Arkansas Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements
- a degree in electrical engineering plus two (2) years of construction related experience
- six (6) years experience in the construction industry, both residential and commercial, including two (2) years experience as a licensed journeyman electrician
- any combination of training and experience as the Board may approve, such as formal electrical apprenticeship programs specifically approved by the board, on-the-job training specifically approved by the Board, or a combination of training and construction experience that is determined by the Board to be equivalent to that as specified
Applicants who completed an apprenticeship program:
- completed a 4-year electrical construction apprenticeship program approved by the U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training shall have:
- a “Notice of Apprenticeship Committee Action – Released for Test/Completion” form from the applicant’s training program and approved by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Education
- if the applicant completed an apprenticeship program in another state, certification from the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training or the state agency responsible for oversight of apprenticeship programs of completion.
- The Board may approve an applicant without a Released for Test form in extenuating circumstances.
Applicants who seek reciprocity shall have certification from the sister state that:
- the applicant is currently licensed as a journeyman and in good standing;
- the applicant has held his/her license in the sister state for a period of one (1) year; and
- the applicant was tested in the sister state.
Applicants who have not completed an apprenticeship program:
- shall have 8 years (16,000 hours) of electrical construction experience or training as may be approved by the Board. This training or experience may include electrical experience gained in the military.
- shall have three (3) years experience in the wiring of one (1) or two (2) family dwellings including one (1) year experience as a licensed residential journeyman
- any combination of training and experience as the Board may approve as being equivalent to that as specified
- shall have two (2) years experience in the wiring of one (1) or two (2) family dwellings;
- a two-year combination of training and experience as the Board may approve, such as formal apprenticeship programs approved by the Board; and
- a signed letter from the applicant’s school verifying the applicant’s hours
Licenses shall expire on the date indicated on the license. Licenses shall expire on the last day of the month, one year following the date of issue.
Licenses may be renewed for one (1) year in the last year of an NEC cycle, two (2) years in the second year of an NEC cycle, or three (3) years in the first year of an NEC cycle.
Each electrical licensee must complete at least eight (8) hours of continuing education for each National Electrical Code (NEC) cycle. Continuing education shall consist of classroom or other Board approved instruction relating specifically to the National Electrical Code.
The NEC cycle shall begin on January 1 of each year of NEC publication.
ARKANSAS Continuing Education Courses
4-Hr Grounding & Bonding 2017
8-Hr Guide to the NEC 2017