May 15

Who Needs an Electrical Contractor License In Nevada?

  • Anyone bidding on electrical installation, repair, or maintenance projects over $500 in labor or materials
  • In Nevada there are 7 sub-classifications that fall under the the electrical contractor license
  • If you get the C-2 Electrical License, you are allowed to bid on the following types of projects:
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ELECTRICAL WIRING (sub-classification C-2a): 

  • Electrical wires, fixtures, appliances 
  • Apparatuses and associated wiring

INTEGRATED CEILINGS (sub-classification C-2b): 

  • Integrated ceilings 
  • Suspensive systems and ducts

FIRE DETECTION (sub-classification C-2c):

  • Electrical Sensors 
  • Alarms used to detect heat and smoke

LOW VOLTAGE SYSTEMS (sub-classification C-2d):  

  • Fiber optics or do not exceed 91 volts
  • Telephone systems
  • Sound systems, cable television systems, closed circuit video systems, and satellite dish antennas
  • Temperature controls, computer networking systems and landscape lighting

LINES TO TRANSMIT ELECTRICITY (sub-classification C-2e):

  • Overhead or underground secondary lines which transmit electricity
  • Poles, towers, anchors, guys, transformers, substations, circuit breakers and related equipment

RESIDENTIAL WIRING (sub-classification C-2f):

  • Electrical wires, fixtures, and appliances 
  • Apparatuses whose electrical current does not exceed 600 volts

PHOTOVOLTAICS (sub-classification C-2g):

  • Photovoltaic cells, batteries and inverters used in the conversion of solar energy into electricity 
  • No electrical wires beyond the service panel 
  • Residential and Commercial only

Nevada Contractor License Requirements

You must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of Age
  • Form of USA Issued Identification
  • Social Security Number
  • Not Currently On Probation or Parole

You Must also have

  • 4 Years of Journeyman Level Experience
  • Be able to document your experience if the Nevada Contractors Board request
  • A Business Entity

What is Journeyman level experience?

Journeyman level experience means that you have reached a certain level of mastery and knowledge of your trade.

Credit for experience in Nevada is only issued at the journeyman or supervisory level.

You must be aware of every aspect of your trade as well as maintaining a certain level of safety and quality control.

  • Journeyman can perform all of the duties associated with their trade un-supervised. This person has either completed an apprenticeship or is an experienced worker
  • Foreman is a supervising employee on a job-site and has full knowledge of all of the duties and skills that a journeyman would have
  • Contractor is an independent tradesman who manages and supervises several phases of a construction job
Logo of the nevada contractors board. Nevada is apart of the California Contractor license reciprocity agreement

Nevada State Contractors Board

The Contractors Board in Nevada may request to see the documentation of your experience.

It is important that you have some way to prove your claim of being a journeyman.

Nevada Journeyman Electrician License

In Nevada, journeyman cards are offered at a city and county level.

Each region has their own specific requirements for electrical journeyman. Generally the requirement to take the journeyman license test is 3,000-4,000 hours of documented work experience.

It is important to understand the distinction between a Journeyman and Contractor:

Electrical Journeyman

  • Knowledge and Expertise
  • May have completed an apprenticeship or training program 
  • Between 3,000 - 4,000 hours of experience
  • Certification required to work under an electrical contractor or for a company
  • Holds an electrical certificate

Electrical Contractor

  • Knowledge and Expertise
  • 4 Years Journeyman Level Experience
  • Has passed an exam covering construction management, accounting, job site safety, tax law, labor law, contracts and bidding
  • Licensed to place bids on projects over $500
  • Holds an electrical contractor license

Proving Your Construction Experience

You may document your 4 years of experience in the following ways:

  • W2’s
  • Tax Returns
  • Check Stubs
  • Contracts
  • Letter from a licensed contractor

Who can sign off on your electrical experience?

The NSCB will require you to submit 4 notarized references verifying your construction experience.

These references must be from people who have first hand knowledge of your experience and who have witnessed you work. 

You may use any of the following people to sign off on your experience:

  • Building inspector 
  • Architect  
  • Engineer
  • Client 
  • Customer

Description of work experience

In addition to references. You must also include a detailed description of your experience. 

Each reference must include

  • Name
  • Current Address
  • Phone Number
  • Dates of Employment

Your description must go into a certain level of detail:

"Jim is a great guy and a knowledgeable electrician" - Is not descriptive enough

An example of a more descriptive explanation would be:

"Jim is experienced with A/C and 440 wiring, he has installed conduits, series wiring, 120 and 220V wiring, and underground wiring. He can read and use ohmmeters, voltmeters and ammeters. He has worked with low voltage electrical set ups...etc"

You will want to talk about the:

  • Types of construction projects
  • Trades
  • Crafts
  • Task and Duties

Forming a Business Entity in Nevada

You will have to form a legal entity. You can learn more about setting up a business entity on the Nevada Secretary of State Website.

You must first choose a name and then you can choose the type of entity you want.

Typically, construction companies choose either:

  • Sole Proprietor
  • Partnership
  • LLC
  • S-Corporation

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!

Nevada Electrical Contractor License Exam

Electrician assembling industrial control cubicle in workshop. Close-up photo. to get the nevada electrical license you will need to pass a two part exam

To get licensed and bonded in Nevada you will need to pass a two part exam which is administered by PSI.

  • Construction Management Survey Exam 
  • Electrical Trade Exam

Lets start with the Construction Management Survey Exam...

This is a LAW & BUSINESS focused test that will cover the following topics:

  • Licensing
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Lien Law
  • Financial Management
  • Tax Laws
  • Labor Laws
  • Project Management
  • Contracts
  • Risk Management
  • Environmental Safety and Health Department Regulations
  • Occupational Safety
  • Construction Regulations

If you are unfamiliar with the contractor license laws, it could be helpful for you to enroll in a Nevada contractor license school. 

However, make sure you understand the scope of what contractor classes actually teach you.

To learn more about the difference between a trade school and a contractor license school, check out this article!

Electrical Trade Test

The electrical license test will cover:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Raceways and Boxes 
  • Transmission Lines
  • Over-current Protection
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment 
  • Electrical Power
  • Motors
  • Low Voltage Lighting
  • Illuminated Signs
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
  • Safety Information

Testing Information

Construction Management Exam

  • 60 Questions
  • 120 Minutes
  • 75% Minimum Score

Electrical Trade Exam

  • 60 Questions
  • 2.5 Hours
  • 42% Minimum Score

You must first register for an examination at the (NSCB) Nevada State Contractors Board website.

Once the board accepts your application packet, they will mail you a candidate eligibility letter that will include a PSI Registration Form with instructions on how to select an exam date. 

  • You will get 3 chances to pass the exam (2 weeks between each exam date)
  • One Examination $95
  • Two Examinations $140 (if the second exam is the Construction Management Exam)
  • Computerized Test
  • Bring 2 forms of Identification
  • Open Book
  • Arrive 30 minutes before scheduled exam time
  • You will have to forfeit your exam fee if you cancel less than 2 days before your date, are late or fail to bring identification
NSCB Exam Locations

There are three available testing locations:


3210 East Tropicana Avenue

Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

  • RENO

Airport Plaza Office Building

1755 E Plumb Lane Ste 108

Reno, Nevada 89502

  • ELKO 

225 Silver Street Ste 102

Elko, Nevada 89801

Licensing Fees and Application

  • The Application Fee is currently ---------$300 
  • License Activation ----------- $680 (every two years)
  • Bond Fee for Cash Bond ------------- $200
  • Residential Recovery Fund ------------ $200 - $1000 (for residential contractors only)

Submit ApplicationYou can find an application here

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Nevada Contractor License Lookup Page

For consumers looking for a licensed and bonded contractor in the state of Nevada, you can check out this page

You may be also required to register and get  a Nevada state business license. The Nevada department of business and Industry has information about this process.

Nevada Contractor License Reciprocity Agreement

Can I use my California Contractor license in Nevada? 

Contractor License reciprocity is an agreement between the Contractor licensing boards of two different states.

It can mean that they have similar building standards, allowing contractors to work freely between states.

an illustration of the state of california. blog post covers the contractor license reciprocity agreement between california and nevada

In the context of licensing, it means that a contractor who is licensed in one state, may not need to retake an exam to get licensed in another state.

Learn more about Nevada's reciprocity agreement with California, Arizona and Utah!

Electrical Apprenticeships

Whether you are looking to get a journeyman card in Nevada or begin a career in the electrical trade.

One of the best ways to build a solid foundation in your career is by looking into an apprenticeship program school.

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.

Learn more about the step by step path from an Apprentice to Journeyman!

Learn how to Read Construction Blueprints

a black ruler and book laying on a wooden table. learning how to read construction blueprints is very important for those looking to get the electrician license in nevada

Those looking to do pursue a career in construction should be able to read construction blueprints and identify basic lines and symbols.

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 construction blueprints is an invaluable skill for those looking to get the contractor license.

See our Free Blueprint Reading Course!

Nevada OSHA Guidelines

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.

an image of two contractors standing up on a steel beam. if you are looking to get the electrical contractor license in nevada, you will need to complete OSHA training

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 contractor in Nevada, you may be asked to complete some level of Nevada OSHA Safety Training.


Getting a Nevada state contractor license can be a huge step up in your career if you are looking to start your own business or become an RMO for an existing company!

The Construction industry is highly lucrative. The key is to take action and follow these steps from beginning to end. If you are looking to get work in another state you can find information here about electrical contractor licenses in: CaliforniaNew Mexico, UtahArizonaColorado, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida

If you have found this article, be sure to let us know! and check back for more updates in the future.


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