O*Net reported that Vermont will see a 14% increase in electrician jobs from 2020 to 2030.
With such a positive job outlook, now’s your time to join the electrical industry, enjoying the benefits that come with it, such as higher-than-average salaries.
So if you’re interested, here’s how you can become an electrician in Vermont.
- Potential Salary
- How to Become an Electrician in Vermont
- Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Vermont
Vermont electricians have the following salary information as of May 2021 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Annually – $52,200
- Hourly – $25.10
|Percentile||Average Annual Wage|
Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of Electricians in Vermont
|Region||Employed||Avg. Annual Salary||Avg. Hourly Pay||Top 10% Annual Salary||Bottom 10% Annual Salary|
|Burlington-South Burlington, VT||480||$54,860||$26.38||$74,570||$37,250|
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.
How to Become an Electrician in Vermont
The VT Electrical Licensing Board oversees the licensing regulations of the following electricians:
- Journeyman electrician
- Specialist electrician
- A1 – Automatic gas/oil heating
- B2 – Outdoor advertising
- C3 – Refrigeration and air conditioning
- D4 – Appliance and motor repairs
- E5 – Well pumps
- F6 – Farm equipment
- G7c – Commercial fire alarms
- G7g – Gas pumps/bulk plants
- G7k – Electrical locksmith
- G7l – Lightning rod installers
- G7s – Solar panel installers
- Master electrician
To qualify for your chosen license, you must meet these requirements:
- Completed the VT apprenticeship program within the past 2 years (8,000 hours of practical experience and 576 hours of classroom instruction); OR,
- At least 12,000 hours of verifiable work experience
- Completed an approved training program and has at least 1 year (2,000 hours) of experience in the chosen specialty; OR,
- At least 4,000 hours of verifiable work experience
- Holds a valid and current VT journeyman license for at least 2 years; OR,
- At least 16,000 hours of verifiable work experience
To apply, you must submit the following:
- Completed and notarized initial license application form
- License application fee
- Journeyman – $115
- Specialist – $115 for each specialty
- Master – $150
- Proof of meeting the education or experience requirements
- Official transcripts or certificate of completion of the training program
- Affidavits from employer(s) verifying your experience
- At least 3 references who can validate your electrical experience
The Board has contracted with Prov, Inc. to help administer the licensure exams.
Here are the key details you should take note of:
- Exam fee – $80 each
- Exam type – open book with only authorized references allowed to use
- No. of questions and duration
- Journeyman – 90 questions in 4 hours
- A1 – Automatic gas/oil heating – 40 questions in 1.5 hours
- B2 – Outdoor advertising – 35 questions in 2 hours
- C3 – Refrigeration and air conditioning – 35 questions in 1.5 hours
- D4 – Appliance and motor repairs – 35 questions in 2 hours
- E5 – Well pumps – 40 questions in 2 hours
- F6 – Farm equipment – 35 questions in 2 hours
- G7c – Commercial fire alarms – 55 questions in 2.5 hours
- G7g – Gas pumps/bulk plants – 55 questions in 2.5 hours
- G7k – Electrical locksmith – 35 questions in 1.5 hours
- G7l – Lightning rod installers – 35 questions in 2 hours
- G7s – Solar panel installers – 30 questions in 1 hour
- Master – 105 questions in 5 hours
- Passing score – 70%
For the specific exam content, please review the VT Trade Licensing and Certifications candidate information bulletin.
Your license will only be valid for 3 years.
To renew, you must submit the following:
- Completed online renewal application form
- Renewal fee – same as license application fee
- Proof of completing the approved CE coursework
- Journeyman – 15 CE hours
- Specialist – 8 CE hours
- Master – 15 CE hours
Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Vermont
Although attending a formal electrical training program isn’t mandatory in Vermont, it doesn’t change the fact that doing so helps you acquire fundamental trade knowledge and skills.
That’s why many will still prefer to enroll in trade schools and apprenticeship programs than work in entry-level positions for employers after finishing high school.
By attending a trade school, you’ll have ample education and training in key subject areas, such as:
- Current National Electric Code (NEC)
- Grounding and wiring
- Wiring protection devices
- Electrical boxes, receptacles, and switches
- Electrical circuits and systems
- Conduit work
- Commercial wiring
Moreover, most schools offer assistance in helping you secure apprenticeships with local employers or licensed electricians.
Most apprenticeship programs are sponsored by unions (JATCs) and non-unions (private employers).
Applying with them ensures you have sufficient real-world experience of the ins and outs of the trade.
You can inquire with your local JATC or companies on how to join their apprenticeship program, but generally, they’ll ask that you meet the following:
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Holds a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Passing grade in high school algebra
- Has a valid driver’s license
- Pass the general aptitude test and physical exam
The table below lists some of the schools and associations offering electrical programs in Vermont.
4 Electrician Schools in Vermont
|Green Mountain Tech||738 Route 15 West Hyde Park, VT|
|JATC of Vermont||3 Gregory Drive South Burlington, VT 05403|
|Vermont Tech - Randolph Center Campus||124 Admin Drive Randolph Center, VT 05061|
|Vermont Tech - Williston Campus||201 Lawrence Place Williston, VT 05495|
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