North Dakota
Electrical Licensing & Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

  • Shall have at least two thousand (2,000) hours of experience working as a licensed journeyman electrician under the supervision of a contracting master electrician or master of record

There are three categories of master electricians, which are as follows:

  1. A contracting master is an individual responsible to adhere to all laws and rules of the North Dakota wiring standards and has shown proof of liability insurance.
  2. A master of record is an individual responsible to adhere to all laws and rules of the North Dakota wiring standards for the partnership, company, corporation, limited liability company, or association and has shown proof of liability insurance that the master of record is covered by the organization. The master of record is not allowed to work on other property other than property owned or leased by the organization.
  3. A non-contracting master is an individual responsible to adhere to all laws and rules of the North Dakota wiring standards and has the same responsibility as a journeyman electrician. Electrical work shall be done under the supervision of a contracting master or master of record.
  • Shall have eight thousand (8,000) hours experience, which experience may not be obtained in less than three years, registered as an apprentice electrician (of which up to three thousand hours may apply under the qualifications of a Class B electrician) under the supervision of a contracting master or master of record licensed electrician in an area where electrical construction work is done in a jurisdiction with similar licensing and inspection rules to the state of North Dakota, and successfully completed apprentice electrician training.
  • Two thousand (2,000) hours credit may be granted for a graduate of a two-year electrical school accepted by the board.
  • Practical experience consists of a minimum of four thousand (4,000) hours and a maximum of eight thousand (8,000) hours credit may be granted for wiring for an installing electrical wiring, apparatus and equipment. Practical electrical experience gained through a contracting master electrician also consists of an apprentice completing a board-approved training program.
  • Credit allowed in other areas may include any combination of the following:
    • A maximum of one thousand (1,000) hours credit for repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment and light, heat and power;
    • A maximum of one thousand (1,000) hours credit for wiring fire alarm technology circuits or systems;
    • A maximum of two thousand (2,000) hours credit for wiring process control circuits or power limited systems and;
    • A maximum of two thousand (2,000) hours credit of electrical construction experience gained in the armed forces of the United States which the board has determined is equivalent to work performed under the supervision of a North Dakota licensed electrical contractor.
  • Shall have completed three thousand (3,000) hours experience in farmstead or residential wiring, in one-family or two-family dwellings, under the supervision of a master or class B electrician.
  • Commercial wiring experience will not be credited for experience toward a Cass B license.
  • One thousand (1,000) hours credit will be granted for a graduate of a two-year electrical school approved by the board.

Apprentice electrician means a person learning the trade under the personal supervision of a state-licensed electrician. Registration is required within 6 months of employment. Any hours worked while unregistered, will not count towards your Journeyman.

According to ND Century Code 43-09-11, any person registering as an apprentice electrician after January 31, 2008 is required to have related training consisting of one the following:

  • Successfully completed five hundred seventy six (576) hours of training classes recognized by the board and completed eight thousand (8,000) hours experience in installing and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment; which experience may not be obtained in less than three years.
  • Successfully completed at least two years of electrical school approved by the board and completed eight thousand (8,000) hours experience in installing and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment; which experience may not be obtained in less than three years.

Apprentice registrations expire each year on January 31.

Master and Class B licenses expire each year on April 30.

Journeyman licenses expire each year on March 31.

In order to renew your license, you must have:

Eight (8) hours of continuing education (4 of which must be code) on file with the North Dakota State Electrical Board.

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

(701) 328-9522| North Dakota Board Website

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