Requirements to Obtaining your License
- Preapproval from the Department is required before taking any examinations.
- Must be at least 20 years of age.
- Have not less than 8,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than 4 years related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a person licensed under Act 217 of 1956. (Maximum credit of 2,000 hours per year.)
- Credit may be provided for graduation from or attendance at a recognized training or educational program.
- Must be at least 22 years of age.
- Has held an electrical journeyman's license for not less than 2 years.
- Have not less than 12,000 hours of experience obtained over a period of not less than 6 years related to electrical construction, the maintenance of buildings, or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician.
- Holds a master electrician's license or has not less than 1 master electrician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. The master electrician shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment.
- Out-of-state corporations will not qualify for a contractor's license unless they employ a master electrician residing in the state of Michigan.
Work that can be Done Under this License
"Electrical contractor" means a person that is engaged in the business of erecting, installing, altering, repairing, servicing, or maintaining electrical wiring, devices, appliances, or equipment.
"Electrical journeyman" means an individual other than an electrical contractor who, as his or her principal occupation, is engaged in the practical installation or alteration of electrical wiring. An electrical contractor or master electrician may also be an electrical journeyman.
"Master electrician" means an individual who has the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to supervise the installation of electrical wiring and equipment in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing that work.
Applying to get your License
Applications can be obtained by contacting the Board at 1-517-241-9316 or by going to their website: www.michigan.gov/lara
Contractor - $300
Journeyman - $40
Master - $50
Applicants for examination may appeal to the Electrical Administrative Board when their application has been denied due to their inability to comply with the requirements set forth in the application instructions. Appeals shall be in writing and addressed to:Electrical Administrative Board
P.O. Box 30254
Lansing, MI 48909
There are no reciprocal agreements for this license as of this time.
15 hours of approved education is required for renewals.
- Journeyman- 150 minutes 80 questions, Master- 180 minutes 75 questions, Contractor- 90 minutes 40 questions
- Exam requires a 75% to pass.
- Open Book, no handmade tabs, manufactured only
- Topics on the examination includes Grounding and bonding, Overcurrent protection, Branch circuits, Wire connections and, Devices, Raceways, Conductors, Special occupancies and equipment, General knowledge of electrical trade, Boxes, Cabinets, Panelboards, Non-raceway enclosures, Motors and control of motors and equipment, Low voltage circuits and equipment, Services and feeders, Lighting and lamps, General use equipment, State laws, Rules, Code amendments
- The fee for the exam is $100 and pre-approval is required.
- Examinations are given by PSI (1-800-733-9267).
Books and References for the Exam
The following reference is permitted to be taken into the examination. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.
- National Electrical Code (used on Master/Journeyman exam only)
- 2016 PA 407(used on Contractor/Master/Journeyman exams)
- Michigan Electrical Code Rules Part 8(used on Master/Journeyman/Contractor exams)
- 1972 PA 230(used on Contractor exam only)
- Michigan Electrical Administrative Board General Rules(used on Contractor exam only)
Exam Review, Training, Education
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