Arkansas Electrician License Requirements

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We found the following Electrician requirements for Arkansas.

Please click on each license link for additional details.

Electrical Contractor

Electrical Contractor is any person, member, or employee of a firm, partnership, or corporation engaged in the business of installing, erecting, repairing, or contracting to install, erect, or repair electrical wires or conductors to be used for the transmission of electric light, heat, power, or signaling purposes, or to install or repair molding, ducts, raceways, or conduit for the reception or protection of such wires or conduits, or any electrical machinery, apparatus or systems to be used for electrical light, heat, power, or signaling purposes.  Requirements:  Must be a licensed master electrician or employ a master electrician as a superintendent or manager.  No Examination required.  License fee:  $100.00, Renewal fee:  $100.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 682-4538

Electrical Apprentice

Electrical Apprentice means any person whose principal occupation is the learning of and assisting in the installation of electrical work under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman electrician or master electrician.  To do electrical construction, this registration with the state is mandatory.  Requirements:  1) Must make proper application and pay fee.  2) Must provide satisfactory proof of enrollment in a school or training course for electrical apprentices certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training.  License fee:  $10.00, Renewal fee:  $10.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 682-4538

Air Conditioning Electrician

An Air Conditioning Electrician is an individual who is limited by license classification to the installation, maintenance, and extension of electrical conductors and equipment solely for the purpose of supplying heating and air conditioning and refrigeration units. This license is mandatory.  It is needed to go past the 10 feet restriction placed on HVACR license holders.  Requirements:  1) Must have two years experience in wiring HVACR equipment or 2) Any combination of experience and training, as approved by the Board, equivalent to that specified in number 1 above 3) The experience required in number 1 above may be demonstrated by having held for two years:  a HVACR electrician's license issued by an Arkansas municipality or a HVACR Class A or Class B license issued by the state HVACR Licensing Board.  Examination fee:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 computerized exam, License fee:  $25.00, Renewal fee:  $25.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Industrial Maintenance Electrician

An Industrial Maintenance Electrician is an individual who is limited by license classification to the repair, maintenance, alteration, and extension of electrical conductors and equipment for electrical power and control systems on or within industrial, manufacturing, or similar type facilities.  For employees of industrial facilities, it is not necessary to possess this or any other class of license.  Requirements:  1) Must have four years of experience under the supervision of an engineer, master electrician, journeyman electrician or industrial maintenance electrician in the maintenance of electrical conductors and equipment, or 2) Must have any combination of training and experience approved by the Board such as formal apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training programs, public or private electrical training programs such as those conducted by the Armed Forces, colleges, or vocational-technical schools, or a combination of training and electrical maintenance experience determined by the Board to be equivalent to that in number 1 above.  Examination:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam).  License fee:  $25.00, Renewal fee:  $25.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Degree required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Journeyman Electrician

Journeyman Electricians work under the supervision of a master electrician.  They must be able to install and maintain electrical materials and equipment in and on buildings, structures, and premises.  They must have thorough knowledge in the use of electrical testing equipment and procedures to check for defective or faulty electrical systems and to check electrical systems for conformance with safety and performance standards.  They must have knowledge of electrical codes, standards, rules, and regulations of the electrical industry.  They must be proficient in the use of various tools used in the electrical industry and be able to perform in all phases of the electrical industry such as new installations, repair of electrical materials and equipment, testing of electrical materials, equipment and systems and maintenance of electrical materials and equipment.  Requirements:  1. Applicants who have completed a 4-year electrical construction apprenticeship program approved by the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training must have: a)  a “Notice of Apprenticeship Committee Action – Released for Test/Completion” form from the applicant’s training program and approved by the Arkansas Department of Career Education, or b) if the applicant completed an apprenticeship program in another state, certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training or the state agency responsible for oversight of apprenticeship programs of completion. 2. Applicants who have not completed a 4-year electrical construction apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and Training must have 8 years (16,000 hours) of electrical construction experience or training approved by the Board.  This training or experience may include electrical experience gained in the military.  Examination: $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam), License fee:  $25.00, Renewal fee:  $25.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Master Electrician

Master Electricians must be proficient in all areas of electrical work and be able to supervise and coordinate the work of others engaged in construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical power, lighting, control, and communication systems.  They must plan and layout complete wiring systems according to instructions, blueprints, schematic drawings, and sketches.  They must have thorough knowledge in the use of electrical testing equipment and procedures to check for defective or faulty electrical systems and to check electrical systems for conformance with safety and performance standards.  They must be completely knowledgeable of electrical codes, standards, rules, and regulations of the industry.  They must be capable of checking their work and the work of other electricians under them to ensure that all electrical installations are correct and in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  Requirements:  1) Must have a degree in Electrical Engineering plus two years construction related experience, or 2) Six years of experience in the construction industry, both residential and commercial, including two years experience as a licensed journeyman electrician, or 3) Any combination of training and experience as the Board may approve, such as formal electrical apprenticeship programs specifically approved by the Board, on-the-job training specifically approved by the Board, or a combination of training and construction experience that is determined by the Board to be equivalent to that as specified in number 1 or 2 above.  Examination fee:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam), License fee: $50.00, Renewal fee:  $50.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Degree required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Residential Journeyman Electrician

A Residential Journeyman Electrician is an individual who is limited by license classification to install, maintain, alter, repair, or renovate electrical facilities for one and two family dwellings under the general supervision of a residential master electrician or a master electrician.  A residential journeyman may perform electrical work on a commercial or other project under the direct supervision of a journeyman electrician or master electrician in the same manner and with same ratio as an electrical apprentice.  Requirements:  1) Must have two years of experience in the wiring of one or two family dwellings and 2) Two years of a combination of training and experience, such as formal apprenticeship programs, approved by the board 3) Must have a signed letter from the applicant's school verifying the applicant's hours.  Examination fee:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam), License Fee:  $25.00, Renewal Fee:  $25.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Residential Master Electrician

A Residential Master Electrician is an individual who is limited by license classification to performing electrical work for one and two family dwellings, including planning and supervising the installation, maintenance and extension of electrical facilities.  A residential master electrician may perform electrical work on a commercial or other project under the direct supervision of a journeyman electrician or master electrician in the same manner and with the same ratio as an electrical apprentice.  Requirements:  1) Must have three years of experience in the wiring of one and two family dwellings, including one year of experience as a licensed residential journeyman, or 2) Must have any combination of Board approved training and experience equivalent to that which is specified in number 1 above.  Examination fee:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam), License fee:  $50.00, Renewal fee:  $50.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

Specialist Sign Electrician

A Specialist Sign Electrician is an individual who is limited to a license classification possessing the necessary qualifications, training, and technical knowledge for installing, maintaining and repairing electrically illuminated or electrically operated signs and gaseous tubing for illumination, making all connection to an approved outlet of sufficient capacity within twenty-five feet of the sign to be connected.  A specialist sign electrician may obtain a parking lot light endorsement to maintain and repair parking lot lights.  Requirements:  1) Must have two years experience working for an electrical sign company or a licensed electrical licensee performing the work of installing, maintaining and repairing electrically illuminated or operated signs and gaseous tubing for illumination, making all connection to an approved outlet of sufficient capacity within twenty-five feet of the sign to be connected, or 2) Any combination of experience and training, as approved by the Board, equivalent to that specified in number 1 above.  3) Must successfully pass a separate examination to qualify for an endorsement to maintain and repair parking lot lights.  Examination fee:  $50.00 (written exam), $80.00 (computerized exam), License fee:  $25.00, Renewal fee:  $25.00 per year.

Requirements:

Exam: State exam required

Education: Specific course required

Continuing Education: Continuing education required

Experience: Experience

Criminal Record: No criminal record requirements

State Licensing Agency:

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
​​​​​​​(501) 682-4538

 

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