An electrical Vermont contractor license can be obtained for the journeyman level or master electrician level.
The state also issues specialty electrician licenses for work in outdoor advertising, well pumps, farm equipment, refrigeration, air conditioning, gas or oil heating, and motor repairs.
The Vermont master electrician license requires you to have at least two years work experience as a licensed journeyman electrician or have comparable training and experience that is acceptable to the licensing board. In addition, you must pass an examination administered by the licensing board and the International Codes Council.
The Vermont master electrician license examination covers electrical theory and practical skills. The test covers installation of fire alarm and lightning rods. It is based upon the 2005 National Electrical Code and the 2005 State of Vermont Electrical Safety Rules. Topics covered include transformers, wiring methods, switchboards, conduits, panelboards, conductors, plan reading, control devices, fire alarms, motors, generators, and local amendments. The electrical Vermont contractor license examinations are open book and take around three hours to complete.
The electrical Vermont contractor license at the master level costs $120 and must be renewed every three years. Fifteen continuing education hours are required for renewal. The Vermont master electrician license has reciprocity with New Hampshire and Maine. The holder of this license is allowed to design, install, and maintain lightning rods, fire detection systems, alarms, and other electrical installations. A Vermont electrical contractor with a master license can also employ other electricians.
The Vermont journeyman license requires completion of an approved electrician apprenticeship program that includes training and work experience in electrical wiring. The test for this license is administered by the licensing board and is based on the 2005 National Electrical Code and 2005 Vermont Electrical Safety Rules. The test covers electrical theory, laws, and practical aspects of wiring and installation including alarms and lightning rods. The fee for this license is $90 and it requires renewal every three years. Fifteen hours of continuing education credits on the National Electrical Code is needed for renewal. The Vermont journeyman electrician license has reciprocity with New Hampshire and Maine.
The Vermont specialty electrician licenses require training through an approved program and one year experience in the field or two years work experience under supervision of a licensed electrician. In addition, an examination in the related field is required. A specialty electrician needs to complete eight hours of continuing education every three years.
Applications for the Vermont electrical contractor license can be downloaded from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety website. This site also has exam applications and other forms you may need to maintain your license once it is obtained.