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Electricians enjoy a stable occupation in California.

Right now, it’s been predicted that there’ll be a 32.5% increase in demand for electricians here until 2024.

So it’s no wonder that young individuals like to join this growing career.

Below, you’ll learn what it takes to become a professional electrician in California.

Potential Salary

California is one of the highest-paying states for electricians in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians have this salary information as of May 2021:

Mean Wage:

  • Annually – $75,870
  • Hourly – $36.48
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$38,640
25%$48,730
50%$71,140
75%$97,940
90%$123,040

 

Annual Salary Range:
$38K
$71K
$12K

Average Salary of Electricians in California

City NameSalary
Los Angeles$54,228
San Diego$51,555
San Jose$58,500
San Francisco$60,418
Long Beach$53,465
Fresno$48,047
Sacramento$52,218
Oakland$56,822
Santa Ana$53,513
Anaheim$53,585
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Certified Electrician in California

The CA Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) oversees the…

  • Registration of electrician trainees
  • Certification of journey-level and master-level electricians
    • Residential electrician
    • Fire/life safety technician
    • Voice/data/video (VDV) technician
    • Non-residential lighting technician
    • General electrician

Becoming an Electrician Trainee

Qualification

DIR has simple state registration requirements for electrician trainees.

That is, you must have enrolled in or already completed a state- or federal-approved electrician trainee (ET) program.

State Registration Application

To apply for state registration, you must submit the following:

  • Electrician trainee registration application form
  • Proof of enrollment at an accredited school
  • Application fee – $25

State Registration Renewal

Your state registration will only be valid for a year.

So until you become certified or leave the trade, you must apply for renewal annually.

There’ll be no renewal fee, but you do have to submit the following:

  • Renewal of electrician trainee registration form
  • Copies of transcripts of the classes you completed during the past year
  • Name of your current employer
  • Proof of the hours of experience you acquired during the past year

For more information, check out the detailed electrical trainee registration guide on DIR’s webpage.

Becoming a Journey-level and Master-level Electrician

Qualifications

DIR has the following requirements for each of the certification classes:

  • Residential electrician
    • 4,800 hours of field experience
    • 480 hours of supplemental instruction
  • Fire/life safety technician
    • 4,000 hours of field experience
    • 480 hours of supplemental instruction
  • VDV technician
    • 4,000 hours of field experience
    • 480 hours of supplemental instruction
  • Non-residential lighting technician
    • 2,000 hours of field experience
    • 180 to 240 hours of supplemental instruction
  • General electrician
    • 8,000 hours of field experience
    • 720 hours of supplemental instruction

Certification Application

DIR requires that you submit the following for approval to sit for the exam and certification:

  • Application for Electrician Examination and Certification form
  • Proof of experience
    • Apprenticeship certificate
    • On-the-job experience, including military
    • Copy of out-of-state license
    • DAS1 form
    • Certificate of completion in the approved ET program
    • NICET Certification in Fire Alarm Systems at Level II or above (for Fire/Life Safety Exam Only)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) Employment History Report
  • Application fee – $75
  • Exam fee – $100 for each class

Exam Details

DIR has contracted with PSI to administer the exams.

Do note that you have one year of eligibility to test to successfully pass the required exams.

  • Residential electrician – 80 questions in 3 ½ hours
  • Fire/life safety technician – 50 questions in 2 ¼ hours
  • VDV technician – 50 questions in 2 ¼ hours
  • Non-residential lighting technician – 50 questions in 2 ¼ hours
  • General electrician – 100 questions in 4 ½ hours

You must score at least 70 to pass the exam and obtain certification.

Certification Renewal

Your certification will expire after three years.

To renew, you must have…

  • 2,000 hours of experience
  • 32 hours of continuing education at an approved provider

Only then can you submit the renewal application form and the fee of $100.

How to Become an Independent Electrical Contractor in California

If you want to own a business, you must obtain a license from the CA Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB).

The license you’ll apply for is the Specialty C-10 Electrical Contractor License.

To qualify, you must meet these requirements:

  • At least 18 years old
  • 4 years of experience as a full-time electrician (hiring someone with this experience also counts)
  • Have an operating capital of at least $2,500
  • Have worked for 32 hours a week as an employee

Afterward, complete the application packet and wait for CSLB’s approval for you to sit for the exam.

You will take two closed-book exams which will be administered by CSLB:

  • Trade – C-10
    • Planning and estimating
    • Rough wiring
    • Finish wiring and trim
    • Startup, troubleshooting, and maintenance
    • Safety
  • Law and business
    • Business Organization and Licensing
    • Business finances
    • Employment requirements
    • Insurance and liens
    • Contract requirements and execution
    • Public works
    • Safety

If you pass the exams, you must pay $200 for your license and a $12,500 bond.

If you plan on hiring people, submit an additional $7,500 bond and proof of worker’s compensation insurance.

You have to renew your license every three years.

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in California

In California, numerous schools and union and non-union sponsors offer approved ET programs to train future electricians.

Browse through the list below for the school or sponsor you’d like to consider checking out.

100 Electrician Schools in California

School NameAddress
ABC of Central California19466 Flightpath Way, Bakersfield, CA 93308
ABC of Los Angeles/Ventura12797 Arroyo Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
ABC of NorCal4577 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA
ABC San Diego13825 Kirkham Way, Poway, CA 92064
ABC SoCal1400 North Kellogg Drive, Anaheim, CA 92807
Abram Friedman Occupational Center1646 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Antelope Valley College3041 West Ave K, Lancaster, CA 93536
Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education4640 Maine Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Barstow Community College2700 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 923111
Bassett Adult School943 North Sunkist Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746
California Community College System - Rancho Cucamonga5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
California Community College System - Sacramento4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA 95841
California Community College System - Bakersfield1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93305
California Electrical Training3301 East Hill Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755
Center for Employment Training - Sacramento8376 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95828
Center for Employment Training -San Jose701 Vine Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Chaffey College5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Charles A Jones Career and Education Center5451 Lemon Hill Ave, Sacramento, CA 95824
City College of San Francisco50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
College of San Mateo1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402
College of the Redwoods7351 Tompkins Hill Road, Eureka, CA 95501
College of the Sequoias — Hanford Educational Center925 13th Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230
College of the Sequoias — Tulare College Center4999 East Bardsley Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274
Construction Craft Training Center of Hayward26200 Industrial Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94545
Construction Craft Training Center of Turlock2480 Acme Court, Turlock, CA 95380
Cuesta CollegeHighway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Diablo Valley College321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Durousseau Electrical Institute2526 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
East Los Angeles Occupational Center2100 Marengo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Electrical Training Trust of San Diego4675 Viewridge Ave, San Diego, CA 92123
Electrical Training Trust of Orange County717 South Lyon Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Flintridge Center Apprenticeship Preparation Program236 West Mountain Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
Fresno City College1101 East University Avenue, Fresno, CA 93741
Glendale Community College1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746
Hartnell College411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901
I-TAP9856 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827
Imperial Valley College380 East Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251
Institute for Business Technology2400 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051
InterCoast College - Anaheim388 W Cerritos Ave Anaheim, CA 92805
InterCoast College - Fairfield2480 Hilborn Road Suite 100, Fairfield, CA 94534
InterCoast College - LA County1400 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, CA 91790
InterCoast College -Sacramento,9738 Lincoln Village Drive Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95827
InterCoast College - Orange County3745 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92868
InterCoast College -Riverside1989 Atlanta Avenue, Riverside, CA 92507
InterCoast -Roseville1200 Melody Lane, Roseville, CA 92678
InterCoast College -West Covina2235 East Garvey Avenue North, West Covina, CA 91791
JATC of Alameda County14600 Catalina Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
JATC of California / Nevada9846 Limonite Avenue, Riverside, CA 92509
JATC of Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties5420 East Hedges Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727
JATC of Kern County3805 North Sillect Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93308
JATC of Northern California3033 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
JATC of Redwood1726 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
JATC - Riverside Area1855 Business Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408
JATC of Sacramento2836 El Centro, Sacramento, CA 95833
JATC of Santa Barbara County222 West Carmen Lane, Santa Maria, CA 93458
JATC of Santa Clara County908 Bern Court, San Jose, CA 95112
JATC of San Francisco4056 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94112
JATC of San Joaquin and Calaveras Counties1531 El Pinal Drive, Stockton, CA 95205
JATC of San Luis Obispo County6363 Edna Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
JATC of San Mateo County625 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA 94070
JATC of Shasta / Butte900 Locust Street, Redding, CA 96001
JATC of Solano and Napa Counties720 Technology Way, Napa, CA 94558
JATC of Ventura County201 Bernoulli Circle, Oxnard, CA 93030
JATC of Contra Costa County1875 Arnold Dr, Martinez, CA 94553
JATC of the Central Valley1925 Yosemite Boulevard, Modesto, CA 95354
JATC of the Tri-County Area10300 Merritt, Castroville, CA
Laney College900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Long Beach City College4901 East Carson, Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles Trade Technical College400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Los Medanos College2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA 94565
Modesto Junior College435 College Avenue, Modesto, CA
Napa Valley Adult School1600 Lincoln Avenue, Napa, CA 94558
National Career Education11080 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
National Lighting Contractors Association of America3301 East Hill Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755
Norco College2001 Third Street, Norco, CA 92860
Orange Coast College2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Palomar College1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA 92069
Pasadena City College1570 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91106
Rio Hondo College3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601
Riverside Training Facility1180 Spring Street, Riverside, CA 92507
San Bernardino Community College District114 South Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408
San Bernardino Valley College701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92410
San Diego City College1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA
San Joaquin Valley College -Modesto5380 Pirrone Road - Modesto, CA 95368
San Joaquin Valley College -Ontario4580 Ontario Mills Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764
San Joaquin Valley College -Temecula27270 Madison Avenue, Suite 103, Temecula, CA 92590
San Jose City College2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
Santa Barbara City College721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Santiago Canyon College8045 East Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92869
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education760 Hillsdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136
Southern California Institute of Technology525 N. Muller Street, Anaheim, CA 92801
Summit College - Colton851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, CA 92324
Summit College - El Cajon411 N Marshall, El Cajon, CA 92020
Summit College - Santa Ana1639 E. Edinger, Santa Ana, CA 92705
The Electrical Training Institute of Los Angeles County6023 South Garfield Avenue, Commerce, CA 90040
The Trade School5800 Airport Road, Redding, CA 96002
Ventura College4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003
WECA of San Diego9320 Hazard Way, San Diego, CA 92123
WECA of the Sacramento Region3695 Bleckely Street, Rancho Cordova, CA 95655

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