- Occupation Outlook
- Training as an Electrician
- Apprenticeship Period
- Become a Journeyman
- Get a Master Electrician Certificate
- Get Certified as an Independent Electrical Contractor
- Electrician Schools by City
The job number will increase by 32.2% in the next 6 years, as stated by the Department of Economic Opportunity.
On average, an electrician earns $47,951 per year across the United States, while the average salary in Florida is of $46,033 per annum.
The highest salaries are $54,640 and $52,454 respectively across the nation and in this state.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of Electricians in Florida
Training as an Electrician
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board releases electrical contractor licenses, and the journeyman and master level electrician licenses are issued by local facilities.
To become an electrician in this state, you need to:
- Finish the classroom hours and earn the experience needed to become a journeyman
- Pass the required exam to become a journeyman in your region
- Get a master electrician certificate in your region
- Get certified as an independent electrical contractor
The local Construction Trades Qualifying Board decides the requirements for a journeyman license.
Typically these total 8,000 hours of practical experience and 144 hours of theory every year.
In Miami-Dade County, becoming a journeyman only requires a 3-year practical experience, from which 1.5 years is the alternative to an associate’s degree.
In Florida, you can become a journeyman in 3 different ways:
- Attend a vocational school
- Enroll in a union apprenticeship program
- Get trained through non-union sources
A vocational school will provide you with the training required to get your journeyman license.
Your license will be recognized in most parts of Florida.
The Miami-Dade Construction Trades Qualifying Board in Miami-Dade County will read your CV and decide how much of your education will be substituted from the experience required to get licensed.
Most vocational school offer internship programs and employment options which can lead to full-time work later on.
An associate’s degree gives you more opportunities to get hired.
You can easily find job openings in large companies like:
- Empire Electric (Miami)
- Walton Electric, Inc. (Vero Beach)
- PVM Electric (West Palm Beach)
These positions are promoted on job boards with trade associations or Construction Trades Qualifying Boards.
30 Electrician Schools in Florida
|Atlantic Technical College — Arthur Ashe, Jr. Campus||1701 Northwest 23rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311|
|Atlantic Technical College||4700 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Coconut Creek, FL 33063|
|Daytona State College||1200 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114|
|Everest College||3319 West Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33614|
|Everest University — Orange Park||805 Wells Road, Orange Park, FL 32073|
|Florida Panhandle Technical College||757 Hoyt Avenue, Chipley, FL 32428|
|Florida State College||The Advanced Technology Center 101 West State, Jacksonville, FL 32202|
|Florida State College||The Nassau Center 76346 William Burgess Boulevard, Yulee, FL 32097|
|George Stone Career Center||2400 Longleaf Street, Pensacola, FL 32526|
|Gulf Coast State College||5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401|
|IEC Florida West Coast||4400 140th Avenue North, Clearwater, FL 33762|
|JATC of Central Florida||2738 North Forsyth Road, Winter Park, FL 32792|
|JATC of Florida East Coast||201 Southeast 24th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316|
|JATC of Gainesville||2420 Northeast 17th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32627|
|JATC of Miami||1657 Northwest 17th Avenue, Miami, FL 33125|
|JATC of the Gulf Coast||7830 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32534|
|Lake Sumter State College — Leesburg Campus||9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788|
|Lake Sumter State College — South Lake Campus||1250 North Hancock Road, Clermont, FL 34711|
|Lake Sumter State College — Sumter Campus||1405 County Road 526A, Sumterville, FL 33585|
|Lively Tech School||500 Appleyard drive, Livelytech.com, Tallahassee, FL 32304|
|Miami Dade College||300 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132|
|South Florida State College||600 West College Drive, Avon Park, FL 33825|
|Southern Technical College -Auburndale||298 Havendale Boulevard, Auburndale, FL 33823|
|Southern Technical College -Brandon||608 East Bloomingdale Avenue, Brandon, FL 33511|
|Southern Technical College - Orlando||1485 Florida Mall Avenue, Orlando, FL 32809|
|Suncoast Technical College — Newtown||2706 North Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34234|
|Suncoast Technical College — North Port||6400 West Price Boulevard, North Port, FL 34291|
|Suncoast Technical College — Venice||409 Bahama Street, Venice, FL 34285|
|Tallahassee Community College||444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304|
|Tampa Area JATC||5625 Harney Road, Tampa, FL 33610|
The Florida programs require 8,000 hours of practical experience and at least 144 hours of theory for every school year, totaling 576 hours.
All the electrician courses in Florida are offered through the State Department of Education.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) partnered up to provide training that matches the National Training Alliance standards.
In Florida, the 7 available JATCs are:
- Central Florida Electrical JATC
- Tampa Area Electrical JATC
- Jacksonville Electrical JATC
- Daytona Beach Electrical JATC
- Florida East Coast Electrical JATC
- Gainesville Electrical JATC
- Miami Electrical JATC
The requirements to enroll in any are as follows:
- Be 18 years of age
- Bring a high school diploma/GED
- Have a photo ID
- Physical skills to perform your tasks
- Ability to transport yourself to school and job site
- Pass a general aptitude test Take a general aptitude test
- Pass an oral interview process
If you prefer a non-union program, check out:
- Independent Electrical Contractors Florida West Coast Chapter
- ABC-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (Tampa)
- ABC-Florida East Coast Chapter (Coconut Creek)
- Florida Electrical Apprenticeship and Training
- Florida Electrical Apprenticeship Association
These programs will link you with an electrical contractor where you can complete your apprenticeship.
You will then be guided to a local training center for your classroom training.
Become a Journeyman
Read on for info on how to get a journeyman license in Florida’s 3 biggest regions.
City of Jacksonville
The licenses are issued by The Construction Trades Qualifying Board.
The test is scheduled 4 times a year, and you can learn more info from the Construction Trades Qualifying Board.
You will also need a score of at least 75% in your journeyman exam and prove you have 4 years of experience as an apprentice.
Your license needs to be renewed once at 24 months.
The Certificates of Competency is issued by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board and requires:
- An experience of 3 years
- Complete the Journeyman Electrician exam
The exam comprises 75 questions and has a duration of 3 hours.
The subjects are as follows:
- Wiring methods and materials – 18 questions
- General electrical theory and principles – 15 questions
- Wiring and protection – 14 questions
- Equipment for general use – 6 questions
- Plan reading – 5 questions
- Communication systems – 5 questions
- Motors and controls – 5 questions
- Special occupancies – 2 questions
- Special equipment – 3 questions
- Special conditions – 2 questions
You will have to renew the certificate every 24 months and take 8 hours of classes each year.
The Orange County Government releases the licenses, and more info can be found on their Permits & Licenses page.
As a journeyman, you will be able to perform electrical work while supervised by a master electrician.
To become one you need 8,000 hours of experience and complete the journeyman electrical exam.
Additional info can be provided by the Orange County Government.
Get a Master Electrician Certificate
Becoming a master electrician is the next step in your career.
As one, you will be allowed to perform electrical work on private properties.
City of Jacksonville
The licenses are released by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board.
A master craftsman has the skills and knowledge to organize, set up and execute a trade without being supervised.
For this, you need a master craftsman issued by the Board.
To get the license, you need proof of 4 years of experience as a journeyman and a 75% score in your exam.
Your license will require a 24-month renewal and the exam is available 4 times yearly.
The master Certificates of Competency is issued by the Construction Trades Qualifying Board and requires:
An experience of 24 months with a Journeyman Certificate of Competency
Complete the Master Electrician exam
The exam has a duration of 3 hours and comprises 75 questions covering:
- Wiring methods and materials – 18 questions
- General electrical knowledge – 10 questions
- Wiring and protection – 10 questions
- Motors and controls – 4 questions
- Plan reading – 6 questions
- Special conditions – 6 questions
- Special equipment – 6 questions
- Special occupancies – 6 questions
- Communication systems – 5 questions
- Equipment for general use – 4 questions
You will also need to take 16 class hours every 24 months to renew your license.
The Orange County Government issues the licenses.
You will need proof of 2 years of work as a journeyman and completing the master electrical exam to get certified.
As a master electrician, you can conduct electrical work without supervision.
Get Certified as an Independent Electrical Contractor
As an electrical contractor, you can start your own business and work with the public.
The Florida Electrical Contractor’s Licensing Board (ECLB) issues these licenses.
There are 2 different types of certifications: the Registered Contractor, who can work in some areas, and Certified Contractor, who can work throughout the entire state.
Registered Contractor – visit an ECLB in order to get your required competency card.
The requirements vary based on the county.
Certified contractor requirements:
- Four years of experience in your field
- Complete the certified contractor licensing exam
- Show you have general liability as well as property damage insurance within 30 days of getting your certification
You will need to apply for the test a month before it takes place, and fill in an application.
The insurance requirements are as follows:
- $300,000 per occurrence
- $500,000 property damage insurance
- $800,000 per combined single unit
You must also bring your worker’s compensation insurance.
Your certification needs to be renewed once at 2 years.
You also need to take 14 hours of classes to be able to renew your license.