How to Become an Electrician in Delaware, DE

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In most states, including Delaware, a license is required to work as an electrician. There are 5 electrician licenses options in Delaware:

Delaware Master Electrician License

Definition of master electrician by the Board of Electrical Examiners (quote from Delaware Codesubchapter I):

a person, licensed by the Board, to plan, estimate, layout, perform or supervise the installation, erection or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device or fixture for the purpose of lighting, heating or power in any structure”

The license is provided by the Board of Electrical Examiners.

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

- You will need to have 6 years of experience working under the supervision of a master electrician. These 6 years need not all be practical experience. They can be divided as follows (quote from license requirements):

Obtain a filled “Verification of Employment form showing six years full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master electrician. If you cannot obtain the required form from the supervising licensed electrician, submit tax form W-2 showing full-time employment and a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form. Acceptance of proof other than the Verification of Employment form is at the discretion of the Board”.

or

“Approved training verified by a certificate of completion of apprenticeship from any bona fide (genuine), registered apprenticeship program of another state”. For military training or training from vocational/high school please check 3.0 Qualifications.

or

Obtain a filled “Verification of Employment form showing four years full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master electrician plus proof of two years of technical training. If you cannot obtain the required form from the supervising licensed electrician, submit tax form W-2 showing full-time employment and a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form. Acceptance of proof other than the Verification of Employment form is at the discretion of the Board”.

You can also check subchapter II for more information on required qualifications and more.

- Before you are eligible to take the exam, you will have to be approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board is holding public meetings every first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m, (excluding December and August) where your application will be considered. The meetings are held at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building Conference Room A, Dover Delaware.

- Prepare a filled, signed and notarized application according to the instructions at the first page of it.

- The cost of the application is $141.00. This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order attached to the application or by check (also attached to the application) made payable to the “State of Delaware”. You can also check the table of fees.

- After you have obtained these 2 necessary documents and money order/check, mail them in one package at:

Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

You will need to submit them, at least 45 days prior to scheduled examination date (you can find the dates in a few “bullets”) and 10 working days prior to the Board’s meeting in order to be reviewed as soon as possible.

If you have questions, you can call the board at (302) 744-4500 or Email them at [email protected]

- After your approval, you will be sent an examination registration form. The test provider is Prometric. Then you will have to submit the form with $90.00 fee for the exams. You can check Prometric FAQ and payment for any questions you might have or contact them.

- The exams are given in February, May, August and October.

- The test is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) 2008 edition and it is the only referral you will be allowed to have with you. You will have to score 75% or more to pass the test. For more information regarding the exams please read the examinations and 4.0 Examinations.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Education (CE). The required hours vary from 0 to 10, depending on the time you will receive your license. You can find all the details at 8.0 Continuing Education of Rules and Regulations.

- You will have to renew your license every 2 even years (example 2014, 2016) before expiration date, which is June 30. You can renew it online, with a credit card. Notifications will be sent to your address before the expiration of your license, so make sure the address you live is the same with the address on the records of the Board.

Delaware’s reciprocity licenses depend on the state you have acquired your license. Please read this table in order to find out where it fits.

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

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Delaware Limited Electrician License

Definition of limited electrician by the Board of Electrical Examiners (quote from Delaware Codesubchapter I):

a person licensed by the Board to plan, estimate, layout, perform or supervise the installation, erection or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device or fixture, for the purpose of lighting, heating or power, in any structure which contains 4 or fewer dwelling units, as determined by the applicable building code”

The license is provided by the Board of Electrical Examiners.

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

- You will need to have 3 years of practical experience. You will have to do the following (quote from license requirements):

Obtain a filled “Verification of Employment form showing three years full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master or limited electrician. If you cannot obtain the required form from the supervising licensed electrician, submit tax form W-2 showing full-time employment and a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form. Acceptance of proof other than the Verification of Employment form is at the discretion of the Board”.

You can also check subchapter II for more information on required qualifications and more.

- Before you are eligible to take the exam, you will have to be approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board is holding public meetings every first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m, (excluding December and August) where your application will be considered. The meetings are held at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building Conference Room A, Dover Delaware.

- Prepare a filled, signed and notarized application according to the instructions at the first page of it.

- The cost of the application is $75.00. This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order attached to the application or by check (also attached to the application) made payable to the “State of Delaware”. You can also check the table of fees.

- After you have obtained these 2 necessary documents and money order/check, mail them in one package at:

Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

You will need to submit them, at least 45 days prior to scheduled examination date (you can find the dates in a few “bullets”) and 10 working days prior to the Board’s meeting in order to be reviewed as soon as possible.

If you have questions, you can call the board at (302) 744-4500 or Email them at [email protected]

- After your approval, you will be sent an examination registration form. The test provider is Prometric. Then you will have to submit the form with $90.00 fee for the exams. You can check Prometric FAQ and payment for any questions you might have or contact them.

- The exams are given in February, May, August and October.

- The test is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) 2008 edition and it is the only referral you will be allowed to have with you. You will have to score 75% or more to pass the test. For more information regarding the exams please read the examinations and 4.0 Examinations.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Education (CE). The required hours vary from 0 to 10, depending on the time you will receive your license. You can find all the details at 8.0 Continuing Education of Rules and Regulations.

- You will have to renew your license every 2 even years (example 2014, 2016) before expiration date, which is June 30. You can renew it online, with a credit card. Notifications will be sent to your address before the expiration of your license, so make sure the address you live is the same with the address on the records of the Board.

Delaware’s reciprocity licenses depend on the state you have acquired your license. Please read this table in order to find out where it fits.

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

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Delaware Master Electrician Special License

Definition of master electrician special by the Board of Electrical Examiners (quote from Delaware Codesubchapter I):

a person, licensed by the Board, to plan, estimate, layout, perform or supervise the installation, erection or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device or fixture for any 1 of the following purposes: elevators, swimming pools, electric signs, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and oil burners, and overhead and underground primary distribution systems”

The license is provided by the Board of Electrical Examiners.

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

- Quote from license requirements: “If you do not qualify as a Master Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Master Electrician Special license:

  • Electric Signs
  • Elevators
  • HVAC
  • Primary Distribution Systems
  • Pools
  • Refrigeration

You will have to show proof of your experience as follows (quote from license requirements):

Verification of Employment form showing six years full-time experience in the area(s) of specialty under the supervision of a licensed master electrician or master electrician special. If you cannot obtain the required form from the supervising licensed electrician, submit tax form W-2 showing full-time employment and a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form. Acceptance of proof other than the Verification of Employment form is at the discretion of the Board”.

You can also check subchapter II for more information on required qualifications and more.

- Before you are eligible to take the exam, you will have to be approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board is holding public meetings every first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m, (excluding December and August) where your application will be considered. The meetings are held at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building Conference Room A, Dover Delaware.

- Prepare a filled, signed and notarized application according to the instructions at the first page of it.

- The cost of the application is $141.00. This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order attached to the application or by check (also attached to the application) made payable to the “State of Delaware”. You can also check the table of fees.

- After you have obtained these 2 necessary documents and money order/check, mail them in one package at:

Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

You will need to submit them, at least 45 days prior to scheduled examination date (you can find the dates in a few “bullets”) and 10 working days prior to the Board’s meeting in order to be reviewed as soon as possible.

If you have questions, you can call the board at (302) 744-4500 or Email them at [email protected]

- After your approval, you will be sent an examination registration form. The test provider is Prometric. Then you will have to submit the form with $90.00 fee for the exams. You can check Prometric FAQ and payment for any questions you might have or contact them.

- The exams are given in February, May, August and October.

- The test is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) 2008 edition and it is the only referral you will be allowed to have with you. You will have to score 75% or more to pass the test. For more information regarding the exams please read the examinations and 4.0 Examinations.

- After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Education (CE). The required hours vary from 0 to 10, depending on the time you will receive your license. You can find all the details at 8.0 Continuing Education of Rules and Regulations.

- You will have to renew your license every 2 even years (example 2014, 2016) before expiration date, which is June 30. You can renew it online, with a credit card. Notifications will be sent to your address before the expiration of your license, so make sure the address you live is the same with the address on the records of the Board.

Delaware’s reciprocity licenses depend on the state you have acquired your license. Please read this table in order to find out where it fits.

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

Useful Links

Delaware Limited Electrician Special License

Definition of limited electrician special by the Board of Electrical Examiners (quote from Delaware Codesubchapter I):

a person licensed by the Board to plan, estimate, layout, perform or supervise the installation, erection or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device or fixture, for any of the following purposes: elevators, swimming pools, air conditioning, heating and oil burners, in any structure which contains 4 or fewer dwelling units, as determined by the applicable building code”

The license is provided by the Board of Electrical Examiners.

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

- Quote from license requirements: “If you do not qualify as a Limited Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Limited Electrician Special license:

  • Elevators
  • HVAC
  • Pools

- You will have to show proof of your experience as follows (quote from license requirements):

Obtain a filled “Verification of Employment form showing three years full-time experience in the area(s) of specialty under the supervision of a licensed master electrician, master electrician or limited electrician special. If you cannot obtain the required form from the supervising licensed electrician, submit tax form W-2 showing full-time employment anda letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form. Acceptance of proof other than the Verification of Employmentform is at the discretion of the Board”.

You can also check subchapter II for more information on required qualifications and more.

- Before you are eligible to take the exam, you will have to be approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners. The Board is holding public meetings every first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m, (excluding December and August) where your application will be considered. The meetings are held at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building Conference Room A, Dover Delaware.

- Prepare a filled, signed and notarized application according to the instructions at the first page of it.

- The cost of the application is $75.00. This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order attached to the application or by check (also attached to the application) made payable to the “State of Delaware”. You can also check the table of fees.

- After you have obtained these 2 necessary documents and money order/check, mail them in one package at:

Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

You will need to submit them, at least 45 days prior to scheduled examination date (you can find the dates in a few “bullets”) and 10 working days prior to the Board’s meeting in order to be reviewed as soon as possible.

If you have questions, you can call the board at (302) 744-4500 or Email them at [email protected]

- After your approval, you will be sent an examination registration form. The test provider is Prometric. Then you will have to submit the form with $90.00 fee for the exams. You can check Prometric FAQ and payment for any questions you might have or contact them.

- The exams are given in February, May, August and October.

- The test is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) 2008 edition and it is the only referral you will be allowed to have with you. You will have to score 75% or more to pass the test. For more information regarding the exams please read the examinations and 4.0 Examinations.

-After you pass the exam and receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Education (CE). The required hours vary from 0 to 10, depending on the time you will receive your license. You can find all the details at 8.0 Continuing Education of Rules and Regulations.

- You will have to renew your license every 2 even years (example 2014, 2016) before expiration date, which is June 30. You can renew it online, with a credit card. Notifications will be sent to your address before the expiration of your license, so make sure the address you live is the same with the address on the records of the Board.

Delaware’s reciprocity licenses depend on the state you have acquired your license. Please read this table in order to find out where it fits.

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

Useful Links

Delaware Journeyperson Electrician License

Definition of journeyperson electrician by the Board of Electrical Examiners (quote from Delaware Codesubchapter I):

“a person who is qualified and skilled to perform electrical work and who has met the requirements of § 1408 of this title (subchapter I) to be licensed as a journeyperson electrician”

The steps you will have to follow and the requirements are listed below:

- You will need to have finished a qualified apprentice program. For more details read the quote from journeyperson requirements below:

“Certificate of completion of apprenticeship from a state-approved, bona fide (genuine), registered apprenticeship program such as a program approved by the Department of Labor

or

Verification of Employment form(s) showing at least 8,000 hours of full-time experience performing electrical work under the supervision of a licensed Master Electrician, Master Electrician Special, Limited Electrician, or Limited Electrician Special. If you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form for one or more periods of employment (e.g., your former employer has gone out of business), you may substitute tax form W-2s for those periods. However, you must include a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form”.

- Prepare a filled, signed and notarized application according to the instructions at the first and second pages of it.

- If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), you will have to complete and submit along with your application this form too.

- The cost of the application is $64.00. This amount is paid and not refundable, whether your application is approved or not. This fee can be paid either by a money order attached to the application or by check (also attached to the application) made payable to the “State of Delaware”. You can also check the table of fees.

- After you have obtained these necessary documents and the money order/check, mail them in one package at:

Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

If you have questions, you can call the board at (302) 744-4500 or Email them at [email protected]

For Delaware reciprocity please check journeyperson requirements and reciprocity.

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

Useful Links

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MiddletownGlasgowHockessinPike Creek ValleySmyrna
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