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Step 1: Experience

3 Easy Steps for Licensure in Kentucky

  1. Gain necessary hands-on work experience and required classroom training to become an electrician

  2. Take the required licensing exam

  3. Apply to earn the Journeyman Electrician license

 

Per 227A.060 Qualifications for licensure -- Provisional license

You can obtain the required job experience in the Military, at a technical school, a qualified apprenticeship program, or by serving as an assistant or technician under the supervision of a licensed electrician.

COUNT YOUR MILITARY EXPERIENCE VIA ONE OF THESE PATHWAYS

The licensing department shall issue a Journeyman Electrician license to an applicant who meets the following requirements:

 

  • Complete two (2) years of verifiable experience in the electrical trade since his or her sixteenth birthday; and a training course in electrical work, acceptable to the department;

 

PATH 1:

Two (2) years of a minimum four (4) year training course in electrical work, acceptable to the department, and shall complete the remaining years of that training course within four (4) years of obtaining the electrician license, or the electrician license shall be revoked; or

 

PATH 2:

An additional two (2) years of verifiable experience in the electrical trade.

Has achieved a passing score, as set by the department, on all portions of the examination required and administered by the department.

 

Proof of experience shall be provided by: Per 815 KAR 35:060

  • Records of a branch of the United States Armed Forces that indicate the applicant performed a function that primarily involved electrical work. Experience gained while in the military shall be deemed to have been earned in Kentucky.

  • Tax returns or other official tax documents that indicate the applicant's occupation or the nature of the applicant's business activities, including Federal Schedule C, Form 1040 Form 1099, or local occupational tax returns;

  • One (1) year of electrical experience shall consist minimally of 1,600 hours of electrical work in a contiguous twelve (12) month period.

  • A copy of a business license issued by a county or municipal government that did not issue electrical contractors, master electrician's, or electrician's licenses prior to June 24, 2003, if the business license indicates the applicant operated as an electrical contractor or worker;

  • A sworn affidavit, on the affiant's letterhead, certifying that the affiant has personal knowledge that the applicant has worked as a master electrician or an electrician for at least one (1) of the following:

    • An electrical workers union;

    • A certified electrical inspector; or

    • An employer that employed the applicant as an electrician or a master electrician; or

  • An applicant for a master electrician license or electrician license attending an accepted electrical training program in accordance with 815 KAR 35:090 shall provide the following with his or her application:

    • An affidavit from the director or authorized agent of the electrical training program confirming the applicant's participation in the electrical training program; and

    • Documentation that the applicant has completed the required number of hours in accordance with 815 KAR 35:090.

  • Additional proof of experience shall be requested by the department, prior to or after licensing, if the department has reason to believe that the experience shown is insufficient or nonexistent.

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Step 2: Take Your Licenscing Exam

After meeting the licensing requirements established by the Kentucky Electrical Division of the Public Protection Cabinet, you’ll be eligible for the Electrical Contractor Business and Law exam, administered by Pearson Vue.

 

Candidate Information Bulletin for Frequently Asked Questions

  • Prov has established eleven (12) testing centers within Kentucky where candidates can take their examinations. These testing centers are located in Ashland, Bowling Green, Florence, Frankfort, Highland Heights, Lexington, Louisville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Somerset. Please refer to the individual list for each site for its testing availability and directions.

  • Exams are $80

  • 70% required for passing score

  • Authorized reference materials are permitted during the exam

 

For Testing Questions - Prov 5200 NW 43rd Street, Suite 102-167 Gainesville, FL 32606 Phone: (866) 720-7768 Fax: (386) 518-6419 www.provexam.com Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Step 3: Apply For Your License

Electrical licenses are issued through the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.

 

Per 815 KAR 35:060

 

An applicant seeking a master electrician license shall submit to the department:

  1. A completed Electrical License Application, Form EL-3;

  2. An application fee of fifty (50) dollars for a twelve (12) month license; and

    • The application fees may be prorated for not less than seven (7) months or more than eighteen (18) months and shall expire on the final day of the applicant's birth month.

  3. Proof of the applicant's experience as established by KRS 227A.060(3)(b) and this administrative regulation.

  4. Photograph requirement. All electrical license applicants shall submit a passport-sized color photograph of the applicant taken within the past six (6) months.

  5. Birth Certificate

  6. Voiding of application.

    • The initial application shall remain pending until all requirements are met, up to a period of one (1) year after the date the application is submitted.

    • At the end of one (1) year, the application shall be void.

 

Per 227A.060 Qualifications for licensure -- Provisional license

NON-RENEWABLE PROVISIONAL LICENSE

The department shall issue a nonrenewable provisional license as an "electrician" to an applicant who:

  • Is a Kentucky resident; and

  • Has completed at least six (6) years of verifiable experience and has worked two thousand eighty (2,080) hours a year for those six (6) years in the electrical trade since the applicant's sixteenth birthday.

  • A nonrenewable provisional license issued to an applicant under paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be valid for a period not to exceed one (1) year from the date of issuance.

  • The department shall issue a license as an electrician to a provisional license holder who has, prior to the expiration of the one (1) year term of the provisional license:

    1. Achieved a passing score on all portions of the examination required and administered by the department under subsection (3)(c) of this section;

    2. Paid to the department the application fee not to exceed fifty dollars ($50); and

    3. Paid to the department the examination fee not to exceed the actual cost of the examination.

  • If a provisional license holder does not achieve a passing score on all portions of the examination required and administered under subsection (3)(c) of this section prior to the expiration of the one (1) year term of the provisional license, the provisional license shall expire and the provisional license holder shall be ineligible for any additional provisional licenses. Nothing in this paragraph shall prevent a former provisional license holder from acquiring an electrician's license under subsection (3) of this section.

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Licensure Renewal 815 KAR 35:060

  • A license shall be valid for one (1) year and shall be renewed on or before the last day of the licensee's birth month. For electrical contractor licenses issued to corporations, partnerships, or business entities without a birth month, the renewal month shall be the month the license was issued.

  • Filing for renewal. A Journeyman electrician shall submit to the department:

    • A completed form: Electrical License Application, Form EL-3 for a master electrician and electrician;

    • A renewal fee of: $Fifty (50) dollars for an electrician;

    • Proof of annual continuing education attendance in accordance with 815 KAR 2:010; and

    • Proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c) and this administrative regulation for an electrical contractor. Continuing Education Course Approval CE-2

  • A license that is in inactive status shall be exempt from annual renewal.

    • An inactive license shall be reactivated upon payment of the annual renewal fee, the reactivation fee, and upon compliance with the continuing education requirements established in 815 KAR 2:010.

  • A licensee who applies for reissuance of a license pursuant to 2018 Ky. Acts ch. 186, sec. 2 shall submit to the department:

    • A completed: Electrical License Application, Form EL-3 for a master electrician and electrician;

  • Proof of licensure as described in 2018 Ky Acts ch. 186, sec. 2;

    • A reissuance fee of $100; and

    • Proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c) and this administrative regulation for an electrical contractor.

      • The reissued license shall be valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance. The reissued license holder shall obtain a full license if the reissued license holder passes the corresponding license examination pursuant to Section 4 of this administrative regulation.

      • If the individual with the reissued license fails to take and pass an examination within one (1) year of reissuance, the department shall terminate the license.

  • A licensee who has not previously provided a passport-sized color photograph shall provide one (1) with the licensee's next application for renewal.

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