Iowa Licensing Overview for an Electrician

Licensing for an electrician in Iowa is controlled by the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Electrical Licensing and Inspection.

General Guidelines for an Electrician in Iowa

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?

• Apprentice License: Yes; also licensed unclassified persons, those who want to assist licensed electricians but do not want to participate in an apprenticeship program

• Journeyman License: must complete an approved apprenticeship program

• Special Electrician License: Board has created special endorsements that authorize a limited class of work

• Master Electrician License: Must be a licensed journeyman for at least one year; also issues residential master electrician licenses, which requires being licensed as a special residential electrician, residential electrician, or journeyman electrician

• Electrical Contractor License: May be issued to a person who is licensed as a Class A or Class B master electrician; Department also issues residential contractor licenses

What’s the state licensing site for an electrician?

Iowa Department of Public Safety, Electrical Licensing and Inspection

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?

License expires every 3 years

What are fees associated with licensing?