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.