Electrical Licensing Information and Applications

IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL RENEWAL AND NEW LICENSE INFORMATION

 

Please note that the Bureau of Construction Codes will no longer administer the Electrical Examination.  Once you have been approved to take the examination, you will be contacted by PSI to schedule your examination date and time at your convenience.  All future examinations will be conducted by PSI at one of the five centers selected by the applicant.  Examinations will be continuously scheduled 6 days a week.

 

NOTICE: ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY A THIRD PARTY TESTING AGENCY (PSI) WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR EXAMINATION. ALL EXAMINATION FEES WILL BE PAID TO PSI AT THAT TIME. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAYMENT TO THE STATE OF MICHIGAN/BUREAU OF CONSTRUCTION CODES.

 

Application for Journeyman and Master Electrician Examination
Application for Fire Alarm Specialty Technician or Sign Specialist Examination
Application for Electrical/Fire Alarm/Sign Contractor Examination 

IMPORTANT: Applications for electrical licensing examinations 

The state's electrical examination forms can only be used by persons who are eligible to be licensed by the state of Michigan. The state of Michigan issues electrical licenses to residents in most communities in the state of Michigan. However, if you reside in the following communities where electrical licenses are issued locally, you should not use this form nor should you submit it to the state of Michigan:  City of Grand Rapids and City of Detroit.
 


 Qualifications for a Electrical Journeyman License 

  • Must be at least 20 years of age.
  • Have not less than 8,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than 4 years related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the direct supervision of a person licensed under Act 217 of 1956. (Maximum credit of 2,000 hours per year.)
  • Credit may be provided for graduation from or attendance at a recognized training or educational program.
  • Must take and pass the examination.  

 Qualifications for a Master Electrician License 

  • Must be at least 22 years of age.
  • Has held an electrical journeyman's license for not less than 2 years.
  • Have not less than 12,000 hours of experience obtained over a period of not less than 6 years related to electrical construction, the maintenance of buildings, or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician.
  • Must take and pass the examination.


Qualifications for a Electrical Contractor License

  • Holds a master electrician's license or has not less than 1 master electrician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. The master electrician shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of electrical wiring and equipment.
  • Out-of-state corporations will not qualify for a contractor's license unless they employ a master electrician residing in the state of Michigan.
  • Must take and pass the examination.

 



Qualifications for a Fire Alarm Specialty Technician License

  • Must be at least 20 years of age.
  • Be certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology (NICET) as an associate engineering technician, level II, or the equivalent as determined by the board, in the field of fire alarm systems technology.
  • Must take and pass the examination.


Qualifications for a Fire Alarm Contractor License

  • Holds a fire alarm specialty technician's license or has not less than 1 fire alarm specialty technician residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. The fire alarm specialty technician shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations of fire alarm system wiring and equipment.
  • Out-of-state corporations will not qualify for a contractor's license unless they employ a fire alarm specialty technician residing in the state of Michigan.
  • Must take and pass the examination.

 



Qualifications for a Sign Specialist License

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have not less than 4,000 hours of experience, obtained over a period of not less than 2 years, related to manufacture, installation, maintenance, connection, or repair of electric signs and related wiring, as verified by a contractor licensed under this act.
  • Successful completion of of an approved training course per 1956 PA 217.
  • Must take and pass the examination.

 



Qualifications for a Sign Specialty Contractor License

  • Holds a sign specialist's license or has not less than 1 sign specialist residing in this state who is in his or her full-time employ. The sign specialist shall be actively in charge of and responsible for code compliance of all installations, connection, and repair of electric signs and related wiring.
  • Out-of-state corporations will not qualify for a contractor's license unless they employ a sign specialist residing in the state of Michigan.
  • Must provide evidence of public liability insurance.
  • Must take and pass the examination.


The exam site and parking are accessible. Individuals attending the exam are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products, in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. Please make sure all cell phones, pagers and other personal electronic devices are turned off or set to vibrate.
Dates, times and locations are subject to change. Questions regarding licensing requirements or examinations should be directed to the Electrical Division at 517-241-9316.