LICENSING;

LICENSING;

OLR Research Report


June 13, 2003

 

2003-R-0478

ELECTRICIAN LICENSING STANDARDS

By: Daniel Duffy, Principal Analyst

You asked for the requirements to become a licensed electrician in Connecticut, its neighboring states, and Puerto Rico.

SUMMARY

Connecticut, like the other surveyed jurisdictions (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico) requires candidates for an electrical journeyman’s license to (1) complete an apprenticeship program, (2) have experience working under supervision in the trade, and (3) pass a licensing examination.

APPRENTICESHIP

Apprenticeship requirements in all jurisdictions are similar. Apprentice programs must include 8,000 hours of work experience and 576 hours of related instruction. There are minor variations. For example, Rhode Island explicitly requires that an apprentice receive 144 hours of related instruction each year for four years.

EXPERIENCE

The states generally require four years’ experience, but permit a candidate for licensure to reduce the time by attending school.

EXAMINATION

All jurisdictions require applicants to pass a licensing examination. Connecticut’s and Vermont’s examinations are written and administered by a private testing service, PSI. Information about the examinations can be obtained from the following website: http: //www. psiexams. com/. Massachusetts employs another testing service, Experior, to administer its test. Information can be obtained from it website, http: //www. experioronline. com/.

COMPARISON TABLE

JURISDICTION

REQUIREMENTS

CITATIONS

Connecticut

    • Passing a licensing examination

    • Be at least 18 years of age

    • Have good moral character

    • Have passed eighth grade

    • Successful completion of a bona fide apprenticeship program with at least 4 years’ experience in the trade. Apprenticeship requirements include 8,000 hours of work experience and 576 hours of related instruction

    • Credit may be given for time spent in a vocational or trade school

CGS 20-333 & 20-334a

Maine

    • Passing a licensing examination

    • Successful completion of an apprenticeship program with at least 8,000 hours of work experience in an approved program. The apprenticeship program must include at least 576 hours of related instruction and 45 hours of instruction in provisions of the National Electrical Code

    • Meet one of the following four standards:

    1. Satisfactorily completion of a study program of at least 576 hours;

    2. Graduation from an accredited regional applied technology high school’s electrical program, at least 8,000 hours of supervised experience, and a 45- hour course in provisions of the National Electrical Code;

    3. Graduation from a Maine technology college electrical program or Department of Corrections vocational educational program, 4,000 hours of supervised work experience, and a and a 45- hour course in provisions of the National Electrical Code

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. , T. 32 1201

Massachusetts

    • Passing a licensing examination

    • Completion of 8,000 of supervised work experience as a registered apprentice

    • Completion of the required 600-hour journeyman’s course

    • Applicants can receive credit toward the experience requirement for vocational or other school experience

237 CMR 13. 00 et Seq.

New Hampshire

    • Passing a licensing examination

    • Graduation from high school

    • Good professional character

    • Between two and four years experience as an apprentice

N. H. Rev. Stat. Ann. 319-C: 1 et. Seq.

Rhode Island

    • Passing the licensing examination

    • Completion of 8,000 of work experience as a registered apprentice over four years. Apprenticeship requirements include successfully completing a 144-hour course of related instruction each year for four years

    • Four years’ supervised experience before applying to take the journeyman’s examination or two years’ supervised experience before applying to take the journeyman’s examination and successfully completing a two-year course of study in a recognized school of higher education or obtaining an associate’s degree in electrical technology

Gen. Laws of R. I. 5-6-24

Puerto Rico

    • Passing a licensing examination

    • Graduation from high school

    • Be at least 18 years of age

    • Completion of an apprenticeship program. Program includes at least 1,000 of related course instruction

20 L. P. R. A. 2701 et. Seq. http: //www. lexjuris. com/

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