When you are an independent contractor, it is easy to assume that you are not responsible for the company that employs you. However, you are still responsible for maintaining your credentials, submitting the proper paperwork, and handling the details of your job, rather than relying on the company to oversee the process.
As an electrician, you are responsible for a great deal of training, paperwork, and regulations. One of the biggest steps you can take to build credibility is to obtain a license that is appropriate for your area. However, in a tri-state area like Greater Cincinnati, you can cross state lines and need a completely different certification. Confused about what you need to start working as an electrician? Take a look at the requirements for each state.
According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, to obtain an electrician's license in Ohio, you will need to provide proof of
1. Proof of at least five years of experience as a practitioner in the electrical field, showing that your work requires a license.
2. Registration as an electrical engineer in Ohio with three years of experience in the electrical construction industry.
3. Demonstrate another acceptable level of experience to the Board.
Once you have the experience and training, you only need to pass the exam and carry the proper insurance as long as you have not committed a disqualifying offense. Your application must then be notarized and accompanied by the appropriate fee. Your license will need to be renewed annually with proof of 8-10 hours of continuing education, only half of which may be online.
The good news is that if you start with an Ohio license, you can apply for a reciprocal license in Kentucky, which may save you some time and money.
To obtain an electrician's license in Kentucky, you will need to provide notarized proof of any of the following.
1. Six years of experience in the electrical field.
2. Four years of experience in the electrical field plus 576 hours of classroom training.
You can gain this experience and classroom training through a technical college, apprenticeship program, or an associate position with a reputable electrician.
After years of experience, you will need to pass the Kentucky Standard Journeyman Electrician exam, complete a license application, and provide proof of identification to obtain an independent electrician license in Kentucky. Licenses need to be renewed annually and provide proof of at least six hours of continuing education.
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