Low voltage contractors in Georgia are regulated by the:
"Low Voltage Contractor Licenses are required of persons who contract to install, alter, repair, or service low voltage systems. Low Voltage Contractor licenses cover low voltage systems, other than alarm and telecommunications systems. Alarm and telecommunications licenses also cover general systems. Unrestricted electrical licenses cover all low voltage systems"
There are four available low voltage license classifications in Georgia:
Low voltage means any electrical systems, other than alarm or telecommunication systems, involving low-voltage wiring 50 volts or less.
This includes but is not limited to:
For contractors looking to take on larger more complex electrical installation projects, there is two classes of electrical licenses available in Georgia:
You must meet the following requirements:
You must also have:
Georgia does not explicitly use the term "journeyman" in reference to electrical contractor experience. However, you must have adequate experience in the electrical field to obtain the low voltage license.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
Complete and submit your: Low Voltage License Application
Once you are approved for by the Georgia state electrical board. You will then be notified on how to schedule your examination
Applications can be submitted to:
Georgia Board of Construction Industry, Division of Electrical Contractors
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
To get the low voltage license in Georgia you must pass two examinations:
The exam will be:
The number of questions on your test depends on the classification you choose:
Your exam covering the regulations, laws, and administrative functions will cover the following topics:
The technical portion of your exam will include questions on your knowledge of the following duties:
Which of the following type of bonds will ensure that a respondent will complete the work to the specifications for a project?
2. Which of the following is a type of cable entrance that is used on the outside of a plant building?
3. Which of the following is necessary to ensure proper cable installation standards?
1. pre-cut over inspection
2. selection of equipment room
3. communication with suppliers
4. job in progress inspection
A) 1 and 2 only
B) 1 and 4 only*
C) 2 and 3 only
D) 3 and 4 only
The Georgia law & business exam currently references the NASCLA's business, project management, and law standards.
Preparing for the law & business section of the exam is a very important part of your overall state of Georgia low voltage license test prep.
For more information, check out this complete guide to NASCLA
If you are looking to establish your low voltage business in Georgia, the state licensing board will want you to be established as a business entity
This can be set up through the Georgia Secretary of State
You will choose a name and then select the type of entity you want. Typically, construction companies choose either:
Georgia requires its electrical contractor's 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.
For information specific to your situation you can refer to the Georgia State Board of Worker's Compensation
The Georgia Board for Electrical Contractor's number one responsibility is to protect the consumer public.
The agency not only governs construction contractors, but also to ensure that homeowners are not being over charged by unlicensed contractors.
If you are looking to verify the status of an electrical license in the state of Georgia, you can check a license here
Once your Georgia low voltage license is active, you will be responsible for meeting the specific renewal dates set by the board. There are also continuing education requirements for electricians in Georgia.
To review them you can check the link below
If you are beginning your career as an electrician you should absolutely consider 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 early.
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 your goal is to one day get a Georgia electrical license, start by learning the law & business concepts as well as fundamental trade skills
Check out our online course library:
There are also several reputable trade schools in the state of Georgia:
Atlanta Electrical JATC:
Institution – Union
Location – 6601 Bay Circle Norcross, GA 30071
Contact – (404) 523-5400
Macon Electrical JATC:
Institution – Union
Location – 1046 Patterson Street Macon, GA 31204
Contact – (478) 743-7017
Institution – Union
Location – 90 Newman South Industrial Drive Newman, GA 30263
Contact – (678) 423-1338
CSRA Electrical JATC:
Institution – Union
Location – 1248 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA 30901
Contact – (706) 722-4100
Institution – Non-Union
Location – 4500 Winters Chapel Road Atlanta, GA 30360
Contact – (770) 242-9277
These schools can provide information on opportunities in this industry, electrician salaries, and how much a journeyman electrician makes in Georgia.
If you are looking to prepare for your Georgia low voltage 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 Georgia state construction law.
Georgia low voltage license test prep and study guides breaking down everything you need to know can be found here.
Blueprint reading is a critical skill for electricians, you will absolutely need to understand how to read blueprints.
Construction 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 blueprints is an invaluable skill especially for those looking to get into engineering or architecture.
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 taken very seriously by the Georgia Board of Electrical Contractors.
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.
You may qualify for reciprocity:
If you hold an electrical contractor license in any of the following states:
Your license must be in good standing and you will also be required to bass the Georgia business and law exam.
If you are applying from out of state you must complete a license verification form. Applicants must also meet all of the basic licensing requirements for a Georgia construction license.
Learn more about Contractor License Reciprocity
Applying to the state licensing board for electrical contractors 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, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida
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