Maine offers state issued electrician licenses at the master level and journeyman level.
Specific educational and training requirements are needed for each. In addition, a licensing examination must be passed with a score of at least 70%.
The first step to obtaining electrical Maine contractor license is to apply to take the examination.
To qualify for the test, you must submit an official application that provides proof of your work experience and education. The application must also include three references that can certify your ability to perform electrical work.
The requirements for master level electrician includes 4000 work hours as a journeyman electrician or a minimum of 12,000 hours experience with electrical installations along with a study program consisting of at least 576 hours. At least 45 of those hours must be related to National Electrical Code.
When your application is approved, you will be allowed to apply for the licensing test. The test is based on 2008 National Electrical Code and is administered by Prometric. Prometric has several testing centers located throughout Maine and the rest of the country so you can take the test at a location near you as long as you have proper documentation and identification.
The test is done by computer and is open book. There are 100 questions in all, and three hours is allotted for test taking. The test is designed to test knowledge of installation and repair of electric conductors and equipment for power, lighting, and heating. Topics covered on the test include general electrical knowledge, wiring methods, wiring and protection, equipment, and communication systems.
At the end of the test, the screen will display the results, showing if you have passed or failed. If you pass, your score will be sent to the licensing board and they will forward you the documents needed to complete your license application. If you don’t pass the test on the first try, you can retake it in two weeks. You must pass it within 24 months or start the application process over again.
The cost of a Main master electrician license is $150 and it must be renewed every two years. Continuing education credits are needed to renew the license. Main offers reciprocity to license holders in the states of Vermont and New Hampshire as long as the license has been held for a minimum of six years.
The documents needed to apply for a Main electrician license can be downloaded from the Maine Office of Licensing and Registration website. You can also use the site to change your contact information and renew your license.