Requirements to Obtaining your License
- Pre-approval from the Colorado State Electrical Board is required to sit for examination.
- Master Electrician's must document five years of experience.
- Journeymen electricians must document four years of experience. Two years must be in commercial/industrial work.
- Residential wiremen must have two years of residential experience. Four years must be in wiring and one year in planning.
- Electrical Contractors must be, or employ, a full time master electrician. Contractors are required to comply with workers compensation law and unemployment compensation.
Work that can be Done Under this License
- "Electrical contractor" means any person, firm, copartnership, corporation, association, or combination thereof who undertakes or offers to undertake for another the planning, laying out, supervising, and installing or the making of additions, alterations, and repairs in the installation of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power. A licensed professional engineer who plans or designs electrical installation shall not be classed as an electrical contractor.
- "Master electrician" means a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to properly plan, lay out, and supervise the installation and repair of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, power, and other purposes in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing such work, such as the national electrical code.
- "Journeyman electrician" means a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to wire for, install, and repair electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat, power, and other purposes, in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing such work.
- "Residential wireman" means a person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to wire for, and install, electrical apparatus and equipment for wiring one-, two-, three-, and four-family dwellings.
Applying to get your License
Applications for electrical licensure can be obtained by contacting the Colorado state board by calling 1-303-894-7800.
Reciprocity AgreementsThe journeyman license is reciprocal with Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Continuing EducationPlease contact the state directly for information on continuing competency.
- Prior to taking the exam, you will need to submit a license application along with the appropriate fee.
- After you are approved, you will receive an examination packet.
- The exam fee is $75. This fee is collected when you register for the exam.
- The exam has 90 questions, and a 4-hour limit
- 70% is required to pass the exam
Books and References for the Exam
The following reference is used on the electrical examinations. These references may be purchased from our online contractors bookstore or by calling 1-800-952-0910.
- 2017 National Electrical Code
Exam Review, Training, Education
We offer review for the electrical exam in an online training format. The course includes highlighting guides, practice tests, theory, calculations, instructor support and test taking tips/strategies. Each time you take a practice test, the questions are randomly generated from our database. Therefore, you will never see the same test twice, guaranteeing you the best review possible for your examination.
Online Exam Prep: $149