Electrician Classes in Ohio (Top Schools)

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Job Outlook

In Ohio, electrician jobs are stable and will grow by 11.5% in the next 6 years.

On average, an Ohio electrician makes $46,752 per year, while the highest salary can reach $53,274 per year.

At a national level, the average salary for an electrician is $47 951 annually with the highest salaries reaching $54,640 per year.

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Average Salary of Electricians in Ohio

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* Salary information last updated 2023

In this state, the requirements for certification vary according to the city, but all are issued by The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board.

Read on to learn more about becoming an electrician in Ohio.

Become an apprentice

In this state, the journeyman licenses are needed only in Middletown and Hamilton.

For this, you need 8,000 hours of experience and 3 years of training as an apprentice.

Most programs have a duration of 4 years, and you can get a contractor license after working for 5 years.

You can get the needed training in several ways:

Vocational Schools

The programs offered by trade schools satisfy the training requirements to get licensed.

During your training, you will learn both practice and theory covering subjects as:

  • Basic Math Computations
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Electrical Theory
  • OSHA Regulations and First Aid
  • Electrical Code
  • Telecom Cabling
  • Basic Telecommunications
  • Motor Controls
  • Basic Alarm Technology
  • Semi-Conductors
  • Logic Circuits and Programmable Controllers
  • Motor and Generator Theory
  • Fire Access & CCTV Systems
  • Power Distribution and Load Calculations

In Hamilton and Middletown, you need a formal apprenticeship to get your license.

You can use the resources from your school, browse ads, or contact companies like:

  • Studebaker Electric Company in Dayton
  • ESI Electrical in Moraine
  • Kee Electrical Contractors in Brookville

43 Electrician Schools in Ohio

School NameAddress
ALBAT — American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training1900 Lake Road Medway, OH 45341
Auburn Careers Center8140 Auburn Rd. Painesville, OH 44077
Buckeye Career Center545 University Drive NE New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Canton Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County3855 Wales Avenue Northwest Massillon, OH 44646
Central Ohio AEC-IEC3128 East 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43219
Collins Career Tech Center11627 Collins Career Center Drive Chesapeake, OH
Columbus State Community College550 East Spring Street Columbus, OH 43215
Cuyahoga Community College (multiple locations)700 Carnegie Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Eastern Gateway Community College (multiple locations)4000 Sunset Boulevard Steubenville, OH 43952
Edison Community College1973 Edison Drive Piqua, OH 45356
Hocking College3301 Hocking Parkway Nelsonville OH 45764
IEC of Dayton8242 North Dixie Drive Dayton, OH 45414
IEC of Greater Cincinnati586 Kings Run Drive Cincinnati, OH 45232
JATC of Akron2650 South Main Street Akron, OH 44319
JATC of Butler / Warren County4300 Millikin Road Hamilton, OH 45011
JATC of Cleveland9333 Sweet Valley Drive Valley View, OH 44125
JATC of Cincinnati5455 Glenway Ave Cincinnati, OH 45238
JATC of Dayton6550 Poe Avenue Dayton, OH 45414
JATC of Lake, Ashtabula, and Geauga Counties8376 Munson Road Mentor, OH 44060
JATC of Lima2285 North Cole Street Lima, OH 45801
JATC of Lorain County6100 South Broadway Lorain, OH 44053
JATC of Mansfield Area67 South Walnut Street Mansfield, OH 44902
JATC of Marietta50 Sandhill Road Reno, OH 45773
JATC of Newark5805 Frazeysburg Road Nashport, OH 43830
JATC of PortsmouthP.O. Box 35 Lucasville, OH 45648
JATC of Steubenville626 North 4th Street Steubenville, OH 43952
JATC of Toledo803 Lime City Road Rossford, OH 43460
JATC of Warren4550 Research Parkway Warren, OH 44483
JATC of Youngstown493 Bev Road Youngstown, OH 44512
Lakeland Community College7700 Clocktower Drive Kirtland, OH 44094
Lorain County Community College1005 North Abbe Road Elyria, OH 44035
Miami Valley Tech Center6800 Hoke Rd. Englewood, OH
Northwest State Community College22600 State Route 34 Archbold, OH
North Central State College2441 Kenwood Circle Mansfield, OH 44906
Owens Community College — Findlay Campus3200 Bright Road Findlay, OH 45840
Owens Community College — Toledo30335 Oregon Road Perrysburg, OH 43551
Sinclair Community444 West 3rd Street Dayton, OH
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave. North Canton, OH
The Construction Craft Academy School9760 Shepard Rd. Macedonia, OH 44056
The Electrical Trades Center947 Goodale Boulevard Columbus, OH 43212
Trumball Career and Technical Center528 Educational Highway Warren, OH 44483
Upper Valley Career Center8811 Career Avenue Piqua, OH
Western Reserve Chapter of the IEC2007 South Ave. Youngstown, OH 44502

Union Programs

A union program offers structured training and job opportunities after the course.

These programs are called JATCs (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees) and are managed by the National Training Alliance.

Non-Union Programs

If you don’t want to get into a union program, you can attend a non-union course also called “open shops”.

These programs are especially suitable for those who already have a diploma.

Pass the journeyman exam

In Ohio, most electricians work as employees under their contractor, except in Middletown and Hamilton.


After your apprenticeship ends, you can take the exam by filling a form through the City of Middletown Division of Building Inspection.

The address of the exam location is:

  • City of Middletown Division of Building Inspection
    • One Donham Plaza
    • Middletown, OH 45042

The exam needs to be passed with a score of 70% and has 50 questions.


Reach out to the City of Hamilton directly at (513) 785-7353 in order to learn more about the exam.

If your apprenticeship was with a union, The Butler County Electrical JATC IBEW Local Union 648 will ease the process. 

Become an electrical contractor

With an electrical contractor license, you can start your own electric company.

The requirements for this license are:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have an experience of 5 years
  • Pass the electrical contractor exam and the business and law test
  • Have a general liability insurance bond of $500,000

The exam has 100 questions, lasts for 4 hours and is open book.

The exam topics are as follows:

  • General Electrical Knowledge – 10 questions
  • Transformers & Equipment – 12 questions
  • Service Feeders and Branch Circuits – 16 questions
  • Raceways, Boxes and Panelboards – 10 questions
  • Conductors & Cables – 12 questions
  • Control Devices – 8 questions
  • Motors and Generators – 12 questions
  • Utilization Equipment – 8 questions
  • Special Occupancy & Equipment – 12 questions

The business and law test lasts 2 hours, is open book and includes 50 questions.

The topics are:

  • Business Organization – 2 questions
  • Licensing – 3 questions
  • Estimating & Bidding – 8 questions
  • Contract Management – 5 questions
  • Project Management – 4 questions
  • Insurance and Bonding – 5 questions
  • OSHA Recordkeeping and Safety – 5 questions
  • Personnel Regulations – 5 questions
  • Financial Management – 6 questions
  • Tax Laws – 5 questions
  • Lien laws – 2 questions

The license will need to be renewed once a year, online.

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