Do you want to work as an electrician in Maryland?
Check out the requirements and steps you need to take before getting hired.
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Become an Apprentice
All electricians need to start off as apprentices when they learn the trade, and there are 2 ways to complete this step:
- Traditional apprenticeship
- Trade school
Enrolling in a trade school will help you earn an associate’s degree and get licensed.
Plus, you can also get a job faster as some schools provide job placement.
Some of the subjects you will learn during your training include:
- Residential Wiring
- Commercial & Industrial Wiring
- The National Electric Code
- Electrical Theory
- Applied Math
- Safety/CPR/First Aid
- Electrical Motors
- Reading Blueprints
- Tools, Equipment, and Instruments
- Low Voltage Wiring, Maintenance, and Repair
- Cable Installation/Splicing Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
|College of Southern Maryland||8730 Mitchell Rd, La Plata, MD 20646|
|Lincoln Tech||9325 Snowden River Parkway Columbia, MD 21046|
|Montgomery College||51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850|
|North American Trade Schools||6901 Security Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21244|
|TESST College of Technology||1520 South Caton Ave, Baltimore, MD 21227|
|TESST College of Technology||4600 Powder Mill Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705|
Another way to get licensed in getting into a registered apprenticeship.
You need at least 2000 hours of training to apply for a license this way.
The requirements are:
- Be 18 years old
- High school diploma
- Driver’s license
- Pass the math and physics tests
- Have a vehicle
After your apprenticeship is completed, most companies offer an entry-level job.
You will also need to register with the Maryland Department of Labor.
In Maryland, each county has its own licensing rules.
Many counties only offer a master electrician license, but there are some exceptions listed below.
Here you can earn either a limited or a restricted license.
For the limited license, you need an experience of 5 years, from which 2 must be spent working under a certified electrician
The license allows you to perform work on appliances in commercial or residential settings.
With the restricted license, you can work with appliances of a maximum of 5 volts.
You need 3 years of experience, and 2 of these must be spent working under a certified electrician.
Anne Arundel County
The 2 licenses available here are:
- Restricted License
- Master Limited License
For the restricted license, you need a work experience of 7 years, from which 3 must be spent working as a journeyman or apprentice in another county.
If this is not the case, you need a minimum of 1 year of experience being supervised by a master electrician.
For the master limited license, you need 2 years of experience under the supervision of a master electrician.
Earn the Master License
As many counties in Maryland skip the journeyman license, the next step is getting a master electrician one.
To become a master electrician, you need to have an experience of 7 years under the supervision of a master electrician and pass an exam.
If you finished a training program, it counts as 3 years of experience.
The exam has 100 questions, requires a 70% passing score, and costs $65.
The master electrician exam lasts for 4 hours.
After passing the exam, you need to apply for a license from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
If you have a certification in Delaware, Virginia or West Virginia you can get a reciprocity license.
How to get Insurance
In Maryland, master electricians need insurance.
The requirements are:
- At least $300,000 in General Liability insurance
- At least of $100,000 in Property Damage insurance (depends on the county)
- Worker’s Compensation insurance
Your experience and the route you took to become an electrician will have a big say in how much you’ll earn.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
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You need to renew the master electrician license every 48 months for a fee of $25.