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Division of
Professional Regulation

Journeyperson Electrician



 

General Information

To perform electrical services in Delaware, you are required to hold a Delaware professional license as an electrician.  The Board defines “electrical services” or “electrical work” to mean any activity that is covered by the National Electrical Code (NEC) as adopted by the Delaware State Fire Commission. Examples are provided in Section 1.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. Types of electrician licensure include Master, Master Special, Limited, Limited Special, Journeyperson and Apprentice (24 Del. C. 1408 (a)).

Journeyperson Electrician licensure allows you to perform electrical services under supervision while you gain more experience and master the skills that you will need to pass the examinations for Master, Limited, Master Special or Limited Special Electrician licensure.

 

Selecting Type of Application

If you are applying for licensure as a Journeyperson Electrician, the application asks whether you are filing for licensure by examination, reciprocity, or certification.

  • If you hold a certificate of completion issued by the Department of Labor or approved apprentice program in Delaware or other state, a U.S. territory or the District of Columbia, apply for licensure by certificate. If you qualify for licensure by certificate, you do not have to pass a journeyperson examination.
  • If you hold a current journeyperson license issued by another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia, apply for licensure by reciprocity.Note: In Pennsylvania, electrical licenses are not issued by a state board. If the only current license(s) you hold was issued by a Pennsylvania municipality or other jurisdiction, you must apply by examination.
  • Apply by examination if you
    • do not hold a current journeyperson license issued by another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia, and
    • do not have a certificate of completion issued by a Department of Labor or approved apprentice program in another state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.

    If you apply by examination, you must pass a journeyperson examination.

 

Requirements for All Applications

  • If you have ever held an electrical license in any another jurisdiction, arrange for the Board office to receive license verification from each jurisdiction, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.

 

Additional Requirement for Applications by Certificate

If you are applying by certificate, the following requirement applies in addition to the requirements under Requirements for All Applications above.

  • Enclose a certificate of completion of apprenticeship from a state-approved, bona fide, registered apprenticeship program such as a program approved by the Department of Labor or a Board-approved program.

 

Additional Requirement for Applications by Examination

If you are applying by examination, the following requirement applies in addition to the requirements under Requirements for All Applications above.

  • Submit Verification of Employment form(s) showing at least 8,000 hours of full-time experience performing electrical work under the supervision of a licensed master electrician, master electrician special, limited electrician, or limited electrician special.
    • If you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form for one or more periods of employment (e.g., your former employer has gone out of business), you may substitute tax form W-2s for those periods. However, you must include a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form and a detailed outline of your experience.

 

Additional Requirements for Applications by Reciprocity

To be licensed as a Journeyperson Electrician by reciprocity, you must hold a current journeyperson license issued by another state, a U.S. territory or the District of Columbia. The Board will determine whether the licensure requirements in any jurisdiction where you hold a current license are substantially similar to those of Delaware. To make this determination, the Board reviews and compares the law and regulations of the other jurisdiction(s) to Delaware’s law and regulations. The table below explains how this affects your application.

 

IF the Board determines that the requirements are substantially similar in… AND IF you… THEN you…
at least one jurisdiction where you hold a current license
  • qualify for a reciprocal license
  • do not need to have five years of full-time experience
none of jurisdictions where you hold a current license have five years of full-time, supervised experience
  • qualify for a reciprocal license
  • do not have to pass an exam.
do not have five years of full-time, supervised experience
  • do not qualify for a reciprocal license
  • must pass the journeyperson exam.

 

Note: The determination of substantial equivalence may change based, for example, on changes in the other jurisdiction’s law.

  • Submit a copy of the law and rules and regulations from each state, U.S. territory or the District of Columbia where you hold a current journeyperson electrician license.
    • You do not need to provide licensure law and regulations related to licenses issued by jurisdictions that are not states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia (e.g., cities or counties).
  • Submit Verification of Employment form(s) showing five years full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master electrician, master electrician special, limited electrician, or limited electrician special.
    • If you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form for one or more periods of employment (e.g., your former employer has gone out of business), you may substitute tax form W-2s for those periods. However, you must include a letter explaining why you cannot obtain the form and an detailed outline of your experience.

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