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How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Louisiana

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Several different types of electricians include residential electricians, which work on wiring within the home. Outdoor linesmen travel up utility poles to service electrical systems. Commercial electricians work in commercial and industrial buildings. An electrician is trained to install, repair, and maintain electrical systems of all types. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports electrician wages averaged $22.32 an hour in 2008. Louisiana electricians must be licensed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors when working on projects over 50,000 dollars. Three different designations cover electricians—commercial, home improvement, or residential. You can apply for licensing in all designations if applicable. A Louisiana electrician license is equivalent to a master electrician's license.

Fill out the Commercial, Residential, or Home Improvement Application form. Fill out the Work Experience, Financial Form, and Qualifying Party Form. For commercial applications, fill out an additional Application Information Form. The forms are available at the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors website (see Resource). All forms must be filled out completely, printed on 8 1/2-by-14-inch paper, and sent to the State Licensing Board for Contractors, P.O. Box 14419, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70898-4419. Include the application fee of $100 for the first classification, and $95 for additional classifications as of 2010.

The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors does not define specific education or work experience requirements for sitting the examination. The Board goes over the work experience part of the application to determine your examination eligibility. A Louisiana electrician license counts as a master's electrician license in states Louisiana has a reciprocal licensing agreement with, such as Texas. Master electricians typically have 10,000 hours of work experience.

Study for the examination. You'll receive an examination date after the Board receives your application. Typically the exams are scheduled within two to three weeks of applying. The examination covers business and legal knowledge of the electrician field on the first test and trade knowledge on the second test. The cost is $120 per test. The Board recommends studying the National Electrical Code, Direct Current Fundamentals, Alternating Current Fundamentals and Electric Motor Control.

Take the examination at the test center. The center is located at 2525 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Examinations are administered three days a week starting at 8:15 a.m. The test is an open-book exam. The only book allowed for the test is the 1993 National Electrical Code book. The examination is 80 questions and a 70 percent is required to pass. The test has a time limit of four hours and is a paper test. The state licensing board issues licenses within four to six weeks after you pass the examination.


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