Working as an electrician is a job that is highly rewarding and risky. Moreover, being a licensed electrician entails competitive salary and career growth opportunities.
Since you are on this page, you are definitely interested in pursuing a career as an electrician in the state of Utah. For that, you will need to get a Utah electrician license and start your career as a licensed electrician.
In the state of Utah, you can get the following types of electrician licenses:
It is important to know that each of these license types requires different hours of training, education and work experience. Accordingly, you should complete the requirements based on the electrician license type.
Most applicants seeking electrician licensure choose to complete apprenticeship programs as a way to gain experience.
You can become an apprentice through the Utah Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC) or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
To be eligible for applying for these programs, you must be at least 17 years old and have your high school diploma (or its equivalent). Demonstrating passing grades of algebra, as well as scores of the electrical industry aptitude test is also a major requirement.
Considering these points, you will be able to combine education with experience, completing the required hours of training.
To be eligible for a journeyman electrician license, you must have at least four years of supervised work experience as an apprentice. An alternative is showing proof (Employer’s Verification Form) of eight-year legal work experience.
In case you want to apply for a residential journeyman electrician license, you must have two years of work experience as an apprentice or four years of supervised work experience.
If you want to obtain a master electrician license, then you must have four years (8,000 hours) of practical experience as a journeyman electrician or an Associate degree, along with two years of experience.
Holding a Bachelor’s degree from an EAC/ABET accredited electrical engineering program and 2000 hours of experience can also be an option.
Once you meet the requirements for your desired type of license, you are to submit the application for it. To clarify, you must submit the completed application form to the Utah Department of Commerce, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
It is important to include official transcripts of approved technical school/colleges, as well as verifications of work experience. Note that you will also need to pay $110 for the license application.
In the state of Utah, you will also need to take and pass the electrical licensing examination. You will be able to take the exam after the Department approves of your application.
To register for the exam, you should follow this link, create an account and schedule an examination. If you do not want to register online, then you can call at 1-800-733-9267 and reserve your spot.
The examination comprises of three parts – code, theory and practical, and you will need to pay $72 for each portion ($276 total cost).
The state of Utah has reciprocity agreements for Master Electrician licenses with these states: Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.
The state also has reciprocity agreements for Journeyman Electrician licenses with the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Wyoming.