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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 Electrician or Journeyperson Electrician 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 file a separate application for each area.
The application asks whether you are filing for licensure by examination or 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.
If you are applying by examination, the following items are required in addition to those listed under Requirements for All Applications above. If you need to take the examination for an original license, the Board of Electrical Examiners must approve you to sit for the examination. Submit the following items for Board approval at least 45 days before the scheduled test date (Section 4.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations):
|IF you||AND IF you are applying for…||THEN submit…|
|Have completed a registered apprenticeship program||Master, Limited or any Special license||Certificate of completion of apprenticeship from any bona fide, registered apprenticeship program of any state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia.|
|Have not completed a registered apprenticeship program||Master Electrician||
|Limited Electrician||Verification of Employment form showing three years of full-time experience under the supervision of a licensed master or limited electrician.|
|Master Electrician Special||Verification of Employment form showing six years of full-time experience in the area(s) of specialty under the supervision of a licensed master electrician or master electrician special.|
|Limited Electrician Special||Verification of Employment form showing three years of full-time experience in the area(s) of specialty under the supervision of a licensed master electrician, master electrician or limited electrician special.|
When the Board has approved your application, the Board office will send you the examination registration form. For more information, see Exam Information.
If you are applying by reciprocity, the following items are required in addition to those listed under Requirements for All Applications above:
|IF you hold a current license issued by one of these jurisdictions…||THEN the licensure standards (see Note below)…||AND you…|
|Michigan, Wyoming||are substantially similar||do not need to submit any proof of experience.|
|Arkansas, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia||are not substantially similar||must submit proof of experience for at least five years after licensure:
|A state or U.S. territory not listed above||must be evaluated by the Board||must submit a copy of the other jurisdiction’s law and regulations for evaluation.
Note: You do not need to submit law and regulations for jurisdictions that are not states, U.S. territories or the District of Columbia.