Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Rhode Island Electrical Contractor

An electrical Rhode Island contractor license can be issued to an individual working as a licensed electrician or to a business with a licensed electrician on staff.

The Rhode Island Department of Professional Regulation is responsible for testing and issuing the licenses.

In addition to electrical contractor, the state also issues a journeyperson license and the following specialty licenses:

  • Electric sign contractor, Electric sign installer.
  • Lighting protection contractor, Lighting protection installer.
  • Limited electrician/manufacturer.
  • Limited electrician/non-manufacturer.
  • Limited maintenance journeyperson.
  • Fire alarm installer.

To qualify for the master electrician Rhode Island contractor license you must be a licensed journey man and have had six years on the job experience with at least two of those years as a licensed journeyperson in Rhode Island. Contractors from other states will only be allowed to obtain the journeyperson license until they have held a Rhode Island journeyman license for at least two years.

If you are seeking an electrical Rhode Island contractor license as a company, you will be issued a Certificate A. With this designation you do not have the authority to conduct the electrical work yourself; you must have licensed electricians on staff to perform the actual work but you can conduct business as an electrical contractor.

There is a test required for the Rhode Island electrical contractor license. It is administered by the Division of Professional Regulation in Cranston, RI at periodic intervals. After taking the test you can check their online website within a couple of days to see if you passed. You’ll need a score of at least 70%. The test is based upon the 2008 National Electrical Codes. There is a $100 application fee for the Rhode Island electrical contractor’s examination and the license costs $120. The license must be renewed every two years.

A journeyperson license is the first step to becoming an electrical contractor. To qualify, you must have 8000 hours of work experience at the apprentice electrician level, and you must pass an examination. This test is also administered by the state Division of Professional Regulation.

There is a fee of $75 to apply and it costs $36 for the journeyperson license. This license needs to be renewed every two years and requires 15 hours of continuing education credits each renewal period.

Applications for the Rhode Island electrical contractor license, journeyperson license, and specialty licenses can be downloaded from the Rhode Island Division of Professional Regulation website. In addition, you can use the site to pay for your license, renew it, and check your exam results.