Electricians and other skilled tradespeople typically learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship. These consist of at least 144 hours of classroom instruction per year, and at least 2,000 hours of paid work in the field, mentored and supervised by licensed journeymen or master electricians. Apprenticeships usually last four years. Trade and vocational schools offer training programs for electricians, which can be counted toward the apprenticeship requirements. Once apprentices are tested and certified as journeymen, they must regularly renew their state journeyman license. Each state’s regulations are different, but the broad strokes are similar.
Work actively in your trade. Most states won’t allow you to renew your license unless you have worked as an electrician within the past six months. You can apply for a waiver or exception if you’ve been unable to work because of an extended illness or disability.
Download a copy of your state’s license renewal forms, or request them by mail. Some states, such as Texas, offer online renewal through their websites.