Alabama Electrician Licensing Guide
In recent years, Alabama has experienced a significant rise in the housing market. This paved the way for new constructions which simply means new custom wiring projects. As such, it’s no longer surprising that the demand for skilled tradesmen will increase manifolds as well.
According to the Department of Labor, electrician jobs in the state are expected to grow by around 12.9% by the year 2024. This implies additional job opportunities for anyone who has the skills and flair in electrical-related works. If you plan to pursue a career as an electrician in the state of Alabama, you should first acquaint yourself with the Alabama Electrical Contractor’s Board.
How to Get Started as an Alabama Electrician
Before you can work as an electrician, you need to undergo apprenticeship first. After that, you need to become a journeyman then acquire your electrical contractor license from the Board. You need to have at least four to five years of experience as an apprentice to be qualified for the journeyman license.
Your responsibilities involve working under the supervision of licensed electrical contractors in the state and completing technical training in both on-the-job and the classroom. As you start with apprenticeship, you can expect to earn a lower income compared to that of a typical journeyman electrician. However, you can easily get to higher rates as you become more experienced.
In order to receive technical training, you can enroll in one of the two programs:
- Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology
- Electrician career diploma
You can use up to two years of education in lieu of 2,000 hours which is part of the 8,000 hours of on-the-job requirement necessary if you want to acquire a journeyman license. Of course, you still need to make up for the remaining 6,000 hours despite getting your two-year associate’s degree.
In order to get the working experience that you need, you have to work with a licensed electrical contractor who accepts apprenticeship. Fortunately, various employers throughout Alabama, especially those large-scale firms, regularly seek candidates from local unions and non-union organizations.
As long as you have your career diploma or associate’s degree, you can easily find employment opportunities with potential contractors within your area.
Applying for an Electrical Contractor License
If you want to take the examination for electrical contractor license in Alabama, you should have at least four years of experience in the planning, design, and supervision of electrical construction projects in a commercial and industrial setting along with the installation of various electrical components.
If you don’t have at least four years of electrical experience, you can instead substitute one year of education in electrical curriculum for 6 months of electrical experience up to two years credit. This leaves you with only 2 more years of experience requirement given that you meet the other prerequisite. To apply, simply submit a copy of your certificate or diploma.
Applying for Journeyman Electrician License
To apply for the statewide journeyman exam, you should have at least four years of experience to confirm your skills and technical knowledge in the installation of electrical equipment, lighting, power, or electrical wiring.
You should also showcase your skills in conducting a project based on the specifications set while still complying with the rules and regulations implemented. Additionally, the work performed should be in a commercial or industrial setting.
If you can’t meet the four-year requirement, you can substitute one year of electrical curriculum education for 6 months up to one year of electrical experience. For this, you only have 3 more years of working experience to cover.
The codes and standards currently adopted and enforced by the Alabama Building Commission (for Electricians) as state building codes are:
- 2008 National Electrical Code
- 2006 International Building Code
- 2006 International Fire Code
The codes and standards are enforced by the State of Alabama Building Commission.
Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
Electrical contractor fees: License $200, Examination $165, and Annual Renewal is $200.
Journeyman fees: License $35, Examination $115, Annual Renewal $35.
Who to contact:
- State of Alabama Building Commission
- 770 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor- Suite 444
- Montgomery, AL 36130
- (334) 242-4082
- (334) 242-4182
- Alabama Electrical Contractors Boards
- 610 S. McDonough Street
- Montgomery, AL 36104
- (334) 269-9990 Ext. 10
- (334) 263-6155 fax
- E-Mail ALELECTRICALBD@aol.com