Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become An Arizona Electrician Contractor

An Arizona contractor license is required in order to bid on jobs and work as an electrical contractor in the state of Arizona.

The license is issued from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. Some requirements must be met before being eligible for licensure; experience is one of the main ones.

An Arizona contractor license requires a minimum of four years experience working as an electrician. Experience can include working as a journeyman or supervisor. Some time spent as an apprentice also applies. The work must be verifiable and relevant. Proof of employment must be submitted along with an application for an Arizona electrical contractor license.

Another requirement for the Arizona electrical contractor license is the successful completion of an examination. The exam is administered by the Prometric testing organization at various locations throughout the state of Arizona. Exam applications, testing locations, and times can be obtained directly from the Prometric website. In order to take the exam, you must show up on your scheduled day with your official admission letter and photo ID.

The exam for an Arizona electrical contractor license takes around four hours and must be passed successfully before a license can be awarded. If you don’t pass the test on the first try, you can take time to study your weak areas and retake the test at a later date. A prolonged delay in passing the test may negatively impact your ability to remain employed so it is advised to be well prepared since the test is comprehensive. It covers the topics of electrical systems, safety, conduits, wiring, national codes, management, and general business.

Arizona doesn’t have a statewide electrical code; however it does comply with the 2005 National Electrical Codes in selected counties. In addition commercial, industrial, and residential work must all be done in alignment with Minimum Property Standards set by the FHA and their Manual of Acceptable Practices.

To apply for an Arizona electrical contractor license you must submit the proper paperwork that includes proof of education, experience, and exam score. In addition you need to provide proper identification and include the necessary fee. An Arizona contractor license for residential work is $445 for the initial license and $290 for a renewed license. A commercial license is $890 for the initial license and the renewal costs $590. Arizona electrical contractor license is good for a period of two years upon which time it must be renewed. There is currently no requirement for continuing education requirements in Arizona.

Arizona has exam reciprocity with California, Nevada, and Utah but you must also pass the exam for Arizona Business Management, and pay the required fees in order to obtain an Arizona contractor license. Information for the licensing examination as well as applications for the Arizona electrical contractor license can be obtained on the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website.