How to Become an Electrician in Utah, UT

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As in the majority of the states, you will have to be properly licensed in order to be able to perform any electrical work in the state of Utah. Utah has the following five types of licenses for electricians:

Except for apprentice electricians, each type of license requires a certain combination of education and experience in order to be acquired. Most categories also require an applicant to pass a Utah electrician exam. You can read below for more detailed requirements.

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

The licensing process in Utah is overlooked by the Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing (DOPL). The mission of DOPL is to protect the public and to enhance commerce through licensing and regulation. It is legislatively charged to administer and enforce specific laws related to the licensing and regulation of certain occupations and professions.

The contact information for DOPL is as follows:

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Toll-Free in Utah: (866) 275-3675
Fax: (801) 530-6511
doplweb@utah.gov
http://www.dopl.utah.gov/
http://www.dopl.utah.gov/contact.html

Utah Electrician Licensing Process Overview

In order to apply for an electrician license, you will first have to pass the relevant exams. Note that you cannot apply for a license without having passed the exams. For this reason, fill and send to the DOPL the relevant application for approval to take examinations, which can be found here.

You will have to meet certain requirements in order to be eligible. Make sure you fulfil the criteria for the license you are interested in obtaining.

Some notes for all the licenses:

  • Each year of work experience must include at least 2,000 hours and no more than one year of work experience can be credited for each 12-month period.
  • For the official transcript that you will provide, make sure the school sends the transcript to you for inclusion with your application. The transcript must be in a sealed envelope, bearing the school’s stamp/seal on the envelope flap.
  • If you want your military experience considered, submit your DD214′s.

The following requirements per license apply:

Utah Journeyman Electrician license requirements

If you are applying to take the journeyman electrician examinations, you will have to provide an official transcript showing that you have successfully completed an approved apprenticeship program. With that, also provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” (this is attached to the application for approval to take the exams) from each of your supervising licensed master or journeyman electricians documenting at least 4 years (8,000 hours) of supervised work experience as a licensed apprentice electrician.

OR

Alternatively, provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” from each of your supervising licensed master or journeyman electrician(s) documenting at least 8 years (16,000 hours) of supervised legal practical experience in wiring, installing, and repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, and power.

Utah Residential Journeyman Electrician license requirements

If you are applying to take the residential journeyman electrician examinations, you will have to provide an official transcript showing that you have successfully completed 2 years of an approved apprenticeship program. With that, also provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” (this is attached to the application for approval to take the exams) from each of your supervising licensed master or journeyman electricians documenting at least 2 years (4,000 hours) of supervised work experience as a licensed apprentice electrician.

OR

Alternatively, provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” from each of your supervising licensed master or journeyman electrician(s) documenting at least 4 years (8,000 hours) of supervised legal practical experience in wiring, installing, and repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, and power.

Utah Master Electrician license requirements

If you are applying to take the master electrician examinations, you will have to provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” from each of your supervising licensed master or journeyman electrician(s) documenting at least 4 years (8,000 hours) of practical electrical experience as a licensed journeyman electrician.

OR

Alternatively, provide an official transcript documenting your associate of applied sciences degree from an approved electrical trade school AND a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” from each of your employers documenting at least 2 years (4,000 hours) of practical electrical experience as a licensed journeyman electrician.

OR

Alternatively, provide an official college transcript documenting at least a bachelor’s degree from an EAC/ABET accredited electrical engineering program AND a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” (this is attached to the application for approval to take the exams) from your employer(s) documenting at least 1 year (2,000 hours) of practical electrical experience as a licensed apprentice electrician.

Utah Residential Master Electrician license requirements

If you are applying to take the residential master electrician examinations, you will have to provide a completed “Employer’s Verification Form” (attached to this application) from each of your employers documenting at least 2 years (4,000 hours) of practical electrical experience as a licensed residential journeyman electrician.

Utah Electrical Licensing Examination Information

Your application for approval to take the exams has to be approved beforehand by DOPL in order to be able to take the tests.

DOPL has granted PSI Online the authority to administer the exams. PSI will not register you for exams unless you have been pre-approved for testing by DOPL.

You may contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267 or visit their site online here. Additionally, you can find helpful information in the Candidate Information Bulletin here. Use the information in the bulletin to find out what to study and how to register.

There is an examination fee of $72 (valid for 1 year) which is non-refundable and non-transferable. You will have to submit the fees directly to the testing agency.

The test is divided into two parts and you will have to score at least 75% on the theory part and at least 75% for the code part of the examination.

In case you fail any of the parts of the examination, you will have to retake that part of the exam. In that case, you will have to wait at least 25 days between the first two retakes of the same test.

You will have to pass all parts of the exam within 12 months.

After you have passed the examinations required for licensure, you are required to submit an application for licensure providing a copy of your passing examination scores and the application fee. Please find more details in the section below.

Application for electrical licensing

After you have taken and passed the appropriate Utah electrical examination, you will be able to apply for your license. You will have to fill and send to the DOPL the relevant application, which can be found here.

Additionally, you will have to submit an application-processing fee of $110.00. The fee is non-refundable and should be made payable to “DOPL.”

If you wish to reinstate your Utah electrician license that has expired for more than two years, along with the application form you will have to also submit documentation of the completion of 16 hours of continuing education, 12 hours of which must be on the current edition of the National Electrical Code.

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Utah Electrician License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

You may find the electrician license renewal application form here. You may also renew your license online by visiting the DOPL page here.

All electrician licenses expire on November 30 of every even-numbered year. Please note that in Utah, the license renewal schedule is not based on the licensee’s date of initial licensure. All licenses expire as a group on the same day every two years. Thus, the length of a licensee’s first renewal cycle depends on how far into the current renewal cycle initial licensure was obtained. Each renewal cycle thereafter is for a full two years.

You are responsible to renew your license prior to the expiration date shown on your license. About two months prior to expiration, renewal information will be sent to your last address of record.

Regarding continuing education requirements, you will have to complete qualified continuing education, consisting of 16 hours during each two-year license period. A minimum of twelve (12) of those hours shall be “Core” hours. “Core continuing education” is defined as education covering the National Electrical Code as adopted or proposed for adoption.

Continuing education must be completed by November 30 of each even-numbered year.

For a list of approved continuing education providers, visit this page.

All continuing education hours need be submitted to the continuing education registry by the provider. It is your responsibility however to make sure that the hours have been appropriately submitted to the registry on their behalf by the course provider.

Utah Electrician Reciprocal License Agreements

Regarding reciprocity, the state of Utah has limited agreements with some states.

If you are applying for licensure from one of the states below, you will be able to skip the examination:

For Master Electrician:

  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Wyoming

For Journeyman Electrician:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

In that case, you will have to submit a completed “Request for Verification of License” form (which is attached to the application form) in order to provide verification that you hold an active journeyman electrician license in good standing that was initially issued with testing and the license has been held for at least one year.

In other case, if you are not licensed in one of the aforementioned states, you will have to meet the minimum requirements described above to take the Utah Journeyman Electrical examinations.

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The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
Salt Lake CityWest Valley CityProvoWest JordanOrem
SandyOgdenSt. GeorgeLaytonTaylorsville
South JordanLoganLehiMurrayBountiful
DraperRivertonRoySpanish ForkPleasant Grove
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