Stay Up To Date On All News and Changes to Contractor License LAW In Your State!
In New Mexico electrical contractors are regulated by the:
Contracting in New Mexico without a license can result in criminal charges.
There are 9 Electrical Contractor Classifications in New Mexico:
Residential and Commercial Licenses (4 years experience required)
Specialty Licenses (2 years experience required)
Anyone performing electrical wiring of any kind or work requires pulling a building permit.
Projects that involve building, altering, repairing, installing or demolishing electrical systems.
Projects include but are not limited to:
Any scope of electrical work covered under the Construction Industry Licensing Act
You must also have:
The New Mexico Construction Industries Division (NMCID) will require that you have journeyman level experience in a construction trade.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
You will need to provide:
In order to get the New Mexico electrical license or perform electrical wiring or work of any kind in New Mexico, you must hold a journeyman electrician certificate
New Mexico construction law requires a certain amount of electrical journeyman and apprentices on a job site.
The ratio of certified journeyman to unregistered apprentices must not exceed:
Journeyman Electrician Reciprocity
Currently New Mexico has reciprocity agreements with:
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
This means that if you have obtained a journeyman electrician certification in one of these states you may apply and possibly forego the journeyman exam in New Mexico.
Learn more about Contractor License Reciprocity!
The steps to get licensed in New Mexico are as follows:
3. Get approved for exam
4. Pass Exam
5. Submit Contractor License Application Packet. Must include:
Applications can be sent to:
PSI – New Mexico Construction Licensing Services
2820 Broadbent Pkwy NE, Suite E&F
Albuquerque, NM 87107
All applicants must pass the New Mexico Business & Law Exam. The exam is administered by a third party company called PSI.
The test is:
The test covers the following topics:
In addition to the New Mexico law and business exam, you will also have to pass a trade test.
Each of the 9 electrical subclassifications has their own trade exam.
To be able to perform electrical work across all 9 classifications you will need to pass THREE exams:
EE-98 Residential and Commercial Electrical Part 1
EE-98 Residential and Commercial Electrical Part 2
EE-98 Residential and Commercial Electrical Part 3
The exam covers the following topics:
To see the full list of electrical trade exam questions check out this guide.
Contractor licenses in New Mexico can only be issued to a legal business entities.
You will have to form a legal entity through the: New Mexico Secretary of State
For additional information about business licenses in New Mexico, consult the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a complete explanation of the difference between these types of entities and which one makes the most sense for someone applying for a contractor license, check out this free guide!
New Mexico requires all contractor license applicants to hold workers compensation insurance. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.
If you are applying for a contractor license in New Mexico and have workers or employees, you will disclose this on your application.
You will need to include:
Check out the New Mexico Workers Compensation website, for a deeper look at state insurance requirements.
The New Mexico Construction Industries Department, ultimately exists as a consumer protection mechanism.
The agency exists not only to enforce rules on construction contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged by unlicensed contractors.
If you are a homeowner or business owner looking to verify a contractor license in the state of New Mexico, you can check a license here
Whether you are looking to become a journeyman in New Mexico or begin a career as a contractor, you will want to begin by mastering the trade.
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself as a professional in the construction industry is by looking into an apprenticeship program or training course.
These types of schools can provide you with valuable training in a variety of different trades including: Electrical, Plumbing, Concrete, Landscaping, Painting, HVAC, Roofing, Carpentry and much more!
If you are one day looking to get the New Mexico General Contractor license, you will need to demonstrate a skillset beyond just construction. You can obtain electrical certificates online and even prepare for the journeyman electrician test.
If you are new to construction industry and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Each state may have different requirements and standards for what is considered a journeyman, check your state laws.
To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
If you are looking to prepare for your New Mexico Contractor License exam, taking contractor classes could be a huge help.
Most contractor resources include:
Many tradesman find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety and New Mexico construction law.
These topics can be learned quickly. Studying consistently on the weeks leading up to your exam day will help you greatly.
Practice exams and study guides breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.
A contractor license school's main focus should be on the law.
Most states offer several different types of licenses, so if a school is telling you it can teach you your trade, be wary... as that is not realistic.
You can however review trade concepts you may have forgotten.
Many excellent online resources cover the basics of Electricity, HVAC, Masonry, Carpentry and much more
For those looking to do pursue a career in construction or get a New Mexico General contractor license, reading construction blueprints is fundamental.
Blueprints communicate important information about the way in which a structure is built as well as what materials are necessary or have been used for its construction.
Being comfortable with construction blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to become licensed electricians.
See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!
Statistically, 21% of all work-related fatalities are in construction.
That equals about 1 and 5 worker deaths on average.
In the construction industry, the leading cause of worker deaths is reported as falls, struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
Safety is a huge part of engaging in construction.
Whether it be roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical or any other trade.
If you or your workers are not properly trained, it can place unnecessary risk to not only your personal safety but your bottom line as a business.
For employment with a licensed general contractor, you may be asked to complete some level of New Mexico OSHA Training.
Getting the contractor license in New Mexico can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business or become an RMO for a company!
The construction industry is very lucrative, no matter which state you are in. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesman in the future.
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
If you have found this article, be sure to let us know! and check back for more updates in the future on how to become an electrician.
Digital Constructive is the #1 Online Resource for Construction Professionals
Save Time and Energy:
Stay Up To Date On Changes To Contractor License LAW!