Wisconsin Electrical Licensing
& Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

An applicant shall:

  • submit application & fee
  • provide statement certifying compliance with:
    • worker’s compensation requirements, and
    • unemployment compensation requirements
  • shall be:
    • the owner of the contracting business, or
    • a partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of the partnership, or
    • the chairman of the board or chief executive officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation

An applicant:

  • submit application & fee
  • shall have at least one of the following qualifications:
    • A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in electrical engineering, or
    • Twelve months of experience in installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring while being licensed as a journeyman electrician, or
    • Experience in installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring during a period of not less than 60 months, with at least 10,000 hours of experience over that period.
  • shall take and pass an examination

An applicant:

  • submit application & fee
  • shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 5 years in electrical wiring work.
    • each semester spent full-time in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 3,000 hours and 3 years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.
  • shall take and pass an examination

An applicant:

  • submit application & fee
  • shall have a birth date of on or before January 1, 1956
  • shall have at least 15 years of experience in installing, repairing or maintaining electrical wiring.

An applicant:

  • submit application & fee
  • shall have at least one of the following qualifications:
    • Completion of a construction electrician apprenticeship program in installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring that has a duration of at least 3 years and that is approved by the U.S. department of labor or by the department of workforce development, or
    • Experience in installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring during a period of not less than 48 months, with at least 8,000 hours of experience over that period. For purposes of meeting this requirement, a degree or diploma from a 2-year program in a school of electrical engineering or from a 2-year program in an accredited technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be accepted by the department as being equivalent to 12 months and 2,000 hours of experience.
  • shall take and pass an examination

An applicant:

  • meet one of the following:
    • Take and pass the industrial journeyman electrician licensure examination, or
    • complete an industrial electrical apprenticeship
  • submit application & fee
  • shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 5 years in industrial electrical wiring work
    • each semester spent full-time in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 2,000 hours and 2 years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

An applicant:

  • must meet one of the following:
    • Taking and passing the residential journeyman electrician licensure examination, or
    • Completing a residential electrical wiring apprenticeship
  • submit application & fee
  • shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least 3 years in residential electrical wiring work
    • each semester spent full-time in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 2,000 hours and 2 years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.
  • shall take and pass an examination

An applicant:

  • submit application & fee

Contractors, Master Electricians, Residential Master Electricians, Journeyman Electricians, Industrial Journeyman Electricians, and Residential Journeyman Electricians licenses expire on June 30th every 4 years.

The renewal of a registered electrician enrollment shall be for a term of one year.

A master electrician must obtain at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license as specified.

A residential master electrician must obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license.

A journeyman electrician must obtain at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license.

An industrial journeyman electrician must obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license.

A residential journeyman electrician must obtain at least 18 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the license.

A registered electrician must obtain at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education prior to the expiration date of the enrollment.

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

(608) 266-2112 | Wisconsin Board Website

WISCONSIN Continuing Education Courses

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