California Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

To be eligible for licensure, the qualifying individual must have had, within the last 10 years, at least four (4) years of experience in the classification for which they are applying. The experience must be at no less than a journeyman level, or as a foreman, supervising employee, contractor, or owner-builder. A “journeyman” is defined as an experienced worker who is fully qualified (as opposed to a trainee) and is able to perform the trade without supervision, or one who has completed an apprenticeship program.

The qualifying individual for a contractor license is required to pass the written Law and Business Examination and a specific trade examination if required.

In order to be certified, an applicant must have the required experience as set forth herein, and pass a certification examination under Section 291.3. An applicant must provide proof of experience which may be done by showing:

  1. successful completion of an apprenticeship program approved by the California Apprenticeship Council, the federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, or a state apprenticeship council authorized by the federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training to approve apprenticeship programs, in the classification for which certification is sought; or
  2. on-the-job experience, as follows:
    • General Electrician: 8,000 hours of work for a C-10 electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code. The 8,000 hours must consist of work in two or more of the following areas, and the maximum number of hours in a particular area that may be counted toward the 8,000 hour total are as follows:
      • Stock room and Material handling – 300 hours
      • Residential Wiring – 3,000 hours
      • Commercial Wiring – 6,000 hours
      • Industrial Wiring – 6,000 hours
      • Voice Data and Video installation – 1,500 hours
      • Underground Conduit installation – 750 hours
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance – 1,500 hours
      • Finish Work and fixtures – 600 hours
      • Fire/Life Safety, Nurse call – 600 hours
    • Residential Electrician: 4,800 hours of work for a C-10 electrical contractor installing, constructing, or maintaining electrical systems covered by the National Electric Code. The 4,800 hours must consist of work in one or more of the following areas, and the maximum number of hours in a particular area that may be counted toward the 4,800 hour total are as follows:
      • Stock room and material handling – 300 hours
      • Residential Wiring – 4,800 hours
      • Voice Data and Video installation – 150 hours
      • Underground Conduit installation – 300 hours
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance – 600 hours
      • Finish work and fixture – 600 hours
      • Fire/Life Safety – 300 hours
    • Voice Data Video Technician: 4,000 hours of work for a C-10 electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining any system that falls within the scope of National Electrical Code, Articles 725, 770 (non-composite cables only), 800 (non-hybrid cables only), 810 and 820. The 4,000 hours must consist of work in one or more of the following areas, and the maximum number of hours in a particular area that may be counted toward the 4,000 hour total are as follows:
      • Stock room and material handling – 300 hours
      • Installations, including wire pulling, terminations, control panels devices and finish work – 4,000 hours
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance – 750 hours
      • Trade Specific training related to Voice, Data, Video – 300 hours
    • Fire/Life Safety Technician: 4,000 hours of work for a C-10 electrical contractor, involving the installation, construction or maintenance of systems as covered in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code. The 4,000 hours must consist of work in one or more of the following areas, and the maximum number of hours in a particular area that may be counted toward the 4,000 hour total are as follows:
      • Stock room and material handling – 300 hours
      • Installations, including wire pulling, terminations, control panels devices and finish work – 4,000 hours
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance – 750 hours
      • Nurse Call systems – 300 hours
      • Proprietary systems training related to Fire/Life Safety – 300 hours

The experience requirement for Fire/Life Safety Technician may also be satisfied by proof of NICET certification in Fire Alarm Systems at Level II or above.

    • Nonresidential Lighting Technician: 2,000 hours of work installing, repairing and maintaining nonresidential lighting while employed by a C-10 electrical contractor engaged in the business of nonresidential lighting maintenance and retrofit installations. The 2,000 hours must consist of work in one or more of the following areas, and the maximum number of hours in a particular area that may be counted towards the 2,000 hour total are as follows:
      • Stockroom and material handling – 150 hours
      • Maintenance of lighting fixtures – 1,750 hours
      • Installation of retrofit fixtures – 1,500 hours
      • Trouble shooting and repairing – 500 hours

Where an applicant holds a license as an electrician in another state and it is determined by the Chief DAS that the requirements for experience to hold a license in that state are comparable to the requirements of Section 291.1(a)(1) or Section 291.1(a)(2), the Chief may deem the applicant to have the required experience for certification.

Where the applicant can show other experience, including military experience or relevant work for a low voltage systems contractor holding a C-7 license, the applicant may apply to the Chief DAS for credit toward some or all of the experience required under Section 291.1(a)(2) The Chief DAS may grant credit if the Chief determines that the experience is comparable to experience for which credit would be granted under Section 291.1(a)(1) or Section 291.1(a)(2).

If a person wants to perform electrical work for a C-10 contractor and does not yet qualify to take the electrician certification exam because of lack of work experience or related instruction, they must register as an electrician trainee.

 

An electrician trainee must be enrolled in a state approved school and under the supervision of a certified electrician that supervises only one electrician trainee.

C-10 Electrical Contractor licenses renew every two years.

Electrician Certifications renew every three years and require 32 hours of continuing education and 2,000 hours of trade work experience.

Electrician Trainees renew annually.

There are NO state continuing education requirements for Electrical Contractors.

Electrician Certification requires 32 hours of continuing education to be completed for renewal.

Electrician Trainee also has NO state requirements for continuing education.

For questions regarding your state’s CE requirements or licensing, please contact your state board directly.

Electrical Contractors – Contact CSLB at (800) 321-CSLB | California CSLB Website

Electrician Certifications and Electrician Trainees – Contact DIR at (844) 522-6734 | California DIR Website

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