How to Become an Electrician in Alaska, AK

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In most states, including Alaska, a license is required to work as an electrician. There are 2 options as an electrician in Alaska:

Alaska Electrical Journeyman License

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

Before applying for an electrical journeyman license you have to fill the following requirements:

- Have at least 8000 hours (approximately 4 years) of practical job experience, subject to the National Electrical Code (NEC).

  • 6000 hours of them must be in the commercial or industry field.
  • The maximum residential hours can be up to 2000.
  • Part of the 8000 hours can be trade related classroom training (up to 1000 hours) and/or power lineman experience (up to 1000 hours).
  • Note that every verification of hours and experiences must be from one of the following: The State of Alaska Experience Verification Form (notarized), a letter with an official letterhead (notarized), a piece of documentation verified through an Alaskan union.
  • Maintenance hours do not apply.

- (Solely for renewals) In order to renew your license, you will need to obtain at least 16 hours of ongoing education and at least 8 of CEU hours must include a comprehensive code class that reviews the entire NEC code. This training must occur during the last 24 months since you submitted the application for renewal.

- You will be required to fill the application for certificate of fitness from Department of Labor DOL. This must be done at least two weeks before you would like to be tested. Also, the following three items must be sent together as a package and not separately.

  • Fill the application for certificate of fitness.
  • Attach to the application an original verification of the required number of hours for the license.
  • $50.00 (at the moment of writing this) application fee (for the test). Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa or Mastercard. Please make checks payable to the State of Alaska. Do not mail cash.

- Read the instructions for the electrical journeyman application at the application for certificate of fitness and submit the package of the 3 items listed in bullets above.

- The exams are taken place by an appointment only. You will have to call the Mechanical Inspection office in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau to schedule an appointment.

- The study guide for the electrical journeyman test is “National Electrical Code 2008” and it takes place with open books. Its duration is 4 hours (maximum) and you must have a government issued picture ID with you to attend the exams.

- A score of 70% or more is required to pass the exams.

- After you pass the exams, you will have to pay $200.00 (at the moment of writing this) fee to receive your license and after that you will have to renew it every two years at a cost of $200.00.

Alaska has reciprocal agreements for Electrical Journeyman with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Utah

To apply for a reciprocal electrical journeyman’s license please read the instructions here and complete the application for certificate of fitness.

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

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Alaska Electrical Residential License

The electrical residential license will allow you to work as a journeyman on residential sites only. You will be a trainee on commercial sites.

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

Before applying for an electrical journeyman license you have to fill the following requirements:

- Have at least 4000 hours (approximately 2 years) of work in the trade subject to the National Electrical Code (NEC).

  • Trade related classroom training and education hours will be credited towards the 4000 hours requirement.
  • Note that every verification of hours and experiences must be from one of the following: The State of Alaska Experience Verification Form (notarized), aletter with an official letterhead (notarized), a piece of documentation verified through an Alaskan union.
  • Maintenance hours do not apply.

- You will be required to fill the application for certificate of fitness from DOL. This must be done at least two weeks before you would like to be tested. Also, the following three items must be sent together as a package and not separately.

  • Fill the application for certificate of fitness.
  • Attach to the application an original verification of the required number of hours for the license.
  • $50.00 (at the moment of writing this) application fee (for the test). Fees may be paid by cash, check, money order, Visa or Mastercard. Please make checks payable to the State of Alaska. Do not mail cash.

- Read the instructions for the electrical residential application at the application for certificate of fitness and submit the package of the 3 items listed in bullets above.

- The exams are taken place by an appointment only. You will have to call the Mechanical Inspection office in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Juneau to schedule an appointment.

- The study guide for the electrical journeyman test is “National Electrical Code 2008” and it takes place with open books. Its duration is 4 hours (maximum) and you must have a government issued picture ID with you to attend the exams.

- A score of 70% or more is required to pass the exams.

- After you pass the exams, you will have to pay $200.00 fee to receive your license and after that you will have to renew it every two years at a cost of $200.00.

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

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The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
AnchorageFairbanksJuneau SitkaKetchikan
WasillaKenaiKodiakBethelPalmer
HomerUnalaskaBarrowSoldotnaValdez
NomeKotzebuePetersburgSewardWrangell
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