The Massachusetts state has specific requirements for those who want to become electricians.
If you want to learn more, check out the info below.
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Become an Apprentice
The licenses in this state are handled by the Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians.
The first step in getting a license is to become an apprentice.
If you attend a trade school program, you will be able to meet the 600 hours of class requirements for journeyman certification.
If you have no past experience in the field, a trade school program is a good idea.
After your program finishes, you will get an associate’s degree.
You will also benefit from hands-on experience during your training.
The subjects you will study during your program include:
- Electrical Theory
- Residential Electrical Wiring
- Commercial and Industrial Electrical Wiring
- Basic Math
- Basic Safety
- Introduction to Hand and Power Tools
- Basic Rigging
- Introduction to Electrical Blueprints
- National Electrical Code
- Fasteners and Anchors
- Hand Bending
- Electrical Test Equipment
- Boxes and Fittings
|Porter and Chester Institute||134 Dulong CirChicopee, MA 01022|
|Porter and Chester Institute||5 Campanelli CirCanton, MA 02021|
|Porter and Chester Institute||220 Brooks StWorcester, MA 01606|
|Bay State School of Technology||225 Turnpike St, Canton, MA 02021|
|Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology||41 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116|
|Massachusetts Community Colleges||One Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton, MA 02302|
To become an apprentice, you need to register with The Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards.
For this, you need to submit:
- ID photo
- $35 fee
To join a union or non-union program, you must meet the below criteria:
- Be 18 years old
- Driver’s license
- A car to transport yourself
- High school diploma
- A skills test
- Pass a drug test
Pass the Journeyman Exam
To be able to apply, you must:
- Finish 600 hours of education
- Complete 8000 hours of electrical work experience in 4 years
The exam is split into two sections.
The first section has an $80 fee, while the second costs $55.
You also need to pay a $60 PSI application processing fee and a $31 certification processing fee.
Other papers you need to provide include:
- Certification of Competition from your school
- A legalized application
The first section of the test has 80 questions, lasts for 3 hours, requires a 70% passing score and is open book.
The second part has 30 questions, requires a 70% passing score, and lasts for one hour.
Masters Electrician License
To apply, you need 150 hours of studying the electrical code and 1 year of experience as a journeyman.
This exam also has 2 sections, and you will have to pay a $276 fee in total.
The first part has 80 questions and requires a 70% passing score.
The exam lasts for 240 minutes.
The second part lasts for 120 minutes, has 50 questions and lasts for 2 hours.
The master electrician license costs $155.
Becoming an Electrical Contractor
If you want to start a business, you need to choose between a partnership, LLC or corporation.
You should also check out The Office of Housing and Economic Development site.
The site offers a guide on how to get your license and tips on starting an electrical business.
Your salary will vary based on which stage you are in your career.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
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The journeyman license needs to be renewed every 3 years and costs $78.
To renew it, you need to finish 15 extra hours of education.
The master electrician license also needs to be renewed every 3 years for a fee of $117.
Before you renew it, you need to complete 21 extra hours of class.