Indiana does not have a statewide licensing system in place. Electrical contractors in the state are licensed at the county or city level.
Electricians adhere to the National Electrical Codes and their work is overseen by the State Building Commissioner.
Local jurisdictions must gain approval from the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission before adopting variations to the code.
Indiana electrical contractors must meet the requirements set forth by the local government authorities with regards to obtaining a license. For this reason it is necessary to contact the county or city in which you intend to work in order to learn what tests and training are required. Many jurisdictions utilize the Indiana Master Electrical License Exam.
This examination was designed to test your knowledge of electrical systems including aspects of installation, maintenance, and repair of raceways, conductors, and equipment that supplies power, heat, and light. The test is given at various locations throughout the state and is based upon the National Electrical Codes.
The National Electrical Codes edition varies among locations so you must be sure to know which year’s codes the test will be based on. The test itself is open book and takes about four hours to complete. A score of 70-75 percent is needed in order to pass based upon local standards.
The test covers raceways and enclosures, general electrical knowledge, overcurrent protection, cables and conductors, feeders and branch circuits, bonding and grounding, equipment, controls and motors, low voltage systems, and safety. Upon successful completion of the test, you can apply for a local license providing you also have the required amount of experience in the field.
The Indiana Master Electrician license can be awarded to an individual or to a business. The license is typically good for a two year period. In addition to training and successful completion of the examination, some jurisdictions also require you to carry liability insurance and obtain a surety bond before you can be licensed. In addition, if you are operating as a business, it must be properly registered with the Indiana Secretary of State.
Generally, a period of at least six years worth of experience will be needed and at least four of those years need to be practical work experience with electrical systems. Two years experience can be obtained from college courses or an apprenticeship. Letters of reference may be needed to verify educational and work experience. In addition, it may be necessary to appear in person before the licensing board to apply for a license.
With an Indiana contractor license, you can perform electrical work without any limitations if you obtain the master level license. You can also opt for a residential electrician license that limits you to working on residential structures, but the requirements are the same for both types of licenses.
Application forms for licensure can often be downloaded from local government sites and if your jurisdiction uses the standard Indiana master electrician examination, you can apply for the test on the Prometric website.