State-by-State Guide to Journeyman Electrician Exam Requirements

After completing the apprenticeship, you need to pass the journeyman exam to obtain a journeyman license in your jurisdiction.

Below, you will find a guide that will help you prepare for the exam.

  • The local, national, and international codes that your licensing jurisdiction uses when developing exam questions
  • Journeyman electrician exam preparation resources available through third-party services
  • Journeyman electrician exam content at the state and local levels
  • Reciprocity with neighboring states
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Electrical Code Used to Develop Journeyman Electrician Tests

The electrical trade licensing jurisdictions vary from state to state.

Some have a single board issuing electrical licenses for the experts throughout the state.

Meanwhile, others have individual boards at the city or county levels.

Each board has a set of requirements that applicants should meet to become a journeyman electrician.

Typically, this requires you to pass an examination.

Even though every jurisdiction can prepare its own examination, it always has to contain content from the National Electrical Code (NEC).

And so, it’s best to know and understand the NEC from A to Z in preparation for the exam.

Other electrical codes included in the creation of the jurisdiction’s journeyman exam are as follows:

  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • International Fire Code (IFC)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Even after a certain code is adopted by a licensing board, they can still alter, amend, or supersede it at their discretion.

Third-Party Journeyman Electrician Exam Preparation Services

In preparing for the journeyman exam, you can look toward third-party services to help you review, assess, and validate your knowledge and skills.

Some reputable third-party journeyman exam preparation services include:

  • Electrician Exam Practice Tests
  • Electrician License Exam Guide
  • Jim Lewis’ Electrical Exam Resources
  • Mike Holt Training – Electrical Exam Preparation
  • Journeyman Electrician Practice Exams through tests.com
  • NECquestions.com’s Free Electrical Exam
  • Electrical Exam Academy
  • Web442.com’s Code Doctor
  • Youtube Electrical Code Tests from Franck Benedetti
  • Electrician2.com’s NEC Practice Test Review
  • Reddit Advice on the NEC

State-by-State Journeyman Exam Content and Reciprocity

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) provides information on the examination requirements for a journeyman license by the state.

If a certain state requires an exam, the state may not require you to obtain a license at the local level.

States recognizing reciprocity with other states allow the credentials (apprentice to contractor) to be transferred without the need for more training and education.

Alabama

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC, IBC, and IFC
  • Reciprocity with Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

Alaska

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and NESC
  • Reciprocity with Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Arizona

  • Requires a journeyman exam at the local level that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with California, Nevada, and Utah

Arkansas

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee

California

  • Requires an exam tailored to an electrician’s specialty area
    • General
    • Residential
    • Fire/life
    • Voice-data-video
    • Non-residential lighting
  • Exam content contains references from the following:
    • CA Electrical Code (based on the NEC)
    • CA Fire Code (based on the IFC)
    • CA Building Code (based on the IBC)
  • Reciprocity with Arizona, Nevada, and Utah

Colorado

  • Requires an open-book journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Connecticut

  • Requires an open-book journeyman exam that references the following:
    • CT Consumer Protection Department
    • CT Electrical Board of Occupational Licensing
  • No reciprocity

Delaware

  • Requires an open-book journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wyoming

District of Columbia

  • Requires an open-book journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

Florida

  • Requires a journeyman exam at the county level that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina

Georgia

  • No state or locally-mandated journeyman exam
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina

Hawaii

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

Idaho

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Illinois

  • Requires a local supervising electrician certification exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

Indiana

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

Iowa

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC and IBC
  • No reciprocity

Kansas

  • Exam requirements depend on the jurisdiction; however, passing the Block and Associates exam is recognized statewide as conferring journeyman license eligibility
  • Exam content contains references from the KS Fire Prevention Code, with state-owned buildings subject to the NEC
  • No reciprocity

Kentucky

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Ohio

Louisiana

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

Maine

  • Requires an open-book journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont

Maryland

  • Requires a journeyman exam at the local level that references the following:
    • MD Building Performance Standards
    • MD Building Rehabilitation Code
  • Reciprocity with Delaware and Virginia

Massachusetts

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the MA Electrical Code (based on the NEC)
  • Reciprocity with Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington

Michigan

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the MI Electrical Code (based on the NEC)
  • No reciprocity

Minnesota

  • Requires a journeyman electrician – “A” exam that references the NEC, NESC, and the MN State Building Code
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Mississippi

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references each jurisdiction’s code requirements
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee

Missouri

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC.
  • No reciprocity

Montana

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Nebraska

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Nevada

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

New Hampshire

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and NESC
  • Reciprocity with Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont

New Jersey

  • No exam required
  • Reciprocity with Delaware

New Mexico

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and the NM Electrical Code
  • No reciprocity

New York

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity

North Carolina

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC and the NC Building Code Council
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

North Dakota

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Ohio

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Kentucky and West Virginia

Oklahoma

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Oregon

  • Requires a journeyman exam for all types of journeyman electrician licenses that references the NEC and the OR Electrical Specialty Code
  • Reciprocity with Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming

Pennsylvania

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity at the local level (e.g., Allentown has reciprocity with other cities in Pennsylvania and all of Connecticut)

Rhode Island

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and the RI State Building Code
  • No reciprocity

South Carolina

  • Optional journeyman licensing through the Municipal Association of South Carolina that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah

South Dakota

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and NESC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Tennessee

  • Some local jurisdictions require a journeyman exam that references the NEC and State Fire Marshal Regulation No. 15
  • Reciprocity with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Michigan

Texas

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • No reciprocity at the journeyman level

Utah

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming

Vermont

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Maine and New Hampshire

Virginia

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and ICC
  • Reciprocity with Maryland and North Carolina

Washington

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and ICC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

West Virginia

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and ICC
  • Reciprocity with North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC and Chapter 16 (Electrical) of the WI Administrative Rules
  • No reciprocity

Wyoming

  • Requires a journeyman exam that references the NEC
  • Reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Oklahoma
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