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In recent years, Alabama saw a boom in the housing market.

Newly built houses will require new and custom electrical wiring, leading to an increased demand for qualified electricians.

Below, you’ll find out how you can become an electrician in Alabama.

Potential Salary

Electricians in Alabama can earn a good income.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career has the following salary information as of May 2021:

Mean Wage

  • Annually – $48,380
  • Hourly – $23.26
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$29,860
25%$37,370
50%$47,040
75%$59,930
90%$65,610

 

Annual Salary Range:
$29K
$47K
$65K

Average Salary of Electricians in Alabama

City NameSalary
Birmingham$45,112
Montgomery$42,905
Mobile$44,387
Huntsville$45,361
Tuscaloosa$44,956
Dothan$42,335
Decatur$43,975
Auburn$42,986
Gadsden$44,853
Florence$41,350
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Alabama

The Alabama Electrical Contractors Board will issue the following statewide licenses to qualified candidates:

  • Journeyman electrician
  • Electrical contractor

Becoming a Journeyman Electrician

Qualifications

To qualify for the journeyman electrician license, you must meet these requirements:

  • At least 8,000 hours of work experience in commercial, industrial, or residential construction
  • You can substitute education in an approved electrical curriculum or apprenticeship program for the required experience
    • One year of education for 1,000 hours of experience
    • Two years of education for 2,000 hours of experience

License Application

The Board requires that you submit the following before they can approve you to sit for the exam:

  • AL ECB Journeyman License by Examination form (signed and notarized)
  • Proof of experience
    • Business Entity Job List form
    • Work Affidavit
  • If substituting education for experience, submit your transcript of records
  • Proof of Citizenship form with a copy of the identification document

Once they’ve approved it, you’ll receive a notification within 10 business days to pay the exam fee of $115.

Exam Details

The Board has contracted Prov, Inc. to help administer the journeyman (and electrical contractor) exam.

It will be a 4 ½-hour open book exam, with 110 questions testing your knowledge in the following topics:

  • Basic electrical safety
  • Electrical theory and principles
  • Equipment for general use
  • Experimental items
  • General code requirements
  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Special conditions and communication systems
  • Special occupancies and special equipment
  • Testing and troubleshooting
  • Wiring and protection
  • Wiring methods and materials

Check out the candidate bulletin for a list of authorized references you can bring to the testing site.

Regarding the test result, Prov, Inc. will send it directly to the Board.

It will be the Board that will mail you your score.

You must score at least 75% to pass the exam.

License Renewal

Your journeyman electrician license will expire after one year.

So you must renew it in the quarter that it expires.

For example, if your license was issued on January 1, 2021, you must renew it between October and December 2021.

To renew, you must submit the following:

  • AL ECB Renewal Form
  • Proof of citizenship or government-issued ID, if not already submitted
  • Renewal fee – $35
  • Late fee – $15, if applicable

Becoming an Electrical Contractor

Qualifications

To qualify for the electrical contractor’s license, you must meet these requirements:

  • At least 8,000 hours of work experience as a journeyman
  • Proof of managerial experience

License Application

You must submit the following to the Board for approval:

  • AL ECB Electrical Contractors License by Examination form (signed and notarized)
  • Proof of experience
    • Business Entity Job List form
    • Work Affidavit (not applicable for self-employed candidates)
  • Written explanation for any disciplinary action, if applicable
  • Proof of Citizenship form with a copy of the identification document

Once approved, pay the Board the exam fee of $165.

Exam Details

Prov, Inc. will administer two exams for electrical contractor candidates:

  • NASCLA National Electrical Contractor
  • Electrical Contractor Business and Law

The former will be a 4 ½-hour open book exam with 110 questions on the following topics:

  • Communication systems
  • Electrical theory and principles
  • Experimental
  • General code requirements
  • General equipment use
  • Project design and management
  • Safety
  • Special occupancies, special equipment, and special conditions
  • Wiring and protection
  • Wiring methods and materials

Meanwhile, the latter will be a 2-hour exam with 40 questions on the following topics:

  • Business Organization
  • Contracts
  • Estimating
  • Financial Management
  • Labor Laws
  • Licensing Laws
  • Lien Laws
  • Payroll and Employment Taxes
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Safety and Environmental

You must score at least 75% in both exams to successfully pass and be granted a license.

License Renewal

Like the journeyman electrician license, your electrical contractor’s license will…

  • Expire after one year
  • Need renewal in the quarter that it expires

To renew, you must submit the following:

  • AL ECB Renewal Form
  • Proof of citizenship or government-issued ID, if not already submitted
  • Renewal fee – $150
  • Late fee – $50, if applicable

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Alabama

Many vocational schools have a program for an AAS in Electrical Technology that you can enroll in.

27 Electrician Schools in Alabama

School NameAddress
Alabama Southern Community College - Gilbertown Campus251 College Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908
Alabama Southern Community College - Jackson Campus235 College Avenue, Jackson, AL 36545
Alabama Southern Community College - Monroeville Campus2800 South Alabama Avenue, Monroeville, AL 36460
Alabama Southern Community College - Thomasville Campus30755 Highway 43 South, Thomasville, AL 36784
BEJATC of Birmingham5000 East Lake Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35217
Bevill State Community College1411 Indiana Avenue, Jasper, AL 35501
Bishop State Community College351 North Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36603
Gadsden State Community CollegeEast Broad Campus 1001 East Broad Street, Gadsden, AL 35902
George C Wallace State Community College - Dothan1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL 36303
George C Wallace State Community College - Selma3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway, Selma, AL 36703
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College1225 Air Base Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36108
J F Drake State Community and Technical College3421 Meridian St N, Huntsville, AL 35811
J F Ingram State Technical College5375 Ingram Rd, Deatsville, AL 36022
JATC of Mobile2244 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36606
JATC of Montgomery1469 Jean Street, Montgomery, AL 36107
Jefferson Davis Community College220 Alco Dr, Brewton, AL 36426
John C Calhoun State Community College6250 U S Highway 31 N, Tanner, AL 35671
Lawson State Community College3060 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Greenville Campus750 Greenville, Greenville, AL 36037
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — Luverne Center886 Glenwood Road, Luverne, AL 36049
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College — MacArthur Campus1708 North Main Street, Opp, AL 36467
NALJATC of North Alabama1805 East 17th Street, Sheffield, AL 35660
Northeast Alabama Community College138 AL-35, Rainsville, AL 35986
Northwest-Shoals Community College800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Reid State Technical College100 AL-83, Evergreen, AL 36401
Shelton State Community College9500 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Wallace Community College1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, AL 36303

Most schools include on-the-job training in their curriculum.

But if your school doesn’t, or if you want to become an apprentice straight after high school, you can search and apply for an apprenticeship through the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC).

Alabama has the following JATC local chapters:

  • North Alabama Electrical JATC
  • Birmingham Electrical JATC
  • Montgomery Alabama Electricians, IBEW Local 443
  • Mobile Electricians JATC

These JATCs will require that you meet these requirements to be considered for apprenticeship:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Passing grade in high school algebra
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Pass the general aptitude test and interview

You may also go for a non-union-sponsored apprenticeship program if you prefer

To inquire about it, you can contact these associations:

  • Central Alabama Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
  • ABC-affiliated Construction Education Foundation Alabama (Birmingham)

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