Hawaii Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

Briefly, the requirements for an Electrical Contractor license are:

  1. Registration with the Business Registration Division;
  2. Have a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, financial integrity and fair dealing;
  3. Have liability and workers’ compensation insurance; and
  4. Have in your employ a licensed individual who is designated Responsible Managing Employee (RME).

Each application must be submitted with the following items for consideration by the Board:

  • Application fee
  • Financial statement
  • Credit reports of each officer/partner/manager/member
  • Tax clearance
  • Trade name registration, if applicable
  • RME appointment
  • Entity registration
  • 5 years but not less than 10,000 hours in residential or commercial wiring and
  • satisfactory completion, accepted by a University of Hawaii
    Community College offering an appropriate program of study, of 240 hours of electrical academic coursework
  • 4 years experience as a licensed journey worker electrician or equivalent
  • 4 years but not less than 8,000 hours in industrial electrical work and
  • satisfactory completion, accepted by a University of Hawaii Community College offering an appropriate program of study, of 200 hours of electrical academic coursework
  • 3 years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent
  • 3 years but not less than 6,000 hours in the trade and
  • satisfactory completion, accepted by a University of Hawaii Community College offering an appropriate program of study, of 120 hours of electrical academic coursework
  • 2 years experience as a licensed journey worker specialty electrician or equivalent
  • 1 year of electrical maintenance work and
  • satisfactory completion, accepted by a University of Hawaii Community College offering an appropriate program of study, of 80 hours of electrical academic coursework or 2 years of schooling in the trade with not less than 1,000 hours of hands-on lab exercises

All Electrical Contractor licenses, regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal by September 30 of each even numbered year.

All ELECTRICIAN licenses, regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal on or before June 30, every three years (triennial renewal).

There are NO continuing education requirements for Electrical Contractors.

Electricians must:

  • Furnish proof of attendance at an educational course on the updates to the National Electrical Code (NEC).
  • Successfully complete an examination prescribed by the board on current updates to the NEC.

An electrician licensee who has been issued a new license within one year of the renewal date shall not be required to take the course or the examination to renew the licensee’s license for the first renewal period. This licensee shall, however, meet the continued competency requirements for subsequent renewals.

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

(808) 586-3000 | Hawaii Board Website

HAWAII Continuing Education Courses

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