Maryland has only one kind of statewide electrician license. This master electrician license is generally regarded as the highest level of Maryland electrician license. However, the main body for electrician licensing in Maryland is a state or local licensing agency. This may be the code enforcement office, a building department or some similar local agency. Some of these agencies will require the Maryland state master electrician license as a prerequisite to the local license. It is also possible that a local area may have some kind of lower-level electrician license that does not require a state master license.
The first thing you are going to need to do is look for an apprenticeship program or start attending classes on electrical engineering. While a local Maryland city or county might not require any specific electrician education (and the state license does not require classroom education), this can be the key to getting a job and the experience necessary for a Maryland electrician license.
You need to find an employer and start getting experience either during or after your electrician training classes. To get a state Maryland master electrician license, you must have seven years of experience under the direct supervision of a licensed master electrician. This work must be in all types of electrical work (not limited to something like residential properties only or some other limited kind of electrical work).
You will also have to pass an exam, so working as an apprentice can give you plenty of valuable exposure to real-world electrical tasks and problems and how to solve them.
Once you have completed your experience requirement, then you can apply for your master electrician license through the Maryland Board of Master Electricians. Download an application to get started. The fee is $20, as of 2010.
Also, there is a Maryland master electrician test administered by PSI. As of 2010, the fee is $65. Download the “Candidate Information Bulletin” to find out how to prepare for and how to register for this required exam.
Now, to make sure you are operating legally as a Maryland electrician, check with your local licensing agency. This agency may have additional requirements or may just recognize your state master electrician license. However, keep in mind that all or almost all Maryland locales will require a surety bond and liability insurance for work as an electrician, at least if you are running your own electrical services company.
Maryland Board of Master Electricians Main Licensing Page