There are a number of Rhode Island electrical license requirements that you will need to meet if you wish to become a licensed journeyman electrician in the state:
1. Have a minimum of four years of verifiable experience in the electrical trade
2. Send in an Electricians Application to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
3. Sit for and successfully pass the Rhode Island electrical license exam
As it stands, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training does not have any reciprocity agreements with any other state. That means that anyone who wants to become a journeyman electrician in Rhode Island must take the RI electrical license exam even if they hold a license from another state.
Sitting For The Rhode Island Electrical License Exam
To sit for the Rhode Island electrical license exam, you will need to submit an Electricians Application to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. You can download the application form directly from the website. The license application fee is $75 and must be included with your application, otherwise it will be rejected. The application fee is non-refundable.
To verify your work experience, you will need to attach a separate document on a company letterhead detailing all of your related work experience. This should include a complete work history, starting and ending dates of your employment and a detailed description of the work that you performed for every one of your past and present employers. This document must be signed by your employers and notarized to be accepted.
Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be able to sit for the electrical exam. The Rhode Island electrical license exam is closed book and is based on the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code. Currently, the details of the exam including the number of questions, the duration of the exam and the required passing score have not been made public.
Normally, exam results are posted online within 2-3 days following your exam. You will also receive a notice in the mail with your results within a week of your exam. If you failed the exam and wish to take it again, you don’t have to send in a new application. Simply send in the application fee together with your date of birth either by mail or in person.
Once you have passed the exam and obtained your journeyman electrician license, you must renew your license every two years by paying a renewal fee of $36. You must also do a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education in each renewal cycle.