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Massachusetts Electrical License (Master, Journeyman)

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License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License

There are extensive requirements that must be met before applying to take the exam. Please click here for the requirements for all electrical licenses.

Work Under this License

Work that can be Done Under this License

"Master electrician" means a holder of a Class A license and a person, firm, or corporation having a regular place of business who, by the employment of journeymen or apprentices, performs the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes; provided, however, that no journeyman electrician so employed shall have more than one apprentice under his supervision; and provided, further, that not more than one such apprentice shall be employed for each journeyman electrician purposes.

"Journeyman electrician" means a holder of a Class B license and a person qualified to do the work of installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for heat, light, power, fire warning or security system purposes.

Applications for a License

Applying to get your License

  • Applications for licensure are processed through PSI (1-800-733-9267).
  • Master Electrician fee is $267. This fee includes Examination fees (Trade and Law), MA License application processing, and PSI application processing.
  • Journeyman Electricians fee is $222. This fee includes Examination fees (Trade and Law), MA License application processing, and PSI application processing.
Reciprocity

Reciprocity Agreements

The Electricians’ Board currently has reciprocity with New Hampshire for both Master and Journeyman licensees. There is also reciprocity with Washington state for Journeyman Electricians only.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

21 Hours of continuing education are required every renewal cycle (3 years).

Examination

Exam Details

  • Master Electrician

    • Candidates must pass 2 exams, business and law and the trade.
    • The trade exam has 80 questions and a time limit of 240 minutes.
    • A 70% is required to pass.
    • Topics on the exam include general knowledge, services, grounding, bonding, motors, transformers, lighting, overcurrent protection, and alarm systems.
    • Master Electricians are required to pay a fee of $267 to PSI. This fee includes Examination fees (Trade and Law), MA License application processing, and PSI application processing.

    Journeyman Electrician

    • Candidates must pass two exams, applied portion and a practical portion.
    • The practical portion has 70 quesitona and a time limit of 180 minutes
    • The applied portion has 30 questions and a time limit of 60 minutes.
    • A 70% is required to pass both portions.
    • Topics on the practical portion include general knowledge, services, grounding, bonding, motors, transformers, lighting, overcurrent protection, and alarm systems.
    • Topics on the applied portion include circuit calculations, electrical schematics and plans, materials and components, troubleshooting and testing, massachusetts amendments, licensing laws and regulations.
    • Journeyman Electricians are required to pay a fee of $222 to PSI. This fee includes Examination fees (Trade and Law), MA License application processing, and PSI application processing.

    To schedule your exams, contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267. Scores are only valid for 90 days. If you do not pass both parts within 90 days, you will be required to pay all fees again.

References

Books and References for the Exam

The examinations are based on the following references. These references can purchased at our online bookstore or by calling 1-800-952-0910. note that the American Electricians' Handbook and Ugly's Electrical References are NOT permitted to be used during testing for ANY exam portion.

Master Electrician Trade Exam

  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm Code
  • Massachusetts Electrical Code (Available to Print Online)
  • American Electricians' Handbook*
  • Ugly's Electrical References*

Journeyman Electrician Practical Exam

  • 2011 National Electrical Code
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm Code

Journeyman Electrician Applied Exam

* - Not Permitted to be Used During Testing

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