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 A Guide to Electrician Training and Qualifications

A Guide to Electrician Training and Qualifications

Have you ever had a problem with your electrical system and wondered how electricians get qualified to do their job or why it is so expensive to have electrical work performed? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming an electrician yourself and want to know what kind of training is required. In this blog post, we’ll give you a crash course in electrician training and qualifications.

In New Hampshire there are 3 types of electricians: apprentice electricians, journeyman electricians and master electricians. Journeyman electricians have completed an apprenticeship program and have the skills and knowledge to perform electrical work without the direct supervision of a journeyman or master electrician. Master electricians have passed an additional state-level exam that further tests their knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local rules and regulations. 

In order to become a journeyman or master electrician, you must first complete an accredited electrical training program. These programs consist of 600 hours of in class learning as well as 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. On-the-job training is accomplished by working as an apprentice electrician under the direct supervision of a journeymen or master electrician. After completing an accredited program, you must then pass an exam administered by your state’s licensing board in order to obtain your journeyman license. 

Becoming a master electrician will require an additional 2,000 hours of on-the-job training as a journeyman electrician and an additional exam proving your knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local rules and regulations. All journeymen electricians must be employed by a master electrician but do not require direct supervision. A master electrician license is required by the state of NH to operate a business that performs any electrical services. 

Electrician training programs provide the essential skills and knowledge needed to perform electrical work safely and effectively. Journeyman and master electrician licenses are obtained by passing an exam administered by your state’s licensing board. If you’re thinking about becoming an electrician, be sure to research accredited training programs in your area so that you can get started on the path to success.