Electrical Licensing

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Authority:

West Virginia State Code, Chapter 29, Article 3B "Supervision of Electricians"
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West Virginia Code of State Rule, Title 103, Series 5 "Electrician Licensing Rules​" 



Links:

WVSFMO ImageTrend Online Licensure Portal - Click Here

Electrician Exam Locations and Dates - Click Here

Letter of Good Standing Request Form - Click Here​

Complaint Form - Click Here


Important Notices:

Starting January​ 1, 2022, all Electrical Examinations will be based on the 2020 NEC Code Book. ​

Due to the passage of new legislative rules, as of June 16, 2021 Apprentice Electricians no longer require licensure to perform helper level electrical work. 


Electrician License Types:

  • Journeyman 
  • Master 
  • Specialty Electrician 
    • ​Electric Sign 
    • HVAC 
    • Low Voltage 
    • Single Family Dwelling   
  • ​Reciprocal Journeyman
  • Reciprocal Master
  • Temporary Journeyman
  • Temporary Master

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Electrical Licensure Testing Requirement:
​Applicants for the Journeyman, Master, and Specialty Electrician license must pass the WVSFMO electrical exam for the licensure level they wish to obtain. 

Exam Qualification Requirements:

Journeyman - Must meet at least 1 of the 3 requirements below:

  • Must have at least 1 Year (12 months) or 2,000 hours of actual, hands-one electrical work experience. All work shall consist of above ground structural wiring in accordance with the National Electric Code. 
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OR

  • ​Must have completed an approved US Department of Labor formal Apprenticeship program.

OR

  • Must have completed an approved West Virginia Department of Education 1080 hour vocational course. 

Master - Must have at least 2 Yeas (24 months) or 4,000 hours of actual, hands-on electrical work experience. Vocational training CANNOT be counted towards the required work experience. 


Specialty - Electric Sign, HVAC, Low Voltage, Single Family Dwelling - Must have at least 2 years (24 months) or 4,000 hours of actual, hands-on electrical work experience in the SPECIALTY AREA for which the applicant will be testing. Applicants may apply 1 year (12 months) of approved educational courses toward the work experience. 



To Apply for the WVSFMO Electrical Exam Click Here 


Exam Information:
All 2022 exams are open book and based solely on the 2020 National Electric Code Book.

  • The Journeyman, Master and Single Family Dwelling electrical exams have 50 multiple choice questions​ and 5 calculations. 
  • The Low Voltage electrical exam has 25 multiple choice questions.
  • ​The Electric Sign and HVAC electrical exam has 20 multiple choice questions. 

Exam fees are $25.00. This fee is non refundable. 

Seating is limited for each exam date and location. To be considered for a specific date and location, your application MUST be received by the agency at least 7 business days prior to the requested test date. 
​For a list of exam dates and locations Click Here.​

Applicants may reschedule but must notify the agency NO LATER than the date of the exam. Applicants can reschedule no more than (3) three times in any calendar year. 

Walk-ins are not authorized. Only those with prior authorization from the central office will be allowed to take the exam. 
 
Applicants are authorized to bring the following items to the exam: 
  • ​2020 NEC Code Book 
  • Book Tabs
  • Key Word Index
  • Ugly's Reference Guide
  • Standard Calculator
  • No. 2 Pencil

Study guides, test prep courses and practice exams are not available​. 

Check In begins at 8:30am. Exams begin at 9:00am. Applicants are given 4 hours to complete the exam. 

Exams will be graded within 15 business days of the exam date.


Reciprocal Licensure:
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office recognizes reciprocity with all 50 states. The agency also recognizes reciprocity from counties, cities, and townships within.  

Applicants must be licensed by the State or Jurisdiction from which they are applying from. 

Regardless of state or jurisdiction requirements, each applicant must possess the minimum WV requirements for licensure :

  • Journeyman - Must have at least 1 Year (12 months) or 2,000 hours of actual, hands-one electrical work experience. All work shall consist of above ground structural wiring in accordance with the National Electric Code. 

  • Master - Must have at least 2 Yeas (24 months) or 4,000 hours of actual, hands-on electrical work experience. 

  • Specialty - Electric Sign, HVAC, Low Voltage, Single Family Dwelling - Must have at least 2 years (24 months) or 4,000 hours of actual, hands-on electrical work experience in the SPECIALTY AREA for which the applicant will be applying. 
 
Applicants must submit a  ​"Letter of Good Standing" from the agency or licensing board of the State or Jurisdiction they are applying from. This letter must be for the individual seeking licensure. This letter must also include the following information:
  • Licensee Name
  • License Number
  • License Type
  • Initial License Issue Date
  • License Expiration Date
  • How the License was obtained - Examples: Examination, Reciprocity, Grandfathering, etc....
  • Whether any Disciplinary Action has been taken

Applicants must also submit a copy of their license from the state and or jurisdiction they are applying from. 

To Apply for a Reciprocal Electrician License Click Here 


Temporary Electrical Licensure:

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office offers temporary electrician licensure for the Journeyman and Master.

Applicants must have completed one of the following to be eligible for temporary licensure:

  • Completion of a US Department of Labor formal Apprenticeship program. Such proof must be in the form of a certificate of completion from this program. 
OR

  • ​​Completion of a West Virginia Dept. of Education approved 1080 hour Vocational Program. Such proof must be in the form of a certificate of completion from this program. 

Each applicant must also possess the minimum WV requirements for licensure :

  • Journeyman - Must have at least 1 Year (12 months) or 2,000 hours of actual, hands-one electrical work experience. All work shall consist of above ground structural wiring in accordance with the National Electric Code. 

  • Master - Must have at least 2 Yeas (24 months) or 4,000 hours of actual, hands-on electrical work experience.

​To Apply for a Temporary Electrician License Click Here 


Electrical License Information:
Applicants who pass the exam have one year from the exam date to initiate their Electrical License. 

Electrician Licenses (except temporary licenses) expire on June 30th every year. 

License Fee - $50.00 annually. 
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Renewal Information:
 
Courtesy license renewal reminders will be emailed by April of every year. 

Expired licensees may renew their license if the expiration date is within the 5 year grace period. ​

Expired licensees must pay double the license fee to renew their​ license for a total of $100.00.