Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Colorado Electrical Contractor

When you apply for a Colorado Electrician Contractor License, you must submit a verification of experience form along with your application and the state will send you the information you need to take the appropriate test.

The state of Colorado issues electrician’s licenses for residential wireman, journeyman, and master electrician. Each license has its own requirements for necessary experience and testing.

A residential wireman license requires two years of electrical work experience related to lights, power, and heat to residential buildings. A journeyman electrician needs to have four years experience; two of those years must be in a commercial or industrial setting.

The master electrician license requires five years experience. Four years must be in power, heat and light while two years must be in commercial or industrial work. The fifth year must include experience in supervising, planning, laying out, and installing wiring and equipment.

The examination fee is $76. The test is administered by the Pearson VUE company which operates several testing sites throughout the state of Colorado. The fee is to be paid upon registering for the test when you select a time and date. The testing fee also covers the cost of your license.

The Colorado Contractor License examination takes about 4 ½ hours to complete. The test covers such topics as low voltage services, feeders, branch circuits, equipment use, conductors, cable assemblies, raceways, motors, calculations, and computations. Questions are based upon information found in the National Electrical Code.

Your Colorado electrician license will be issued immediately as soon as you pass the examination. Licenses are good for a period of three years upon which time they must be renewed. Continuing education credits are required for renewal. Colorado currently has reciprocal agreements in place for the journeyman license for Arkansas, Alaska, Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah.

In some cases you may be able to obtain a temporary work permit that allows you to work for 30 days while you are waiting to take the licensing exam. The request must be made at the time you apply for the examination. When applying for the examination, you must provide documented evidence of the type of experience and training you received. This could be in the form of school transcripts from an accredited school or work forms. An Affidavit of Eligibility must also be submitted with all applications for a Colorado electrical contractor license. This certifies you are legally able to work in the United States and provides verifiable proof of your identity.

Official forms needed to apply for a Colorado electrician license can be downloaded from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website. This site also gives you the capability to apply for reciprocity, obtain copies of your license, and change your contact information.