Electrician Schools in Virginia (Top Programs)

Electrician Schools in Virginia

In Virginia, there are many work opportunities for electricians.

If you are a state resident and would like to know more, check out the licensing info below.

Become an Apprentice

You will need at least 8,000 hours of experience and 240 hours of classroom education to become a journeyman.

For this, you can enroll in one of the available programs.

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Trade schools

To attend a technical college program, you need:

  • To be 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • A passing grade in math and science class

You will study the next subjects:

  • Electrical Basics and Tools
  • Electrical Panels
  • Conduit Work
  • Grounding and Wiring
  • Wiring Protection Devices
  • Electrical Boxes, Receptacles, and Switches
  • Wiring a Residence
  • Installing Lighting, Ceiling Fans, and Appliances
  • Commercial Wiring & Installation
  • Circuits & Systems

You can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology that will provide adequate training.

You can also get job placement opportunities with your school to meet the practical experience criteria, or search for your own.

School NameAddress
Virginia Community College1 College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486
Virginia Community College3506 Wards Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502
Virginia Community College1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Virginia Community College1008 S Main St, Danville, VA 24541

Another requirement is registering your apprenticeship with the Virginia Department of Labor.

Union apprenticeships

You can also meet the training criteria by joining a Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee.

To do this, you should register with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

You can also enroll in a non-union apprenticeship offered by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc (ABC) or Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC).

Become a Journeyman

After you finish your training program, you can apply for a journeyman license.

The test has 70 questions, lasts for 210 minutes, and requires a $100 fee.

You need to get a score of 49 to pass the exam.

The exam features the following topics:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Renewal and Reinstatement
  • Definitions
  • Qualification for Licensure
  • Revocation of Licensure
  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations
  • Fire detection and alarm systems

Become a Master Electrician

You can become a master electrician if you worked as a journeyman for a year, or have an experience of 10 years.

The exam has a duration of 270 minutes, during which you will answer 90 questions.

To pass, you need to get a 63% score.

This exam includes these subjects:

  • Standards of Practice
  • Standards of Conduct
  • Renewal and Reinstatement
  • Definitions
  • Qualification for Licensure
  • Revocation of Licensure
  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Requirements for Electrical Installations
  • Electrical-Electronic Fundamentals
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Service and Feeder Requirements
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceways and Boxes
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment
  • Electrical Signs and Outline Lighting
  • Motors and Controls
  • Utilization Equipment
  • Lighting
  • General Low Voltage Requirements
  • Communication Systems

Salary

In Virginia, electricians earn on average a bit more than the national median salary for this trade.

Annual Salary Range:
$37K
$48K
$61K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Virginia Beach$46,501
Norfolk$45,801
Chesapeake$45,743
Arlington$53,832
Richmond$48,750
Newport News$45,567
Alexandria$53,832
Hampton$45,567
Roanoke$44,924
Portsmouth$45,801

Renewing the License

Getting your journeyman license renewed requires 3 additional class hours, and you must renew it every 2 years, and the renewal fee is $90.

Once at 2 years, you will have to renew your master electrician license and take some extra classes.

The master electrician license can also be renewed online.

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