Maine Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

Master/Senior* Master Electrician licenses require:

  • completion of at least 4,000 hours of service as a journeyman electrician

OR

  • completion of at least 12,000 hours of experience in electrical installations, as defined in section 1101,

AND

  • completion of a program of study comprising 576 hours consisting of 45 hour courses each in
    • Electricity I
    • Electricity II
    • Electronics I
    • Math I
    • Controls I
    • Controls II
    • Motors
    • Blueprint Reading/Drafting
    • Transformers
  • a current National Electrical Code course
  • 126 hours of degree-related courses as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution

*A Senior Master Electrician is anyone over the age of 70.

Limited/Senior* Limited Electrician licenses require:

WATER PUMPS LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 180 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Motors
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 2,000 hours of work experience, at least 1,000 hours of which is in water pump installations.

The privileges of practice shall be restricted to electrical work between branch circuits and power supplies.

 

OUTDOOR SIGNS (INCLUDING SIGN LIGHTING) LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 135 hours of limited electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which is in outdoor signs and sign lighting installations.

The privileges of practice do not include branch circuit wiring.

 

GASOLINE DISPENSING LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 135 hours of electrical education, consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which is in gasoline dispensing equipment installations.

The privileges of practice shall be restricted to electrical work between the branch circuit and the power supply.

 

TRAFFIC SIGNALS (INCLUDING OUTDOOR LIGHTING OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS) LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 180 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Electronics I
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which is in traffic signal installations.

HOUSE WIRING LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 225 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Electricity II
    • Controls I
    • Blueprint Reading
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 4,000 hours of experience, at least 2,000 hours of which is in house wiring installations.

The privileges of practice shall be restricted to one-family and two-family dwellings, including modular and mobile homes.

 

REFRIGERATION LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 315 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Electricity II
    • Controls I
    • Controls II
    • Motors
    • Transformers
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 6,000 hours of experience at least 3,000 hours of which is in refrigeration installations.

Graduates of a Maine vocational-technical institute electrical program in refrigeration approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution shall be credited with 4,000 hours of experience upon graduation.

Privileges of practice shall be restricted to all associated wire from the loadside of distribution.

 

LOW ENERGY LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 270 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Electricity II
    • Electronics I
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 4,000 hours of experience, at least 2,000 hours of which is in low energy installations.

CRANE TECHNICIAN LIMITED LICENSE

  • shall have 135 hours of electrical education consisting of 45 hour courses each in:
    • Electricity I
    • Controls I
  • a current National Electrical Code course as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution
  • 2,000 hours of experience in crane and hoist installations.

Privileges of practice covers the installation of electrical equipment and wiring used in connection with cranes, monorail hoists, hoists and runways.

 

*A Senior Limited Electrician is anyone over the age of 70.

Journeyman/Senior* Journeyman Electrician licenses requires one of the following:

  1. at least 8,000 hours of service as a licensed apprentice or helper and satisfactorily complete a program of study comprising 576 hours as approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or from an accredited institution. The 576 hours shall consist of:
    • 45 hour courses each in:
      • Electricity I
      • Electricity II
      • Math I
      • Controls I
      • a current National Electrical Code course
    • 351 hours of elective study, comprised of all trade-related electives or 225 hours of trade-related courses and 135 hours of degree-related courses;
  2. Be a graduate of an accredited applied technology high school 2-year electrical program, have worked for 7,000 hours in the field of electrical installations under the supervision of a master or equivalent and have completed a course of not less than 45 hours in the current National Electrical Code;
  3. Be a graduate of a Maine community college electrical program or a vocational-electrical program of the Department of Corrections, have worked for 4,000 hours in the field of electrical installations under the supervision of a master or the equivalent and have completed a course of not less than 45 hours in the current National Electrical Code. Persons qualifying under this paragraph may sit for the journeyman’s examination upon graduation; or
  4. Worked at least 8,000 hours as a licensed apprentice electrician in the field of electrical installations under the direct supervision of a master electrician, journeyman electrician or limited electrician, having completed a program of study comprising at least 576 hours prescribed in an apprenticeship program approved by the board and having completed a course of 45 hours in the current National Electrical Code. A licensed apprentice who has completed an approved apprenticeship program of study and has worked at least 4,000 hours as a licensed apprentice electrician is qualified to sit for the examination.

*A Senior Journeyman Electrician is anyone over the age of 70.

Apprentice electrician is an individual who is engaged in a written agreement to complete a 4 – 5 year educational and work program to learn the trade of an electrician under the direct supervision of a licensed master, journeyman or limited electrician in an apprenticeship program registered pursuant to 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 29.3 (2016) with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship or a state apprenticeship agency recognized by the Office of Apprenticeship. A copy of your Apprenticeship Agreement is required with submission of a license application.

A Helper/Senior* Helper Electrician is a person making electrical installations in the employment of a master electrician, limited electrician or electrical company and under the direct supervision of a master, journeyman or limited electrician.

*A Senior Helper Electrician is anyone over the age of 70.

In order to qualify for a Journeyman-in-Training Electrician license, a person must be a graduate of an accredited Maine community college or Department of Corrections’ electrical program, receive a passing grade on the journeyman’s examination, complete 2,000 hours of experience and provide documentation from the applicant’s employer(s) verifying 2000 hours of working experience as an electrician.

All Electrical licenses renew every two years from date of issuance.

A master electrician, journeyman electrician, limited electrician, or journeyman-in-training shall certify at time of renewal to completion of an approved 15 hour current National Electrical Code update course as adopted by the board.

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

(207) 624-8457 | Maine Board Website

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