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According to recent statistics, Georgia will increase its demand for highly qualified electricians by 17.4%.

With such a good job market, now’s a good time for you to start an electrical career.

Below, you’ll learn how you can become a licensed electrician in Georgia.

Potential Salary

Electricians in Georgia will continue to enjoy higher pay rates compared to similar occupations.

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

Mean Wage:

  • Annually – $54,790
  • Hourly – $26.34
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$34,660
25%$43,210
50%$49,490
75%$62,350
90%$78,600

 

Annual Salary Range:
$34K
$49K
$78K

Average Salary of Electricians in Georgia

City NameSalary
Atlanta$47,226
Augusta$44,344
Columbus$43,322
Savannah$44,824
Athens$46,891
Macon$44,540
Roswell$47,047
Albany$44,077
Marietta$47,092
Warner Robins$44,406
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Georgia

Georgia has relaxed regulations for its apprentice and journeyman electricians compared to other states.

Here, you don’t have to register or apply for a license to legally work as an electrician.

For apprentices, you only need to enroll in an approved apprenticeship program.

For journeymen, after completing the apprenticeship, you only need to be employed by a licensed electrical contractor.

Do note that some employers will prefer that you hold a professional certificate as proof of your capabilities as a journeyman.

Some professional certificates that you can obtain could be from the following associations:

  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Associated Builders and Contractors

How to Become an Independent Electrical Contractor in Georgia

The GA Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of Electrical Contractors issues two types of licenses:

  • Class I (Restricted) – limited to single-phase electrical installations with 200 amperes maximum at the service drop or the service lateral
  • Class II (Non-restricted) – no restrictions; can work in electrical installations exceeding 200 amperes

Qualifications

Whether you’ll apply for a Class I or Class II license, you’ll need to meet these requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • At least four years (8,000 hours) of experience under a licensed electrical contractor
  • Successfully pass the licensure exam

Note:
Class I license applicants must have experience in at least six Primary Experience areas.
Class II applicants must have experience in the following:

  • All Primary Experience areas
  • Electrical installations in excess of single-phase, 200 amperes systems under a licensed Class II contractor

Please refer to GA Rules and Regulations, Rule 121-2-.01 for the complete details.

License Application

To apply for a Class I or Class II license, you need to submit the following:

  • Duly accomplished and notarized application form
  • Payment of fees
    • Application fee – $30
    • Processing fee – $10 for mail; $5 for online
  • Three notarized original references, with at least one being a licensed electrical contractor
  • Background check (from the local law enforcement agency)
    • If with disciplinary actions/sanctions, submit a letter of explanation and the court documents
  • Current Secure and Verifiable Document and Affidavit of Citizenship

After submission, the Board will review your application.

If they approve, you’ll receive a notification to sit for the exam.

Exam Details

The Board has contracted with PSI to help administer the licensure exams.

Both Class I and Class II exams will have two portions, including a pre-test:

  • Regulations, laws, and administrative functions – 30 questions covering these topics:
    • Comply with laws
    • Comply with regulations
    • Comply with administrative requirements
    • Plan and organize work
  • Technical functions – 110 questions covering these topics:
    • Maintain basic electrical circuits
    • Install and maintain the following electrical controls and devices
    • Install and maintain d-c and a-c rotating equipment
    • Install, size, and maintain transformers
    • Install and maintain interior electrical systems
    • Special equipment, conditions, and locations
  • Pre-test – 15 questions for Class I; 22 questions for Class II

You will have eight hours (four hours for each portion) to complete the exam.

To pass, you need to have a final scaled score of at least 70.

License Renewal

Your license (Class I or Class II) will expire on June 30 of even-numbered years.

To qualify for renewal, you need to complete four hours of approved continuing education courses per year (a total of eight CE hours per renewal period).

The CE courses must cover most of these categories:

  • Codes and standards
  • Business law, insurance, and finance
  • Safety and OSHA compliance
  • Materials and installation methods
  • Theoretical content related to scientific knowledge for the practice of electrical contracting

To renew, you will need to do the following:

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Georgia

There are two ways where you can obtain proper electrician training:

  • Through technical-vocational schools
  • Through apprenticeship programs

Technical-Vocational Schools

These schools offer comprehensive education and the possibility of earning a degree or diploma.

Here, you’ll acquire the basic knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Residential wiring
  • Commercial and industrial wiring
  • Electrical theory
  • Advanced electrical theory
  • Applied math
  • OHM’s law
  • Safety/CPR/first aid
  • Transformers/Generators
  • National Electric Code
  • Electrical motors
  • Reading blueprints
  • Line logic
  • Programmable controllers

Later, the schools will help facilitate your internship/apprenticeship through their partners.

These are some of the firms willing to employ apprentices:

  • Metro Electrical Contractors (Atlanta)
  • D&N Electric Company (East Point)
  • Bettis Electric (Roswell)

Apprenticeship Programs

You may prefer to go directly into the electrical scene after high school.

For this, you need to contact the local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) for a union-sponsored apprenticeship program.

You can also go for a non-union-sponsored apprenticeship program through the local ABC and IEC chapters.

The list below features union and non-union sponsors that you can contact for an apprenticeship.

40 Electrician Schools in Georgia

School NameAddress
Albany Tech1704 South Slappey Boulevard, Albany, GA 31701
Athens Tech800 US-29, Athens, GA 30601
Atlanta Tech1560 Metro Parkway Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30310
Bainbridge State College2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39819
Central Georgia Tech - Macon3300 Macon Tech Drive, Macon, GA 31206
Chattahoochee Technical College - North Metro Campus5198 Ross Road, Acworth, GA 30102
Central Georgia Tech College - Putnam County Center580 James Marshall Bypass, Eatonton, GA 31024
Coastal Pines Tech - Alma101 West 17th Street, Alma, GA 31510
Coastal Pines Tech - Baxley Campus1334 Golden Isles Parkway West, Baxley, GA 31513
Coastal Pines Tech - Camden Campus8001 The Lakes Boulevard, Kingsland, GA 31548
Coastal Pines Tech - Golden Isles4404 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525
Coastal Pines Tech - Hazlehurst Campus677 Douglas Highway, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
Coastal Pines Tech - Jesup Campus1777 W. Cherry, Jesup, GA 31545
Coastal Pines Tech - Waycross1701 Carswell Ave, Waycross, GA 31503
Columbus Tech928 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
Georgia Northwestern Tech - Floyd County CampusOne Maurice Culberson Drive, Rome, GA 30161
Georgia Northwestern Tech - Walker County Campus265 Bicentennial Trail, Rock Spring, GA 30739
Georgia Northwestern Tech - Whitfield Murray Campus2310 Maddox Chapel Road, Dalton, GA 30721
Georgia Piedmont Tech495 N Indian Creek Dr, Clarkston, GA 30021
IEC Atlanta Chapter4500 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360
JATC of Albany1900 Clark Ave, Albany, GA 31705
JATC of Atlanta6601 Bay Circle, Norcross, GA 30071
JATC of Augusta1248 Reynolds Street, Augusta, GA 30901
JATC of Macon1046 Patterson Street, Macon, GA 31204
JATC of Savannah1526 Dean Forest Rd, Savannah, GA 31408
Lanier Tech2535 Lanier Tech Dr, Gainesville, GA 30507
Lincoln College of Technology2359 Windy Hill Road, Marietta, GA 30067
North Georgia Tech - Clarkesville Campus1500 Highway 197 North, Clarksville, GA 30523
Oconee Fall Line Tech - South Campus560 Pinehill Road, Dublin, GA 31021
Ogeechee TechOne Joseph E. Kennedy Boulevard, Statesboro, GA 30458
Savannah Tech5717 White Bluff, Savannah, GA 31405
Southern Crescent Tech300 Lakemont Drive, McDonough, GA 30253
Southern Regional Tech - Thomasville Campus15689 US Hwy 19 N, Thomasville, GA 31792
West Georgia Tech - Adamson Square401 Adamson Square, Carrollton, GA 30117
West Georgia Tech - Carroll Campus997 South Highway 16, Carrollton, GA 30116
West Georgia Tech - Coweta Campus Central Educational Center160 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Newnan, GA 30263
West Georgia Tech - Douglas Campus4600 Timber Ridge Drive, Douglasville, GA 30135
West Georgia Tech - Greenville Site Workforce Development Center17529 Roosevelt Highway, Greenville, GA 30222
West Georgia Tech - Murphy Campus176 Murphy Campus Boulevard, Waco, GA 30182
Wiregrass Georgia Tech0929, 4089 Val Tech Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602

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