Georgia Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements
Class I Electrical Contractor licenses are restricted to electrical contracting involving single-phase electrical installations which do not exceed 200 amperes at the service drop or the service lateral.
Class II Electrical Contractor licenses are unrestricted.
To obtain a statewide Class I or Class II Electrical Contractor license, a person must:
- submit a completed application,
- meet the experience requirement as described below,
- obtain a score of seventy (70) on the appropriate examination,
- pay the fees required by the Board
- submit three references on the required form from persons who can attest to the applicant’s good character and electrical experience to the satisfaction of the Division. At least one reference must be from a licensed electrical contractor who shall include his or her registration number.
Experience Requirements: Applicants must document a minimum of 4 years experience in the electrical field as would be covered by the Georgia Electrical Code or the National Electrical Code. Such experience must be Primary Experience. No more than one (1) year of experience may be credited based on Secondary Experience or Education. Secondary Experience time will be credited at a rate of fifty percent (50%). (For example, three (3) years of Primary Experience and two (2) years of Secondary Experience would meet the 4 years experience requirements). Applicants for Class II Licenses must document experience with installations in excess of single phase, 200 amperes systems.
Primary Experience shall mean working experience gained through the direct installation of electrical systems of a type covered by the National Electrical Code and directly related activity. Primary Experience involves installation of electrical systems. The public welfare and overall life safety responsibility require that an electrical contractor have actual in-the-field experience and be competent in all phases of electrical work. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to permit the unlicensed practice of electrical contracting. Applicants for Class II licenses must document prior experience in all of the following, and applicants for Class I license must document primary experience in at least 6 of the following:
(a) Installation of raceway systems, including pull boxes, junction boxes, conduit bodies and the connections in the system and to cabinets, panelboards, switchboards, and boxes, which meet all Code use and installation requirements.
(b) Installation of conductors, including flexible cords, cables, splices, taps, terminations, bonding jumpers, overcurrent protective devices, metering devices, etc., in cabinets, panelboards, switchboards, boxes and conduit, which meet all Codes use and installation requirements, such as to sizing, ampacity, voltage, etc.
(c) Installation of service entrances, metering devices, cabinets, switchboards, service risers and fasteners, overcurrent protective devices, disconnecting means, ground electrodes, main bonding jumpers, and ground fault protectors which all meet Code installation requirements, such as to sizing, rating, clearances, and weatherproofing.
(d) Installation of motors and generators with feeders, branch circuits, overcurrent protective devices, disconnect means, and controllers all of which meet Code installation requirements, such as sizing, rating, usage, and location.
(e) Installation of switches, disconnects, controls, etc., which supply lighting fixtures, appliances, electrical circuits, controls for heating and air conditioning equipment, other utilization and general use equipment, according to use and Code installation requirements.
(f) Installation of materials and equipment required for use in special occupancies according to use and Code installation requirements, as defined by Chapter 5 of the National Electrical Code.
(g) Bonding of interior metal piping systems, installation of properly sized equipment grounding conductors, grounding of exposed noncurrent carrying metal parts of electrical equipment, and protection of grounding conductors from physical damage.
(h) Determination of general lighting loads, minimum branch circuits, minimum ampacity of conductors in feeder and branch circuits, maximum allowable conductor fill for raceways, net loads, using specified or optional methods, rates or demand factors, and derating factors given in the Code.
Secondary Experience shall mean work or training experience related to electrical contracting work involving electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code. Examples of Secondary Experience may include:
(a) Instruction received on electrical installation, theory, and code by a full-time secondary or post secondary instructor in an established class at a recognized learning center.
(b) Inspection of electrical wiring by a full-time municipal or county inspector.
(c) Electrical engineering design by a registered professional engineer.
(d) Work for a licensed electrical contractor with sole responsibility in at least three (3) of the following areas: estimating; project management; scheduling and assigning work; preparing progress charts (CPM’s or other flow charts); sales and cash flow responsibilities such as budgetary, preparation of pay request, invoices, etc.
(e) Installation of electrically lighted signs.
Education may be applied toward the experience requirements as follows:
(a) Completion of a two (2) academic year minimum diploma.
(b) Completion of a two (2) academic year minimum certificate program of a vocational-technical school may be credit as no more than one (1) year of experience.
Electrical Contractor licenses have a two-year period.
All persons holding an electrical contractor license are required to complete four (4) hours of continuing education per year.
However, an applicant for renewal who has been initially licensed for less than two (2) years, but more than 1 year must have completed four (4) hours of continuing education while licensed prior to initial renewal.
An applicant for renewal who has been initially licensed for one (1) year or less is not required to complete continuing education prior to initial renewal.