The New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors issues licenses to electrical contractors and processes registrations for certain New Jersey electricians. Electrical contractors need to get a certain amount of experience and education and pass an exam to get a New Jersey electrical contractor license. Journeyman electricians with a certain amount of experience and education need not pass an exam to get registered as a qualified journeyman electrician.
New Jersey Journeyman Electrician
To register as a qualified journeyman electrician, you will need to meet one of the following:
a. Hold a current New Jersey electrical contractor license
b. 8000 hours of practical experience specifically working with tools in the repair, alteration or installation of wiring for electric light, power or heat plus at least 576 classroom hours of related instruction
c. Some other type of experience that the board deems sufficient.
Note: At least 4000 hours of the practical experience must be within the last five years.
If you qualify as a journeyman electrician based on any of the above tests, then you can pay $60 to register. Access an application. Make out a check or money order to the State of New Jersey.
New Jersey Electrical Contractor
Electrical contractors have more stringent requirements, including an exam. Here is the set of requirements to take the New Jersey electrical contractor exam:
a. At least 21
b. High school diploma or GED
c. One of the following experience/education requirements:
1. Five years of work on tools for the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electric heat, light or power immediately before the date of application
2. One year of the same practical experience plus completion of a four-year electrician apprenticeship program approved by a federal agency and federally certified state agency
3. Meet the definition of a qualified journeyman electrician (see above) plus one year of practical experience
4. A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering plus two years of practical experience
5. At least five years of practical experience in electrical contracting immediately before the date of application
Of course, the applicant will then need to prepare for and take the New Jersey electrical contractor exam. You may download an application here. As of 2010, the application fee is $100. Make a check or money order out to the State of New Jersey.
Note that you need to check exam dates and have your application in at least 120 days before your desired exam date. You will receive exam registration information if your application is accepted. Check exam dates here.
New Jersey Qualified Journeyman Electrician Application
New Jersey Electrician Contractor Exam Application