Licensed electricians are taught how to safely work with electrical systems and are always up-to-date on safety codes as well as state and local laws. They are skilled at reading blueprints and technical diagrams, figuring out the best methods for installing new wiring, and repairing or replacing outdated and damaged systems.
Training and Education
Electrical training is the longest program in apprenticeship work. Aspiring electricians enroll in diploma or certificate programs in preparation for entry-level work as an electrician’s apprentice. Their coursework covers safety and first aid, codes and standards, electrical concepts, mathematics, and mechanical skills. These programs are usually combined with an apprenticeship program where they learn the skills needed to install, repair, and maintain electrical wiring from trained professionals, while earning a wage. An electrician-training program takes 4-5 years to complete. Often, a journeyman electrician must complete five years of education and 10,000 hours of on-the-job training. After receiving their license, electricians must still complete a minimum number of continuing education hours every year to maintain their license and periodically pass another examination.
Licenses are classified by type of electrical work or by level of experience, such as journeyman and master electrician. Electricians are usually required to pay a fee and provide proof of work experience to receive a license. Most states allow apprenticeship experience to count toward work experience. Many states also require a qualifying score on an examination covering local regulations and the National Electrical Code (the minimum standard for electrical work in most states, which updates every three years.)
How to verify an electrician’s license
You should always hire a licensed professional because faulty electrical work can lead to fires and your homeowners’ insurance will likely not cover damages caused by unlicensed electrical work. Licensing and requirements vary from state to state but your local licensing department can verify if an electrician is licensed to work in your community. You can also contact your state’s Department of Labor to verify a license using the number that appears on the license, the electrician’s full name, or the company’s name.
At Superior Services & K Professional Electrical Services, each of our electricians are certified to the latest edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and are trained to abide by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules. Superior Servicese want our customers to feel confident and safe when our electricians show up to perform their job in the Atlanta Metro area. Please call us today to set up an appointment for your electrical work.