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What are Electrician Course Requirements

Updated on August 20, 2012

Electricians Courses have In-Class Time Requirements

The required number of hours taken in electrician courses prior to an individual being qualified to take various electrician licensing exams is different throughout the United States. In fact, many of the requirements for electrician licensing vary throughout the states. Yet, each state does have requirements such as a certain number of hours in an academic setting, a certain number of hours working in the field, and in some instances there are even age requirements. One sure way to ensure you get the appropriate training necessary in your state is by attending a training center run by a national electrical Association.

States not only vary in their requirements for electrical licensing, they also vary in the types of licenses they require. For example, in some states, only master electrician or electrical contractor licenses are offered; they leave licensing for apprentice electrician or journeyman electrician up to the discretion of cities or counties throughout the state.

Another way states differ in electrician license requirements is applicant age. Some states have no age requirements while other states require applicants to be 18 or perhaps 21 years old. If that's the case, then even if an individual has completed the appropriate number of hours in electrician courses, and worked enough hours in the electrical field they still would not be eligible to take the state exams to become a licensed electrician.

National Electrical Association Centers Cover State by State Rules

It might be easy to look at one state’s electrical licensing requirements as being more lenient than another state’s stricter requirements. However, the bottom line is that an individual must meet all of their state’s requirements to qualify to take that state’s various electrician license tests. So, it’s very important to know from the very beginning how many hours of electrician courses are needed, how many hours working in the field are needed and if the state has any age (or other) restrictions.

Enrolling in a training center run by one of the national electrical associations is a good way to make sure that you get the entire electrician training needed to meet state qualifications and successfully pass electrician license exams. These training centers provide much more than electrician courses. They also provide hands on experience in well-equipped electrical training labs. The labs allow students to work in the safety of a simulated environment practicing mock installations or repairs while under the watchful eye of an instructor. In this way, students gain knowledge of things like materials used in the field and tools of the trade.

Earn While You Learn

Another advantage of being trained in a facility run by a national electrical association is that they match students to local electrical contractors or master electricians so they can earn while they are learning and gaining hours working in the field. The hours a student accrues while still in academic training can count towards the hours needed working in the field by the state. Often the student jobs become permanent jobs after graduation. If not, most likely the training facility has other job placement opportunities for their graduates.

No, it isn’t just a matter of taking a certain number of electrician courses in order to qualify for any particular state’s electrician licensing exams. A specific number of hours in an academic setting plus a specific number of hours working in the electrical field are needed. A state may have additional requirements such as age restrictions for eligibility as well. A good way to insure you get the proper training for your state is by enrolling in an electrician training program offered by a national electrical association because they won’t steer you wrong…

Specific to License Type Training

An individual needs more than electrician classes to become a licensed electrician. First of all, there are different types of electrician licenses such as a journeyman electrician license or a master electrician license. Second, each state has a different set of requirements for each type of license they offer. Yet there are also commonalities among states in terms of electrical licenses: each state requires a specific number of hours in academic study plus a certain number of hours working in the field.

Some states have additional requirements such as age. Another way that states vary with their electrical licensing programs is that some states require continued education. What this means is that prior to being able to renew an electrical license, the individual must take a continued education course. The course itself may only be a four hour course, but it is designed to keep licensed electricians aware of changes in regulations such as in the National Electric Code.


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