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Applicants for a Colorado residential wireman's license are required to verify four thousand hours earned in no less than two years of electrical construction wiring experience, for lights, heat, and power.
Applicants for a Colorado journeyman electrician's license are required to verify eight thousand hours earned in no less than four years of electrical construction wiring experience, for lights, heat, and power; with a minimum of four thousand hours earned in no less than two years of that time being commercial and/or industrial work. Verification of experience must state the hours and months of the time spent performing residential and commercial/industrial wiring.
Applicants for a Colorado master electrician's license are required to verify at least two thousand hours earned in no less than one year of planning, laying-out, and supervising the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for electrical light, heat, and power in addition to the experience requirements for the journeyman's license.
Verification of Experience Form
The application must verify electrical experience by submitting Affidavit of Experience Forms from current and former employers (electrical contractors).
The electrical licensing examination is administered in English only through a private testing agency, PSI. Once the application has been approved by the State Electrical Board, a letter of acceptance and information on how to contact PSI to obtain a candidate handbook will be provided. The handbook will provide information on who to contact, how to schedule for the written examination, the testing locations, the required fee, and other important information.
The examination is in a multiple-choice format. Questions are based on the currently adopted National Electrical Code. A few of the categories covered in the exam include grounding and bonding, wiring methods and theory and calculations. Your pass or fail results will be provided at the testing site. Positive photo identification must b presented at the time of admission to the electrical examination.
Temporary Work Permit
If a temporary work permit is required, a request should be made at the time the original application is submitted. Only one 30-day temporary work permit can be issued. If the temporary work permit expires and the applicant has failed to qualify for licensure, the applicant shall discontinue working as a master, journeyman, or residential wireman in Colorado. If the applicant is not currently licensed as an electrician in another category, the applicant must register as an apprentice and work with supervision.
Electricians licensed in another state may qualify for licensure by endorsement if the applicant has substantially equivalent credentials and qualifications to those required in Colorado for licensure by examination. In addition, applicants are required to:
The Colorado State Electrical Board adheres to the bylaws of the National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA). As such, Colorado has journeyman electrician reciprocal licensing agreements with the following states:
In accordance with NERA bylaws, applications for a Colorado journeyman reciprocal license are required to:
The Colorado Electrical Board will issue a certificate without written examination when an applicant for reciprocity has met the above requirements and paid the appropriate fees. Applicants will not be granted a reciprocal certificate where the certificate in the licensing state was granted by grandfathering without having passed a state-administered examination as stated above. Colorado electricians applying for a reciprocal license in a participating state must contact that state for specific requirements and fees.
To perform electrical contracting in the State of Colorado, you must submit a completed Colorado Electrical Contractor application, pay the current registration fee, and meet the following criteria:
For local requirements, contact the city and/or county government in the area in which you work.
First-time business owners may contact the Colorado Business Assistance Center at 303-592-5920.
For information on obtaining a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/businesses.
Forms: All Electrical applications and forms are available below:
Communication from the Division: The Division of Professions and Occupations' primary communication is via email. Please be sure to include your current email address on your application to receive important information about your application status and process.
License Expiration Bump Period for New Applicants: All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the next expiration date.
License Renewal Information: All Electrician and Electrical Contractor licenses expire on September 30, 2017, and renew every three years. View your expiration date on your online account. Please note that renewals open approximately six weeks prior to the expiration date.