Requirements to Obtaining your License
An Electrical Contractors License is required in West Virginia when the project exceeds $1,000.
- Anyone seeking to become a contractor in West Virginia is required to sit for two exams, business and law and the trade.
- Proof of workers compensation, tax registration, and employment security coverage is required.
- Licenses are good for one year.
- To obtain a master license, applicants must have at least 10,000 hours of experience in all phases of electrical wiring.
Work that can be Done Under this License
“Electrical Contractor” means a person who engages in the business of contracting to install, erect, repair or alter electrical equipment for the generation, transmission or utilization of electrical energy and work incidental to the undertaking.
This license does not cover the actual installation of the work.
However, you can apply to the fire marshal's office and possibly obtain a master license through in-state reciprocity.
Applying to get your License
- An application for licensure can be obtained from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Licensing Division by calling 1-304-558-2191.
- Master License - $50.00 Annual Fee (Expires June 30 each year)
Journeyman License - $50.00 Annual Fee (Expires June 30 each year)
Apprentice License - $50.00 Annual Fee (Expires June 30 each year)
All Specialty Licenses - $50.00 Annual Fee (Expires June 30 each year)
- 2015 Electrician Temporary License Application
2015 Electrical License Reciprocity Application
2015 Electrician Examination Application
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office recognizes reciprocity with several jurisdictions. Regardless of the jurisdiction, each applicant MUST possess the minimum WV requirements for licensure. Reciprocity can only be granted if the individual tested under the current licensing entity and with proof of successfully passing an examination. Individuals who previously held a WV Electrician's License and allowed it to expire ARE NOT eligible for reciprocity.
Virginia - Master and Journeyman Classifications
Ohio - Master Classification
North Carolina - Master Classification
Kentucky - Master and Journeyman Classifications
Maryland - Master Classification
WV Division of Labor, Contractor's Board - Master Classification
There are no requirements for continuing education as of this time.
- To schedule your exam, contact ProV at 1-866-720-7768.
- 75 questions and an 3 hour time limit
- 70% is required to pass the exam
- Master, Journeyman, All Specialty Licenses - $25.00 testing fee
Apprentice License - $10.00 testing fee
Retest - $10.00 all licenses (Applicable if within 12 months of last exam)
- Topics on the exam include electrical theory, 3 phase theory, definitions, wiring and protection, wiring methods and materials, equipment for general use, special occupancies, special equipment, special conditions, communications, tables and examples, conduit fill, service loads, range calculations, 3 phase calculations, and voltage drop.
The following references are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.
- 2011 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70)
- Keyword Index