Electrical contractors in the state of Alabama are governed by the:
There are two classifications for Electricians in the state of Alabama:
Electrical contractors taking on projects over $50,000 must also apply with the Alabama Board of General Contractors
Anyone working as an electrician in the state of Alabama must be eligible and apply to become a journeyman electrician.
“A person who possesses necessary qualifications, training, and technical knowledge to install electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment lighting, heating, or power or control covered by this chapter. He or she shall work under a master or state certified electrical contractor and shall be capable of doing work according to plans and specifications furnished to him or her and in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing such work.”
Experience must include:
Applicants may substitute 1,000 hours of experience for 1 Year of education in an approved apprenticeship or electrical education program
You must meet the following requirements:
You must also have:
Alabama has specific requirements for the amount of hours electricians must have to get a license.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
The application process is as follows:
Complete a Business Entity Job List Form
Complete a Work Affidavit
Schedule an Examination
Applications must be sent 30 days prior to schedule board meeting. Check check board meeting dates & deadlines
Upon acceptance from the Alabama Contractors Board, you will then be allowed to register for an examination.
Your work experience affidavit will need to be completed by someone who is either a:
You cannot sign your own work affidavit. It also must be signed and notarized. See the work experience affidavit
Completed Applications and fees can be sent to:
2777 Zelda Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36106
When applying for your electrical license in Alabama there are some important state specific things to remember:
All contractors must pass the Alabama Law and Business exam:
The business and law portion of the exam covers:
The electrical portion of the examination covers:
The journeyman electrician test is:
The examination will cover the following topics:
Chasteen Hall300 North Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611
Biggio Center Testing Services
112 S. College StreetAuburn, AL 36849
Lurleen Wallace Hall - Room 3222601 Carson Road
Birmingham, AL 35215
307 University Boulevard N
Alpha Hall East - Room 326Mobile, AL 36688
4600 Valleydale Rd
General Studies Building, Room 110
Birmingham, AL 35242
915 S. Jackson Street Edward Glenn McGeHee
McGeHee Hall 105Montgomery, AL 36104
600 Plaza Drive
Enterprise, AL 36331
Warner Robbins Taylor Center
7400 East Drive, Room 147
Montgomery. AL 36117-3596
Huntsville Campus Academic Testing Center
102 B Wynn Drive, Building 1, Room 122
Huntsville, AL 35805
1805 E. 17th Street Sheffield, AL 35660
301 Sparkman Drive Wilson Hall, Room 202
Huntsville, AL 35899
Room 18269500 Old Greensboro Road, #188
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
700 Pelham Road North434 Trustee Circle
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
Alabama currently accepts the NASCLA examination for Electrical Contractors.
This means that if you are applying for electrical licensure from out of state, you may be able to waive your Alabama trade examination.
For more information, check out this complete guide to NASCLA
If you are applying for an Alabama electrical license as a business, the state board will require you to have an established business entity.
This can be set up through the Alabama Secretary of State
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
For a deeper look at the advantages and disadvantages of each business entity, check out this free guide!
Alabama requires all construction companies with 1 or more employees to hold workers compensation insurance.
This also includes LLC's. However, If you apply as a sole proprietorship and have no employees you may be exempt.
Contractors must be insured through a commercial provider, self insured carrier or through the Alabama Department of Labor
The Alabama Electrical Board's number one responsibility is protecting the consumer public.
The agency exists not only to enforce rules on electrical contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged.
If you are looking to verify an electrical license in the state of Alabama, you can check a license here
Once your electrical license is active, you will be responsible for renewing it on an annual basis. Make sure that you begin the renewal process 30 days in advance to make sure there is no gap in your licensing.
If you are entering the construction industry without any experience, you should absolutely explore starting out in an apprenticeship!
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation and position yourself to earn an excellent living in a short time frame is by investing in your education.
Apprenticeships 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 Alabama General Contractors license, you must demonstrate skillsets beyond just your specific trade.
Check out our online course library:
If you have never heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, these courses may be perfect for you.
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 Alabama electrical license exam, taking contractor classes could be a huge help.
Schools typically provide
Many tradesman find themselves a bit confused when faced with questions about construction accounting, balance sheets, workers compensation, employee rights, job site safety and Alabama state 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.
For anyone looking to become a licensed general contractor, learning how to read blueprints is critical...
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 get into engineering or architecture.
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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 taken very seriously by construction authorities in Alabama.
Whether it be HVAC, roofing, painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical or any other trade.
If 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 Alabama OSHA Training
You may qualify for reciprocity if you are licensed in the following states:
Learn more about electrical license reciprocity
Applying to the Alabama Electrical Board can be a huge first step up in starting your own business.
The construction industry is very lucrative. There will be more and more opportunities for skilled tradesman in the future.
The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end. If you are looking to get work in another state you can find information here about electrical contractor licenses in: California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida
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