How to Become an Electrician in Massachusetts

If you want to work as an electrician in Massachusetts you will have to be properly licensed. There are statewide licenses and you must follow the process and fill the requirements to obtain each one. The electrician licenses available in Massachusetts are: Journeyman (Class B)Master electrician (Class A)Systems Contractor (Class C) and Systems Technician (Class D).

Before moving on with the above licenses, we will provide some information about the apprenticeship you will need, in order to obtain the required experience for applying for one of the licenses.

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Massachusetts Journeyman License (Class B) Requirements and Process

In order to apply for a journeyman’s license, you will have to collect first the required experience. You will need both practical and educational experience.

Everything you will need can be found in great detail at 237 CMR 13.05-13.06.

For military experience and documentation please read 237 CMR 13.14-13.16.

If you fill the requirements you may proceed with the application.

The application you will need to complete and submit can be found right after page 11. The fee of the application is $226. This includes participating in the required exams. This fee can be paid via VISA, Mastercard, cashier’s check, company check or money order, made payable to PSI.

Please note that the above application is meant for exams. We are not sure if you need to apply for the journeyman’s license via a different application, prior to applying for the exams. Before proceeding, please call the Board of State Examiners of Electricians at 617-727-9931 for verification.

 

Massachusetts Master electrician (Class A) Requirements and Process

In order to apply for a master electrician’s license, you will have to collect first the required experience. You will need both practical and educational experience.

Everything you will need can be found in great detail at 237 CMR 13.05-13.06.

For military experience and documentation please read 237 CMR 13.14-13.16.

If you fill the requirements you may proceed with the application.

There are 3 application forms and it depends on your business for which one to choose. The fee for each one of them is $233 and it must be made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Never send cash with your applications.

The application for the exams can be found right after page 11. The fee of the application is $276. This includes participating in the required exams. This fee can be paid via VISA, Mastercard, cashier’s check, company check or money order, made payable to PSI.

If you need help before applying, you can call the Board of State Examiners of Electricians at 617-727-9931 for more specific questions and guidelines.

Massachusetts Systems Contractor (Class C) Requirements and Process

In order to apply for a Systems Contractor license, you must have collected first the required experience. You will need both practical and educational experience.

Everything you will need can be found in great detail at 237 CMR 13.05-13.06.

For military experience and documentation please read 237 CMR 13.14-13.16.

If you fill the requirements you may proceed with the application.

There are 3 application forms and it depends on your business for which one to choose. The fee for each one of them is $233 and it must be made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Never send cash with your applications.

The application for the exams can be found right after page 11. The fee of the application is $276. This includes participating in the required exams. This fee can be paid via VISA, Mastercard, cashier’s check, company check or money order, made payable to PSI.

If you need help before applying, you can call the Board of State Examiners of Electricians at 617-727-9931 for more specific questions and guidelines.

 

Massachusetts Systems Technician (Class D) Requirements and Process

In order to apply for a systems technician’s license, you will have to collect first the required experience. You will need both practical and educational experience.

Everything you will need can be found in great detail at 237 CMR 13.05-13.06.

For military experience and documentation please read 237 CMR 13.14-13.16.

If you fill the requirements you may proceed with the application.

The application you will need to complete and submit can be found right after page 11. The fee of the application is $226. This includes participating in the required exams. This fee can be paid via VISA, Mastercard, cashier’s check, company check or money order, made payable to PSI.

Please note that the above application is meant for exams. We are not sure if you need to apply for the systems technician’s license via a different application, prior to applying for the exams. Before proceeding, please call the Board of State Examiners of Electricians at 617-727-9931 for verification.

Massachusetts Electrician License Renewal and Continuing Education

After you receive your license, you will be subject to Continuing Education and periodic renewals.

The renewal fees are as follows for each license:

  • Master Electrician $117, triennial (every three years), with due date 31 of July. The renewal fees start from July of 2009. This means that you will have to renew your license at July 2012, July 2015 and so forth.
  • Journeyman Electrician $78, triennial (every three years), with due date 31 of July. The renewal fees start from July of 2009. This means that you will have to renew your license at July 2012, July 2015 and so forth.
  • Systems Contractor $117, triennial (every three years), with due date 31 of July. The renewal fees start from July of 2009. This means that you will have to renew your license at July 2012, July 2015 and so forth.
  • Systems Technician $78, triennial (every three years), with due date 31 of July. The renewal fees start from July of 2009. This means that you will have to renew your license at July 2012, July 2015 and so forth.

If you fail to renew your license by the designated date, you will have to pay an extra fee of $57 for the renewal. There are also other fees for name change and other stuff, that can be found in the chart.

More information about renewals can also be found at 237 CMR 16.00.

All licensees are subject to Continuing Education. During the course of 3 years prior to renewal they will have to go under 21 or 15 hours (depending on their license and residence) of continuing education.

Continuing Education is covered in great detail at 237 CMR 17.00.

Massachusetts Electrician Licensure Examinations

After you apply and you are approved to participate in the exams, you will have to prepare for them.

Candidate Information Bulletin can come pretty handy.

There are 2 parts of the examination for each license. You can sit for both of them in the same day or schedule them with some time apart from each other.

After you are approved to participate in the exams, you will have 12 months to pass them. If you don’t you will have to reapply from the start, with the same fees applicable.

For people with disabilities, you can arrange special accommodations. You will have to fill the application found at the end of Candidate Information Bulletin and FAX it to PSI (702) 932- 2666.

The exams are open-book and you will need a score of 70% or higher in order to pass. Note that some of the references are allowed in the test center, but some others (from which some questions might be derived) are not.

Below you can find for each license exam, details and references:

 

Master Electrician:

Part 1 – There are 80 questions and the maximum time allowed is 240 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at pages 6-7.

Part 2 – Business and Law exams. The number of questions is 50 and the maximum time allowed is 120 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at page 7.

Journeyman:

Part 1 – There are 70 questions and the maximum time allowed is 180 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at pages 7-8.

Part 2 – There are 30 questions and the maximum time allowed is 60 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at page 8.

Systems Contractor:

Part 1 – There are 70 questions and the maximum time allowed is 180 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at pages 8-9.

Part 2 – Business and Law exams. The number of questions is 50 and the maximum time allowed is 120 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at page 7.

Systems Technician:

Part 1 – There are 50 questions and the maximum time allowed is 120 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at page 9.

Part 2 – The number of questions is 30 and the maximum time allowed is 60 minutes. The references and the field of questions can be found at pages 9-10.

Massachusetts Electrician License Reciprocity and Licensure without Examinations

Licensing without examination might be available for states with which Massachusetts has reciprocity, or by providing satisfactory documents of previous experience under another state’s license.

Massachusetts has currently reciprocity with New Hampshire for both Journeyman and Master electrician licenses.

You will have to fill and submit the application for Master Electrician by Reciprocity, or the application for Journeyman Electrician by Reciprocity.

More info about this can be found at 237 CMR 15.00