New Jersey Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements
Applicants for examination for a license as an electrical contractor shall present proof to the Board that the applicant:
- Is over the age of 21 years;
- Holds a high school diploma or equivalency certificate; and
- Has had, immediately preceding the submission of the application, at least five years of hands-on experience working with tools in the installation, alteration, or repair of wiring for
electric light, heat or power, which work shall have been done in compliance with the National Electrical Code.
- Practical hands-on experience” shall not include time spent in supervising, engaging in the practice of engineering, estimating and performing other managerial tasks.
- In the alternative, the applicant may satisfy the practical hands-on experience requirement by having:
- Completed a four-year apprenticeship program approved by both a Federal agency and a Federally certified State agency and at least one year of practical hands-on experience as defined above. A certificate of completion issued by the apprenticeship program and a certification by an employer regarding the additional year of practical hands-on experience shall be submitted with the application for the electrical contractor’s examination; or
- Satisfied the definition of a qualified journeyman electrician as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.2 and completed at least one year of practical hands-on experience
as defined in (a)3 above. The applicant shall submit proof of having satisfied the definition of a qualified journeyman electrician in N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.2 and a
certification by an employer regarding the additional year of practical hands-on experience; or
- Earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and completed two years of practical hands-on experience as defined above. The applicant shall submit a copy of his or her diploma and a certification by an employer regarding the additional two years of practical hands-on experience; or
- Worked in the field of electrical contracting for a least five years immediately preceding the date of application. The applicant shall submit a certification by an employer establishing that the applicant has at least five years of practical hands-on experience as defined above.
Once the application has been Board-approved, the applicant will receive information regarding exam registration, content and reference materials. The applicant must pass a three-part examination (electrical contractor [trade], alarm systems, and business and law).
The term “qualified journeyman electrician” as used in N.J.S.A. 45:5A-18(k) or N.J.A.C. 13:31-3.4 shall mean and include any person
who is either:
- The holder of a current valid license to practice electrical contracting issued by the Board; or
- A person who has acquired 8,000 hours of practical experience working with tools in the installation, alteration, or repair of wiring for electric light, heat or power and who has had a minimum of 576 classroom hours of related instruction.
- The requirement of practical experience shall not include time spent in supervising, engineering, estimating, and other managerial tasks.
- At least 4,000 hours of the practical experience shall have been obtained within five (5) years of the date of application; or
- A person who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that he or she has gathered the required experience through alternative means.
All electrical contractor licenses and business permits have a triennial expiration date of March 31 and should be renewed by that date in the applicable renewal year.
Prior to renewing his/her license in each triennial cycle, a licensee must complete a total of 34 hours of continuing education which includes nine hours of Code and one hour of New Jersey laws, rules and regulations. Licensees shall not be required to complete the continuing education requirements for the triennial registration period in which they initially received licensure.