Becoming a master electrician involves a fair amount of formal classroom training as well as years of hands-on experience. It’s not easy, but it is an extremely rewarding career. Read on to learn how to become a master electrician.
The easiest way to get started on the path to becoming a master electrician is through an electrical apprenticeship with an organization like Independent Electrical Contractors. It is best to obtain an apprenticeship through a training organization like IEC because it will provide the necessary hands-on training as well as the classroom training necessary to become a licensed electrician, which is the first step to becoming a master.
The specific requirements for obtaining the master electrician designation vary by state, but it almost always requires a combination of formal instruction and some minimum amount of experience. In some circumstances, having more formal education can lower the required experience. To become licensed, you will have to pass your state’s electrical licensing exam.
Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will apply for a journeyman electrical license. Once you have enough experience as a journeyman, you may be able to apply for a master electrician license. Expect it to take at least two years post-journeyman before you can apply for master status. Again, the exact requirements will differ from state to state, but for the most part that is the process: apprenticeship, followed by journeyman status, followed by master electrician status.
Your education does not end upon reaching master electrician status. If you want to maintain your career as a top electrician, you will need to continue your education indefinitely. In addition, your state will likely require you to take certain classes periodically to maintain your licensure anyway.
A logical question is “is it worth it?” If you are seeking a satisfying and financially rewarding career in which you get to work with your hands on multiple interesting projects, then the answer is definitely yes. Qualified electricians are in demand and will remain in demand for the foreseeable future. Master electricians earn a healthy median salary and never have to worry about job security. If you’re looking for something easy, then it might not be for you. It will require you to study hard and work hard, but if you’re not afraid to put in the effort, then becoming a master electrician might be the best decision you ever make.
To get started, click the blue Get Started Now button below and get in touch with Independent Electrical Contractors. We will put you in contact with the people at your nearest IEC chapter so you can learn how to get started in your electrical career and how to become a master electrician. By the way, IEC training is free, and you will get paid while you go through your apprenticeship.