You’ll need to meet a number of Maine electrical license requirements to become a journeyman electrician in the state:
1. Complete at least 4 years (8,000 hours) of service as an apprentice electrician or helper
2. Complete a 576 hour long electrical training course that is approved by the Electricians’ Examining Board or accredited institution
3. Complete and submit an Individual Examination Application
4. Undergo and pass the Maine electrical license exam
The electrical training course must consist of 225 hours of required study, including an approved course of at least 45 hours covering the most recent NEC edition. It must also comprise of 351 hours of elective study which includes either 351 hours of trade-related electives or 225 hours of trade-related and 135 hours of degree-related study.
If you have military training and experience as an electrician, you should contact the Board Administrator for the Electricians’ Examining Board to ensure that you receive appropriate credit for your time in the military.
Doing The Maine Electrical License Exam
Before you are allowed to take the Maine electrical license exam, you are required to submit an Individual Examination Application documenting your work experience to the Electricians’ Examining Board. You can download this application from the board website, or obtain it from them directly. The application fee is $25 and must be included with your application either using check or credit card payment for it to be considered.
As part of the application, you will need to list the electrical training and education that you’ve undergone, as well as details of your past employment and how many hours you’ve worked in each company. This information will be used to determine if you meet the work experience and training requirements to undergo the exam and become a licensed electrician.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive the all clear to schedule your exam from the board. You should then contact Prometric, the testing service, to schedule your exam and pay the examination fee of $75. The exam is open book and is based on the 2011 National Electrical Code. It contains 80 questions and is 4 hours long, and you need to achieve a score of 70% to pass.
If you successfully pass your exam, the Electricians’ Examining Board will send you a license application form. You’ll have to fill in this form and send it back to them together with the licensing fee to receive your license. It costs $150 to renew your license every two years, and if you fail to renew your license by the due date it will cost you an additional $50 to renew. To maintain your license, you’ll also need to do 15 hours of continuing education to review the latest changes to the NEC.