How to Get a Journeyman Electrician License in West Virginia


Journeyman electricians perform a variety of tasks on a job site. From reading writing diagrams to training apprentice electricians, journeyman electricians need to be knowledgeable in electrical wiring, troubleshooting electrical issues, working with other contractors and ordering electrical materials for the work site. To work as a journeyman electrician in West Virginia, you must obtain a license from the West Virginia Fire Commission.

Things You'll Need

  • Journeyman-Specialty Electrician Examination Application
  • 2008 National Electric Code Book
  • Download the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Electrician Exam Application. from the West Virginia Fire Commission website. Complete and send the application and $25 testing fee to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal Office for review. Make checks payable to the "WVSFMO." Exam fees are non-refundable. You will receive notice of acceptance or rejection of your application within 14 days. Only accepted applicants can take the exam.

    West Virginia State Fire Marshal Office
    1207 Quarrier St.
    Charleston, WV 25301

  • Schedule an appointment to take the journeyman license exam with the fire marshal's office. A list of available dates and locations is available on the WVSFMO website. Bring your letter of confirmation or proof of identification with you to the testing site.

  • Purchase a 2008 National Electric Code Book from an electrical supply store or online to use during testing. Exams are open-book and consist of 42 multiple choice and mathematical questions. You will have up to 4 hours to complete the exam. Allow up to 14 days to receive exam results. You must score at least 80% to qualify for a journeyman's license. License applications are sent to those who pass the exam.

  • Send completed license application and $50 license fee to the WVSFMO. You will receive your license in the mail within 14 days of application processing.

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