Colorado does not currently have a state wide contractor license.There are only two trades which are regulated at the state level:
For other licenses, the laws differ depending on the county.
However, several Contractor Licenses are offered in Denver through the Department of Community Planning and Development.
In Colorado there are 3 levels of licensing for electrical contractors:
To qualify for the residential wireman electrician classification in Colorado you must meet the following requirements:
To get the Colorado Journeyman electrical license, you must meet the following requirements:
To qualify for the Colorado Master Electricians License you must meet any of the following qualifications:
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Anyone performing electrical work of any kind or work requires pulling a building permit.
Projects that involve installing, fabricating, or repairing residential or commercial electrical systems are overseen by the Colorado electrical board.
Projects may include but are not limited to:
In order to take the Colorado contractor exam, you must meet the following electrician qualifications:
You must also
The Colorado Electricians Practice Act defines a journeyman as:
"A person having the necessary qualifications, training, experience, and technical knowledge to wire for, install, and repair electrical apparatus
and equipment for electric light, heat, and power, and for other purposes, in accordance with standard rules governing such work"
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) will require that you have journeyman level experience as an electrician.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
The Colorado Electricians Practice Act defines a Master Electrician as:
"A person having the necessary qualifications, training,
experience, and technical knowledge to properly plan, lay out, and supervise the installation and repair of wiring apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power, and for other purposes, in accordance with standard rules governing such work, such as the national electrical code"
You can apply for the Electrical Contractor License Online here
Documents that must be included with your application are:
Some things to remember:
All applicants must pass the Colorado electrical contractor exam. The exam is administered by a third party company called PSI.
Enrolling into an electrician school can be extremely helpful if you are in anyway confused by the electrical trade fundamentals.
There are separate exams for the Residential Wireman, Journeyman and Master Electrician's licenses:
The exam will cover the following topics:
The Journeyman electrician test will cover the following topics:
The master electricians test will cover the following topics:
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Colorado allows those applying for the Contractor License to choose if they would like to set themselves up as a business entity.
If you already have a registered business entity and you would like to apply for a license in Denver, than you must include the following documentation about your business along with your application.
Typically, there are 4 common business structures among construction professionals:
For a complete look at the differences between these business structures, check this guide.
For more information about getting a business license in Colorado and the nature of your business you can contact any of the following agencies:
Colorado requires all business that have employees to carry worker's compensation insurance, regardless of their construction trade.
Worker's Compensation requirements for Colorado contractor license applicants can be found on the website of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
For consumers or homeowners looking to search an active Colorado contractor license, you may access information on the Department of Regulatory Agencies search portal
Anyone advertising themselves a certified electrician, should hold the Colorado contractor license.
The Colorado State Electrical Board adheres to laws set by the National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA). Colorado has electrician license reciprocity agreements with the following states:
According to state laws, you must meet the following requirements to transfer your license to Colorado.
Whether you are looking to become a journeyman electrician in Colorado or begin a career in the construction industry, you will want to begin by mastering a trade.
One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program or electrician course.
Trade schools can provide you with valuable training in electrical fundamentals.
Colorado electrical contractors must have skillsets beyond simply trade knowledge. You must learn the fundamentals of running a construction business, safety as well as how to become an electrician.
If you are new to the world of construction and have heard the term “journeyman” or “apprentice” and are not sure what these terms mean, or perhaps where to even start.
Each state has different requirements and standards for certifications. To Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!
In addition to electrician training, those looking to do pursue a career in construction or get the Colorado General Contractor license, should learn how to read blueprints.
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 for those looking to get the Colorado electrical license.
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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 a huge part of managing a construction site. General Contractors as well as licensed plumbers should know everything about safely supervising a project.
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.
Becoming a licensed electrician in Colorado 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 highly lucrative. Whether you are looking to get licensed in other states or offer handyman services in Colorado.
The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end.
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