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The Louisiana Workforce Commission expects that by 2024 there will be 8% more jobs available for electricians.

This good job outlook has attracted many young individuals to have a career in the electrical industry.

If you’re one of them, here’s how you can become a licensed electrician in Louisiana.

Potential Salary

Louisiana electricians are some of the highest-paid professionals in the state.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here’s their salary information as of May 2021:

Mean Wage:

  • Annually – $55,360
  • Hourly – $26.62
PercentileAverage Annual Wage
10%$36,900
25%$45,490
50%$50,100
75%$62,590
90%$78,030

 

Annual Salary Range:
$36K
$50K
$78K

Average Salary of Electricians in Louisiana

City NameSalary
New Orleans$47,603
Baton Rouge$44,110
Shreveport$44,086
Lafayette$43,769
Lake Charles$43,452
Kenner$47,577
Bossier City$44,086
Monroe$43,856
Alexandria$42,484
New Iberia$43,514
* Salary information last updated 2023

How to Become a Licensed Electrician in Louisiana

Louisiana has no state-wide regulations for apprentices, journeymen, and *master electricians.

Instead, the state leaves it to the local or parish level to oversee the licensure of these electricians.

So you should check with the city or parish you want to work at for their specific requirements.

To give you an idea, let’s take the licensing procedures of New Orleans as an example.

Note (*):
In Louisiana, a master electrician is an electrician with a state electrical contractor’s license.
So don’t get confused if localities and parishes use the two terms interchangeably.

Obtaining a New Orleans Electrician License

The City of New Orleans Permits and Licenses issues the following licenses:

  • Class A master electrician
  • Class C maintenance electrician
  • Class D journeyman electrician
  • Class E electrician trainee

Below, let’s learn the requirements for each license.

Electrician Trainee

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Completed trade license application form
  • Letter from local union or employer on company letterhead addressed to the Chief Electrical Inspector requesting Helper’s License
  • Copy of driver’s license or any state-issued ID
  • 2 current passport photos
  • License fee – $30 per year

Maintenance and Journeyman Electrician

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • 5 years of work experience, including 4 years of working as a licensed electrician trainee
  • Completed trade license application form
  • Letter of Passing from the International Construction Code (ICC)
  • Copy of driver’s license or any state-issued ID
  • 2 current passport photos
  • License fee – $60 per year

Master Electrician

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • 5 years of work experience as a maintenance or journeyman electrician
  • Completed trade license application form
  • Letter of Passing from the ICC
    • If you’ve taken the state contractor’s exam, present your current LA state license or qualifying party letter
  • Current proof of insurance
    • General liability insurance – $500,000 minimum
    • Worker’s compensation insurance or notarized waiver, whichever’s applicable
  • LA General Sales Tax number card or letter from the LA Department of Revenue and Taxation
  • Proof of current Orleans Parish Occupational License
  • Proof of Federal ID Number
  • Copy of driver’s license or any state-issued ID
  • 2 current passport photos
  • License fee
    • Active – $125 per year
    • Inactive – $30 per year

For complete information about these licenses, check out New Orleans’s Services page.

How to Become an Independent Electrical Contractor in Louisiana

You’ll need a state contractor license if you’ll perform electrical work valued at more than $50,000 on a single job.

This license will be issued by the LA Licensing Board for Contractors.

There are two types of electrical contractor licenses you can get: residential or commercial.

A residential license enables you to work on residential projects valued at $7,500.

Meanwhile, a commercial license enables you to work on commercial property projects valued at $10,000 minimum.

To apply for either electrical contractor license type, you must submit the following:

  • Completed contractor license application form
  • Current financial statement showing a net worth of $10,000
  • Designate a qualifying party
  • Successfully pass the business and law and trade exams

Additional requirement for residential license applicants:

  • Proof of general liability insurance – $100,000 minimum

As a newly licensed electrical contractor, you will renew the license after one year.

Afterward, you can choose how often you want to renew it: annually, biennially, or triennially.

To qualify for renewal, you need to complete 6 hours of approved continued education.

Electrical Training Programs and Schools in Louisiana

Becoming an electrician will mean undergoing electrical education and training from a technical school or apprenticeship program.

In a technical school, you’ll earn a degree or certificate that will prove your competency to work in entry-level electrician positions.

Some of the areas you’ll learn in school will include electrical basics and tools, NEC, circuits and systems, safety, and more.

Meanwhile, an apprenticeship program will focus more on you receiving real-world on-the-job training.

To apply for an apprenticeship program, contact the local JATC or non-union chapters.

Regardless of where you trained, both will give you a chance to land an internship that can potentially turn into a permanent job.

You may also consider applying for these companies upon completion of your training:

  • Doyle Electric, Inc.
  • Copeland Electric
  • Trinity Electric
  • Fitzgerald Electrical LLC
  • Leger Electric LLC
  • Blanchard Electric, Inc.
  • Anytime Electric LLC
  • Kintzing Electrical Contractors, Inc.

The table below lists some of the top schools and associations offering approved electrical programs.

28 Electrician Schools in Louisiana

School NameAddress
Ayers Career College8820 Jewella Avenue Shreveport, LA 71108
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian Campus3250 North Acadian Thruway East Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Central Louisiana Tech - Main Campus4311 South MacArthur Alexandria, LA 71302
Delgado Community School615 City Park Avenue New Orleans, LA
Fletcher Technical Community College1407 Highway 311 Schriever, LA 70395
ITI Tech13944 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, LA
JATC of Alexandria Electrical6703 Masonic Drive Alexandria, LA 71301
JATC of Baton Rouge Area13456 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge, LA 70817
JATC of Bogalusa501 Commerce Point New Orleans, LA 70123
JATC of Lake Charles3000 Hwy. 90, East Suite E Lake Charles, LA 70615
JATC of Monroe Electrical901 Hudson Lane Monroe, LA 71201
JATC of New Orleans / Metairie3200 Ridgelake Drive Metairie, LA 70002
JATC of Shreveport Area1013 Gould Drive Bossier City, LA 71111
Louisiana Delta Community College7500 Millhaven Road Monroe, LA 71203
Northshore Technical Community College - Bogalusa1710 Sullivan Drive Bogalusa, LA 70427
Northshore Technical Community College - Greensburg948 Highway 1042 Greensburg, LA 70441
Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond11 Pride Drive Hammond, LA 70401 / 70404
Northwest LTC - Mansfield Campus943 Oxford Road Mansfield, LA 71052
Northwest LTC - Shreveport Campus2010 N Market St. Shreveport, LA 71107
Northwest LTC - Sabine Valley Campus1255 Fisher Road Many, LA 71449
Northwest LTC - Natchitoches Campus6587 Highway 1 Bypass Natchitoches, LA 71457
Northwest LTC - Minden Campus9500 Industrial Drive Minden, LA 71058
Nunez Community College3710 Paris Road Chalmette, LA 70043
South Central Louisiana Technical College - Galliano Campus318 East 90th Street Cut Off, LA 70345
South Central Louisiana Tech - Thibodaux Campus1425 Tiger Drive Thibodaux, LA 70301
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette Campus1101 Bertrand Lafayette, LA 70506
Sowela Technical Community College - Main Campus3820 Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue Lake Charles, LA 70615
River Parishes Community College925 West Edenborne Parkway Gonzales, LA 70737

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