There are a few South Dakota electrician license requirements you will need to fulfill if you wish to become a licensed journeyman electrician locally:
1. Have at least four years (8,000 hours) of work experience as a registered apprentice electrician
2. Lodge an Application for an Electrician’s License to the South Dakota State Electrical Commission
3. Sit for and pass the South Dakota electrical license examination
Your electrical apprenticeship experience must consist of wiring, installation and repair work for it to be counted towards the 8,000 hour experience requirement. In addition to your on-the-job experience, you will be given credit for up to 2,000 completed hours of an approved electrical training course.
Undergoing The South Dakota Electrical License Examination
In order to sit for the South Dakota electrical license examination, you will need to fill out an Application for an Electrician’s License and send it in to the South Dakota State Electrical Commission. You can choose to either submit your application online or download the application, print it out and mail it in. The application fee is $40 and must be included with your application, otherwise it will not be considered. The fee is not refundable.
As part of the application, you will need to provide details of your past and present employers including their complete addresses, your employment start and end dates and the number of hours of work you’ve done for them in each category of commercial, residential and linework. Additionally, you will be required to provide proof of your apprenticeship classes and any other relevant electrical training courses you may have completed.
Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, the South Dakota State Electrical Commission will send you instructions on how you can make arrangements to sit for your exam. You have 90 days to schedule and sit for your exam, otherwise you will have to submit a new application and pay an additional fee. The South Dakota electrician licensing exam is open book and is based on the 2011 edition of the National Electrical Code. You must achieve a minimum score of 70% to pass the exam.
Once you have successfully passed the examination and obtained your license, you’ll need to renew your license on June 30th on every even numbered year for a renewal fee of $40. To renew your license, you will also need to undertake 16 hours of continuing electrician training, with a minimum of 8 hours covering the latest edition of the National Electrical Code.