Electrician Classes in Wisconsin (Top Schools)

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As the construction industry in Wisconsin grows, so is the request for electricians.

Electricians in the State of Wisconsin are paid $47,322 annually, though their salary can reach $53,917 per year.

These salaries are a little lower the national ones, as the average one is $48,043 per year and the highest $54,738 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$47K
$53K

Average Salary of Electricians in Wisconsin

City NameSalary
Milwaukee$47,548
Madison$47,274
Green Bay$46,088
Kenosha$47,101
Racine$47,101
Appleton$46,097
Waukesha$47,368
Oshkosh$45,799
Eau Claire$44,466
Janesville$47,108
* Salary information last updated 2020

If you live in this state and want to start a new career, have a look at the requirements for becoming an electrician.

Becoming an apprentice

There are 3 types of journeyman licenses in Wisconsin, and each has its own requirements:

Journeyman Electrician – is able to maintain, fix and install electrical systems in residential and commercial buildings

  • 8,000 hours of job experience over 4 years; OR
  • A 2-year degree along with an experience of 3 years
  • Finish an apprenticeship

Industrial Journeyman Electrician – can perform work in industrial buildings

  • 5,000 hours of experience over 5 years; OR
  • A 2-year diploma along 3 years of job experience; OR
  • Finish an apprenticeship

Residential Journeyman Electrician – can perform work in residential dwellings:

  • An experience of 3 years, or
  • A 2-year diploma along one year of job experience
  • Finish an apprenticeship

Vocational School

If you enroll in a vocational school and get a 2 year degree, you can qualify faster for a journeyman license.

Along with that, schools also offer internships which can become long term employment.

25 Electrician Schools in Wisconsin

School NameAddress
Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin (ABC)5330 Wall St. Madison, WI 53718
Blackhawk Technical College6004 County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546
Eau Claire Area Electrical9480 Hwy 53 Fall Creek, WI 54742
College of Menominee NationN172 State Highway 47&55 Keshena, WI 54135
Gateway Technical College3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144
IBEW Local Union 5771024 S. Lawe St. Appleton, WI 54915
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers17 S River St, Janesville, WI 53548,
Kenosha Area Electrical JAC3030 39th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53144
La Crosse Area Electrical JAC3460 Losey Blvd. S. LaCrosse, WI 54601
Madison Area Electrical JAC2730 Dairy Dr. STE 102 Madison, WI 53718
Mid-State Technical College500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Milwaukee Area Electrical JAC11001 W Plank Court, Suite 120 Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Northeast WI Area Electrical JACIBEW Local Union 158 2970 Greenbrier Rd. Green Bay, WI 54311
Racine Area Electrical JAC1840 Sycamore Ave Racine, WI 53406
South Central WI Area Electrical JAC2730 Dairy Dr. STE 102 Madison, WI 53718
Southwest WI Area Electrical JAC1800 Bronson Blvd. Fennimore, WI 53809
Wisconsin River Valley Electrical JAC2730 Dairy Dr. STE 102 Madison, WI 53718
Wisconsin Technical College - Fennimore1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
Wisconsin Technical College - Eau Claire620 W Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Wisconsin Technical College - Appleton1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton, WI 54912
Wisconsin Technical College - Cleveland1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015
Wisconsin Technical College - Milwaukee700 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Wisconsin Technical College - Fond du Lac235 N National Avenue, Fond du Lac, WI 54936
Wisconsin Technical College - Wausau1000 Campus Dr, Wausau, WI 54401
Wisconsin Technical College - Green Bay2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307

Direct Job Experience

If you don’t want to join a program, you can look for companies who are hiring and meet your training requirements this way.

Depending on the license you want to get, the experience requirements are different:

  • Industrial Journeyman Electrician – 5,000 hours of experience over a period of 5 years
  • Residential Journeyman Electrician – 3,000 hours of experience over a period of 3 years
  • Journeyman Electrician – 8,000 hours of experience over a period of 4 years

Apprenticeship Program

These structured 3 to 5-year programs cover both practical training and theory subjects such as:

  • Cable tray installation
  • Pulling wire and cable
  • Installing and wiring service switch gear, motor control centers and power, lighting, and control panels
  • Reading blueprints and schematics
  • Lighting fixture installation
  • Mounting and wiring transformers

The union programs are managed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and called Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATC).

To attend a JATC program, you must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have a high-school diploma/GED
  • Have a driver’s license
  • A year of high school algebra
  • A fee of $20

If you prefer a non-union program, contact the the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in Madison.

The requirements are as follows:

  • High-school diploma/GED
  • Driver’s license
  • Results of the TABE test
  • Proof of algebra skills

After you start your apprenticeship, you must register it with the state Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Pass the journeyman exam

The journeyman electrician exam requires:

  • Proof of experience
  • Submitting an application form
  • Pay a $35 submission fee
  • Pay a $30 test fee
  • Pay a $100 credential fee

The test needs a 70% passing score, is open-book and the topics cover:

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 316
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and costs $100 and before renewal, you need to take 24 extra classes of education.

Industrial Journeyman Electrician

If you haven’t completed an apprenticeship, you need to pass the exam to get this license.

The requirements are below:

  • Pay a $35 submission fee
  • Pay a $30 test fee
  • Pay a $100 credential fee
  • Industrial electrical experience of 5,000 hours over 5 years

The test needs a 70% passing score, is open-book and covers:

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 316
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and costs $100 and before renewal, you need to take 18 extra classes of education.

Residential Journeyman Electrician

If you haven’t completed an apprenticeship, you need to pass the exam to get this license.

The requirements are below:

  • Pay a $35 submission fee
  • Pay a $30 test fee
  • Pay a $100 credential fee
  • An industrial electrical experience of 3,000 hours over 3 years

The test needs a 70% passing score, is open book and covers:

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 316
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and costs $100 and before renewal, you need to take 18 extra classes of education.

Become a master electrician

In Wisconsin, there are 2 types of master electrician licenses:

Master Electrician

As a master electrician, you can perform electrical work in any setting.

The requirements for this license are:

  • Pay a $35 submission fee
  • Pay a $30 test fee
  • Pay a $200 credential fee

You also need to meet one of the below criteria:

  • A year of experience working as a journeyman
  • 10,000 hours of work experience over the past 5 years
  • A diploma in electrical engineering

The test needs a 70% passing score, is open-book and covers:

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 316
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and costs $200.

Before renewal, you need to take 24 extra classes of education.

Residential Master Electrician

As a residential master electrician, you will be allowed to perform work in housing units unless supervised by a master electrician.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Pay a $35 submission fee
  • Pay a $30 test fee
  • Pay a $200 credential fee
  • 5,000 hours of work experience over 5 years

The test needs a 70% passing score, is open book and covers:

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 305
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 316
  • National Electrical Code (NEC)

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and costs $200 and before renewal, you need to take 18 extra classes of education.

Become an electrical contractor

In order to start your own business, you need an electrical contractor license.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Submit a form
  • A $35 application fee
  • A $200 credential fee
  • Worker’s compensation insurance
  • Adhering to unemployment compensation laws

This license must be renewed once at 4 years and it costs $200.

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