Electrician Classes in New Jersey (Top Schools)

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Occupation Outlook

Licensed electrician jobs are becoming more popular in New Jersey.

This industry is on the rise, growing with 18.5% between 2014 and 2024.

On average, an electrician earns $47,951 per year across the United States, while the average salary in New Jersey is of $53,225 per annum.

The highest salaries are $54,640 and $60,650 respectively across the nation and in New Jersey.

Annual Salary Range:
$46K
$53K
$60K

Average Salaries of Electricians in New Jersey

City NameSalary
Newark$54,760
Jersey City$58,020
Paterson$55,287
Elizabeth$54,760
Edison$53,801
Woodbridge$53,801
Dover$55,109
Trenton$54,184
Camden$51,595
Woodbridge$53,801
* Salary information last updated 2020

Training as an Apprentice

Before you can become a journeyman, you need 8,000 hours of electrical experience and 576 hours of classes.

About 4,000 of these hours must be finished with 5 years before applying for a license.

In order to get licensed, you can either enroll in a union program or choose a non-union apprenticeship.

Vocational Schools

Vocational schools allow you to receive structured training that will help you get licensed.

The programs include subjects like:

  • Trade Electricity
  • Commercial Wiring
  • Techniques of the Trade
  • Conduit Bending
  • Motor and Motor Control
  • DC Electronics
  • AC Electronics
  • Basic Applied Electronics Math
  • Fundamentals of Electric Motor Control
  • Building Inspection/Electrical

During the program, you will perform electrical tasks like maintenance and repair while being supervised by a master electrician.

The schools’ programs will generally place you with an employer where you can get hired for an entry-level job.

Union or Non-Union Apprenticeship

You can also get trained by joining a union program managed by the Electrical Training Alliance also called JATCs.

If you prefer a non-union program, reach out to the New Jersey Independent Electrical Contractors.

22 Top Electrician Schools in New Jersey

School NameAddress
Atlantic Cape Community College — Atlantic City1535 Bacharach Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Atlantic Cape Community College — Cape May County341 Court House-South Dennis Road Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Atlantic Cape Community College — Mays Landing5100 Black Horse Pike Mays Landing, NJ
Bergen County Tech Schools540 Fairview Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652
Camden County Tech School — Pennsauken Campus6008 Browning Road Pennsauken, NJ 08109
Camden County College — Gloucester Campus343 Berlin Cross Road Sicklerville, NJ
HoHoKus School for Trade and Technical Sciences634 Market St. Paterson, NJ 07110
JATC of Folsom1125 Black Horse Pike Folsom, NJ 08037
JATC of Local Union 4561295 Livingston Avenue North Brunswick, NJ 08902
JATC of Jersey City65 West Century Paramus, NJ 07652
JATC of Paterson50 Parsippany Road Parsippany, NJ 07054
JATC of Local Union 269676 Whitehead Road Trenton, NJ 08648
JATC of Asbury Park3301 Highway 138 Wall, NJ 07719
Mercer County College — Trenton Campus102 North Broad Street Trenton, NJ 08608
Mercer County College — West Windsor Campus1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor, NJ 08550
Middlesex County College2600 Woodbridge Avenue Edison, NJ 08818
Monmouth County Vo/Tech2 Swartzel Drive Middletown, NJ 07748
New Jersey IEC21 Commerce Dr #202, Cranford, NJ 07016
Ocean County Vo/Tech School — Jackson Center850 Toms River Road Jackson, NJ 08527
Raritan Valley Community College118 Lamington Road Branchburg, NJ 08876
Union County Vo/Tech1776 Raritan Rd. Scotch Plains, NJ
Warren County Community College475 Route 57 West Washington, NJ 07882

Pass the journeyman exam

After completing your training, submit an Application for a Certificate of Registration to Practice as a Qualified Journeyman Electrician to:

  • New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
    • Division of Consumer Affairs
    • Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
    • 124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 45006
    • Newark, New Jersey 07101

The application needs to include details of your electrical work and references from your employer.

The journeyman license should be renewed once at 3 years and costs $160.

Before you can renew it, you need to complete 10 additional hours of education.

Become an Electrical Contractor

To apply for this license, you need:

  • To be 21 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Proof of 5 years of electrical experience 

To schedule the test, submit a form and a $100 fee to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

The test consists of 150 questions, requires a 70%passing score and is open book.

The exam covers subjects like:

  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Raceways and Enclosures
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies
  • Special Equipment and Conditions
  • Motors and Controls
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits

The electrical contractor license should be renewed once at 3 years and costs $160.

Before you can renew it, you need to complete 34 additional hours of education.

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