NJ Electrical Contractors License
Application Requirements Information

License Qualification Requirements To Practice As An Electrical Contractor

APPLY FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR LICENSE:

To apply for an electrical contractor license, you must be over 21 years of age, pass an exam, and provide evidence of at least five years of experience working in the electrical field . Your application may take months to be processed.  You may experience extensive delays due to scheduling monthly meetings agendas.

Refer to: N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.1 Qualifications of Applicant PDF Document for complete details.

Refer to: N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.3 Experience Requirements PDF Document for complete details.

Electrical Contractors Experience Requirement Information

  • Is over the age of 21 years
  • Holds a high school diploma or equivalent certificate
  • Has met the experience requirements set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.3.
  • Submit the application fee as set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.6
  • Submit the Required Application to take the exam with PSI Services LLC (see PSI section below).
  • After successfully passing the licensing examination, the application shall submit the license fee as set forth at N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.6.
  • Experience as referenced within N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.3 (b)
    • Applicants for examination for a license as an electrical contractor shall present proof to the Board that the applicant:
    • Has been, for a period of at least five years immediately preceding the submission of the application, employed or engaged in the business of electrical construction and installation.
    • During that period, the applicant shall have, Successfully completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship program accredited and approved by the United States Department of Labor while actively engaged or employed as an electrical apprentice.
    • As proof of successful completion of the electrical apprenticeship program, the applicant shall submit a copy of a Certificate of Completion issued by the United States Department of Labor
    • Obtained at least one year of practical hands-on experience as a journeyman electrician.
    • The applicant shall complete the four-year electrical apprenticeship program prior to spending at least one year as a journeyman electrician
    • Definition:  One year of practice hands-on experience shall be 2,000 hours
  • Additional Information as referenced within N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.3 (c)
    • Between December 17, 2018 and December 17, 2022, for an applicant who was employed in the electrical trade prior to December 17, 2018, or enrolled in a formal electrical apprenticeship program completed prior to December 17, 2018, the Board shall accept one year of employment, in lieu of one year’s enrollment in an electrical apprenticeship program, accredited and approved by the United States Department of Labor, up to a maximum total credit of four years.

Electrical Contractors License Application Requirement Information

When applying to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, Licensing Board to take your Electrical Contractors exam, be prepared for your application to take 3 – 4 months to be processed before you can take your exam. You may experience extra delays.

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

The Board requires you to pass an exam to get a license.

In order to take the exam, you must:

  • File Application
  • Supply Work Experience Certification
  • Supply Qualification of Applicant documentation
  • Follow Application Process Overview

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

Documentation & Reference Material 

 

Click here for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Home Page

Click here for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Application Process Overview

Click for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Instructions of Applicant

Click here for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Application and Forms

Click here for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Work Experience Certification

Click here for NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Application for Examination 

PSI Services LLC

In order to complete your exam, you must first apply to NJ Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors AND to PSI Services, who will administer your Electrical Contractors License exam.

Instructions to PSI Applicants: (source: Published by)

  • Application Fee Not Refundable
  • APPLICATIONS MUST be completely and neatly typewritten or printed with signature and photograph provided. Also, a copy of your high school diploma or equivalency certificate must be submitted.
  • If application is not of sufficient size to furnish the desired information, a supplemental sheet of the same size may be typed and enclosed with the application.
  • Give a detailed account of experience in electrical construction and installations, giving dates, employer and your duties for a minimum of the past five years.
  • Applicant may submit proof of completion of a four-year apprenticeship program approved by both a Federal agency and a Federally certified state agency recognized by the Board and at least one year of hands-on experience acceptable to the Board. Anyone with a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering will require two years practical experience in the electrical construction field. Copy of Degree must be forwarded to this office.
  • ALL APPLICATIONS must be SIGNED AND NOTARIZED.
  • Computer-based examinations will be administered by PSI Services, LLC
  • Work Experience Certification forms are to be filled out by as many employers as necessary to show five or more years electrical experience. Return forms to this office with application and fee. No application for examination can be reviewed unless required experience is defined by date, work details and the work experience certification forms properly executed. • Application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee in the amount of $100.00 in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the STATE OF NEW JERSEY
  • No application will be reviewed unless all information has been forwarded to the Board by the applicant which includes the work experience certification forms signed and sealed by employers.
  • If your application is approved by the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors to take the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS LICENSING EXAMINATION administered by PSI Services, LLC in the state of New Jersey, you will be notified by this Board. This notification will be accompanied by the appropriate Candidate Information Bulletin which includes instructions for registering for the licensing examination.

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors: (source: Published by)

Licensing Questions

1. Must I be a citizen of the United States to be eligible for licensure?

No. New Jersey State law allows for all individuals, regardless of citizenship status, to obtain a professional or occupational license in New Jersey if all requirements for licensure are met. Individuals with undocumented status are eligible for licensure and a social security number is not required for licensure.

2. What is the licensing process for electrical contractors?

Applications for examination must be submitted to the Board for review. An applicant for examination must show proof that he/she has had, immediately preceding the submission of the application, at least five years of practical hands-on experience working with tools in the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electric light, heat or power, which work shall have been done in compliance with the National Electrical Code. Alternatively, applications for examination may also be submitted by those who have completed an approved apprenticeship program and at least one year of hands-on experience as defined above, and those who have earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and completed at least two years of hands-on experience as defined above.Once the application has been Board-approved, the applicant will receive information regarding exam registration, content and reference materials. The applicant must pass a three-part examination. Upon successfully passing the three-part examination (electrical contractor [trade], alarm systems and business and law), the applicant will receive a packet of licensing information.Applications for Examination, examination dates, and pertinent information may be obtained from this web site. From the home page simply click on the Applications link. Complete details regarding qualifications of applicants may also be viewed from this web site. From the home page click on Laws and Regulations, then select Electrician Regulations. Refer to N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.1. Should you have any additional questions about the licensing process you may contact the Board’s office at (973) 504-6410.

3. Does New Jersey have reciprocity agreements with other states?

No. New Jersey does not have reciprocity with any other state.

4. When do licensed electrical contractors renew their licenses/business permits?

All electrical contractor licenses and business permits have a triennial expiration date of March 31 and should be renewed by that date in the applicable renewal year (2015, 2018, 2021, etc.).

Should you fail to renew your license/permit by the expiration date, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.3, you may still renew your license within 30 days following the date of license expiration, however, a licensee who fails to submit a renewal application within 30 days           following the date of expiration shall have his or her license suspended without a hearing. Be aware also that, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.6, a late renewal fee of $50.00 will be charged if you submit your renewal application within 30 days following the date of expiration.

5. Can a licensee renew his/her license as inactive?

A licensee may renew his/her license by choosing inactive status. Information on inactive status may be obtained from this web site. From the home page, click on Laws and Regulations, and then select Electrician Regulations. Refer to N.J.A.C. 13:31-2.4.

Continuing Education Questions

  1. Are electrical contractors required to meet continuing education requirements?

    Yes. Prior to renewing his/her license in each triennial cycle, a licensee must complete a total of 34 hours of continuing education which includes nine hours of Code and one hour of New Jersey laws, rules and regulations. Licensees shall not be required to complete the continuing education requirements for the triennial registration period in which they initially received licensure.

  2. I will be renewing my license for the first time. Am I required to have earned continuing education credits?

    No. Continuing education credits are not required of licensees for the triennial registration period in which their license was initially issued. Be aware, however, that on your renewal application you should respond “Yes” to the question asking if you have completed the required continuing education credits during the past three years.

Final Steps

The Board will review your application and if you are found eligible you will receive information for the required exam.
Computer-based examinations will be administered by PSI Services, LLC.
For information on the exam or scheduling, contact PSI Services, LLC:

PSI Services LLC
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (855) 746-8173
Fax: (702) 932-2666
E-mail: examschedule@psionline.com

  • Contact PSI online
  • Electrical Contractors Examination Application

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