Criteria Required to Sit for the Ohio Electrician License Test


The State of Ohio offers an "Electrical Contractors License" that is equivalent to the Master Electrician's License in most states. Ohio does not license apprentice or journeyman level electricians, though the trade union does operate apprentice training and recognizes journeyman level electricians. Individuals must meet certain criteria to sit for the Ohio Electrician's License Test.


  • The criteria for a Electrical Contractor's License as stated by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board are:

    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be a United States citizen or a legal alien--must provide proof of being a legal alien
    • Either have been a trades-person in the type of licensed trade for which the application is filed for not less than five (5) years immediately prior to the date the application is filed, currently be a registered engineer in this state with three (3) years of business experience in the construction industry in the trade for which the engineer is applying to take the examination, or have other experience acceptable to the appropriate section of the board
    • Not have been convicted of or plead guilty to a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude or of any felony
    • Pass the examination in the trade
    • Carry minimum $500,000 contractor liability coverage
    • Pay the applicable fees


  • Documenting your experience must be done with copies of:
    · any local licenses or registrations
    · permits obtained
    · union card
    · pay stubs
    · W-2's
    · signed contracts
    · invoices
    · letters of recommendation or verification of employment on company letterhead

    You must document the complete date (day/month/year) for the beginning and end of your electrical experience and describe the duties you performed at each of these jobs. Descriptions and dates that are not specific enough will be rejected, resulting in delays or rejection of the application.


  • Complete an Exam Application and have the application notarized. Send the application, supporting documents, and a $25 check or money order (as of 2010) to the licensing board. After the board has approved the application, the applicant will have to pass a state and federal background check conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation before being allowed to sit for the exam.

The Exam

  • The exam is five sections--one on law and business and four on electrical knowledge covering:
    · transformers and equipment
    · service feeders and branch circuits
    · raceways, boxes and panel boards
    · conductors and cables
    · control devices
    · motors and generators
    · utilization equipment
    · special occupancies and equipment

    The test is 100 questions with a five hour time limit. A score of 70/100 is required to pass. Test takers are permitted to bring the current National Electrical Code book into the test. As of 2010 the test is given only by PSI.

Post Exam

  • After passing the exam, the applicant must present proof of the minimum $500,000 contractors liability insurance to the licensing board. The License is then issued and is valid for one year from the date issued.

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