How to Get an Electrical License
Electrical license requirements vary by state, but there are four basic steps that are pretty much the same, so read on to learn how to get an electrical license. The four steps are:
1. Graduate high school or get a GED, with an emphasis on math and science.
2. Get formal training through an electrician apprenticeship program. We recommend going through Independent Electrical Contractors, which has over 50 training centers nationwide.
3. Get work experience (much of which you will get through your IEC apprenticeship).
4. Pass the electrical licensing tests for your state.
Here is a good list of state-by-state electrical license requirements.
- The electrical field was ranked the second most desirable field in the construction industry by U.S. News.
- On average, electricans earn around $60 thousand per year, with apprentices earning 30 - 50% less.
- The electrical field is expected to grow faster than the national average for the next decade at an estimated 23% growth rate per year.
Students at an IEC training center learn in interactive state-of-the-art labs taught by highly skilled and experienced instructors. The classroom training is combined with real world jobsite experience for a total education that is far different than what you receive at a traditional higher education institution.
And since you get paid while learning, you graduate with zero debt for your education!