Iowa Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

  • issued to a person who holds or employs a person who holds an active master electrician license, who is registered as a contractor with the labor services division of Iowa workforce development, and who is not disqualified pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103).

An electrical contractor license issued to a person who holds a class B master electrician license is subject to the same restriction of use as is the class B master electrician license.

  • issued to a person who is licensed as a class A master electrician, a class B master electrician, or a residential master electrician and who is registered with the state of Iowa as a contractor pursuant to Iowa Code chapter 91C.
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:
    • Has completed one year of experience as a licensed journeyman electrician, and has passed a supervised written examination for master electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher;

OR

    • As of December 31, 2007, held a current valid license as a master electrician issued by a political subdivision in Iowa, the issuance of which required passing a supervised written examination approved by the board, and one year of experience as a journeyman electrician;

OR

    • Holds a current class B master electrician license and has passed a supervised written examination for master electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher.
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee; who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103);
  • who presents credible evidence of having worked for a total of 16,000 hours of cumulative experience as a master electrician, of which at least 8,000 hours shall have been worked since January 1, 1998;
  • and whose experience as a master electrician began on or before January 1, 1998.
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:
    • Holds a current residential electrician or journeyman electrician license, has 2,000 hours of verified experience as a residential electrician or a journeyman electrician, and has passed a residential master electrician examination approved by the board;

OR

    • Holds a current special electrician license with a residential endorsement, has 4,000 hours of verified experience, and has passed a residential master electrician examination approved by the board.
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:
    1. Has successfully completed a registered apprenticeship program, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher, and has completed four years of experience as an apprentice electrician.
    2. Holds a current class B journeyman electrician license and has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher.
    3. Holds a current electrician license in another state, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher, and has satisfied the sponsorship requirements for testing for a journeyman class A license by providing evidence of all of the following:
      • Current licensure as a journeyman or master electrician from another state which required passing a test sponsored by that state.
      • Completion of 18 hours of continuing education units approved by the board.
      • Completion of 1,000 hours of work in Iowa as an unclassified person.
    4. Holds a current license issued by the board, excluding a special electrician license other than special residential electrician license; has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher; has completed 54 hours of continuing education approved by the board; and has completed 16,000 hours of electrical work while licensed by the board, except as a special electrician other than a special residential electrician, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board. The 16,000 hours must include at least the following minimum number of hours of work on commercial or industrial installations in the categories indicated:
      • 500 hours of preliminary work,
      • 2,000 hours of rough-in work,
      • 2,000 hours of finish work,
      • 2,000 hours of lighting and service work,
      • 500 hours of troubleshooting, and
      • 500 hours of motor control work.
      • At least 4,000 hours of the 16,000 hours must have been completed by the applicant within the five years immediately preceding the submission date of the application.
      • EXCEPTION: On or before December 31, 2019, a maximum of 10,000 of the required 16,000 hours of verified work experience may have been completed between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2007, without licensure from the board or from any political subdivision.
    5. Holds a current license issued by the board as a residential electrician or residential master electrician, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher, and has completed 4,000 hours of work on commercial or industrial electrical installations while licensed by the board, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board. The 4,000 hours must include at least the following minimum numbers of hours in the categories indicated:
      • 100 hours of preliminary work,
      • 500 hours of rough-in work,
      • 500 hours of finish work,
      • 500 hours of lighting and service work,
      • 100 hours of troubleshooting, and
      • 100 hours of motor control work.
    6. Holds a current license issued by the board, has satisfactorily completed an approved postsecondary electrical education program, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher, and, subsequent to beginning the postsecondary electrical education program, has completed at least 6,000 hours of electrical work while licensed by the board, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board.
 
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee; who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103);
  • who presents credible evidence of having worked for a total of 16,000 hours of cumulative experience as a journeyman electrician or master electrician, of which at least 8,000 hours shall have been worked since January 1, 1998;
  • and whose experience as a journeyman electrician or master electrician began on or before January 1, 1998.
  • issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:
    1. Holds a current residential special electrician license and has held that license for a minimum of one year and has passed a residential electrician examination approved by the board;
    2. Has completed 6,000 hours of experience as an apprentice electrician and has passed a residential electrician examination approved by the board. An applicant may take the examination required by this paragraph after completing 5,000 hours of experience as an apprentice electrician, although the license will not be issued until the applicant has completed 6,000 hours of such experience;
    3. Has completed 4,000 hours of experience working under the direct supervision of a residential master electrician, a residential electrician, a master electrician, or a journeyman electrician; has successfully completed a minimum of one academic year of an electrical trade school approved by the board; and has passed a residential electrician examination approved by the board;
    4. Has completed 8,000 hours of verified experience as a licensed unclassified person including at least 2,000 hours of verified work experience in residential wiring and has passed a residential electrician examination approved by the board;
    5. Has successfully completed a registered residential electrician apprenticeship program and passed a supervised written residential electrician examination approved by the board with a score of 75 or higher.
  • issued to a person who submits a completed application to the board with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who is participating in a registered apprenticeship program.

A person may hold an apprentice electrician license for no more than six years from the original date on which an apprentice electrician license is granted, except that a person may apply to the board for an exception to this limitation based upon a documented hardship. “Documented hardship” includes, but is not limited to, an interruption in service as an apprentice electrician for active military duty or for an extended illness.

All Iowa electrical licenses, with the exception of the Apprentice Electrician, renew every three years.

The Apprentice Electrician license renews each year.

Within each three year license-cycle, licensed electricians are required to attend no fewer than 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), of which at least 6 CEUs must be on the most recent electrical code and the remainder on electrical code-related topics.

If you have not had your license for the full 3-year term, you will need 6 CEUs for each year of the license-cycle in which you held a license, with at least 6 hours over the National Electrical Code.

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

(515) 725-6147 | Iowa Board Website

IOWA Continuing Education Courses

For Instructor-Led, Online Versions of these Courses, CLICK HERE.

4-Hr Grounding & Bonding 2020

(Self-Paced)                                                      $85

8-Hr Understanding the NEC 2020
*7 Code Hours, 1 Non-Code Hour

(Self-Paced)                                                    $125

4-Hr 2020 Significant Changes

(Self-Paced)                                                    $125

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