Oklahoma Electrical License: How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Oklahoma
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Being an electrician isn’t just a job, it’s a solid career path. Electrical contractors enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities and earn a respectable income. There’s also job security—customers will always need skilled trade professionals to install and service electrical systems in their homes and businesses.
The process of becoming an electrician takes time, but you get paid while you learn and gain experience!
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Licensing Requirements for Electricians in Oklahoma
Is a license required for electricians in Oklahoma? Yes.
The Oklahoma Construction and Industries Board (CIB) issues electrician licenses in the state of Oklahoma.
Steps to Get an Electrician License in Oklahoma
Register as an electrician apprentice and gain the necessary work experience to apply for your journeyman electrician license exam.
Pass the electrical journeyman license exam.
Gain the required experience to become an electrical contractor.
Pass the electrical contractor exam.
GAIN NECESSARY EXPERIENCE: Prospective electricians in Oklahoma can gain the necessary work experience by completing on-the-job training through an apprenticeship program. You must apply for an apprentice registration card and work under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician.
An unlimited electrical journeyman license requires 8,000 hours of job experience in electrical construction work, with 4,000 hours being commercial/industrial work. Formal electrical education may substitute for 2,000 hours of experience requirements.
A residential electrical journeyman license requires 4,000 hours of job experience in electrical construction work. Formal electrical education may substitute for 1,000 hours of experience requirements.
PASS THE ELECTRICAL JOURNEYMAN LICENSE EXAM: Before scheduling your journeyman electrician exam with PSI, you must submit an application form, pay $75, and obtain approval from the licensing board. You may use any edition of Ugly's Electrical Reference and the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC). The exam comprises 100 questions and you must score 75% to pass. After successfully completing the journeyman exam, you will earn your journeyman license. To keep your journeyman license in good standing, you need to renew it each year and fulfill six hours of continuing education every three years.
GAIN NECESSARY EXPERIENCE TO BECOME AN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR: Oklahoma offers several classifications of electrical contractor licenses and each as specific training requirements.
Unlimited electrical contractors have no limits on the type of electrical contracting they can perform. They must have:
12,000 hours of job experience in electrical construction work
Proof of 4,000 hours and two years of experience working as a licensed unlimited electrical journeyman under the supervision of a licensed electrical contractor
6,000 hours must include commercial industrial work
Formal electrical education may substitute for a maximum of 2,000 hours
Residential electrical contractors can work on wiring in one- and two-family dwellings. They must have:
8,000 verifiable hours total in electrical construction work under the employment and supervision of an electrical contractor
4,000 hours as a residential or unlimited journeyman electrician under the employment and supervision of an electrical contractor
4,000 hours as a registered apprentice, or 3,000 hours as a registered apprentice and 1,000 hours of formal electrical education
Limited electrical contractors must be an owner, partner, or officer in an electrical firm and may not engage in the work of an apprentice or journeyman electrician. They must have:
A degree in electrical engineering from an accredited college or university and 8,000 hours of electrical experience in field construction, electrical estimating, electrical project management in commercial/industrial electrical work, or show verification of 16,000 hours of experience in the electrical trade performing electrical work, estimating or project management in commercial/industrial work.
The electrical contractor exam covers general electrical knowledge, includes 100 questions, and requires a passing score of 75%. The exam is open-book, and you can use Ugly's Electrical Reference and the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC).
A second exam covers business and law and also requires a passing score of 75%. The test includes 50 questions on the following topics:
After successfully completing the exams and providing proof of bonding and insurance, you will earn your electrical contractor's license. You need to renew your license each year and complete six hours of continuing education every three years to keep your license current.
BOND AND INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS: Contractors need to carry a $5,000 corporate surety bond payable to the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, including original signatures, seals, and power of attorney. The bond must be continuous, in the individual licensee's name and provide a 30-day cancellation notice. Contractors must provide a certificate of insurance showing a minimum of $50,000 commercial general liability insurance in the form of a certificate of general liability. The individual licensee's name must be on the certificate of insurance. The certificate holder is the Construction Industries Board.
Types of Electrical Licensure in Oklahoma
What are the different types of electrician licensing in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma offers several options for electrician licensing:
Unlimited electrical journeyman
Residential electrical journeyman
Unlimited electrical contractor
Residential electrical contractor
Limited electrical contractor
Benefits of Becoming a Licensed Contractor in Oklahoma
Oklahoma's Employment Security Commission predicts a 15% increase in the number of electrician jobs available in the state through 2024. The average Oklahoma electrician earns about $21 per hour, or $44,000 per year.
There are many benefits you’ll see from pursuing an Oklahoma electrician license:
Most importantly, Oklahoma requires a state license to legally perform electrical work.
A trade license provides proof of your experience and skill.
Only licensed electricians can: work independently as an electrical contractor, operate a business and advertise services, obtain commercial insurance and bonding, pull electrical permits, pass inspections, and bid on public and government projects.
A license protects your company and customers.
An electrician license gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.
It also increases your earning potential as an electrician.
How Much Does It Cost to Get an Electrician License in Oklahoma?
Apprentice electricians pay $25 per year for registration. Journeyman electricians pay $75 for both initial licensing and renewal. Electrical contractor licenses cost $330 initially and $200 per year to keep the license current. All licensing includes additional costs for testing fees. Overall cost may vary depending on your choice of preliminary electrical education.
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How Long Does It Take to Get an Electrician License in Oklahoma?
Obtaining a residential journeyman license in Oklahoma takes a minimum of two years, or 4,000 hours of on-the-job experience. More advanced licenses require additional training.
Oklahoma Electrician Programs and Schools
Many community colleges, trade schools, technical and vocational schools offer the necessary training to become an electrical professional in Oklahoma. They're located all over the state, including in bigger cities and smaller communities.
Acquiring a certificate, associate, or similar degree in electrical technology offers numerous benefits. These apprenticeship-type programs provide training and qualify you to begin entry-level electrician jobs.
Courses typically taught at electrical school include:
National Electrical Code (NEC)
Advanced control systems
Oklahoma trade schools
Metro Technology Centers (Oklahoma City): The majority of students enroll in a two-year program. Tuition and fees cost around $6,679 per year plus learning materials.
OSU Institute of Technology (Okmulgee): Most students participate in four-year programs. Tuition is approximately $3,836 annually for in-state students plus the cost of supplies and books. Overall price may vary depending on the program students choose.
Northeast Tech (Afton, Kansas, and Pryor): Typically, students complete the program within one year. Tuition runs between $1,800 and $2,150 annually.
Electrician Apprenticeship Programs
Tulsa Electricians JATC (Union)
ABC-Oklahoma chapter (Non-union)
Who Issues Electrician Licenses in Oklahoma?
The Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB) issues Oklahoma electrician licenses.
Does My Oklahoma Electrical License Work in Any Other State?
Yes! Oklahoma maintains reciprocity agreements with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. You must have had a license for a minimum of one year in order to reciprocate, provide detailed work history, and complete a Reciprocal Journeyman License Application.
National Electrician Certifications
While optional, national certifications can help you demonstrate your proficiency in certain aspects of the electrical trade to potential employers and clients, which often translates into more job opportunities and higher pay.
These include the Independent Electrical Contractors’ Certified Professional Electrician (CPE) distinction, certification through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), among dozens of additional electrician certifications available.
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