How to Become an Electrician in Vermont, VT

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As in most states, you will have to be properly licensed in order to perform electrical work in Vermont.

There are various license options for electricians, which include:

Vermont Electrical Licensing Board

The licensing process is overlooked by the Vermont Electrical Licensing Board, which belongs in the Department of Public Safety (Division of Fire Safety). The Board adopts rules on technical requirements applicable to electrical installations and also has legislative authority to hear and grant variances from particular provisions of Vermont rules.

The contact information is as follows:

Vermont Division of Fire Safety
Attn: Electrical Licensing Board
1311 U.S. Route 302 – Berlin
Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641
802-479-7561 or 1-800-640-2106
Fax: 802-479-7562
http://firesafety.vermont.gov/Boards/electrical

Vermont Electrical License Application

In order to obtain a Vermont electrician license, you will have to apply with the Board.

You may find the electrician license application (for all classifications) here.

Note that this is an application for a license and not a registration form for the required examination! The registration form for the exam will be mailed after your application has been approved by the board.

Applications will have to be completed in blue or black ink and only original copies will be accepted. Your application will be returned and the process will be delayed if the form is incomplete, illegible or contains whiteout.

The application consists of the following sections:

  • Application Type and Fees
  • General Applicant Information
  • Employment Information
  • References to qualifications
  • Education Information
  • Experience Information
  • Affidavit of Applicant
  • Division Contact Information
  • Compliance Questions
  • Employer Affidavit of Experience

Please read below the requirements that apply per license type.

Vermont Master Electrician License Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Electrician license, you will have to have hold a Vermont Electrical Journeyman license for 2 years. In that case, you will have to submit the completed application with a copy of your qualifying Vermont Electrical Journeyman license.

If the above does not apply, you will have to provide proof of 16,000 hours of experience through signed affidavits from your previous employers.

Alternatively, you may obtain the Master license via reciprocity. In that case, choose the state on the application and make sure to include a certified letter from the reciprocating state. There are only two reciprocal states, New Hampshire and Maine. Note that photocopy of license is not acceptable form of proof.

For the master electrician, there is a $150.00 license fee. The license is valid for 3 years.

Please see information about the exams here and the renewal process and continuing education requirements here.

As a Master Electrician you will be able to install, maintain, alter, repair any wire, cable, conduit, raceway, fixture or equipment that transmits, transforms, or uses electrical energy. This license also includes supervision of an apprentice.

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Vermont Journeyman Electrician License Requirements

In order to apply for the Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to have completed the Vermont Apprenticeship Program (within the past 2 years). In that case, you will have to include a copy of your completion certificate with your application (affidavits not required for this submission).

If the above does not apply, you will have to provide proof of 12,000 hours of experience through signed affidavits from your previous employers.

Alternatively, you may obtain the Journeyman license via reciprocity. In that case, choose the state on the application and make sure to include a certified letter from the reciprocating state. There are only two reciprocal states, New Hampshire and Maine. Note that photocopy of license is not acceptable form of proof.

For the journeyman electrician, there is a $115.00 license fee. The license is valid for 3 years.

Please see information about the exams here and the renewal process and continuing education requirements here.

As a journeyman electrician, you will be able to perform all of the same work as an master electrician while under the supervision of a master electrician. This license also includes supervision of an apprentice.

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Vermont Specialist Electrician License Requirements

In order to apply for the Specialist Electrician license, you will have to provide proof of completion of recognized training program plus one year (2,000 hours) experience through signed affidavits for each specialty applying for.

In case no formal training program had been completed, you will have to provide proof of 2 years (4,000 hours) of experience through signed affidavits for each specialty applying for.

For the specialist electrician, there is a $115.00 license fee (per field). The license is valid for 3 years.

Please see information about the exams here and the renewal process and continuing education requirements here.

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

Vermont Electrician License Exam Information

After your application has been approved by the board, you will be able to undertake the relevant exams.

The examinations are administered by the International Code Council (ICC).

There is an examination fee which is paid directly to the agency.

For Certification and Testing, you may contact them at:

ICC Certification
888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5524
certexam@iccsafe.org

The master electrician exam has 105 questions and a time limit of 4 hours.

The journeyman exam has 90 questions and a time limit of 4 hours.

Topics on both examinations include service transformers and equipment, wiring methods, conductors, control devices, motors and generators, plan reading and analysis, local amendments, and fire alarms.

All exams will be open book based on:

Vermont Electrician License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

You will have to renew your license before expiration date, every three years. For each license renewal, 15 hours of continuing education on the National Electrical Code are required.

You may find a list of Approved Continuing Education Seminars here.

In order to renew your license, first complete your continuing education hours (15 hours). Then, submit your certificate of completion and renewal form to Vermont Division of Fire Safety along with the required fee.

If your license is not renewed within one year of its expiration date, you will have to make application for a new license and follow the appropriate licensing procedure. The Board may waive the requirement for reexamination where there is an undue hardship or other unusual circumstance.

If you allow your license to lapse, it may be renewed within one year of its expiration date by the payment of $25.00 in addition to the renewal fee. In this case, you shall not accomplish any unsupervised electrical installation work covered by these rules until the license has been renewed.

The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
BurlingtonEssexRutlandColchesterSouth Burlington
BarreMontpelierWinooskiSt. AlbansNewport
BurlingtonEssexRutlandColchesterSouth Burlington
BarreMontpelierWinooskiSt. AlbansNewport
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