Virginia Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

Contractor Licenses consist of two parts:

  1. Class of the License: determines what if any restrictions are place on the size of contracts/projects that may be performed
  2. Classification/Specialty: determines what type of work the contractor is allowed to perform

Class of Contractor License:

  1. Class A
    • when the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $120,000 or more, or
    • when the total value of all contracts or projects within any 12-month period is $750,000 or more
  2. Class B
    • when the total value referred to in a single contract or project is $10,000 but less than $120,000, or
    • the total value of all contracts or projects within a 12-month period is $150,000 but less than  $750,000
  3. Class C
    • when the total value referred to in a single contract or project is over $1,000 but less than $10,000, or
    • when the total value of all contracts or projects within a 12-month period is no more than $150,000

Requirements for Contractor Licenses:

  • Class A and Class B applicants must name a Designated Employee who:
    • is a full-time employee or one of the business’ Responsible Managers
    • is at least 18 years old
    • has completed an 8-hour pre-license business class
  • All Class A, B and C applicants must have a Qualified Individual who:
    • must be a full-time employee or a member or Responsible Management
    • must hold a valid Virginia Master Electrician License
    • must have a minimum amount of work experience within the scope of practice of their specialty:
      • Class A applicants  must have a minimum of 5 years’ experience
      • Class B applicants must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience
      • Class C applicants must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience
  • Class A and B applicants must provide proof of financial responsibility
    • financial statement or balance sheet, or
    • maintain a $50,000 bond
  • must be at least 18 years old
  • shall furnish evidence meeting one of the following experience requirements:
    • one year experience as a licensed journeyman, or
    • 10 years of practical experience may waive the educational requirements
  • must be at least 18 years old
  • shall furnish evidence that one of the following experience and education requirements have been met:
    • four years of practice experience and 240 hours of formal vocational training; or
    • five years of practical experience and 160 hours of formal vocational training; or
    • six years of practical experience and 80 hours of formal vocational training; or
    • seven or more years of practical experience and 40 hours of formal vocational training; or
    • an associate degree or certificate of completion from a two-year trade-related program and two years of practical experience; or
    • a bachelor’s degree in an engineering curriculum related to the trade and one year of practical experience; or
    • 10 years of practical experience may waive the educational requirements

Contractor Licenses expire two years from the month in which it is issued.

Electrician licenses shall expire two years from the last day of the month in which they were issued.

Master and Journeyman Electricians must complete three hours of continuing education.

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

(804) 367-8500 | Virginia Board Website

VIRGINIA Continuing Education Courses

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