New Jersey Electrical Contracting Business Rules

The Board of Examiners of Electrical Contracting Laws provides the rules electrical contracting businesses in New Jersey. New Jersey requires electrical contracting business to receive the legal permits to perform electrical contracting work on commercial or residential properties. Along with the electrical permits, an electrical contractor must have a electrical contracting license in order to do business throughout the state.

  1. Qualification Rules

    • New Jersey requires the electrical contracting business to be licensed by the examiner board. A person must be at least 21 to own an electrical contracting business, have a high school diploma or general educational degree (GED), have the work experience or education required under the qualifications rules.

    Experience or Educational Rules

    • A electrical contracting business in New Jersey must employ a person that has five years hands-on work experience performing the tasks of an electrician. Just supervising other electricians does not meet this hands-on work experience qualification. A person seeking to take the electrical contractors examination can go through an approved apprenticeship program, which is a combination of hands-on work experience and classroom training. Another way for an electrical contractor to meet the experience qualifications for the examinations is to be a qualified journeyman electrician with at least one year of hands-on work experience. The work experience and classroom qualification can also be met by an applicant that has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with two years of hands-on work experience.

    Insurance Rules

    • Every electrical contracting business is required to have letters of credit from a bank as well as general liability insurance before being granted a permit and license from the board of examiners. This rule requires the electrical contracting business to have a letter of credit from a bank worth a minimum of $300,000 to cover any damages that may occur. The business must also have general liability insurance worth a minimum of $300,000 to cover any bodily injury.

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