In Mississippi, you can get local licenses as a journeyman electrician.
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The training for this license generally includes enrolling in a program and becoming an apprentice.
To be able to apply for a journeyman license, you need:
- 8,000 hours of job experience over 5 years
- 1,000 hours of job experience
If you want to get a state license, you will need:
- Completion of an electrical school program and 4 years of job experience
- A 4-year degree and one year of job experience
A trade school will provide an associate’s degree and job placement, which will make it easier to start your career.
The topics you will study include:
- Commercial, Residential, Industrial wiring
- AC and DC circuits
- Branch circuit and service entrance calculations
- Electrical drawings and schematics
- Motor control systems
- Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
- Solid-state motor control
- Programmable logic controllers
|East Central Community College||15738 Highway 15, Decatur, MS 39327|
|East Mississippi Community College||1512 Kemper Street, Scooba, MS 39358|
|Hinds Community College||505 East Main Street, Raymond, MS 39154|
|Itawamba Community College||602 W Hill Street, Fulton, MS 38843|
|Jones County Junior College||900 South Court Street, Ellisville, MS 39437|
|Mississippi Delta Community College||Hwy 3 and Cherry St, Moorhead, MS 38761|
|Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College||51 Main Street, Perkinston, MS 39573|
|Northeast Mississippi Community College||101 Cunningham Blvd, Booneville, MS 38829|
|Pearl River Community College||101 Hwy 11 N, Poplarville, MS 39470|
|Southwest Mississippi Community College||1156 College Dr, Summit, MS 39666|
To enter a program, you need to:
- Register your apprenticeship
- Have a driver’s license
- Social security card copy
- High school diploma/GED
- Official school transcripts
- $25 application fee
- Take a skills test
- Take an algebra test
If you enroll in a union program, you need to become a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
If you prefer a non-union program, you can check out the Mid-South Chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors or contact an electrical company.
Pass the Journeyman Exam
The exam covers topics in the National Electric Code and requires a 70%-75% passing score.
Some of the subjects are:
- General Electrical Knowledge
- Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
- Grounding and Bonding
- Conductors and Cables
- Raceways and Boxes
- Special Occupancies and Equipment
- Electrical Power
- Low Voltage
- Illuminated Signs
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
- Safety Information
- Overcurrent Protection
Become an Electrical Contractor
If you want to start your own company, you need an electrical contractor license.
The exam is split into 2 sections, the Master Electrician and Mississippi Law and Business Management.
The exam costs $240, and you will need to submit an application first.
Master Electrician Exam has 80 questions, requires a 70% passing score and is open book.
The Law and Business Management has 50 questions, lasts for 2 hours and requires a 70% score.
Before you take the exam, you need to register your company with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
You also need to include in your application:
- Mississippi Income Tax ID Number or Federal Tax ID
- General liability insurance
- Current workers’ compensation if you have 5 electricians working for your company
- 3 reference letters, from which 2 from past employers and one from the bank
- Proof of 3 past electrical jobs
- Proof of employment
- $50 application fee for one classification
If you have an electrical contractor license with one of the following boards, you will only need to pass the law exam in Mississippi:
- Alabama General Contractors Board
- Alabama Electrical Board
- Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors
- Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors
- North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board
- South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
- Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractor
Your salary will vary depending on your salary.Annual Salary Range:
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Your local licensing body has more information related to the process and requirements of renewing your license.
Read the full guide: How to Become an Electrician