How to Become an Electrician in South Carolina
In most of the states in the US, electricians must start of as apprentices, and then go on to become licensed (journeyman electricians). After these steps, one can continue to proceed towards becoming electrical contractors or master electricians. The demand for electricians has increased immensely since the last few years and the trend suggests that it will continue to increase; primarily because of the increasing use of electricity everywhere. This is why, many more people are now interested in becoming electricians today.
In South Carolina, if you are interested in becoming an electrician, then you must first get a High school diploma or its equivalent. After this, you should start looking for apprenticeships and should also apply at electrician training schools or relevant online courses. This is important so that you can complete your work experience and education requirements and qualify for your license. The apprenticeship must be four years. To get a suitable apprenticeship, you should contact Apprenticeship Carolina or Watson Electrical or any other organization working in your area to help people find apprenticeships. Many training schools also have apprenticeship programs so you can get in touch with them too; however, you need to make sure that they are accredited by the licensing approving board of South Carolina. You will also need to supply your own tools for your apprenticeship.
As soon as you are done with your apprenticeship, the next step is to become licensed. In South Carolina, electrical residential licenses are offered at the state level, while others cities and counties in the state have their own rules and regulations. This is why you might need additional licensing; therefore, it is important that you find out these local requirements. You can do so by first deciding the exact city/county where you will work and contacting the relevant Business License or Building Permit department.
The residential contractor license is approved by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and you must have at least a year’s experience of working under the supervision of a master electrician or licensed electrical contractor. You must fill and submit the relevant application, the relevant documents and fees as soon as your application gets approved to pass an exam. After you successfully clear the exam, you must submit the license fee and a surety bond of the amount $10,000 to get your license issued. The license can either be renewed annually or biennially, depending upon the fee you pay. Additionally, the exams are conducted by PSI, so you can contact them to get to know more about the fees and the syllabus of the exams. The candidate bulletin board is also very helpful.
South Carolina does not have reciprocity agreements for its residential electrical license with any other state, so you must take the exam for this license in order to get it.
Once you get your license, you can legally work as an electrician in that particular county or state. With more and more experience, you can get bigger projects, higher income and a lot more work-related responsibility. There are a number of opportunities for a person once he or she gets his or her license; it all depends on what you are interested in pursuing.