The Board does require you to pass an exam to get a license.
To take the exam you must be over the age of 21, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and one of the following:
* five years experience working with tools to install, alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power * completion of a four-year Board-approved apprenticeship program and one year of Board-approved work experience * completion of 8,000 hours of experience working with tools to install, alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat or power and 576 hours related classroom instruction * a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and two years of Board-approved work experience
The Board will review your application and if you're eligible they'll send you information on the exam they require.
In Houston, as far as I know, you don't have to have any of those to be a conctractor. You do however, have to have a Master Electrician working for your company, and he (or she) has to meet standards that are simular to those listed above.
Wattological Regards, Doc
The Watt Doctor Altura Cogen Channelview, TX
Re: Typical Application for Electrical Contractor's License#14998 10/06/0209:10 PM10/06/0209:10 PM
Also in NJ you have to pass a written test which takes about 6 -8 hours to complete. ( At least that is what I heard.) When I took the test back in 1984 it was 4 hours. @-hours open book and 2 hrs -closed book. There are several parts to the test, NEC rules, Fire alarm rules, and NJ law. When I have to go every 3 years to renew my contractors lic. I need 10 hours of CU's and 1 of those hrs. are on NJ law. The State alwasy keeps chaning their rules so they want the contractors to keep up with the new rules and regs.
Re: Typical Application for Electrical Contractor's License#14999 10/07/0202:26 PM10/07/0202:26 PM
Dear Applicant: Enclosed is an application for the Supervising Electrician’s license examination. To process the application, the following must be provided: An original letter on the company stationary of a licensed electrical contractor employer (or past employer), verifying that you have a minimum of two (2) cumulative years experience in the installation maintenance or alteration of building wiring systems, relating to your category of the Supervising Electrician’s examination. The dates of your employment must be included and signed by a licensed electrician. If your work experience is limited to a State, County, or local jurisdiction, which does NOT require licensing and/or registration of electrical contractors, or electrical wiring permits, provide a letter of verification from that jurisdiction along with a detailed, chronological history of your work experience. The application must be completely filled out and NOTARIZED. The examination fee is $70.00, check or money order made payable to the Chicago Department of Revenue. Please forward the information to: Department of Buildings Bureau of Licensing & Registration City Hall-Room 104 121 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60602 If you need further assistance, please contact our office at (312) 744-3895. Sincerely Andrew L. Tomlin Director of Licensing & Registration
Re: Typical Application for Electrical Contractor's License#15000 10/07/0205:26 PM10/07/0205:26 PM
Joe: A quick clarification to the NJ info. A person needs an Electrical Contractor License (the equal to a "Masters" in other areas probably) THe requirements were spelled out above. In order to do electrical contracting in NJ, you need a Business Permit. The individual with the EC License then applies for a Business Permit, which is your ticket to work. A licensed EC must either own, be a principal, of the company named in the business permit. Joint ventures; all parties on the BP must have EC Licenses. If the EC dies, retires, or quits, the company cannot continue operations past a "reasonable time". A Licensed EC can only operate one (1) business, and must be "active". The license number is the persons "for life"; the license number and the BP number are the same; if you change business name, thy add an "A", "B" etc., behind the number. Ie: Mine is 8209, my BP is 8209-A (Changed structure of business from sole proprietor to "LLC".) There's a lot more detail, but that should be the core info. John