Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A South Dakota Electrical Contractor

The electrical South Dakota contractor license is issued by the State Electrical Commission. You can apply for an electrical contractor license, class B electrician, and journeyman license. Each has its own requirements for amount of experience needed.

They all require successful completion of an examination and continuing education credits to renew the licenses.

The entry level to a career as an electrician in South Dakota is the electrician apprentice. When the formal apprenticeship has ended and you have accumulated 8000 hours, or four years of work experience, you can take the examination for the journeyman license.

You must apply for the license first and receive permission to take the examination. When permission is granted, you must pass the exam within 90 days. The test is based upon the 2011 National Electrical Code and you must obtain a score of 70% to pass. The license is good for two years and costs $40. You’ll need 16 hours of continuing education credits to renew; eight of those hours must be on electrical code. The South Dakota journeyman electrician license has reciprocity with Arkansas, Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

A class B electrician license requires 4000 hours or two years working under an electrical contractor or class B electrician and one year must be spent on farm or residential wiring. You must also have liability insurance in the amount of $300,000 and you must post a $10,000 bond.

This license also requires passing an examination on the trade with a score of at least 70%. The license costs $40 and must be renewed every two years. Sixteen continuing education credits are needed for renewal. This license does not offer reciprocity with other states.

To qualify for an electrical South Dakota contractor license, you need to have two years experience working as a licensed journeyman and one year must be spent in commercial wiring. You will also need a $10,000 bond and at least $300,000 in liability insurance.

Once your application is approved, you will receive information on registering for the licensing examination. The electrical South Dakota contractor license examination must be passed with a score of at least 70%. The license costs $100 and must be renewed every two years. The South Dakota electrical contractor license offers reciprocity to licensed electrical contractors in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, and North Dakota.

The applications and forms needed to apply for and renew the South Dakota electrician licenses can be downloaded from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation website.