California Licensing Overview for an Electrician

Licensing for an electrician in California is controlled by the California Electrical Contractors’ State Licensing Board.

General Guidelines for an Electrician in California

Specific requirements to perform electrician services can generally be used as a guideline, but make sure to check with your local governing rules and regulations.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?


General requirements for an electrician license?

• Journeyman License: Residential electrician (requires 4,800 hours of work), voice data video technician (requires 4,000 hours of work), fire/life technician (requires 4,000 hours of work experience), and nonresidential lighting technician (requires 2,000 hours of work experience)

• Master (General) Electrician License: General electrician license requires 8,000 hours of experience working for an electrical contractor installing, constructing, or maintaining electrical systems

• Electrical Contractor License: Must pass a written examination and provide evidence of technical knowledge, experience, integrity, and financial responsibility

What’s the state licensing site for an electrician?

California Electrical Contractors’ State Licensing Board

What are some training programs available for an electrician?

See schools and training programs.

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

What are fees associated with licensing?