Electrician Classes in Vermont (Top Schools)

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Job Outlook

In Vermont, electrician jobs are expected to see an increase of 14% until 2024, according to the Vermont Department of Labor.

Electricians in the State of Vermont are paid $46,177 annually, though the salary can reach $52,618 per year.

By contrast, these salaries are a bit lower than at the national level, as the average one is $47,951 per year and the highest $54,640 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$40K
$46K
$52K

Average Salary of Electricians in Vermont

City NameSalary
Burlington$47,327
South Burlington$47,327
Rutland$47,697
Barre$46,896
Montpelier$46,896
Winooski$47,327
Saint Albans$46,953
Newport$46,896
Vergennes$46,953
Colchester$47,327
* Salary information last updated 2020

Your journey as an electrician in Vermont starts with the registration as an electrical apprentice with the Vermont Department of Labor and continues with the certification from the Vermont Electrical Licensing Board.

General steps:

  • Complete your apprenticeship
  • Take and pass the journeyman exam
  • Get your special or master electrician license

Apprenticeship Period

The apprenticeship period in Vermont means completing just one of the following requirements for the journeyman license:

  • Complete a trade school or appropriate military program and accumulate 8,000 hours of experience under a licensed electrician
  • Gain 8,000 hours of training on-the-job along with 576 hours of classroom education through a Vermont State or IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Apprenticeship Program
  • Document 12,000 hours of relevant experience

If you want the electrical specialist certification, you only need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Complete a trade school program and gain 2,000 hours of work experience (must be under a licensed electrician)
  • Prove 4,000 hours of work experience under a licensed electrician

Trade Schools

By attending a trade school you have higher chances of securing an apprentice position with a licensed electrician, and most schools offer support in finding such positions.

Keep in mind that the schools may have satellite locations and campuses.

These are some of the subjects you’ll study:

  • Current Edition of the National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Grounding and Wiring
  • Wiring Protection Devices
  • Electrical Boxes, Receptacles, and Switches
  • Electrical Circuits and Systems
  • Conduit Work
  • Commercial Wiring
  • Wiring a Residence to NEC and IRC Codes

4 Electrician Schools in Vermont

School NameAddress
Green Mountain Tech738 Route 15 West Hyde Park, VT
JATC of Vermont3 Gregory Drive South Burlington, VT 05403
Vermont Tech — Randolph Center Campus124 Admin Drive Randolph Center, VT 05061
Vermont Tech — Williston Campus201 Lawrence Place Williston, VT 05495

Training On The Job

Apprenticeships done with an independent electrician is another way of getting into the trade.

This is a route most commonly taken by those who already know a licensed electrician and by those who don’t want to join a union, as these professionals are usually non-unionized.

Union Apprenticeship

Seeking an apprenticeship through a union is a very common way of entering the field.

The Vermont Joint Apprentice and Training Committee (VT JATC) is where you need to go and ask for such a program.

Apprenticeship Agreement

Regardless of how you started your apprenticeship period, you must be registered with the Vermont Department of Labor.

Your employer must call the apprenticeship office at 828-5250, to inform them of your situation.

Qualifications to become an apprentice:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Basic mathematics and science courses

Become a Journeyman

Once your apprenticeship period is completed, you can fill out the Electrical License Application, and mail it to the board, at the following address:

  • Division of Fire Safety
    • Attn: Electrical Licensing Board
    • 1311 US RTE 302, Suite 600
    • Barre, VT 05641-2351

You must also attach:

  • A reference from an employer, proving you completed the number of hours
  • The $115 fee
  • The contact details of 3 people who saw your work

Journeyman License

To get this license, you have to sit through a computer-based exam for which you register online with Pearson VUE and also pay the $65 exam fee.

You can also take a pen and paper exam, if you prefer, though you still have to register online for it, at the International Code Council.

The exam lasts for 4 hours and has 90 questions, and this is these are the subjects covered by it:

  • Wiring Methods and Materials—22%
  • Branch Circuits and Conductors—18%
  • Equipment and Devices—13%
  • Services and Service Equipment—12%
  • General Knowledge—8%
  • Feeders—3%
  • Control Devices—3%
  • Motors and Generators—5%
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions—10%
  • Local Amendments—6%

You can reference these books during the exam:

  • The current edition of the National Electrical Code
  • The current edition of the State of Vermont Electrical Safety Rules
  • Ugly’s Electrical Reference

The State of Vermont Examination Information Bulletin also has other details about the exam, if you need them.

Every 3 years you must attend 15 hours for these continuing education courses and then renew your license.

Use this renewal application that you have to mail to the Board.

Specialist Electrician License

To get this license you must have completed 1 year of educational training and 2,000 hours of work experience.

If you can prove 4,000 hours of work experience doing electrical work, you also qualify for this certification.

No matter which situation you come from, you have to register for an exam, and you might be eligible for just one of the following tests:

  • Automatic gas and oil heating
  • Outdoor advertising signs
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning electrical
  • Appliance and motor repairs
  • Electrical-well pumps
  • Electric farm equipment
  • Commercial fire alarm
  • Household fire detection and alarm
  • Gas pump installation and bulk plant works
  • Electric lock installation

This certification must be renewed every 3 years after completing 15 hours of continued education.

Get your Master or Specialist Electrician License

You can only apply for this license after 2 years of work experience as a journeyman, though if you can prove 16,000 hours of work experience through signed affidavits from your past employers you can also apply.

Collecting the work experience proof, filling out the application and paying the $150 fee to the licensing is how you start the process.

If you’re accepted, you have to pay the $65 exam fee through Pearson VUE.

This exam lasts for 5 hours, has 105 questions with multiple answers, and this is their breakdown:

  • Wiring Methods and Materials—17%
  • Branch Circuits and Conductors—16%
  • Services and Service Equipment—15%
  • General Knowledge—11%
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions—11%
  • Equipment and Devices—10%
  • Feeders—4%
  • Control Devices—3%
  • Motors and Generators—8%
  • Local Amendments—5%

You can also consult these books:

  • The current edition of the National Electrical Code
  • The current edition of the State of Vermont Electrical Safety Rules
  • Ugly’s Electrical Reference

This examination bulletin has more details regarding the exam.

You’ll have to renew this license every 3 years, but not before completing the 15 hours of continued education, that are approved in Vermont.

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