Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Kansas Electrical Contractor

A Kansas electrical contractor license is not required at the state level.

Choosing and enforcing codes and licensure is done by local jurisdictions.

Only state owned buildings are subjected to the 2003 National Electrical Code, but the Kansas Fire Prevention code is enforced statewide.

Although there is no statewide licensure program for Kansas electrical contractors, many counties and cities require proper licensing of electricians. Standardized, nationally recognized examinations are usually used to test for competency. This includes electrical contractor exams from Experior, Prometric, or the International Code Council.

These usually require a score of 75% to pass and usually need a sponsor. These tests can be taken locally, or at a remote location since these are national independent testing agencies.

In addition to successfully passing the required examination, you must also provide verifiable proof of training and years of experience in the field. In order to qualify for electrical Kansas contractor license, you will probably have to provide proof of workman’s comp coverage and at least one million dollars in liability insurance. If you are working as an electrical contracting business, you will also have to register your business with the state of Kansas.

You can expect to pay an application fee, exam fee, and license fee, that together cost a few hundred dollars. Licenses are generally good for two years but must be renewed periodically. Some jurisdictions require continuing education credits in order to renew your license.

The cost of electrical Kansas contractor license varies by jurisdiction. The experience qualifications and exam requirements may differ as well. The best option is to check with your local county and city authorities to find out what the requirements are in your area so you can work towards the goal of licensure without wasting time or creating unnecessary expense.

You may be able to download application forms and manage your Kansas electrical contractor license online if your local government has that capability. There is no official state sponsored website for obtaining or renewing electrical contractor licenses in Kansas since these are issued on a local government level.

Although there is no statewide licensing in place, it is not wise to assume you can work as an electrician in Kansas without some type of license. If you do so, you may violate local ordinances and be subjected to heavy fines. Also, since there is no state license, Kansas does not offer reciprocity to license holders in other states.