Requirements to Obtaining your License
- Masters license requires 60 months of electrical experience or an electrical engineering degree.
- Journeyman license requires 48 months of electrical experience or 36 months experience with a degree in electrical construction.
- Electrical Contractors must provide a $5,000 bond, show evidence of liability insurance, and a certificate of employment of a master electrician.
Work that can be Done Under this License
"Class A master electrician" means an individual having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to perform and supervise any electrical work, and who is licensed as a Class A master electrician by the commissioner.
"Class A journeyman electrician" means an individual having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to install, alter, repair, and supervise the installing, altering, or repairing of electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, power, and other purposes who is licensed as such by the board of electricity.
The term "contractor" means a person, partnership, or corporation operating a business that undertakes or offers to undertake to plan for, lay out, or install or to make additions, alterations, or repairs in the installation of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for light, heat, power, and other purposes with or without compensation who is licensed as such by the board of electricity. A contractor's license does not of itself qualify its holder to perform or supervise the electrical work authorized by holding any class of electrician's or other personal electrical license.
Applying to get your License
To apply for a license, please contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry at 651-284-5065.
- If you license is for jobs that are less than $1,000,000, the license fee is $100 and the recovery fund fee is $160.
- If you license is for jobs that are from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000, the license fee is $100 and the recovery fund fee is $210.
- If you license is for jobs that are greater than $5,000,000, the license fee is $100 and the recovery fund fee is $260.
Reciprocal agreements exist with North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska
16 hours of continuing education are required every renewal cycle. 12 hours must be on the National Electrical Code and up to 4 hours may be on related technical subjects or the Minnesota Electrical Act and Minnesota Rules Chapter 3800.
The Master and Journeyman examinations have 80 questions and a time limit of 5 1/2 hours.
A 70% is required to pass.
Exam results are mailed to applicants within two weeks of the exam.
To schedule, call 1-651-284-8511.
Topics on exams include general knowledge, services, grounding, bonding, motors, transformers, lighting, and overcurrent protection.
Books and References for the Exam
The following references are provided for you at the time of the examination. These references can purchased at our online bookstore or by calling 1-800-952-0910.
- 2014 National Electrical Code
- Laws and Rules Regulating Licensing of Electricians
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