How to Become an Electrician in Wisconsin, WI

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Just like most of the states, Wisconsin dictates that people performing electrical work are properly trained and certified. However, Wisconsin does not regulate electricians on a state level, but each municipality has slightly different qualifications. As a matter of fact, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (Industry Services Division) provides electrician licensing, but its program is technically voluntary.

An independent electrician should therefore determine and abide by both state and local Wisconsin electrician licensing requirements. For this reason, you should always check with your local county or city before starting training or getting any work done.

Note that as of April 1, 2014 a person may not install, repair or maintain electrical wiring unless that person holds a license or registration issued by the department as one of the following:

Also note that Wisconsin currently does not permit electrical licensing reciprocity with any other
states.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

The licensing process in the state level is administered by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The Department is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals in Wisconsin. It also administers and enforces laws to assure safe conditions in public and private buildings.

Moreover, it provides administrative services to the state occupational regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of occupations and offers policy assistance in such areas as evaluating and establishing new professional licensing programs, creating routine procedures for legal proceedings, and adjusting policies in response to public needs.

The contact information for the Department is as follows:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
PO Box 78780
Milwaukee, WI 53293-0780
Phone: 608-266-2112
Email: [email protected]
Web: http://dsps.wi.gov

Wisconsin Master Electrician License

In order to obtain a Master Electrician license, you will have to complete the necessary hours of experience and take and pass the relevant examination. You should have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 7 years in electrical construction work. If you have successfully completed semesters in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program, the applicant may claim 500 hours of experience for each semester up to a total of 3,000 hours and 3 years toward the required experience.

Alternatively, if you held a Master Electrician license but exchanged it for a Journeyman Electrician license, you may, upon application to the department, exchange your Journeyman Electrician license, for a Master Electrician license. If the exchange is made at the time of renewal a credential fee of $200 for the Master Electrician license shall also be submitted.

Regarding the exam, you will have to get a score of at least 70% in order to pass. The exam will cover information contained in SPS 305 and SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam is open book.

In order to schedule an exam, you must submit the corresponding fee and the relevant application to the division at least 30 days in advance of the exam date chosen.

There is an application fee of $35 and an exam fee of $30.

When you pass the exam, you will be asked to pay a $200 credential fee which will be prorated because the credential expires on a specific date.

The credential, which will be issued after the exam is passed and the prorated credential fee paid, will be effective for four years from June 30th.

You may find the master electrician license application form here.

In order to be able to renew your Master Electrician license, you will have to obtain at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of the license.

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

Wisconsin Residential Master Electrician License

In order to obtain a Residential Master Electrician license, you will have to complete the necessary hours of experience and take and pass the relevant examination. You should have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 5 years in electrical wiring work. If you have successfully completed semesters in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program, the applicant may claim 500 hours of experience for each semester up to a total of 3,000 hours and 3 years toward the required experience.

Alternatively, if you held a Residential Master Electrician license but exchanged it for a Residential Journeyman Electrician license, you may, upon application to the department, exchange your Residential Journeyman Electrician license, for a Master Electrician license. If the exchange is made at the time of renewal a credential fee of $200 for the Residential Master Electrician license shall also be submitted.

Regarding the exam, you will have to get a score of at least 70% in order to pass. The exam will cover information contained in SPS 305 and SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam is open book.

In order to schedule an exam, you must submit the corresponding fee and the relevant application to the division at least 30 days in advance of the exam date chosen.

There is an application fee of $35 and an exam fee of $30.

When you pass the exam, you will be asked to pay a $200 credential fee which will be prorated because the credential expires on a specific date.

The credential, which will be issued after the exam is passed and the prorated credential fee paid, will be effective for four years from June 30th.

You may find the residential master electrician license application form here.

In order to be able to renew your Master Electrician license, you will have to obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of the license.

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

Wisconsin Journeyman Electrician License

In order to obtain a Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to complete the necessary hours of experience and take and pass the relevant examination. You should have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 5 years in electrical construction work. If you have successfully completed semesters in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program, the applicant may claim 500 hours of experience for each semester up to a total of 2,000 hours and 2 years toward the required experience.

Alternatively, you may submit evidence of completing an electrical construction apprenticeship program which has been recognized by the department under ch. 106, Stats., and the federal department of labor.

Regarding the exam, you will have to get a score of at least 70% in order to pass. The exam will cover information contained in SPS 305 and SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam is open book.

In order to schedule an exam, you must submit the corresponding fee and the relevant application to the division at least 30 days in advance of the exam date chosen.

There is an application fee of $35 and an exam fee of $30.

When you pass the exam, you will be asked to pay a $100 credential fee which will be prorated because the credential expires on a specific date.

The credential, which will be issued after the exam is passed and the prorated credential fee paid, will be effective for four years from June 30th.

You may find the journeyman electrician license application form here.

In order to be able to renew your Master Electrician license, you will have to obtain at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of the license.

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

Wisconsin Industrial Journeyman Electrician License

In order to obtain a Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to complete the necessary hours of experience and take and pass the relevant examination. You should have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 5 years in industrial electrical wiring work. If you have successfully completed semesters in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program, the applicant may claim 500 hours of experience for each semester up to a total of 2,000 hours and 2 years toward the required experience.

Alternatively, you may submit evidence of completing an electrical construction apprenticeship program which has been recognized by the department under ch. 106, Stats., and the federal department of labor.

Regarding the exam, you will have to get a score of at least 70% in order to pass. The exam will cover information contained in SPS 305 and SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam is open book.

In order to schedule an exam, you must submit the corresponding fee and the relevant application to the division at least 30 days in advance of the exam date chosen.

There is an application fee of $35 and an exam fee of $30.

When you pass the exam, you will be asked to pay a $100 credential fee which will be prorated because the credential expires on a specific date.

The credential, which will be issued after the exam is passed and the prorated credential fee paid, will be effective for four years from June 30th.

You may find the industrial journeyman electrician license application form here.

In order to be able to renew your Industrial Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of the license.

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

Wisconsin Residential Journeyman Electrician License

In order to obtain a Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to complete the necessary hours of experience and take and pass the relevant examination. You should have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 3 years in residential electrical wiring work. If you have successfully completed semesters in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program, the applicant may claim 500 hours of experience for each semester up to a total of 2,000 hours and 2 years toward the required experience.

Alternatively, you may submit evidence of completing an electrical construction apprenticeship program which has been recognized by the department under ch. 106, Stats., and the federal department of labor.

Regarding the exam, you will have to get a score of at least 70% in order to pass. The exam will cover information contained in SPS 305 and SPS 316, Wisconsin Administrative Code and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam is open book.

In order to schedule an exam, you must submit the corresponding fee and the relevant application to the division at least 30 days in advance of the exam date chosen.

There is an application fee of $35 and an exam fee of $30.

When you pass the exam, you will be asked to pay a $100 credential fee which will be prorated because the credential expires on a specific date.

The credential, which will be issued after the exam is passed and the prorated credential fee paid, will be effective for four years from June 30th.

You may find the industrial journeyman electrician license application form here.

In order to be able to renew your Industrial Journeyman Electrician license, you will have to obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education three months prior to the expiration date of the license.

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

Wisconsin Beginning Electrician Registration

A Beginning Electrician may perform electrical wiring activities under the direct supervision of a a licensed Residential Master Electrician or a licensed Residential Journeyman Electrician provided the wiring is associated with dwellings, dwelling units and detached accessory buildings and structures serving the dwellings or the dwelling units, such as garages, carports, gazebos and swimming pools.

In order to start as a Beginning Electrician you will have to register with the Department. There is a $20 registration fee of and a $15 application fee.

The credential you will receive will be effective for one year from the date of issuance.

You may find the beginning electrician registration form here.

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

Wisconsin Electrical Apprentice Registration

An Electrical Apprentice may perform electrical wiring activities under the general supervision of a licensed Master Electrician or a licensed Journeyman Electrician, provided that the wiring is associated with dwellings, dwelling units and detached accessory buildings and structures serving the dwellings or the dwelling units, such as garages, carports, gazebos and swimming pools.

In order to start as an Electrical Apprentice you will have to register with the Department. There is a $15 registration fee of and a $15 application fee.

The credential you will receive will be effective for one year from the date of issuance.

You may find the electrical apprentice registration form here.

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

Wisconsin Industrial Electrical Apprentice Registration

An Industrial Electrical Apprentice may perform electrical wiring within the facilities or properties of the business establishment where the person is employed under the general supervision of a licensed master electrician.

In order to start as an Industrial Electrical Apprentice you will have to register with the Department. There is a $15 registration fee of and a $15 application fee.

The credential you will receive will be effective for one year from the date of issuance.

You may find the industrial electrical apprentice registration form here.

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

Wisconsin Residential Electrical Apprentice Registration

A Residential Electrical Apprentice may perform electrical wiring activities associated with dwellings and dwelling units under the general supervision of a licensed Master Electrician or a licensed Residential Master Electrician.

In order to start as a Residential Electrical Apprentice you will have to register with the Department. There is a $15 registration fee of and a $15 application fee.

The credential you will receive will be effective for one year from the date of issuance.

You may find the residential electrical apprentice registration form here.

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

The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
MilwaukeeMadisonGreen BayKenoshaRacine
AppletonWaukeshaEau ClaireOshkoshJanesville
West AllisLa CrosseSheboyganWauwatosaFond du Lac
BrookfieldNew BerlinWausauBeloitFranklin
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