How to Become an Electrician in Connecticut
Becoming an electrician is a rather straightforward process that requires commitment and dedication. If you are motivated to become a licensed electrician in Connecticut then you will find the steps below in order to begin this rewarding career.
First, the most basic requirement is getting a high school degree or its equivalent. This is important so that you can enroll in an electrician training program and/or apprenticeship. Once you get your high school degree, you have two options either to attend an electrician training school and then get an apprenticeship or skip the training school and get an apprenticeship directly. Doing the apprenticeship is mandatory. Although it varies, most apprenticeship periods last between 3 and 5 years. The best way to get apprenticeships is to contact electricians in your area or companies who hire electricians or contacting organizations such as the Connecticut Department of Labor. You can also join a technical school or take courses online and get credit towards your apprenticeship period. This period is very important as it helps you get familiar with what to expect when you become an electrician and practice all the theory that you learned in the classroom. There are a number of electrician training schools in Connecticut.
Once the apprenticeship is over the next step is to get a license. This is important so that you can legally provide electrical services within a state. Performing unlicensed Electrician work has hefty penalties if your caught. In Connecticut the licenses are granted by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection and you can choose between two options, either get the journeyman electrician license or a contractor license. You will also need to provide your own tools for your electrical apprenticeship.
If you go for the Journeyman license, you will need notarized proof of your apprenticeship and you should have completed at least 8000 working hours or 4 years. You can include the training school courses as part of your apprenticeship. The application fee is $45 and the examination fee is $50. The license needs to be renewed yearly and the renewal cost is $60. These costs are non-refundable. Once your application is approved by PSI exams you will get the necessary information for you to schedule an exam for the license. Once you have completed your preparation and are confident enough, you must contact PSI exams. After getting your license you will be subject to Continuing Education (CE) and you will need to obtain 7 hours per year from one of the institutions that provide electrical journeymen continuing education programs so that you can get your license renewed. To know more about the exam and training information you can contact the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
The other option is getting a licensed Connecticut contractor. To do this, one must provide proof of having a journeyman license for at least two years and the application fee is $75, once the application is approved, an exam must be given which costs $130 and the license must be renewed yearly costing an additional $75. All these costs are non-refundable.
The exams are open book and you can easily ace them if you are genuinely interested in this occupation. All questions are multiple choices and cover a vast range of topics including Business and Law and are several hours long. You must score at least 70% to get the license.
Connecticut does not have reciprocal agreements with any state.
A licensed electrician can also become a master electrician which is the top position in this career but he or she must have seven years of journeyman license experience or a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering to qualify for the master electrician test.