Per MCL 338.883, all fees for electrician-related licenses and registrations, including examination, initial, renewal, and any other fee listed under section 3 of the Electrical Administrative Act, are waived for veterans. To utilize the fee waiver, the applicant must provide either form DD214 or DD215 to prove separation from the armed forces was with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service. The form may be provided with the application.
The form may be provided with the application. The application(s) may be found here.
Per Section 339.5715, veterans applying for an electrical journeyman’s license may utilize experience gained in the armed forces towards the experience requirements. The veteran must apply within 1 year of being honorably discharged and provide an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of his or her service indicating the veteran has 8,000 hours of entry level experience and knowledge in the following:
- General knowledge of the electrical trade, including terminology and the ability to make practical calculations.
- The determination of system and circuit grounding and design and use requirements for grounding, including choosing proper size grounding conductors.
- Knowledge of circuit classifications and ratings and design and use requirements for circuits, including branch circuit loads.
- The determination of ampacity, type of insulation, usage requirements, methods of installation, protection, support, and termination.
- Knowledge regarding the installation of motors and control circuits.
- The calculation of electrical loads and determination of proper size, rating, and type of service and feeder conductors.
- Knowledge regarding fuses, circuit breakers, and all types of protective devices for conductors and equipment.
- Knowledge of all types of raceways and their uses, including determining proper size, conductor fill, support, and methods of installation.
- Knowledge of circuits and equipment characterized by usage and electrical power limitations, including differentiating them from electric light and power circuits.
- Knowledge of all types and applications of lighting fixtures, ratings, requirements for occupancies, special provisions, and clearances.
If the applicant does not have 8,000 hours of experience, they may still provide an affidavit signed by a commanding officer, supervisor, or military superior with direct knowledge of his or her service, which indicates how much experience and in which of the categories bulleted above. LARA may grant the applicant credit towards the 8,000 hour experience requirement.
To utilize the experience waivers, the veteran must provide a copy of their DD214 and DD215 to prove separation from the armed forces was with an honorable character of service or under honorable conditions (general) character of service.
The form and affidavit may be provided with the application. The application(s) may be found here.
Examination fees required and paid for by the veteran for licensure may be reimbursed by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Please be advised that utilizing this reimbursement may affect your VA educational benefits. It is recommended you contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or the Michigan Workforce Development Agency to better understand how the use of this reimbursement may impact your VA benefits.
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838)
Michigan Workforce Development Agency, Veterans’ Services: 517-241-8315
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