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Licensed electrician jobs are becoming more popular in New Jersey.

This industry is on the rise, with a 15% projected growth between 2020 and 2030.

Because of this, many young individuals strive to pursue an electrical career.

So here’s how you can become a licensed electrician in New Jersey.

Potential Salary

As of May 2021, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the following salary information for New Jersey electricians:

Mean Wage

  • Annually – $79,940
  • Hourly – $38.43
PercentileAverage Annual Wage


Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of Electricians in New Jersey

City NameSalary
Jersey City$58,020
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ730$72,360$34.79$117,800$40,160
Ocean City, NJ130$58,910$28.32$80,410$39,180
Trenton, NJ700$88,400$42.5$133,240$42,100
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ180$79,500$38.22$114,860$45,390
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Electricians, OCC 47-2111, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

How to Become a Licensed Electrician in New Jersey

The NJ Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors regulates and issues the licenses for the following individuals:

  • Qualified journeyman electrician
  • Electrical contractors

Becoming a Qualified Journeyman Electrician


To qualify, you must meet the following:

  • At least 8,000 hours of practical experience, of which 4,000 hours should’ve been obtained within 5 years of the date of application
  • Completed 576 hours of classroom instruction

License Application

To apply, you need to submit the following:

  • Completed and notarized Application for a Certificate of Registration to Practice as a Qualified Journeyman Electrician form
  • Recent passport photo taken within the past 6 months
  • Detailed summary of experience
  • Notarized work experience certification from each employer you’ve worked with

Upon the Board’s approval, you’ll remit the registration fee to obtain your certification.

Your license will be valid for three years, and how much you’ll pay depends on when you’ll pay it.

So if you pay on the…, the registration fee will be….

  • First year of a triennial – $90
  • Second year of a triennial – $60
  • Third year of a triennial – $30

Exam Details

No exam is required.

License Renewal

To renew your certification, you must submit the following:

  • Completed renewal application form
  • Renewal fee – $90
  • Proof of completing 10 hours of approved continuing education about the NEC updates

Becoming an Independent Electrical Contractor


To qualify, you must meet these requirements:

  • Must be over 21 years old
  • Holds a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Has at least 5 years of trade experience prior to the date of application
    • Completed an approved 4-year electrical apprenticeship program
    • At least 1 year of experience as a journeyman electrician
  • Successfully pass the required exam

License Application

To apply, you must submit the following:

  • Completed Application for Examination form
  • Application fee – $100
  • Recent passport photo taken within the past 6 months
  • Detailed summary of experience
  • Notarized work experience certification from each employer you’ve worked with
  • Certificate of completing an apprenticeship program

Later, upon passing the exam, you’ll remit to the Board the license fee to obtain your license.

If you pay on the …, the license fee will be….

  • First year of a triennial – $225
  • Second year of a triennial – $150
  • Third year of a triennial – $75

Exam Details

The Board has contracted with PSI to help administer the exam.

  • You’ll take three exam portions:
    • Electrical contracting
      • Exam fee – $84
      • No. of questions – 100 items
      • Duration – 255 minutes
    • Business and law
      • Exam fee – $47
      • No. of questions – 50 items
      • Duration – 130 minutes
    • Alarm systems
      • Exam fee – $49
      • No. of questions – 50 items
      • Duration – 165 minutes
  • Exam type – open book, with only the approved references allowed to bring to the testing center
  • Passing rate – 70%

Note that once you’ve been approved by the Board to sit for the exam, you have three attempts to pass all three exam portions.

Also, you must…

  • Make an initial attempt to take all three exam portions within 2 years from the eligibility date
    • If you fail, you only need to retake the failed exam portion(s)
  • Pass all three exam portions within 5 years from the eligibility date, otherwise, you’ll have to reapply with the Board

License Renewal

Your license will expire after three years.

To renew, you must submit the following:

  • Completed renewal application form
  • Renewal fee – $225
  • For initial renewal – no CE credits required
  • For subsequent renewal – proof of completing 34 hours of approved CE courses
    • 9 hours should be on the recent NEC
    • 1 hour should be about NJ laws, rules, and regulations
    • Remaining hours can be any about any CE courses approved by the Board

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in New Jersey

Acquiring proper electrical education and training is the first step to becoming a licensed electrician.

You can obtain this either through…

  • Approved electrical program offered by accredited technical-vocational schools
  • Approved apprenticeship programs by a union or non-union sponsor

Technical-Vocational Schools

Vocational schools allow you to receive structured training that will help you get licensed.

Here, you’ll learn key areas such as:

  • Trade electricity
  • Commercial wiring
  • Techniques of the trade
  • Conduit bending
  • Motor and motor control
  • DC electronics
  • AC electronics
  • Basic applied electronics math
  • Fundamentals of electric motor control
  • Building inspection/electrical

During the program, you’ll perform electrical tasks like maintenance and repair while being supervised by a master electrician.

The schools’ programs will generally place you with an employer where you can get hired for an entry-level job.

Apprenticeship Programs

You can also get trained by joining a union program managed by the Electrical Training Alliance, also called JATCs.

If you prefer a non-union program, reach out to the New Jersey Independent Electrical Contractors.

The table below lists some of the schools and JATCs offering approved electrical programs.

22 Electrician Schools in New Jersey

School NameAddress
Atlantic Cape Community College - Atlantic City1535 Bacharach Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Atlantic Cape Community College - Cape May County341 Court House-South Dennis Road Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Atlantic Cape Community College - Mays Landing5100 Black Horse Pike Mays Landing, NJ
Bergen County Tech Schools540 Fairview Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652
Camden County Tech School - Pennsauken Campus6008 Browning Road Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Camden County College - Gloucester Campus343 Berlin Cross Road Sicklerville, NJ
HoHoKus School for Trade and Technical Sciences634 Market St. Paterson, NJ 07110
JATC of Folsom1125 Black Horse Pike Folsom, NJ 08037
JATC of Local Union 4561295 Livingston Avenue North Brunswick, NJ 08902
JATC of Jersey City65 West Century Paramus, NJ 07652
JATC of Paterson50 Parsippany Road Parsippany, NJ 07054
JATC of Local Union 269676 Whitehead Road Trenton, NJ 08648
JATC of Asbury Park3301 Highway 138 Wall, NJ 07719
Mercer County College - Trenton Campus102 North Broad Street Trenton, NJ 08608
Mercer County College - West Windsor Campus1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ 08550
Middlesex County College2600 Woodbridge Avenue Edison, NJ 08818
Monmouth County Vo/Tech2 Swartzel Drive Middletown, NJ 07748
New Jersey IEC21 Commerce Dr #202, Cranford, NJ 07016
Ocean County Vo/Tech School - Jackson Center850 Toms River Road Jackson, NJ 08527
Raritan Valley Community College118 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876
Union County Vo/Tech1776 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ
Warren County Community College475 Route 57 West Washington, NJ 07882

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