Bill, Plumbers and roofers need license's in Illinois, but there is no state wide electrical license. Many municipalities require a license. Some have tests and others you just pay the fee. Illinois law says that if you have a license in one municipality all other municipalties must accept it. We have been working for a number of years to get a state license, but have had very little success. Don(resqcapt19)
Re: License? Should I get one?#183 12/18/0002:36 PM12/18/0002:36 PM
Thanks for the input on that. The Internet is a great place to find information, but it's not all there yet!
So, are you saying that there is an Electrical License needed but it is only issued at the local level or by permit on a case by case basis? What do you mean by pay the fee?
In our area a Homeowner can do (some of)their own wiring in their primary residence. Some areas might require they take a competancy exam. Other work (for Hire) can only be done by a Licensed & Insured Electrician. My county has an application approval process and both a written and practical (hands on) exam. The process of getting a License could take 6 months or more.
Re: License? Should I get one?#186 12/18/0005:34 PM12/18/0005:34 PM
Bill, You only need a license if the area you are working in requires one. Not all areas have adopted an electrical code and the ones that haven't don't require any type of license. Some cities will issue the license to anyone who wants one and pays the required fee. The fee is the only requirement that must be met in these cases to get the license. Others like where I'm at have a test that you must pass and then you pay the fee to get the license. Our test is short and not very comprehensive, other cities have extensive tests. Codes vary wildly from no codes in some areas to areas in the Chicago area that require all projects, including homes, to be in metallic conduit. In the town I'm in a home owner can do the work in the house that he/she lives in and no where else. The rules is written in such a manner to say that the home owner can not even have a friend help out unless that friend has a license, but this it not often enforced. Most small projects are done without permits and never inspected. Don(resqcapt19)
Re: License? Should I get one?#187 12/18/0007:42 PM12/18/0007:42 PM
Well let me jump in here I am a maintenance supervisor and am self taught with most of the electrical that I do ,I have not gone for a lisc. for a couple of reasons one which is the liability involved when you pass the test. To me once you have that lisc. then you are held more accountable with insurance companies,law enforcement and even the company you work for.The second is every one that needs wiring done will come to you and with out the lisc. you can get out of doing work by friends and family . Yes I do the work to the best of my ability and find it rare that a maintenance person would even consider getting a lisc. so you are to be COMMENDED for thinking about it,because believe me I have come in behind a lots of maint people that had no idea of what they were doing and did not care just get it wired,ok so I am running amuck here will hush, BUT BY YOUR QUESTION IT LEADS ME TO BELIEVE that you are giving it your best in the maint. field
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Re: License? Should I get one?#189 12/23/0012:33 PM12/23/0012:33 PM
I can understand where you both are coming from. I was from a similar background and went to licensing as a way out. Unfortunately, a person in your position does not always have complete control over how something is done or what materials are used. It can be very frustrating. The more you learn, the more frustrated you get. But don't give up trying your best to do it right and change what you can!