Become a Licensed Electrician in Idaho – Idaho Electrician License

Idaho houses roughly 3,185 electricians, and the field continues to grow. For those who want to pursue a career as an electrician in Idaho, licensing is key. From limited trainee licenses to master electrician licenses, Idaho’s Division of Building Safety covers it all.

With over six license types to choose from, learn which one is best for you and what you’ll need to do to achieve licensure in the state. 

Do You Need an Electrical License in Idaho?

Idaho requires all electricians to hold the appropriate electrical license, including trainees and apprentices. 

Electrical Licenses in Idaho

Idaho offers specific licenses for all levels of electrical experience. 

  • Apprentice License: This is for apprentices of the journeyman electrical trade who are under constant supervision. 
  • Journeyman Electrical License: This is for those who perform or supervise wiring or equipment installation under an electrical contractor. 
  • Master Electrical License: This is for those who have held a Journeyman Electrical License for at least 4 years while working under an electrical contractor.
  • Electrical Contractor License: This is for those bidding and providing services for electrical contracting. Electrical contractors must employ or be a full-time licensed master electrician. 
  • Limited electrical licenses – various limited licenses are also available for:

ID Journeyman Electrical License

After an apprenticeship, most electricians will aim to work as journeymen. 

Requirements

To qualify for the Journeyman Electrical Exam, you’ll:

  • Complete any 4-year electrical apprenticeship AND 4 years (at least 8,000 hours) of work experience OR 
  • Have 8 years (minimum of 16,000 hours) of verified and notarized work experienced OR
  • Complete an Idaho electrical apprenticeship with at least 6,000 documented hours as an Idaho electrical apprentice, plus additional hours to reach the 8,000 minimum requirement
  • Need all experience to be supervised under a licensed journeyman or master electrician

How to Apply

To apply for the Journeyman Electrical Exam, you’ll need to:

  • Complete and notarize the application
    • Attach all relevant documentation
  • Pay a $15 application fee
  • Once approved, you will be notified via email and given directions on how to schedule your exam
    • The exam fee is $75
    • Electrical exams are open book – for more information see here
  • Once you pass your exam, you’ll need to pay the $55 licensing fee to receive your license

Reciprocal Journeyman Electrical Licenses

Idaho has reciprocal agreements with the following states for Journeyman Electrical Licenses:

  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Wyoming 

To apply for a reciprocal license, complete the same application, pay both the $15 application fee and the $55 licensing fee, submit a copy of your license, and submit appropriate work experience documentation.

Master Electrical License in Idaho

Master electricians are one of the highest-level of electricians recognized in the state of Idaho. 

Requirements

To sit for the Electrical Master Exam, you must:

  • Have held an Idaho Electrical Journeyman License for at least 4 years

How to Apply

To apply for the Master Electrician Exam, you’ll need:

  • To complete and notarize the application
    • Attach all relevant documentation
  • Pay a $15 application fee
  • Once approved, you will be notified via email and given directions on how to schedule your exam within 90 days of approval
    • The exam fee is $75
    • Electrical exams are open book – for more information see here
  • Once you pass your exam, you’ll need to pay a $65 licensing fee to receive your license

Reciprocal Master Electrical License

Idaho only offers reciprocal Master Electrical Licenses with electricians coming from Wyoming. The Wyoming license must have been active for at least one year. You can complete your application, submit a copy of your license, pay the fees, and attach the necessary documentation to apply for reciprocity.

If you instead hold an out-of-state Journeyman License but no license from Wyoming, you can follow the reciprocity instructions above for the Journeyman Electrical License. Once you change your journeyman license over to Idaho’s, you can then apply for the Idaho Master Electrical License using your out-of-state journeyman experience.

Electrical Contractor License in ID

Electrical contractors are the only individuals who can bid on electrical contracting work. They must be or employ a master electrician. 

Requirements

To sit for the Electrical Contractor Exam as an individual, you must:

  • Be or employ a licensed master electrician in Idaho
  • Be the individual requesting the exam

To apply for an Electrical Contractor Exam as an entity or company, you must:

  • Either be a full-time employee of said company or serve as the company representative for exams
  • Employ a full-time Idaho master electrician

How to Apply

The individual and/or the representative will complete the same application, pay a $15 application fee, and await an approval notice before taking the exam. Once they take and pass the exam, they’ll have to:

  • Submit proof of $300,000 liability insurance and Worker’s Comp
  • Pay a $125 licensing fee

Renewing Your Idaho Electrical License

Information on the renewal process for each Idaho electrical license can be found here.

Renewal fees and dates are as follows:

  • Journeyman licenses: are to be renewed every 3 years with 24 hours of Continuing Education completed before the license’s expiration. The fee is $45, or $55 if paid after the expiration date.  
  • Master licenses: are to be renewed every 3 years with 24 hours of Continuing Education completed before the license’s expiration. The fee is $45, or $55 if paid after the expiration date.  
  • Contractors and Limited Electrical Contractor licenses: must prove they have active liability and Worker’s Comp insurance. The renewal fee is $100, or $125 if paid after the expiration date. 

Idaho Electrician Salaries 

Electrician salaries in Idaho depend on the person’s level of experience, licensing, and what city the person works in. 

The average journeyman electrician in Idaho makes $62,079 per year, plus overtime. With more expertise, master electricians average at $88,715 per year. 

Electrical contractors average a lower of $48,840 per year, plus overtime. Do note that electrical contractors can make significantly more if they are also working as the licensed master electrician on site. 

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