Requirements to Obtaining your License
- Preapproval is required for these exams by the state.
- Electrical Contractors must designate an administrator or master.
- Electrical Contractors must also submit a bond or assignment of savings account.
- Master electricians must have held a journeymen electrician certificate for 4 years.
- Journeyman electricians - Must qualify to work in ALL types (specialties) of electrical work, have 8,000 documented hours working as an electrical trainee under the supervision of a certified electrician. Note: 4,000 hours must be spent working in commercial or industrial installation.
- There are no minimum requirements to sit for the administrator exam.
Work that can be Done Under this License
Electrical Contractor: A person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that offers to undertake, undertakes, submits a bid for, or does the work of installing or maintaining wires or equipment that convey electrical current.
Master Electrician: A person who has been issued a master journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department and who may be designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with rules adopted under this chapter.
Electrical Administrator: A person designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with the rules adopted under this chapter.
Journeyman Electrician: A person who has been issued a journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department.
Applying to get your License
Department of Labor and Industries
PO Box 44460
Olympia, WA 98504-4400
- Electrical Contractor: $293.50
- Master Electrician: $147.60
- Journey Electrician: $82.80
- Electrical Administrator: $115.40
As of this time, there is no reciprocal licensing.
If you are an electrical administrator, electrician or master electrician, you are required to take 24 hours of continuing education course work in the three years between your certification renewals:
- 8 hours of your CEUs must be on currently adopted National Electrical Code changes.
- 4 hours must be on currently adopted Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.28 and related Washington Administrative Codes (WAC).
- The remaining 12 hours of continuing education credit can be your choice.
Exams are given by PSI (800-733-9267). A minimum passing score of 70% is required.
General Categories (Residential and Commercial)
- Master Electrician - 80 questions NEC and Theory; 20 questions WA Codes; 10 questions Load Calculations
- Administrator - 65 questions NEC and Theory; 17 questions WA Codes; 10 questions Load Calculations
- Journeyman Electrician - 60 questions NEC and Theory; 17 questions WA Codes
- Master Electrician - 60 questions NEC and Theory; 20 questions WA Codes; 10 questions Load Calculations
- Administrator - 44 questions NEC and Theory; 17 questions WA Codes; 10 questions Load Calculations
- Journeyman Electrician - 40 questions NEC and Theory; 17 questions WA Codes
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