Home » Wyoming » Electrical Contractor Licensing in Wyoming

Electrical Contractor Licensing in Wyoming

  • SumoMe

In order to perform electrical work in the State of Wyoming, contractors must hold a license or registration from the Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety.  The Department ensures that all individuals and businesses have the proper skills, knowledge and experience, and that all work is done in accordance with the most current National Electric Code (NEC).

As part of the licensing process, contractors are required to meet the Department’s requirements for work experience, education and/or training and pass the International Code Council exam related to NEC.

License Classifications and Categories for Electrical Contractors in Wyoming

The Department offers the following license classifications and license categories to Electrical Contractors:

  • Master Electrician License- allows contractors to work on the planning, layout, installation, addition, alteration and repair of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatuses used for light, heat and power. Master Electricians are also responsible for supervising, overseeing and directing the work of Journeyman and Electrical Contractors.
  • Journeyman Electrician License- allows the contractor to work on the planning, layout, installation, addition, alteration and repair of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatuses used for light, heat and power, under the direct supervision of a Master Electrician.
  • Electrical Contractor License- allows the contractor to work on the planning, layout, installation, addition, alteration and repair of electrical wiring, equipment and apparatuses used for light, heat and power. All contractors are responsible for employing a Master Electrician to supervise and direct their work.
  • Low Voltage Electrical Contractor and Low Voltage Electrical Technician License- allows contractors to work on electrical wiring under 90 volts. Low Voltage Electrical Technicians are responsible for supervising, overseeing and directing the work of Low Voltage Electrical Contractors within the same category.  All Low Voltage Electrical Contractors are required to employ a Low Voltage Electrical Technician of the same category to oversee their work.  These license classes must choose from the following categories/ specialties:
    • LV-G- General
    • LV-A- Alarm Systems
    • LV-C- Communications
    • LV-S- Sound Systems
    • LV-T- Satellite and Television
    • LV-X- Control Systems
    • LV-LS- Lawn Sprinkler Systems
  • Limited Electrical Contractor and Limited Electrical Technician License- limits contractors to working on the load side of equipment disconnect for certain electrical systems. Limited Electrical Technicians are responsible for supervising, overseeing and directing the work of Limited Electrical Contractors within the same category.  All Limited Electrical Contractors are required to employ a Limited Electrical Technician of the same category to oversee their work.  These license classes must choose from the following categories/specialties:
    • LM-E- Elevator Systems
    • LM-S- Electric Signs
    • LM-W- Wells and Irrigation
    • LM-L- Maintaining Light Fixtures
    • LM-H- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Apprentice and Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice Registration- allows the contractor to learn the electrical trade and gain work experience while employed and under the direct supervision of a licensed Electrical Contractor/ Technician or Master Electrician.

For more information about the license classifications and categories offered, and the scope of work they are allowed to perform, contact the Department at:

307-777-7991

OR

Email: lynette.paxton@wyo.gov

Process to Obtain an Electrical Contractor License in Wyoming

  1. Contractors must meet the Department’s requirements for their chosen license classification, including work experience, education and training requirements.
  2. Contractors must complete and submit an application to the Department, along with the required documents and fees
  3. Some classifications must take and pass the International Code Council exam, based on the most current National Electric Code
  4. Some classifications must attend 16 hours of continuing education courses each year upon renewal.

Work Experience, Education and Training Requirements

Applicants must prove that they are eligible to take the exam, by showing that they meet the Department’s requirements for work experience and/or education and training.

Electrical Contractors, Limited Electrical Contractors and Low Voltage Electrical Contractors do not have a work experience requirement; however they are required to employ a Master Electrician, Limited Electrical Technician or Low Voltage Electrical Technician, respectively, who meets the requirements, to oversee their work.

 

  • Master Electrician Applicants- must prove at least 8 years (16,000 hours) of work experience, of which 4 years (8,000 hours) were spent working as a licensed Journeyman Electrician. Additionally, applicants must have 576 hours of Department-approved, electrical-related classroom instruction.  Work experiences must include work in the residential, commercial and industrial fields; working with the planning and layout of wiring according to NEC and under the supervision of a qualified electrician or contractor.
  • Journeyman Electrician Applicants- must prove at least 4 years (8,000 hours) of work experience, in addition to the completion of an approved apprenticeship training program with 144 hours of classroom instruction per year, resulting in 576 hours over the 4-year period. Experiences must include work in the residential, commercial and industrial fields, with no more than 75% obtained in a single field.  Work must include the planning and layout of wiring according to NEC under the supervision of a qualified electrician or contractor.  If the contractor has completed an electrical-related education program through an accredited school, it may count toward 2 years (4,000 hours) of the work experience requirement.
  • Low Voltage Electrical Technician and Limited Electrical Technician Applicants- must have at least 2 years (4,000 hours) of approved on-the-job training in the license category for which they are applying.
  • Apprentice and Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice Applicants- are responsible for registering with the Department within 10 days of becoming employed by an Electrical Contractor or Technician. They must also enroll in a training program which is approved by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training or the U.S. Department of Labor or equivalent.  Apprentices are responsible for acquiring at least 144 hours of training each year.
    *To view a list of approved Apprenticeship training programs, please visit:
    List of Approved Apprentice Training Programs

To prove work experiences and on-the-job training, contractors must submit a copy of the Employment Verification Form, which is included in the application packet.  The form must be completed by the contractor’s current/previous employer and notarized.

The Department also accepts notarized letters from the contractor’s current/previous employer or union representative as proof of work experience.  Letters must detail the type of work the contractor performed as well as the number of work/training hours completed.

In order to prove education, the contractor must submit official transcripts detailing the number of credit hours obtained.

For more information about the work experiences, educations and training requirements, contact the Department at:

307-777-7991

OR

Email: lynette.paxton@wyo.gov

Preparing and Submitting an Application

All contractors must complete and submit an application.

Classifications which are required to take an exam in order to become licensed must submit an application in order to gain approval to take the exam.  This includes:

  • Master Electricians
  • Journeyman Electricians
  • Limited Electrical Technicians
  • Low Voltage Electrical Technicians

For a copy of the application, click the link below based on the contractor’s chosen license classification:

*The application may be completed online and printed for submittal, or downloaded and completed manually. 

To avoid delays in the licensing and examination approval process, be sure to read all instructions and follow all directions in the application packet.  Incomplete applications are not reviewed or processed.  If a question does not apply, indicate, “N/A” (not applicable).

All applications must be signed, dated and notarized.

Those applying for an Electrical Contractor, Limited Electrical Contractor or Low Voltage Electrical Contractor License are required to submit the “Acknowledgement of Responsibility Form,” included in the application packet, indicating the Master Electrician or Technician who will be responsible for overseeing their work.

Please note that all persons employed by an Electrical Contractor must be licensed as a Master or Journeyman or registered as an Apprentice with the Department.  Limited and Low Voltage Electrical Contractors may only employ licensed Technicians of the same category and registered Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentices.

*Contractors may not employ more than 2 Apprentices per licensed Master/Journeyman or Technician. 

For more information about rules and regulations that apply to Electrical Contractor applicants, please visit:

Electrical Contractor Rules and Regulations

Contractors are responsible for submitting the appropriate fees along with their application:

  • Electrical Contractors- $400
  • Limited Electrical Contractors- $200
  • Low Voltage Electrical Contractors- $200
  • Apprentice Electricians- $20
  • Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice Electricians- $20

The remaining license classifications are responsible for paying the initial licensing fee at the time they pass the examination:

  • Master Electricians- $200
  • Journeyman Electricians- $100
  • Limited Electrical Technicians- $100
  • Low Voltage Electrical Technicians- $100

The Department accepts payments in the form of:

  • Company Check
  • Certified Check
  • Money Order
  • Cashier’s Check
  • Personal Check (in good standing)
*Make all checks payable to “The State of Wyoming.”

Submit the completed application along with all the required documents and fees to:

Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
320 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

It takes the Department approximately 30 days to process applications.  Once the Department approves the contractor’s application, they will be issued a license or a letter of approval to take the exam.

For more information about the application process or submitting an application, contact the Department at:

307-777-7991

OR

Email: lynette.paxton@wyo.gov

Visit: License and Exam Applications

The Examination Process

Journeyman, Master Electricians, Limited and Low Voltage Technicians are required to take and pass the International Code Council (ICC) exam, administered by Pearson VUE.  The computer-based exam is based on the most current version of NEC.

*The exam may be open-book for some classifications/categories. 

The ICC Exam Information Bulletin contains all provides information about the exam, including exam outlines and suggested references.  For a copy of the bulletin, visit the link below and click on the appropriate state, license type and classification:

ICC Contractor/ Trade Exams

Copies of the bulletin are also available by calling:

1-888-422-7233

After the Department approves the contractor’s application, they will issue an approval letter with Pearson VUE’s contact information.  It is the responsibility of the contractor to contact Pearson VUE to register for and schedule their test.

Contractors may register for the exam online or by phone:

Visit: Pearson VUE- ICC Exam

OR

Call: 1-877-234-6082

*The Department recommends waiting at least 24 to 48 hours after receiving an approval letter to contact Pearson VUE to ensure that all entities have been notified of the contractor’s eligibility. 

The cost to take the exam is $100 for all classifications and categories, which is due upon registration.  Pearson VUE accepts payments in the form of:

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Electronic Check
  • Voucher

Pearson VUE will provide a list of test dates and locations upon registration.  They will also provide a confirmation number.

On the day of the exam, contractors are expected to arrive at least 30 minutes before their scheduled test to allow time for check-in.  They must bring their confirmation number and a photo ID.

*The name on the contractor’s exam registration must exactly match the name on their ID in order to be admitted on the day of the exam. 

All license classifications and categories must pass the exam with a minimum score of 70%, except Master Electricians, who must score at least 75% in order to pass.  Scores are issued at the end of the exam before the contractor leaves the testing center.

If the contractor does not pass the exam, they must wait 30 days before they will be allowed to schedule a re-take.

Upon passing the exam, contractors must pay their initial licensing fee in order to receive their license.

For more information about the exam, please contact Pearson VUE at:

1-877-234-6082

How Long is a Wyoming Electrical Contractor License Valid?

All Electrical license classifications and categories are good for one year in the State of Wyoming.  Licenses and registrations are renewed once a year upon expiration.

Refer to the chart below for expiration dates:

License Class Expiration
Master Electrician Between April 1 and July 1
Journeyman Electrician Between October 1 and January 1
Electrical Contractor Between April 1 and July 1
Limited/ Low Voltage Electrical Contractor Between April 1 and July 1
Limited/ Low Voltage Technicians Between April 1 and July 1
Apprentice Between June 1 and September 1
Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice Between June 1 and September 1
 

For a copy of the renewal application, please visit the link below and scroll to the section that reads, “License Renewals”:

License and Exam Applications

Please note that it takes the Department approximately 30 days to process renewal applications. Be sure to submit the application with plenty of time before expiration to avoid penalties and late fees.

The cost to renew a license/registration is:

  • Master Electrician- $100
  • Journeyman Electrician- $50
  • Electrical Contractor- $400
  • Limited Electrical Contractor- $200
  • Low Voltage Electrical Contractor- $200
  • Limited Electrical Technician- $50
  • Low Voltage Electrical Technician- $50
  • Apprentice- $20
  • Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice- $20

Prior to expiration each year, all Master Electricians and Journeyman Electricians are required to attend 16 hours of Department-approved continuing education courses.  At least 8 hours of the requirement must be related to the most current NEC.

For more information about continuing education and the renewal process, contact the Department at:

307-777-7991

OR

Email: lynette.paxton@wyo.gov

Table of Fees

Fee What is it For? When is it Due?
$400 Electrical Contractor License and Renewal Fee Upon submitting the license application and every year upon renewal
$200 Limited Electrical Contractor and Low Voltage Electrical Contractor License and Renewal Fee Upon submitting the license application and every year upon renewal
$20 Apprentice and Limited/ Low Voltage Apprentice Registration and Renewal Fee Upon submitting the license application and every year upon renewal
$200 Master Electrician License Fee Upon passing the exam
$100 Master Electrician Renewal Fee Every year upon renewal
$100 Journeyman Electrician License Fee Upon passing the exam
$50 Journeyman Electrician Renewal Fee Every year upon renewal
$100 Limited Electrical Technician and Low Voltage Electrical Technician License Fee Upon passing the exam
$50 Limited Electrical Technician and Low Voltage Electrical Technician Every year upon renewal
$100 Examination Fee for all Master, Journeyman, Limited/ Low Voltage Technicians Upon registering for the exam

Related Posts