Electrician Classes in Hawaii (Top Schools)

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As Hawaii continues to develop, electrician jobs become more popular.

Job Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 13.8% increase in electrician jobs until 2024.

In Hawaii, the median salary for an electrician is higher than that at a national level: $50,492 per year, versus $47,951 annually.

In Hawaii, the highest salaries reach $57,535 annually, while across the country, they only reach $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$44K
$50K
$57K

Average Salary of Electricians in Hawaii

City NameSalary
Honolulu$49,993
Hilo$49,658
Kailua$49,993
Kaneohe$49,993
Waipahu$49,971
Pearl City$49,993
Mililani$49,904
Kihei$49,658
Wahiawa$49,837
Schofield Barracks$49,815
* Salary information last updated 2020

Certification as an Electrician

The Board of Electricians and Plumbers issues electrician licenses in this state.

The Board is part of the Professional & Vocational Licensing Division of Hawaii.

To become an electrician, you will have to complete several steps as below:

  • Get the Classroom Hours and Job Experience Needed to Become Certified 
  • Pass the Test Needed to Become Certified
  • Obtain a Supervising Electrician Certification 
  • Become Certified as an Independent Electrical Contractor

Becoming an Apprentice

Before getting your journeyman certification, you will need a minimum of 10,000 hours of work experience along 240 hours of classes. However, this certification is one of the easiest to get.

The certifications that require more experience are:

  • Journey Worker Specialty Electrician- needs 6,000 hours of work experience and 120 hours of course time
  • Maintenance Electrician- needs 12 months of experience in electrical maintenance along 80 hours of classes or an associate’s degree in the field and 1,000 hours of training in a lab.
  • Journeyman Industrial Electrician – needs 8,000 hours of work in an industrial environment and 200 hours of classes.

You can gain experience in 2 ways:

  • Getting a diploma from a vocational school and then get an entry-level job
  • Getting into a union or a non-union trade organization and have the school place you with an apprentice position.

Vocational school

In Hawaii, schools generally provide an Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology (EIMT) diploma.

Attending one of the state’s 7 vocational schools allows you to get the training needed for the requirements.

The program will prepare you for a starting job in the field, where you will get more experience to get your license.

6 Electrician Schools in Hawaii

School NameAddress
Hawaii Community200 West Kawili, Hilo, HI 96720
Hawaii Electricians JATC1935 Hau Street, Honolulu, HI 96819
Honolulu Community874 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817
Kauai Community3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, Lihue, HI 96766
Leeward CommunityOffice of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Pearl City, HI 96782
University of Hawaii at ManoaCareer and Technical Education Center Lunalilo Freeway Lower Campus Road Honolulu, HI 96822

Apprenticeship Programs 

The Hawaii Electricians Training Fund (HETF) has a union apprenticeship program, which involves 240 hours of class for a journeyman certification.

In order to get accepted you need:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Have the physical skills needed for the job 
  • Take a general aptitude test
  • Attend an oral interview
  • Bring a high school diploma/GED
  • Have completed an algebra class in high school 
  • Should have US citizenship if working on military camps

Become Certified

After your training is done, you can get 4 types of certifications:

  • Journey Worker Electrician – does simple electrical tasks while supervised
  • Journey Worker Specialty Electrician – can repair or maintain electrical devices but is not allowed to work with multiple systems
  • Journey Worker Industrial Electrician – does all the work needed in an industrial environment
  • Maintenance Electrician – only maintains electrical devices

You will need to complete a form in order to apply for the certification. 

After that, your test will be scheduled for a specific time.

The test lasts for 3 hours, allows consulting the 2008 National Electric Code, and has 75 multiple answer questions. 

The topics in the exam are:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 16%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 13%
  • Conductors and Cables – 13%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 11%
  • Equipment for General Use – 11%
  • Services, Feeders and Branch Circuits – 11%
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions – 10%
  • Motors and Controls – 9%
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits – 3%
  • Safety – 3%

The journeyman specialty electrician test has 50 multiple answer questions, a duration of 2 hours, and the 2008 National Electric Code can be used.

The topics in the exam are:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 20%
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems – 18%
  • Intrusion Detection and Alarm Systems – 18%
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits – 12%
  • Conductors and Cables – 12%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 8%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 6%
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment – 6%

The journeyman specialty electrician test has 70 multiple answer questions, a duration of 3 hours, and the 2008 National Electric Code can be used.

The topics in the exam are:

  • Motors and Controls – 17%
  • General Electrical Knowledge – 16%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 13%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 13%
  • Equipment for General Use – 13%
  • Services, Feeders and Branch Circuits – 11%
  • Conductors and Cables – 9%
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment – 7%
  • Low Voltage Circuits – 1%

To pass any of these exams, you will need a score of at least 70%.

Your license needs to be renewed every 3 years, and this requires attending a class every 3 years as well. 

The class will cover topics from the National Electric Code, which releases new information every 3 years.

Obtain a Supervising Electrician Certification 

The Supervising Electrician License can be obtained from the Board of Electricians and Plumbers after being a journeyman for 4 years.

There are 3 types of certifications here as well:

  • Supervising electrician (ES) – can perform, organize and oversee electrical work
  • Supervising specialty electrician (ESS) – can perform, organize and oversee electrical work except for adding lighting and power circuits to multiple systems. 
  • Supervising industrial electrician (EIS) – can perform and oversee electrical work in industrial settings.

To get a supervising electrician certification you must:

  • Perform as a journeyman electrician for 4 years
  • Complete the matching exam

To get a supervising specialty electrician license, you must:

  • Perform as a journeyman specialty electrician for 2 years
  • Complete the matching exam

To get a supervising industrial electrician license you must:

  • Perform as a journeyman industrial electrician for 3 years
  • Complete the matching exam

You must complete an application and schedule your exam to get your license.

The supervising electrician test has 70 multiple answer questions, a duration of 3 hours, and the 2008 National Electric Code can be used.

The topics in the exam are:

  • Services, Feeders and Branch Circuits – 20%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 12%
  • General Electrical Knowledge – 10%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 10%
  • Conductors and Cables – 10%
  • Equipment for General Use – 10%
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions – 10%
  • Motors and Controls – 10%
  • Low Voltage and Communication Circuits – 4%
  • Safety – 4%

The supervising specialty electrician test has 50 multiple answer questions, a duration of 2 hours, and the 2008 National Electric Code can be used.

The topics in the exam are:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 20%
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems – 18%
  • Intrusion Detection and Alarm Systems – 18%
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits – 12%
  • Conductors and Cables – 12%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 8%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 6%
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment – 6%

The supervising industrial electrician test has 70 multiple answer questions, a duration of 3 hours, and the 2008 National Electric Code can be used.

The topics in the exam are:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 17%
  • Motors and Controls – 17%
  • Services, Feeders and Branch Circuits – 13%
  • Grounding and Bonding – 13%
  • Raceways and Enclosures – 11%
  • Conductors and Cables – 10%
  • Equipment for General Use – 7%
  • Special Occupancies and Equipment – 7%
  • Low Voltage Circuits – 1%
  • High Voltage Circuits – 3%

You’ll need to score at least 70% to pass any of these tests.

You will have to renew the certification every 3 years and attend a class once at 3 years as well.

The class will teach you more about the updates in the National Electric Code.

Become an Independent Electrical Contractor

The Contractors Licensing Board issues contractor certifications.

Before working as one, you need to be recorded as a specialty contractor with Hawaii.

There are 2 applications you can choose from a sole proprietor or corporate entity.

To file as a corporate entity specialty contractor, you must:

  • Get recorded with the Business Registration Division
  • Be reliable 
  • Liability and worker’s compensation insurance
  • A designated manager (who should take the trade test)

To file as a sole proprietor specialty contractor, you must:

  • Get recorded with the Business Registration Division
  • Be reliable 
  • Liability and worker’s compensation insurance
  • Be a supervisor for 4 years
  • Take an electrician classification test

You must complete the sole proprietor or corporate entity application in order to file.

You will then have to complete a contractor’s financial statement.

You will also have to pass 2 tests: the C-13 Electrical Contractor Exam and the Hawaiian Contractor Exam.

After that, you will need to prove you have worker’s compensation insurance from an authorized Hawaiian company. 

Your liability insurance should match some standards:

  • Bodily Injury Liability – $100,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence
  • Property Damage Liability – $50,000 per occurrence

Every 24 months, your certification needs to be renewed. You will be contacted 45 days before it expires.

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