Hey Bill, I don't have any plans to head North, but I've got a question about this. If NY doesn't have a statewide exam, do they make you get one in each county or area, or will one jurisdiction honor the license of another? Down here, my GA license is honored not only in GA, but in 4 or 5 other states.
Re: NEW YORK#31542 11/24/0311:16 PM11/24/0311:16 PM
The answer to your question is Yes and No. Here we do have to get and maintain a License in each jurisdiction that we work in.
Suffolk County license covers about 1/2 of the Island. The other half (Nassau County) has 3 main (Township) licenses and a plethora of small town licenses/permits. One county license is not recognized by the other. You'd have to test in both.
In Nassau, a license in one of the 3 main Townships is recognized by the other two, but you must still buy and maintain the License there.
All of this does not include NY City, or Upstate NY, that's something else again. Maybe someone from those areas could help with that.
Re: NEW YORK#31543 11/25/0309:23 AM11/25/0309:23 AM
Westchester County NY has very specific rules for applying for the electrical license exam. 11 and 1/2 years of documented work with a licensed electrical contractor has to be proven. 4 of those years have to be proven as an apprentice, 7 1/2 years as a journeyman. Also the types of work you have performed has to be documented. Obviously they are very strict. On average about 20 to 25 take the test, and usually 4 to 6 pass. There are approximately 1300 license holders, of which approximately 960 are active.
Re: NEW YORK#31544 11/25/0311:47 AM11/25/0311:47 AM
Here in Syracuse, NY you must prove 10 years in the trade, 5 years commercial , of which 3 years must be new construction, ground up not remodel. This qualifies you for the masters test. The test is given 2 times a year and usually a very low number pass the test, I was the only one of 15 to pass when I took the exam. Syracuse no longer has recipricals with any other jurisdictions in this area.
Re: NEW YORK#31545 11/25/0305:54 PM11/25/0305:54 PM
Wow, NY sounds like a tough state to work in. Here in GA we're mostly a non union state and official apprenticeships and journeymen don't exist. Here, you need a minimum of 4 years experience and pass a difficult test. Then you can set up shop anywhere in the state and most other states in the region will reciprocate. I personally think 4 years isn't quite enough experience, but I know some very good electricians with 10 years experience that can't pass the test.
Re: NEW YORK#31548 11/26/0310:18 AM11/26/0310:18 AM
Texas has not had a state wide license up until now. You had to reciprocate your license to each town or city you work in. They all get your money every year. I pay for a contractors license and a masters license for each city.
A state wide license law takes affect early next year. It remains to be seen how each town will get their money with the state having the license law now.