Electrician Continuing Education FAQs

1. When do I need to complete the Electrical continuing education (CE) requirements to renew my Electrician license?

The most common question we get from professional Electricians is: When do I need to renew my Electrician license? The answer varies by state, but generally it is every 1-2 years.

See below for a summary of the requirements in a selection of states that we serve. All Star Training is a leading provider of state-approved Electrical continuing education courses online. More information is available on the profession pages for each state listed on our Courses Offered page.

Alabama Electrician Continuing Education Every two years on or before license anniversary date

14 hours of CE

Alaska Electrician Continuing Education Every two years on or before license anniversary date

16 hours of CE (8 hours of Code)

Arkansas Electrician Continuing Education Every year on or before last day of licensee’s birth month

8 hours of CE

Colorado Electrician Continuing Education Every three years on or before September 30th

24 hours of CE

Delaware Electrician Continuing Education Every two years on or before June 30th

8 hours of CE

Georgia Electrician Continuing Education Every even year on or before June 30th

4 hours of CE

Idaho Electrician Continuing Education Every three years on or before license anniversary date

24 hours of CE; including 8 hrs. code

Kentucky Electrician Continuing Education Every year on or before licensee’s birth month

6 hours of CE

Maryland Electrician Continuing Education Every two years by license anniversary date

5 hours of CE

Maine Electrician Continuing Education  Every two years by license anniversary date

15 hours of CE

Montana Electrician Continuing Education Every two years by July 15th

16 hours of CE, 8 Hours Per Year

North Carolina Electrician Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

8 hours of CE

New Hampshire Electrician Continuing Education Every three years by licensee’s birthday

15 hours of CE

New Mexico Electrician Continuing Education Every three years on or before license anniversary date

16 hours of CE

Oklahoma Electrician Continuing Education Every three years on or before licensee’s birth date

6 hours of CE

Oregon Electrician Continuing Education Every three years on or before October 31st

24 hours of CE

South Dakota Electrician Continuing Education Every other year ending in even number (e.g. 2020, 2022, 2024) on earlier of license anniversary date or June 30th

16 hours of CE

Texas Electrician Continuing Education Every year by license anniversary date

4 hours of CE

Utah Electrician Continuing Education Every two years by November 30th

16 hours of CE

Virginia Electrician Continuing Education Every two years by license anniversary date

3 hours of CE

Wisconsin Electrician Continuing Education General: Every four years by June 30th

Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (DCQ): Every two years by license anniversary

24 hours of CE

Wyoming Electrician Continuing Education Master: Every three years on or before July 31st

Journeyman: Every three years on or before Jan 1st of following year

16 hours of CE

 

2. How many CE credit hours (CEUs) do I need to complete to renew my Electrician license?

This is the second most common question, and once again (like most of these questions) it depends on the state you operate in. Please see the table above for a summary of the credit hour requirements in a selection of states, but recognize that these are subject to change as the state governing bodies release new information.

 

3. Where can I find the Electrical Board’s CE requirements and state-approved providers of Electrical continuing education courses?

Electrician licenses are regulated and administered at the state level by various governing bodies. Similarly, providers of continuing education must receive approval and be accredited by the state governing boards. Only CE courses completed with an approved provider will be acceptable to meet state certification requirements.

Fortunately, All Star Training is a licensed and approved provider in all states that it offers Electrician continuing education courses. Unlike many providers, our courses are 100% online, allowing you to complete the CE requirements on your own time and at your own pace.

Please see the table below for a summary of the relevant state governing bodies and the list of approved Electrician continuing education providers.

Alabama Electricians Alabama Electrical Contractors Board

http://www.aecb.state.al.us/

Alaska Electricians Alaska Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing: Electrical

www.commerce.alaska.gov

Arkansas Electricians Arkansas Electrical Board

https://portal.arkansas.gov/agency/department-of-labor-and-licensing/arkansas-department-of-labor/labor-code-enforcement-division/electrical-board/

Colorado Electricians Colorado Electrical Board

https://dpo.colorado.gov/Electrical/CE

Delaware Electricians Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/electrician/

Georgia Electricians Georgia Board of Electrical Contractors

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/21

Idaho Electricians Idaho Electrical Board

https://dbs.idaho.gov/

Kentucky Electricians Kentucky Electrical Division

http://dhbc.ky.gov/newstatic_info.aspx?static_id=344

Maryland Electricians Maryland Board of Master Electricians

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/elec/

Maine Electricians Maine Electricians’ Examining Board

https://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/electricians/

Montana Electricians Montana Electrical Board

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/ele

North Carolina Electricians North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

https://www.ncbeec.org/

New Hampshire Electricians New Hampshire Electricians’ Board

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/electricians/

New Mexico Electricians New Mexico Electrical Bureau

http://www.rld.state.nm.us/construction/electrical.aspx

Oklahoma Electricians Oklahoma Construction Industries Board: Electrical

http://www.rld.state.nm.us/construction/electrical.aspx

Oregon Electricians Oregon Electrical Board

https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/boards/Pages/elec-elev.aspx

South Dakota Electricians South Dakota Electrical Commission

https://dlr.sd.gov/electrical/default.aspx

Texas Electricians Texas Dept.of Licensing and Regulations: Electricians

https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/electricians/elec.htm

Utah Electricians Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing: Electrical

https://dopl.utah.gov/el/index.html

Virginia Electricians Virginia Board of Contractors

http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/Tradesmen/

Wisconsin Electricians Wisconsin Dept. of Safety and Professional Services: Electrician

https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/JourneymanElectrician/

Wyoming Electricians Wyoming Dept. of Fire Protection and Electrical Safety

http://wsfm.wyo.gov/electrical-safety/

 

4. In what other states is my Electrician license accepted? 

While licenses are granted at the individual state level, some states offer reciprocity whereby an out-of-state licensed Electrician may be allowed to obtain a license if they have maintained licensing requirements in the reciprocal state that are consistent with the resident state requirements. However: Reciprocity between states may not extend to CE courses due to state laws and regulations.

Fortunately, some states have similar licensing requirements and offer reciprocity to licensed Electricians in comparable states. See below for a list of which states offer reciprocity and the reciprocal states for each:

Alabama Electricians Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
Alaska Electricians  Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah
Arkansas Electricians Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming
Colorado Electricians

Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Delaware Electricians Application required
Georgia Electricians Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina
Idaho Electricians Montana, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas
Kentucky Electricians Ohio, Louisiana, West Virginia, Virginia
Maryland Electricians Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia,
Maine Electricians New Hampshire, Vermont
Montana Electricians Minnesota, South Dakota
North Carolina Electricians Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia
New Hampshire Electricians Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
New Mexico Electricians Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
Oklahoma Electricians Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado
Oregon Electricians Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Utah and Wyoming
South Dakota Electricians Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming; Journeyman only: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah
Texas Electricians Arkansas, Idaho, New Mexico and Wyoming
Utah Electricians None
Virginia Electricians Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina
Wisconsin Electricians Iowa
Wyoming Electricians Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Utah

 

5. What are the apprenticeship requirements for Electricians? 

In some states apprenticeship is required prior to the issuance of a full Electrician license in order to learn the trade from an experienced professional. However, these requirements can be waived on occasion, provided that the individual has completed formal education (e.g. completion of an accredited pre-licensing program) and/or experience requirements.

Additionally, as an apprentice, the continuing education (CE) requirements may differ from what is required for a full Electrician. Please consult the state Electrician board websites listed in #3 above for specific details.

 

6. How do I renew my Electrician license if my license is inactive or I have missed the renewal deadline?

Some states allow for inactive or expired licenses to be renewed by completing the required continuing education requirements and re-applying for a license without having to complete any additional pre-licensing training or apprenticeship. While some states may offer a grace period, the continuing education requirements (as applicable) are almost always required prior to renewal.

 

7. How long do I need to retain a copy of my completed Electrician continuing education certificate?

Course completions are reported to the licensing board the next business day unless the state requires licensees to report.  You can access your completion certificate in the ‘Past Courses’ tab any time after you complete the course.

 

8. What do I need to study prior to completing my Electrician continuing education (CE)?

None is necessary, all preparation materials are included in the course.

 

9. Can I complete my Electrical continuing education (CE) courses online?

In many states, the answer is YES! If your state requires continuing education for license renewal, you can usually complete the course online.  There are some states where online courses are not allowed, and also some states where only partial credit can be obtained from online courses.  Please visit our Courses Offered page to complete your CE credit today! If a course is not available in your state, please let us know using our Contact Us page and we will do our best to become an approved provider.