Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A Wisconsin Electrical Contractor

The electrical Wisconsin contractor license is issued by the state but local municipalities have the authority to determine what type of license is needed to do a particular type of work in their jurisdiction.

There are several electrician licenses issued by Wisconsin. They are the Wisconsin electrical contractor, contractor-restricted license, master electrician, journeyman, and beginning electrician.

A Wisconsin contractor license allows you to do all types of electrical work. The contractor-restricted license is issued in special circumstances such as to a municipality or a company restricted to work in a specific locality.

A contractor-restricted license could also be held because the license was obtained before statewide standards were put into place.

The electrical Wisconsin contractor license and contractor-restricted license cost $200 and must be renewed every four years at a cost of $200. No continuing education or test is required and there is no reciprocity for this license.

The Wisconsin master electrician license requires at least 7000 hours over a period of 7 years spent in field work. One semester of trade school or university training can substitute for 500 hours of experience up to a maximum of 3000 hours. This license allows you to work in municipalities that recognize the credential; job duties may vary by jurisdiction.

An examination is required for the Wisconsin master electrician license. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce Division of Safety and Building gives it at a cost of $35. The test is based upon the 2008 National Electrical Code. This license is good for four years and requires 24 continuing education credits in order to renew. The cost of the master electrician license is $200.

The Wisconsin journeyman electrician license allows you to work in municipalities that recognize the license. The job duties associated with the license are determined by local jurisdictions. To take the examination you must have at least 1000 hours per year for 5 years in electrical work experience. Up to 2000 hours can be allotted to educational training at the rate of 500 hours per semester.

The Wisconsin journeyman test is based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. The test costs $30. The journeyman license costs $100 every four years. Twenty-four continuing education credits are required for renewal.

The beginning electrician license costs $80 and is good for four years. Each local municipality determines the type of work a beginning electrician can do and the amount of supervision needed.

You can download all the forms needed to apply for an electrical Wisconsin contractor license from the website of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. This site also allows you to update your contact information and renew your license online.