How Do You Get an Electrical Certification?

To get an electrical certification, develop practical knowledge of the trade through a diploma or certification program, then complete an apprenticeship program for further training on the job. Obtain a license by demonstrating evidence of work experience and completing an exam or set number of hours. Then, complete another exam and performance evaluation for certification in a desired electrical specialty.

To get an electrical certification, follow the steps below:

  1. Take electrician classes
  2. Enroll in a diploma or certificate electrician program at a technical college such as ITT Technical Institute, Penn Foster Career School or Northern Arizona University. Develop hands-on skills and complete the coursework to prepare for an apprenticeship.

  3. Enroll in an apprenticeship program
  4. Begin an apprenticeship program through the National Join Apprenticeship and Training Committee. Electrical apprenticeships are offered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association. Applicants are usually required to be at least 18 years old and in possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

  5. Obtain a license
  6. Contact a state local building official to inquire about licensing requirements, which vary by state. Prove work experience and pay the fee as directed to receive a license.

  7. Get certification
  8. Arrange to take an exam and undergo a performance evaluation through the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, for inside craft, cable splicing and instrumentation certification, or through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, for certification in specialist areas like video security systems and industrial instrumentation.