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To perform electrical services in Delaware, you are required to hold a Delaware professional license as an electrician. Performing “electrical services” or “electrical work” is defined by the Board 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
If you have completed all education and experience requirements of an approved apprenticeship program and received your certificate of completion, you may apply for either a Residential, Journeyperson, or other type of Electrician license. Journeyperson Electrician licensure allows you to perform electrical services under supervision while you obtain more experience and master the skills that you will need to pass the examination for the other types of Electrician licensure.
If you do not qualify as a Master Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Master Electrician Special license in one of these specialty areas:
If you do not qualify as a Limited Electrician but have knowledge in an area(s) of specialty, you may apply for a Limited Electrician Special license in one of these specialty areas:
If you have more than one specialty area, you must submit a separate application for each area in DELPROS, our online portal.
You may apply for a Master/Limited Electrician license by Exam or by Reciprocity. The way you apply determines what documentation you are required to submit with your application. The information below should help you determine which way to apply in DELPROS, our online portal, and what documents to submit. DELPROS asks you to answer a few questions in order to determine your pathway to licensure and then it leads you to the correct online application based on your answers. The choices of ways to apply are: examination and reciprocity.
Note: In the state of 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.
Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.
In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.
In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).
In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:
If you need to take the examination for an original license, the Board of Electrical Examiners must approve you to sit for the examination. You must submit the supporting documentation below at least 45 days before the scheduled test date (Section 4.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.)
In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit the following:
To receive credit for any experience you obtained in Delaware after June 30, 2012, you must have been licensed as an Apprentice or Journeyperson Electrician at the time.
When the Board approves your application, the Board office will send you the examination registration form. For more information, see Exam Information.
The Board of Electrical Examiners has determined the states that do and do not have licensure standards “substantially similar” to those of Delaware. Depending on whether your state is substantially similar or not determines what additional item(s) (if any) you are required to submit:
In addition to submitting .the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the section above for all applicants section in DELPROS, you must also submit proof of experience if: