Minnesota has several types of electrician licenses, ranging from master electricians on down to electrical installers. Each license has a certain number of experience requirements and an exam. By learning the requirements for each level of electrician license in Minnesota, an aspiring electrician can map out a career based on their own personal situation and obtain an electrician license from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Review the license requirements. Here are the license types and their total experience requirements:
a. class A master electrician – total of at least 5 years
b. class A journeyman electrician – total of at least 4 years
c. maintenance electrician – total of at least 4 years
d. lineman – total of at least 4 years
e. power limited technician – total of at least 3 years
f. class A installer – total of at least 1 year
g. class B installer – total of at least 1 year
h. master elevator constructor – total of at least 5 years
i. elevator constructor – total of at least 3 years
However, there is a very detailed set of duty-based minimum and maximum time within each category of license. For example, you must spend a certain amount of time supervising installation to become a master Minnesota electrician. Go to the license requirements page to check for the specific requirements.
Get an electrical worker job or apprenticeship. Make sure you work together with your employer to ensure that you are covering all the necessary tasks for the Minnesota electrician license that you wish to obtain. Accumulate the necessary amount of experience for each task.
Note on Minnesota Electrician Education:
Only certain categories of licenses allow you to get credit. In all cases, you must complete a two-year electrical course approved by the board. Even if you do complete such a course, it only gives you credit for one year of experience. Contact the board first to see about approval before starting a technical course in electrical wiring, engineering, etc.
Get ready for the Minnesota electrician exam for your license category. Access the Electrical Licensing and Inspection Unit electrical exam study guide to learn how to prepare for the test. Register for a license and exam and take the test to get your Minnesota electrician license.
Read the application instructions. Download and fill out the application form. There is a $35 licensing application and exam fee, as of 2010.
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Personal Electrician License Qualifications