How to Become an Electrician in Maryland, MD

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Becoming an electrician in Maryland is slightly different than the majority of other states. The procedure is a hybrid of jurisdiction licensing and statewide license. In details, there is only one statewide license and that is a “Master Electrician” license.

It is then up to the local jurisdictions to decide which licenses and how many to offer. For example a jurisdiction might provide a journeyman license and a limited electrician one, whereas another might provide only a journeyman’s.

Here we will focus only on how to acquire your Master Electrician’s license. This is the higher license in the state. For starters and lower ones, you will need to contact the appropriate authority of your jurisdiction (this might be the construction department or others).

Master electrician licenses are issued by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) and specifically for electricians, from Maryland Board of Master Electricians.

Contact: – 410-230-6231 or 1-888-218-5925 (toll free).
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Master Electrician License

The requirements for applying is 7 years of active engagement in electrical work under the supervision of a master electrician.

If you lack the specific job experience, you will probably first have to start an apprenticeship, or another way to acquire it.

The application procedure for this license is on their website and it is online. There are specific instructions and customer support telephone to help you get through it.

Note: You might need to update your internet browser for a smooth application procedure. You can find more info here.

The cost of the application is $20.00.

When you are approved, you will be mailed a package for participating in the exams needed for being qualified. The exam provider is PSI and more info about the examination procedure, scheduling and PSI contact info, can be found here.

You will have to apply for and schedule an examination, along with a $65.00 fee. The fee can be paid in the form of money order, cashier’s check, certified check, personal check or company check. Cash is never allowed, so be careful. Do not send cash!

The application is sent to:

PSI licensure:certification
Attn: Master Electrician Examinations
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121

For disabilities and special arrangements you will have to fill the form at the end of Candidate Information Bulletin and fax it to PSI (702) 932-2666.

The Candidate Information Bulletin is a valuable .pdf for helping you with your test.

The testing is taking place all 5 business days of the week, Monday through Friday.

The exams are open book and the reference is “NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, 2011, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)”.

You will need a score of 70% or higher in order to pass.

In page 3 of the Candidate Information Bulletin you can find how the 100 points of the exam are distributed, references and important information you are advised to review. In page 4 there are also sample questions.

At the end of page 8 through page 10, you will find the requirements and guidance for filling the application forms, affidavit etc. The forms are found at the end of Candidate Information Bulletin.

If you fail the exams, you will need to wait 30 days before scheduling another exam.

After you pass, you will no longer need to contact PSI. You will be mailed 2 approvals, one of which will be used for the issuance of your new Master Electrician license.

After you receive your new license, you will have to renew it biennially (from the date it was issued) for the price of $25.00. If it is not active, renewal costs $50.00.

You may renew your license online here.

At the moment there are no Continuing Education requirements.

Forms, applications and fees can be found here.

There is reciprocity with the following states:

  • Delaware
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

For a reciprocal license you will have to apply here.

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