Contractors come in all type, including electricians. A career as an electrician is rewarding, and you can often go into business for yourself making a very good salary.
In order to be an electrician, you need to be licensed and certified through the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board (ECLB).
There are four different ECLB certificates you can get including: Electrical contractor, Alarm contractor I (includes fire alarms), Alarm contractor II (excludes fire alarms), Specialty: residential, lighting, utility line, etc. You can get some or all of them, depending on the type of work you want to do – the more you know/are certified for the more jobs you can land.
To become certified as an electrical contractor, you need to do at least one of the four requirements:
- Operate as a manager in your trade for at least three years within the last six years of applying for certification.
- Act as a supervisor in your field for at least four years within the last eight years of applying for certification.
- Show at least six years of education, training and/or experience in electrical work that is within the last 12 years.
- Work as a licensed, professional electrical engineer for three or more years.
For each specific electrical specialty, there are different requirements needed so you must follow those. After you’ve met all the qualifications and taken the tests, you can apply and submit your application for your electrical contractor’s license in Florida and other states.
Remember, there are fees with some of the requirements and paperwork that you will do throughout this process.
The contractor licensing process can be tricky, and your application may be denied. Your work experience may not be enough, or maybe you missed a deadline or didn’t pass the test with a high enough score. If you work with contractor licensing professionals, we can make sure your electrical license application does not get denied. We know exactly what you need to qualify. We will help put together your application and get everything up to the board’s standards.
Getting your electrical contractor license involves a lot of planning. You must know the requirements and deadlines.
While Florida rejects 90 percent of contractor applications the first time, our team of contractor licensing professionals has a 95 percent approval rate.