Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Virginia Electrical Contractor

The electrical Virginia contractor license is available in Class A, Class B, or Class C. There is also a master electrician and journeyman license. Licensing examinations are required.

The Class A electrical Virginia contractor license is required when a contractor performs a single job of $120,000 or more or does at least $750,000 in a 12-month period.

The Class B license is needed for jobs between $7500 and $120,000 for a single job and between $150,000 and $750,000 per year.

The Class C electrical contractor license is required for working on single jobs of $1000 to $7500 or when making less than $150,000 per year.

The examination for the electrical Virginia contractor license is administered by PSI, an independent testing agency, at various locations around the state. There are three portions to the test. A score of 75% is needed to pass the Laws and Rules portion and 70% is needed to pass the General and Advanced tests. The Laws and Rules test has 24 items and has an allotted time of 48 minutes. The General exam has 50 questions and lasts 100 minutes. The Advanced portion of the test has 24 items and takes one hour. The total cost for all three portions of the test is $75.

The Class A application is $265. The license costs $200 and must be renewed every two years at a cost of $165.

The Class B Virginia electrical contractor license has an application fee of $240, license fee of $175, and a renewal fee of $150.

The Class C application is $175, the license costs $150, and the renewal fee is $110. There is no reciprocity for the Virginia electrical contractor license.

A Virginia master electrician license requires at least one-year experience working as a licensed journeyman in Virginia and ten years total of verifiable work experience in the trade.

The test for the master license is based on the 2005 National Electrical Code. There are 80 questions that take four hours to complete.

A second examination on laws and regulations is also required. This test has 10 questions and has 30 minutes allotted. The test costs $120.

The application fee for the Virginia master electrician license is $90 and it must be renewed every two years at a cost of $40. Three hours of continuing education is needed for renewal. There is no reciprocity for this license.

The Virginia journeyman electrician license requires one of the following: two years of work experience and completion of a two year training program, four years of experience and 240 hours worth of approved training, five years work experience and 160 hours of formal training, six years work experience in the field and 80 hours of approved training, a bachelor’s degree and one year training, or ten years of verifiable work experience.

There are two portions to the Virginia journeyman electrician license exam. One part is on regulations and the other is on electricity.

The electrician part of the exam has 60 questions and takes three hours. The law exam has 10 questions and takes 30 minutes. The cost of the exams is a total of $100 and the application fee is $90.

The license costs $40 and must be renewed every two years. Three continuing education credits are required for renewal. There is no reciprocity for the Virginia journeyman electrician license.

The applications for the Virginia electrical contractor license, master electrician, and journeyman license can be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation website. This site also has other forms you may need in the course of your business and to maintain your license.