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Electrician Schools in New Jersey

Becoming an electrician seems like a good idea for those who don’t only want a job, but also the possibility of a career.

In New Jersey, the first training and then obtaining a license from the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (BEEC), is mandatory for those who want to enter this trade.


Typically, the training looks like this:

  • 8,000 hours of practical electrical experience, while directly supervised by a journeyman
  • 576 hours of classroom instruction

4,000 hours need to be accumulated in the 5 years prior to applying for a journeyman license.

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Trade schools and direct apprenticeships are the 2 ways of completing the training.

Trade School

Trade schools offer an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology and other related majors.

This path is usually chosen by those thinking about a long term career.

Some of the subjects include:

  • Trade Electricity
  • Commercial Wiring
  • Techniques of the Trade
  • Conduit Bending
  • Motor and Motor Control
  • AC and DC Electronics
  • Basic Applied Electronics Math
  • Fundamentals of Electric Motor Control
  • Building Inspection/Electrical

Usually, these schools also offer the possibility of an internship which can turn into full-time employment, and which helps the students accumulate the needed 8,000 hours of work experience.

School Name Address
Adult and Continuing Education 200A Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601
Brookdale Community College 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738
National Career Institute 134 Evergreen Pl, East Orange, NJ 07018
Ocean County Vocational 137 Bey Lea Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753
Pennco Tech 99 Erial Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012
Raritan Valley Community College 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876
Union County Vocational Technical School 1776 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Union or Non-Union Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships offer alternative ways of becoming an electrician, and they’re available through union and non-union organizations.

The requirements to be accepted in either the apprenticeship program are generally the same, with the difference that union membership is mandatory for the programs offered by the unions.

Non-union programs are offered at merit shops.

Both types of apprenticeships can are available to those who attended a technical school.

Electrical Journeyman License

Requirements to become a journeyman:

  • Complete the apprenticeship
  • A reference from an employer who has directly supervised the work of the candidate
  • An application

The application needs to be sent to the Board, and qualifying candidates will be issued a license.

Electrical Contractor

Electrical contractors in New Jersey need to pass an exam, and meet the following requirements:

  • Over 21 years of age
  • A high school diploma or GED
  • At least 1 year of experience as a journeyman
  • Fill out the application
  • Pay the fee – $100

The fee must be paid to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

The passing score on the test is at least 70%, and there are 150 questions to answer.

Topics include:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Raceways and Enclosures
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies
  • Special Equipment and Conditions
  • Motors and Controls
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits

Candidates can bring the National Electrical Code in the testing center.


In New Jersey, electricians have a higher median salary than the national average for this occupation, and their experience will further increase their earnings.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Newark $55,549
Jersey City $58,856
Paterson $56,084
Elizabeth $55,549
Edison $54,576
Lakewood $55,401
Woodbridge $54,576
Toms River $54,593
Clifton $56,084
Trenton $54,965

License Renewal

Both journeymen and electrical contractors need to renew their licenses every 3 years.

Journeymen need:

  • Renewal fee – $160
  • To complete 10 hours of continuing education units
  • Proof of completing the CEUs

Electrical contractors need:

  • Renewal fee – $150
  • To complete at least 34 hours of continuing education
  • Proof of completing the CEUs

They also need to fill out the forms and send them to the Board.

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