For you to get your journeyman electrician license in Oregon, you will need to accomplish these Oregon electrical license requirements:
1. Possess at least four years of experience as an apprentice electrician or equivalent
2. Lodge an Electrical License Application with the Oregon Building Codes Division
3. Undergo and successfully pass the Oregon electrician licensing examination
If you did not do an approved apprenticeship program in Oregon, you can fulfill the experience requirement by showing official transcripts verifying that you’ve done 576 hours of classroom training and 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience outside of Oregon. You must also show a breakdown of the hours of residential, commercial and industrial work that you’ve done, with a minimum of 1,000 hours required in each category.
Sitting For The Oregon Electrician Licensing Examination
To sit for the Oregon electrician licensing examination, you will need to submit an application to the Oregon Building Codes Division. You can download the Electrical License Application from the BCD website, or you can contact them directly to obtain a copy. The application fee for a journeyman license is $110 and must be included in your application, otherwise it will be rejected. The application fee is non-refundable.
In order to substantiate your work experience, you must submit an Electrical Experience Verification form from each of your past employers. If an employer isn’t available, you can get either a supervisor or a co-worker who was directly involved to verify your experience. The form should be filled out with the details of the specific types of work you’ve done and the number of hours you’ve spent doing each type of work.
Alternatively, if you are relying on military experience to make up your electrical experience, you may submit official documentation from a supervising official showing the type and approximate hours of work experience you’ve performed. All forms must be signed and dated to be deemed acceptable.
Once your application has been accepted, you will be sent a Letter of Authorization detailing specific instructions for taking the exam and the test location information. You must schedule your exam with the test office within 60 days of receiving the letter, otherwise you’ll need to send in a new application complete with an additional fee to schedule another date.
The Oregon electrician licensing examination is open book and is based on the 2011 NEC. The exam contains 52 multiple-choice questions and is 3 hours long. The Building Codes Division will normally grade your exam and send you the results within 2 weeks. If you don’t pass your examination the first time around, you may re-apply for a new exam after a waiting period of 30 days.
Once you have received your license, you’ll need to renew it every 3 years for a fee of $100. Additionally, you will be required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of approved continuing electrician training, 8 hours of which must cover the latest edition of the NEC.