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Electrical Inspector General License Requirements

 Per 815 KAR 35:015

An electrical inspector general shall be certified to inspect and approve an electrical installation related to any type of residential, commercial, industrial, or any other property that requires electrical inspection.

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Step 1: Experience


At least eight (8) years of experience immediately preceding the application in the installation and design of residential, commercial, and industrial wiring systems installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, incorporated by reference in 815 KAR 7:120 and 815 KAR 7:125.

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Step 2: Exam

  • Passed an examination focused on electrical installations in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings with a score of seventy (70) percent or greater by a test provider approved by the department. In State of Kentucky, the master electrician’s exam satisfies the examination requirements

  • Pre-registration is not required for the State of Kentucky Electrical Licensing Board

  • Computer based testing that is open book, timed and completed in-person at a ProV or Pearson facility.

  • To schedule exam or call ProV with questions 866-720-7768

  • Passing score is valid for 3 years.

  • Electrical Licensing Exam FAQ

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Step 3: Apply for Kentucky Licensure

  • An applicant for certification as an electrical inspector shall submit to the department:

    • A completed Application for Electrical Inspector Certification on Form EL-11;

    • Proof of successful completion of the examination applicable to the certification sought;

    • Except for electrical inspectors employed by the department, a fee of $100 dollars payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer

    • Proof of the applicant's experience as required

    • A passport-sized, color photograph of the applicant taken within the past six (6) months; and

    • Proof of a bond in the amount of $5,000 in compliance with KRS 227.487(4), unless employed by the department or a local government rules otherwise.

  • An applicant shall possess:

    • The ability to read and write the English language; and

    • A general educational level at least adequate to perform his or her duties.

  • Proof of listed experience shall be provided by:

    • A federal or state tax form; or

    • An affidavit by another license holder who worked with the applicant.

  • Credit for education to replace an applicant's experience requirements shall be limited to a total of two (2) years.

  • Military experience can be credited for civilian experience on a year by year basis.

  • The department shall issue a certification for an electrical inspector only to an individual. A corporation, partnership, company, or other entity shall not be issued a certification.

  • An applicant shall receive credit for an electrical course satisfactorily completed from an accredited vocational school or college on a year-for-year basis.

  • Any approved apprenticeship programs through the Labor Cabinet are approved.

    • Electrician Apprenticeship Programs in Kentucky

    • Kentucky has several union programs through local chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW) in collaboration with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), which are called Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs), and non-union programs through the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Examples of programs available in Kentucky are:

      • Louisville Electrical JATC (Kentuckian Electrical Apprenticeship and Training)

      • IBEW Local 1701 JATC in Owensboro

      • Paducah Electrical JATC

      • IEC of the Bluegrass in Lexington – Apprenticeship Program

      • IEC of Kentucky and Southern Indiana

      • ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter 



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Licensure Renewal

  • Certification period:

    • Each electrical inspector's certification shall expire on the last day of the electrical inspector's birth month each year.

    • The department shall send each electrical inspector a renewal application form prior to the date of expiration.

  • Filing for renewal. Each electrical inspector seeking certification renewal shall submit to the department:

    • A completed Application for Electrical Inspector Certification on Form EL-11;

    • A renewal fee off fifty (50) dollars;

    • Proof of compliance with the continuing education requirements established in 815 KAR 2:010;

    • If the electrical inspector is employed by a local government, documented proof of continued employment signed by the hiring authority responsible for administering the local jurisdiction's inspection and code enforcement program;

    • For each local jurisdiction with which the applicant is contracted to act as an electrical inspector, a copy of the current contract naming the applicant and establishing the terms and conditions of his or her authority; and

    • For each local jurisdiction with which the applicant is contracted to act as an electrical inspector, a copy of the ordinance fixing the schedule of fees authorized to be charged for electrical inspections within that jurisdiction.

  • Current information. An applicant who has previously submitted a document required by their local government or local jurisdiction for a prior renewal shall not be required to resubmit that document if it remains current and effective at the time of the current renewal.

  • Change of information. Within ten (10) days of the occurrence, an electrical inspector shall provide the department:

    • Notice of any establishment, change, or termination of the electrical inspector's contract or employment with a local jurisdiction;

    • A copy of any new or revised contract entered into with a local jurisdiction; and

    • For any local jurisdiction with which the electrical inspector is employed or contracted, a copy of any ordinance amending the schedule of fees authorized to be charged for electrical inspections within that jurisdiction.

    • Late renewal.

      • An electrical inspector who fails to submit the renewal application and renewal fee on or before the last day of his or her birth month shall be a late renewal fee of fifty (50) dollars in addition to the renewal fee.

      • If both fees are not paid or all required continuing education is not completed within sixty (60) days after the last day of the electrical inspector's birth month, the certification shall be terminated.


Dept of Housing, Buildings and Construction Contacts

Phone: 502-573-2002


The Licensing Branch is responsible for all licensing, certification and continuing education for all DHBC.


Find licensing documents on the forms and documents page.


Access the licensing portal on the eServices page.

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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