How to Become an Electrician in Alabama, AL

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In most states, including Alabama, a license is required to work as an electrician. There are 2 electrician licenses:

Alabama Electrical Journeyman License

An electrical journeyman is allowed to work as an electrician under the surveillance and employment of an electrical contractor. Before submitting your application, it is advised to have studied the required material.

Before applying for a journeyman electrician’s license you have to fill the following requirements:

- Have at least 8000 hours (approximately 4 years) of practical job experience

  • .One year of electrician education will count for half a year practical experience as an electrician, for a total of one year practical experience from the four years required.
  • The majority of this work has to be in the commercial or industry field.

-Read the instructions for the journeyman application.

- Complete and submit the application form.

- Acquire and attach a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $115.00 (at the moment of writing this) for the examination fee.

- Study the guidelines given. References and information about the test can be found on page 10 of 12. The test will take 4 hours and the number of questions is 80.

-After passing the test, you will have thirty days to pay the license fee, which is $35.00 (at the moment of writing this).

State of Alabama and specifically the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board respects hours of electrical training acquired from sources like vocational schools and other sources which are certified by the Department of Labor.

Alabama has Reciprocal Licensing with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

After obtaining your journeyman license, you will have to renew it annually.

Finally, don’t forget to check Electrician Jobs in Alabama.

Useful Links

  • Make sure to visit website of the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board.
  • Contact of Alabama Electrical Contractors Board can be found at the end of this page.
  • Guidelines, reference books, tests’ sample questions and other info can be found at the guidelines.
  • All the required forms and more detailed instructions can be found here.
  • The prices for the exams you need to take, as well as the renewal fees and more can be found here.

Alabama Electrical Contractor License

Electrical Contractor engages in the business of contracting to install, erect, repair or alter electrical equipment for the generation, transmission or utilization of electrical energy and work incidental to the undertaking.

Before submitting your application, it is advised to have studied the required material.

Before applying for an electrical contractor’s license you have to fill the following requirements:

- Have at least 8000 hours (approximately 4 years) of practical job experience in a supervisory or managerial position, in one or more of the following fields.

  • Credits are received for experience in one of the following fields: Commercial, Industrial, Residential. Maintenance experience of any type will not receive any credit.
  • One year of electrician education will count for half a year practical experience as an electrician, for a total of two years practical experience from the four years required. A copy of the diploma, certificate or transcript is required.

- Read the instructions for the electrical contractor application.

  • If you are an employee you will have to attach a Work Affidavit to your application, which will verify the 8000 hours threshold that is required. It cannot be filled by you. You can check below for the persons who can fill it for you.
  • If you are self-employed you will not send a Work Affidavit, but you will have to submit a signed and notarized letter to the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board stating: Ownership along with company information,work history (i.e. months and dates) and a description of the electrical experience acquired in the business. You will also have to attach to the application a recent photograph passport size (2×2). Note: The business entity job list, still has to be filled (it can be found here, below the guidelines).

- Submit your application (can be found below the instructions here) directly to the Board Office, checking the following prerequisites.

  • Mark the appropriate category (By Exam or Reciprocal).
  • All questions and information requested are provided.
  • Obtained required and notarized signatures
  • Passport photo (2×2 inches)
  • Completed work experience and (if employee) work affidavit (this “bullet” is required for either Exam or Reciprocity)

- After your application to take the test is approved, you will have to submit a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $165.00 (at the moment of writing this) during the following 10 days.

- Study the guidelines given. References and information about the test can be found on page 10 of 12. The test will take 5 hours and the number of questions is 110.

- If you want to apply by Reciprocity Agreement, please read the instructions at the end of this page (before the forms needed to be filled).

The Work Affidavit must be completed by someone in the following departments/positions:

  • Human Resources Department
  • Company President/CEO
  • Electrical Contractor
  • Master Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Inspector

Alabama has Reciprocal Licensing with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

After obtaining your electrical contractor license, you will have to renew it annually.

Finally, don’t forget to check Electrician Jobs in Alabama.

Useful Links

  • Make sure to visit the website of the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board.
  • Contact of Alabama Electrical Contractors Board can be found at the end of this page.
  • Guidelines, reference books, tests’ sample questions and other info can be found at the guidelines.
  • Every form and more detailed instructions can be found here.
  • The prices for the exams you need to take, as well as the renewal fees and more can be found here.
The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
BirminghamMontgomeryMobileHuntsvilleTuscaloosa
HooverDothanDecaturAuburnMadison
FlorenceGadsdenVestavia HillsPrattvillePhenix City
AlabasterBessemerEnterpriseOpelikaHomewood
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