Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A West Virginia Electrical Contractor

West Virginia offers a master electrician license, journeyman license and specialty electrician licenses. The areas of specialization include HVAC, sign, single family dwelling, and low voltage alarm systems. The State Fire Marshall issues the electrical West Virginia contractor license.

To qualify for an electrical West Virginia contractor license at the master electrician level, you must have five years work experience that encompasses industrial, commercial, and residential jobs.

With this license, you can work on all electrical installations including HVAC and low voltage systems. You will also be allowed to supervise three apprentice electricians.

The examination for the West Virginia master electrician license is administered by the Fire Marshall’s office. It is based upon the 2008 National Electrical Code and you need a score of 80% to pass. It is open book with 50 questions and 15 calculations on the test. The fee for the test is $25.

The following materials are allowed in the testing center: 2008 National Electrical Code book, Ugly’s book, Keyword Index, pencils, and a calculator. The master electrician license costs $50 and it must be renewed yearly at the same cost. There is no continuing education credit. The West Virginia master electrician license has reciprocity with North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

The West Virginia journeyman license requires completion of an approved apprenticeship program that provides both classroom instruction and work experience or four years of on the job training. This license allows you to perform all types of work except design layout. The State Fire Marshall administers the journeyman test at various locations around the state.

The test has 42 questions and 6 calculations. The test costs $25 and needs a score of at least 80% to pass. The West Virginia journeyman license costs $50 per year and has reciprocity with Virginia and Kentucky. No continuing education credits are required.

The West Virginia specialty electrician licenses require at least two years work experience in the specialty. One year of schooling may be substituted for one year of work experience. Each specialty has its own test that costs $10 to take. The test consists of around 50 multiple choice questions and takes about four hours to complete. A specialty license costs $50 per year.

Forms to apply for an electrical West Virginia contractor license can be downloaded from the West Virginia State Fire Marshall website. This site also has forms for applying for reciprocity and exam applications. You can download license renewal forms as well, or apply for renewal online.