The Arizona Registrar of Contractors oversees the massive construction contractor licensing program for the entire state. Electrical engineers and electricians fall under the license requirements for Arizona contractors. The agency issues licenses for commercial electrical engineering, specialty residential electrician work. specialty commercial electrician work and a dual residential and commercial electrical license. Applicants should determine the relative educational, experience and exam requirements of each license so they can map out their future as an Arizona electrician, electrical contractor or electrical engineer.
Review the classification and definitions of each type of Arizona electrician license. You can do this on the Arizona Registrar of Contractors license classification page.
Once having decided the type of electrical license you wish to obtain, you then need to determine the license requirements. Download the large application file. Refer to that to determine the requirements to get a license.
The requirements for most Arizona electrician license classes are four years of experience, an Arizona constructions business management exam and an electrician trade exam. When you take both of these tests, the fee is $120, as of 2010.
You will see an information bulletin from exam administrator Prometric within the application packet. You can get exam content outlines and study references in that bulletin and also learn how to register for the exam.
You are also going to need to provide a surety bond. The amount of the bond depends on your expected amount of business. Refer to the application and instructions to figure the amount of your own bond. Arizona contractor bonds range from $2500 to $105,000, but some applicants will need to post a $200,000 bond for residential electrical work.
The Arizona contractor license fees for electricians and other construction specialists is quite high compared to many states. Fees range from $320 to $1105, so make sure you are very familiar with how to find clients and have plenty of connections in the industry before deciding to become an independent licensed electrician in Arizona. Just the bond and insurance requirements could be quite burdensome for some license applicants.
Arizona Electrician and Other Construction Contractor License Application and Instructions