How to Become an Electrician in Colorado, CO

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In most states, including Colorado, a license is required to work as an electrician. There are 4 options to get an electrician qualification:

Colorado Residential Wireman License

Definition of residential wireman by DORA (quote from statutes):

a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to wire for, and install, electrical apparatus and equipment for wiring one-, two-, three-, and four-family dwellings”

The license is provided by the State electrical board of Division of Professions and Occupations.

In order to apply for the residential wireman license, you will have to complete the following steps:

- You will have to provide proof of your practical experience or education, which must consist of 4000 hours during at least 2 years. These hours must have been used in electrical construction, like wiring experience for heat, power and lights in one, two, three and four-unit family dwellings.

  • Many sources of additional training are credited by Colorado. Extended quoting is not allowed, so please check for more information page 6 of statutes.
  • Military plays an important role both for training and possible fee exemptions. So, please check also their military information.

- Fill this application according to the guidelines that are presented there. You will have to answer all of the questions and attach the necessary documents. Please note, that you will have to apply for the license and only after your application is accepted, you may take the exam.

- You will also need to provide a filled Affidavit of Eligibility form, with your application.

- Complete and attach the Affidavit of Experience to your application.

- Send this application to:

Division of Professions and Occupations
Office of Licensing—Electrical
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350 Denver, CO 80202

You can also find some forms and more licensing requirements.

- The cost of the application is $50.00 (when this is written, fees may change each July 1st, so please double check this). This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order accompanied by the application or by check (also accompanied by the application) payable to “State of Colorado”.

- After your approval, you will be sent a package which will contain necessary documents and guidelines for your exams.

- Then you will have to call the number (or any other form of contact provided) you will see on this document, to schedule an exam. Note: For persons with disabilities please check the following ADA form.

- The cost of the exam is $120.00. This must be paid (at the moment you reserve a seat) by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. Please note that paying at the examination center won’t be allowed. More information on payment methods can be found at pages 5-7 of this useful handbook.

- Check this handbook for every aspect of the test process and requirements. Also, you can have a look at their FAQ.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Competency. You will need to obtain and prove 24 Professional Development Units in order to be eligible for a license renewal. The fees can be found at the end of the handbook

- All the electrical licenses in Colorado, expire at 30 September of each renewal year.

Colorado has not a reciprocal licensing for other than electrical journeyman.

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

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Colorado Journeyman Electrician License

Definition of journeyman electrician by DORA (quote from statutes):

a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to wire for, install, and repair electrical apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power, and for other purposes, in accordance with standard rules governing such work”

The license is provided by the State electrical board of Division of Professions and Occupations.

In order to apply for the journeyman electrician license, you will have to complete the following steps:

- You will have to provide proof of your practical experience or education, which must consist of 8000 hours in at least 4 years. Unfortunately, extended quoting is prohibited by the statutes. So, for more information on the detailed requirements, please read from the end of page 5, through half page 6 of statutes and the licensing requirements.

  • Military plays an important role both for training and possible fee exemptions. So, please check also their military information.

- Fill this application according to the guidelines that are presented there. You will have to answer all of the questions and attach the necessary documents. Please note, that you will have to apply for the license and only after your application is accepted, you may take the exam.

- You will also need to provide a filled Affidavit of Eligibility form, with your application.

- Complete and attach the Affidavit of Experience to your application.

- Send this application to:

Division of Professions and Occupations
Office of Licensing—Electrical
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350 Denver, CO 80202

You can also find some forms and more licensing requirements.

- The cost of the application is $50.00 (at the time of writing this, fees may change each July 1st, so please double check this). This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order accompanied by the application or by check (also accompanied by the application) payable to “State of Colorado”.

- After your approval, you will be sent a package which will contain necessary documents and guidelines for your exams.

- Then you will have to call the number (or any other form of contact provided) you will see on this document, to schedule an exam. Note: For persons with disabilities please check the following ADA form.

- The cost of the exam is $120.00. This must be paid (at the moment you reserve a seat) by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. Please note that paying at the examination center won’t be allowed. More information on payment methods can be found at pages 5-7 of this useful handbook.

- Check this handbook for every aspect of the test process and requirements. Also, you can have a look at their FAQ.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Competency. You will need to obtain and prove 24 Professional Development Units in order to be eligible for a license renewal. The fees can be found at the end of the handbook

- All the electrical licenses in Colorado, expire at 30 September of each renewal year.

Colorado has reciprocal licensing agreements, for a journeyman license only, with the following states:

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

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Colorado Master Electrician License

Definition of master electrician by DORA (quote from statutes):

a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to properly plan, lay out, and supervise the installation and repair of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power, and for other purposes, in accordance with standard rules governing such work, such as the national electrical code”

The license is provided by the State electrical board of Division of Professions and Occupations.

In order to apply for the master electrician license, you will have to complete the following steps:

- You will have to provide proof of your practical experience or education, which must consist of at least 2000 hours (applied in specific fields of construction) in 1 year or more. Unfortunately, extended quoting is prohibited by the statutes. So, for more information on the detailed requirements, please read at the middle of page 5 (12-23-106) of statutes and the licensing requirements.

  • Military plays an important role both for training and possible fee exemptions. So, please check also their military information.

- Fill this application according to the guidelines that are presented there. You will have to answer all of the questions and attach the necessary documents. Please note, that you will have to apply for the license and only after your application is accepted, you may take the exam.

- You will also need to provide a filled Affidavit of Eligibility form, with your application.

- Complete and attach the Affidavit of Experience to your application.

- Send this application to:

Division of Professions and Occupations
Office of Licensing—Electrical
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350 Denver, CO 80202

You can also find some forms and more licensing requirements.

- The cost of the application is $50.00 (at the time of writing this, fees may change each July 1st, so please double check this). This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order accompanied by the application or by check (also accompanied by the application) payable to “State of Colorado”.

- After your approval, you will be sent a package which will contain necessary documents and guidelines for your exams.

- Then you will have to call the number (or any other form of contact provided) you will see on this document, to schedule an exam. Note: For persons with disabilities please check the following ADA form.

- The cost of the exam is $120.00. This must be paid (at the moment you reserve a seat) by credit card, debit card, voucher or electronic check. Please note that paying at the examination center won’t be allowed. More information on payment methods can be found at pages 5-7 of this useful handbook.

- Check this handbook for every aspect of the test process and requirements. Also, you can have a look at their FAQ.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Competency. You will need to obtain and prove 24 Professional Development Units in order to be eligible for a license renewal. The fees can be found at the end of the handbook.

- All the electrical licenses in Colorado, expire at 30 September of each renewal year.

Colorado has not a reciprocal licensing for other than electrical journeyman.

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

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Colorado Electrical Contractor License

Definition of electrical contractor by DORA (quote from statutes)

“any person, firm, copartnership, corporation, association, or combination thereof who undertakes or offers to undertake for another the planning, laying out, supervising, and installing or the making of additions, alterations, and repairs in the installation of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power. A licensed professional engineer who plans or designs electrical installation shall not be classed as an electrical contractor”

In order to apply for an electrical contractor license, you will have to simply follow the step-by-step instructions found here.

Here you can find electrical contractor’s useful forms and links.

Also, check this if you want to register an apprentice.

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

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The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
DenverColorado SpringsAuroraLakewoodFort Collins
ThorntonWestminsterArvadaPuebloCentennial
BoulderHighlands RanchGreeleyLongmontLoveland
Grand JunctionBroomfieldCastle RockCommerce CityLittleton
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