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How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Idaho

Requirements for licensing as an electrician in Idaho

What are the requirements to become a licensed electrician in the State of Idaho?

Apprentice Electrician:
Anyone wishing to become an electrician in the State of Idaho must register with the Division of Building Safety as an apprentice before beginning any training program, and they shall carry their registration certificate with them at all times. Complete and submit in person or by mail, Application for Electrical Apprentice Registration along with the application fee. The applicant’s signature must be notarized. The apprentice registration is good for a five-year period. The apprentice must work for 8000 hours under the supervision of a licensed journeyman electrician, and also complete the required vocational training.

Journeyman Electrician:
In order to be approved for the Idaho State Journeyman Electrician license you must submit notarized documentation of a minimum of 8000 hours of work experience as an apprentice electrician. Also complete and submit the notarized Application for Journeyman Electrician License along with the application fee to the Division of Building Safety in Meridian, Idaho. When the Division approves the application, an Examination Registration form will be issued, which must be completed and delivered to the testing service. The electrical exams are administered by Pearson VUE.

Master Electrician:
To be approved for the Idaho Master Electrician License, you first work as a licensed journeyman electrician for not less than four years. The electrician must submit the notarized Application for Master Electrician License along with an administrative fee to the Electrical Bureau of the Idaho Division of Building Safety. Also include a copy of a photo ID. Once the application is approved by the Division, the applicant will be mailed an Examination Registration Form. It must be completed and mailed to the testing service, Pearson VUE. Applicants must score 75% or above before the master electrician license will be issued. Upon passing the exam, send a check for $65 to the Division and the Idaho Master Electrician License will be issued.

Find all the needed forms and information at the Idaho Electrical Bureau link below.

Division Contact information:

State of Idaho
Division of Building Safety
Elelctrical Bureau, Licensing Section
1090 E. Watertower St.
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 334-2183 for license application questions.

How often must I renew my Idaho Electrician License?

All Idaho Electrician licenses and renewals shall be for a period of three years, expiring on the date of issuance. If you miss your renewal deadline, you must add the revival fee. Any time during the final month of your licensing period, send to the Division your renewal fee plus verification of satisfaction of the continuing education requirements. Apprenticeship registrations are good for five years.

What are the costs for electrical licenses and renewals in Idaho?

Apprenticeship Registration fee – $50
Application for License fee – $15
Journeyman Electrician License fee – $55
Journeyman Electrician License Renewal fee – $45
Master Electrician License fee – $65
Master Electrician License Renewal fee – $45
Master and Journeyman Electrician Revival fee – $55

Does the State of Idaho Electrical Board, Division of Building Safety recognize reciprocal states?

Idaho has journeyman electrician licensing reciprocity with the states of Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas. Just include a copy of your current license with the completed application. Idaho observes master electrician reciprocity with Utah and Wyoming. Idaho honors those states master electrician testing. Attach your Utah or Wyoming license to your application.

Does the Idaho Division of Building Safety require continuing education for electricians?

Yes. Every three-year licensing period, Journeyman and Master Electricians are required to take 16 hours of code updates and eight hours of industry related courses, totaling 24 hours of continuing education.

Resources

Electrical Bureau, Division of Building Safety


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