In order to work legally, a Connecticut Contractor license is required and the scope of the work you are allowed to do is determined by the type of license you hold.
Connecticut offers several options for electricians working in the state. Each license requires its own examination and period of experience in order to qualify.
The C-5 limited electrical license allows you to work on alarms, signals, audio and sound equipment, low voltage systems, and telephone interconnect. This license limits you to working on systems equal to or less than 48 volts or 8 amps.
The license requires six years of experience and training or two years working as a licensed journeyman. The C-6 limited electrical journey-person license allows the holder to do the same work as allowed under a C-5 license as long as he is in the employ of a licensed electrical contractor. This license requires completion of a qualified apprenticeship and/or four years of job experience.
The E-1 unlimited electrical contractor license allows Connecticut electrical contractors to perform all types of general electrical work. This license requires six years of training and experience or two years working with an unlimited journey-person license. The E-2 unlimited journey-person license allows the holder to perform all types of general electrical work while in the employ of a licensed contractor. To qualify, you need to complete an approve apprenticeship program or have at least four years of relevant experience and training.
The L-5 limited electrical contractor is licensed to work on low voltage systems that do not exceed five amps or 25 volts. This license requires six years experience or two years working as a licensed journey-person. The L-6 limited electrical journey-person is able to perform the same job function of an L-5 contractor as long as he does so while in the employ of a licensed contractor. The L-6 license requires completion of an approved apprenticeship or four years work experience.
Connecticut contractor licenses can also be sought in telephone-interconnect systems and electrical lines. Both of these fields also require six years of education or two years working as a licensed journeyman in the field.
The tests for each of the specialty areas for electrical contractors in Connecticut are taken separately at a cost of $62 each. The tests are administered by PSI Examination Services which has several locations in the state. In addition to the cost of the exam, there is a cost of $75 to apply for an electrical contractor’s license. The Connecticut electrical contractor license must be renewed annually and requires continuing education credits. There is no reciprocity with other states.
The forms needed to apply for an electrician license in the state of Connecticut can be obtained from the official Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection website.