I was wondering if being an Electrical Contractor means you are your own business. In other words you pass the test to be authorized and then you are your own business? Any other information would be appreciated such as, is it just one test that has to be taken?
The number of tests you have to take depends on the state/local laws/ordinaces/rules in effect where you do business. Start with your local AHJ and the SBA to get the information you will need in your local area.
In Minnesota, a buisness entity (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, etc.)can be licensed as an Electrical Contractor only if an individual with a Master Electrician license in good standing is bound to the EC license. The EC license is a business license.
Any one can be an EC. No testing or prior knowledge required. . .just show proof of insurance, performance bond, and the Master's license.
Here in NJ, we need at least 5 years of apprenticeship before we can even take a state test for our contractors lic. This test ( I have heard) is about 6-7 hours now. If we pass this test, we can apply for a lic. and when we send in our money, get insurence, and a bond, and get a business permit, then we can do electrical work in NJ. It all takes time, but it is all worth it. Most of the people in this state, know their code fairly well. Also I forgot, this state also requires continuing education. It was 10 hours last time, but I think it is going up to 30 hours for the next 3 years.
Depending on the laws and regulations in your state, A degree in electrical engineering may be all you need to start the the paperwork to become an electrical contractor. Electrical knowledge, a good understanding of the NEC are the start to becoming an EC. Your state may require some on the job experience, some business knowledge, and will require at least insurance and maybe bonding. As for becoming an apprentice go to work for an EC.
As an electrical contractor does one own their own business and can bid jobs? So for example, as an electrical contractor, if my town was putting up a new building I would be able to bid the job, and if gotten, I would then be rich . Is that what a electrical contractor is?