Electrical contractors in the State of Louisiana are regulated by:
The Scope of work for contractors in Louisiana is separated into four categories:
The Louisiana Electrical Contractor license falls under the commercial category
Anyone engaging in projects that involve:
"construction, installation or repair of electrical infrastructure for buildings and other structures; Does not include service lines, transmission lines, outside plant, electrical power substations, traffic lighting and highway signs, power plants, industrial instrumentation and industrial machinery" - LSLBC
The state of Louisiana defines an Electrical Contractor as someone who:
"Conducts business in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical work conforming to applicable standards and codes"
If you choose not to get the state-wide license. There are 4 separate specialty classifications for electricians in Louisiana:
Construction, Installation, Repair, and Maintenance of:
Construction, maintenance or repair of:
(Does not include: service lines, transmission lines, outside plant, electrical power substations, traffic lighting and highway signs, power plants, industrial instrumentation and industrial machinery)
Installation, maintenance or repair of:
(Does not include the installation of wiring cables, etc. within the conduit)
Installation or fabrication of:
To take the Louisiana electrical contractors exam you must meet the following basic requirements:
You must also:
Louisiana board of contractors does not have an experience requirement for electricians. However the trade examination you have to pass will present questions to you as if you are an electrical journeyman.
While different regions may have varying definitions for what a journeyman is, typically this is someone who:
The application process for the Residential and Commercial License are as follows:
Complete the Financial Statement Affidavit
Complete the Qualifying Party Application
Make sure that your application is:
Completed Applications and fees can be sent to:
2525 Quail Drive,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(Application processing can take up to 4-8 weeks)
The Application for Home Improvement Contractor is slightly different.
Your Financial Affidavit must include:
For a complete look at how the financial affidavit and required information, check out this resource.
All electrical contractors must pass the Louisiana Law and Business exam.
The LAW test is developed by NASCLA and covers a range of topics including:
The electrical trade exam in Louisiana is developed by NASCLA. The exam is
Questions are based on the:
The electrical exam covers key topics including:
If you do not want to apply for the state-wide license, you can apply for any of the sub specialty licenses:
600 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
6220 E. Texas Street, Building D, Room 203
Bossier City, LA
980 Navarre Building 2, Room 302
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399
1407 Highway 311
Shriever, LA 70395
Student Center, Room 204
8100 U.S. 71
Alexandria, LA 71302
7500 Millhaven Road
Monroe, LA 71203
65556 Centerpoint Blvd. Room 124
Lacombe, LA 70445
3710 Paris Road, Administration Building Room 120
Chalmette, LA 70043
1101 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Sycamore Building–Testing Center
Lake Charles, LA 70607
If you are applying for a Louisiana contractors license as a business, the state board will require you to have an established business entity.
This can be set up through the Louisiana Secretary of State
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!
Louisiana 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 Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana State Board for Contractors, 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 Louisiana, 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.
The Louisiana State Licensing Board gives you the option of either a one, two, or three year renewal. You can access their portal here
If you are just beginning your career in hopes of one day becoming a licensed contractor in Louisiana 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 Louisiana General Contractor license, you will need to demonstrate a skillset beyond just construction. Learn about project management and other business skills.
Click the image below for access to our online electrical course catalogue.
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 an electrical 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 Louisiana electrical 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 Louisiana 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.
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 electrical concepts you may have forgotten using practice tests and study guides.
Many excellent online resources cover the basics of Electricity, HVAC, Masonry, Carpentry and much more!
Check out our complete list of Trade Skills Courses
If you are reading this and looking to get your residential or commercial contractor license in Louisiana, you must understand the importance of Blueprint Reading.
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 into engineering or obtain construction licensing.
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 probably the most important part of running a construction business in Louisiana.
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 Louisiana OSHA Training.
Applying to the Louisiana Board of Contractors can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business as an electrician!
The construction industry is very lucrative and electrical contractors especially are highly sought after. There has never been a better time to get into construction, as there will be increasingly more opportunities into the future.
The key is to use the information you have now and take action from beginning to end. I know you will make the most of it!
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