.  If they purchase a second business, they do not have to test, but they must submit a new application for the new business.

Reciprocity:

Limited Reciprocity agreements exist with Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama and Kentucky for Master Electrician classification only.

Continuing 
Education:

Virginia requires Electricians to complete at least 3 hours of continuing education from a provider that has been approved by the Board. This must be done before you can renew your license.


 

 
Exam:

Testing is administered by PSI.

It is an open book timed test, the Journeyman exam has 70 questions and 210 minutes to complete. 70% is required to pass for Journeyman.

  • The Master exam has 90 questions, with 270 minutes to complete. 70% is required to pass the Master exam.
  • The cost of the exam varies, based on the number of exam portions being taken.
  • $100.00 for the Journeyman exam.
  • $125.00 for the Master exam.
    • Technical exam content includes: General Electrical Knowledge, Requirements for Electrical Installations, Electrical-Electronic Fundamentals Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits, Service and Feeder Requirements, Grounding and Bonding, Conductors and Cables, Raceways and Boxes, Special Occupancies, Special Equipment, Electrical Signs and Outline Lighting, Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Motors and Controls, Utilization Equipment, Lighting, General Low Voltage Requirements and Communication Systems.

      Statutory/Regulatory section is incorporated into the exam and content includes: Standards of Practice, Standards of Conduct, Renewal and Reinstatement, Definitions, Qualification for Licensure and Revocation of Licensure.
        References:

        The references listed in the Right-Hand column are allowed to be used during the exam and are used in our preparation seminar. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted.

        Effective 6/24/20 either the 2014 or 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) may be used.
        As of 9/25/20 only the 2017 edition will be used.

        They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

        Training:

        American Contractors has a 1-day seminar to prepare for the Virginia Master and Journeyman Electrician License Exam. Our Seminar is designed to be 8-hours of instruction during the seminar.

          Seminar Price: $445.00  
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        Midlothian, VA12/17/2020

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