Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become An Ohio Electrical Contractor

The electrical Ohio contractor license is issued when you pass the trade examination and meet the required stipulations for experience and insurance.

The license is good for a period of one year upon which time it must be renewed on an annual basis. Before gaining permission to sit for the examination, you must submit to and pass a background check.

To qualify for an electrical Ohio contractor license you have to be at least eighteen years old and be a legal resident of the US.

You will need at least five years experience in the trade or be a registered electrical engineer with three years experience. You will not be granted a license if you have a felony record or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. You must complete a background check in person at an official designated location so you can submit fingerprints for the process. In addition, you must provide proof of having $500,000 in liability insurance.

Along with your application for an Ohio electrical contractor license, you’ll need to submit supporting documents that attest to your experience and credentials such as copies of your current licenses, union card, W-2 forms, pay stubs and letters of employment verification. When the documents are complete, they must be notarized before submitting them to the Ohio Department of Commerce.

When your application is accepted, you will be instructed to take the Ohio electrical contractor license examination. This is administered by PSI, an independent testing company, and can be taken at several locations throughout Ohio. The cost of the examination is $75. The examination is open book and you are allowed to bring the following reference books to the test: Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management 2009 Ohio edition, Ugly’s Electrical References, and the 2008 National Electrical Code. The test has 100 questions and takes five hours to complete. You must obtain a score of at least 70% to pass.

There is a $25 application fee to apply for an Ohio electrical contractor license. The first year the license is $25. It must be renewed annually at a cost of $60. Ten continuing education credits are needed for renewal. Five of those credits must be on the National Electrical Code. Ohio has reciprocity for electricians licensed in Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana, and West Virginia.

An application packet for an Ohio electrical contractor license can be downloaded from the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board website. This site also allows you to change your contact information, track continuing education credits, and renew your license online.