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Utah Electrical License: How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Utah

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Table of Contents
  1. Licensing Requirements for Electricians in Utah

  2. Steps to Get an Electrician License in Utah

  3. Types of Electrician Licenses in Utah

  4. Benefits of Becoming a Licensed Electrician in Utah

  5. How Much Does It Cost to Get an Electrician License in Utah?

  6. How Long Does It Take to Get an Electrician License in Utah?

  7. Utah Electrician Training Programs and Schools

  8. Who Issues Electrician Licenses in Utah?

  9. Does My Utah Electrical License Work in Any Other State?

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 Utah

Is a license required for electricians in Utah? Yes. 

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is responsible for issuing electrician licenses in the state of Utah.

Steps to Get an Electrician License in Utah

  1. Gain necessary hands-on work experience and required classroom training to become a journeyman electrician.

  2. Apply for your journeyman license and pass the journeyman exam

  3. Obtain a master electrician license 

GAIN NECESSARY EXPERIENCE: In order to become eligible for the full journeyman electrician license, you need to complete a formal trade school program and obtain four years (8,000 hours) of on-the-job electrical training, or complete 16,000 hours (eight years) of verified work experience under the supervision of a licensed electrician.

To qualify for the residential journeyman electrician license, you need to complete a formal trade school program and obtain two years (4,000 hours) of on-the-job electrical training, or complete 8,000 hours (four years) of verified work experience under the supervision of a licensed electrician.

Utah offers three paths to gaining the work experience you need to become a licensed journeyman electrician: 

  • On-the-job training with a local employer 

  • Trade school 

  • Apprenticeship

Regardless of the path you choose, you need to register as an apprentice with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to begin logging your training. The application costs $110.  

TAKE JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIAN EXAM: After gaining the necessary experience, you can apply for licensure as a full journeyman electrician or residential journeyman electrician.

In addition, you must provide evidence of verified work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician along with your official transcripts showing completion of an approved apprenticeship program.

Next, you can register for the Utah Electrical Licensing Theory, Code and Practical Examination, administered by PSI exams. You can register for the exam online and take the test at a PSI center in Salt Lake City, North Orem, or Sunset.

The journeyman licensing exam covers three topics:

  • Code Exam: You have three hours to answer 80 questions and need to score at least 75% to pass.

  • Theory Exam: You have 100 minutes to answer 50 questions and need to score at least 75% to pass.

  • Practical Exam: Involves wiring projects for motors, transformers, and light switches. You have 90 minutes to complete and can only pass or fail the exam.

Consult the Utah Electrical Candidate Information Bulletin for sample questions, practice tests, and other resources. 

You will need to renew your journeyman license in even-numbered years and complete at least 16 hours of continuing education. A minimum of 12 hours must cover the National Electrical Code (NEC). 

OBTAIN MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSE: You can qualify for the master electrician license in three ways.

  • Work as a licensed journeyman electrician for a minimum of four years

  • Earn an associate of applied science degree from an electrical trade school and prove at least two years (4,000 hours) of electrical experience as a journeyman electrician

  • Earn a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from an EAC/ABET-accredited program and demonstrate one year of experience as a journeyman electrician

To qualify for the residential master electrician license, you need two years of experience working as a journeyman electrician.

After gaining the necessary experience, you can apply for licensure as a master electrician or residential master electrician. In addition, you must provide evidence of verified work experience under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician and pay a $110 fee.

Next, you can register for the Utah Electrical Licensing Theory, Code and Practical Examination, administered by PSI exams.

Similar to the journeyman exam, the master electrician exam consists of three tests: code, theory, and practical.

  • Code Exam: You have three hours to answer 80 questions and need to score at least 75% to pass.

  • Theory Exam: You have 100 minutes to answer 50 questions and need to score at least 75% to pass.

  • Practical Exam: Measures practical experience and involves wiring projects for motors, transformers, doorbells, bending, and light switches. You have 90 minutes to complete and can only pass or fail the exam.

You will need to renew your master electrician license in even-numbered years and complete at least 16 hours of continuing education, including the National Electrical Code (NEC). 

Types of Electrician Licenses in Utah

Utah offers five classifications of electrical licensing: 

  • Apprentice electrician

  • Journeyman electrician

  • Residential journeyman electrician 

  • Master electrician 

  • Residential master electrician 

The state of Utah does not offer an electrical contractor license.

Benefits of Becoming a Licensed Electrician in Utah

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Utah electrician earns around $26.50 per hour, or $53,000 annually. Experienced electricians can earn more than $70,000 per year.

There are many benefits you’ll see from pursuing a Utah electrician license:

  • Most importantly, Utah 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.

  • Licensure 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 Utah?

Apprentice electricians, journeyman electricians, and master electricians all pay $110 to apply for licensure. In-state tuition at many Utah trade schools averages between $2,000 and $3,000 per year.

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How Long Does It Take to Get an Electrician License in Utah? 

Obtaining a residential journeyman license in Utah takes a minimum of two years, or 4,000 hours of on-the-job experience. More advanced licenses require additional training and time. 

Utah Electrician Training Programs and Schools

Utah is home to community colleges, trade schools, and technical and vocational schools offering the necessary training to become an electrical professional. You can find training opportunities all over the state, including in bigger cities and smaller communities.

Some Utah training locations include:

  • Bridgerland Applied Technology College, Logan, Utah: Most students enroll in two-year programs. Tuition fees and supplies cost around $5,500 per year, depending on the program.

  • Davis Applied Technology College, Kaysville, Utah: Many students participate in two-year programs. Tuition and supplies cost about $3,600 per year.

  • Mountainland Applied Technology College, Lehi, Utah: Most students enroll in two-year certificate programs. Annual cost for tuition and study materials is around $3,000. 

  • Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (Ogden) A majority of students take part in two-year programs. Tuition costs roughly $4,500 per year. 

  • Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City: Many students participate in two-year associate programs. Tuition and supplies for in-state students cost about $5,000.

  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah: This is a four-year public college. In-state students pay around $4,000 per semester. 

  • Weber State University, Ogden, Utah: This is a four-year public college. In-state students generally pay about $7,000 annually for tuition fees and study materials. 

Electrician Apprenticeship Programs

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) offer union-based apprenticeships for aspiring Utah electricians.

The Independent Electrical Contractors of Utah, a non-union trade group, offers apprenticeship programs through local merit shops.

For more information on Utah apprenticeship programs, visit the Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee website.

Program Prerequisites: Program prerequisites vary by license type. Most programs, however, require you to be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, and pass an aptitude test.

On-the-Job Experience: While on the job, you'll gain an understanding of electrical standards, as well as math and scientific principles. Electricians need keen eyesight and good hand-eye coordination, as well as proper time management skills. They also need good customer service skills, independence, good physical endurance, and logical problem-solving techniques. Electricians also learn how to read blueprints, circuit diagrams, and other technical documents.

Who Issues Electrician Licenses in Utah?

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) is responsible for issuing electrician licenses in the state of Utah.

Does My Utah Electrical License Work in Any Other State?

No. Utah's licensing board does not recognize reciprocity with other states. 

However, Utah does allow licensed electricians from the states listed below to apply for a license without taking the Theory and Code portions of the licensing exam. Applicants still need to pass the Utah Practical Examination and provide documentation showing they held an electrician license for at least one year.

  • Journeyman Electrician: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, or Wyoming 

  • Master Electrician: Idaho, Oregon, or Wyoming

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.

Resources

You can stay up to date on all electrician industry news in several ways: