How Can I Get a Journeyman's Electrical License in New Jersey?

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In New Jersey, journeyman electricians must have at least 8,000 hours of prior electrical experience.
In New Jersey, journeyman electricians must have at least 8,000 hours of prior electrical experience. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

To become a qualified journeyman electrician in New Jersey, you must obtain a certificate of registration from the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. A certificate of registration will be granted to a person who has acquired the minimum required level of on-the-job experience and practical classroom training. Qualified journeyman electricians are licensed to supervise up to ten electrical employees; however, this supervision must be carried out under the employ of a licensed electrical contractor. As a qualified journeyman electrician, you are not authorized to hire your own employees.

Enroll in an approved apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job experience with classroom training in the installation, alteration and repair of electrical systems. To become eligible for certification as a qualified journeyman electrician, your apprenticeship must comprise at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience and at least 576 hours of classroom training. The New Jersey Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) trade association offers local apprenticeship opportunities with IEC contractors and partnering trade schools. Visit the New Jersey IEC website for contact information (see Resources). Your local IEC chapter will administer the application procedure, which will likely include a math assessment test.

Complete your apprenticeship program and obtain a certificate of completion from your classroom training program. Include a copy of the certificate when you submit your journeyman application.

Download an Application for Qualified Journeyman Electrician from the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors website (see Resources). Note that you must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States to qualify.

Create a detailed log of your experience using the appropriate form. You must show 8,000 hours of practical experience in the installation, alteration and repair of electrical systems, at least 4,000 hours of which must have occurred in the last five years.

Deliver Work Experience Certification forms to qualified electrical journeymen and/or licensed electrical contractors who have intimate knowledge of your hands-on electrical experience. The forms, together, must show that you have 8,000 hours of qualified experience. Collect the completed forms and include them with your application.

Complete your application and have it notarized. Attach a passport-style photo of yourself to the application. Submit it, along with required documentation and fees, to the indicated address. Upon approval, you will receive a certificate of registration which licenses you to supervise electrical employees.

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