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author Vance Rubio
date 04.01.2024

Becoming an electrician is a great career choice. Not only do you get to use your expertise to serve others, but you also get to work with your hands, participate in exciting projects, and enjoy job security and stability in a high-demand sector.

In Mississippi, anyone wishing to work as a low-voltage electrician must obtain a license from the State Board of Contractors. If this is the career path you want to go down, it’s important to learn about the work experience and classroom training you need to reach your ultimate goal. 

What Can You Do With a Low-Voltage Electrical License?

A communication systems and low-voltage electrical license allows you to install, repair, and upgrade low-voltage electrical systems, including light fixtures, internet and phone systems, home entertainment systems, and CCTV. 

Low-voltage electricians can work in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. However, in the state of Mississippi, the communication systems and low-voltage electrical systems license does not allow electricians at this level to work on alarm systems.

Steps to Obtain a Mississippi Low-Voltage Electrical License

The first step to getting a low-voltage electrical license is to provide proof of insurance, including a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance (if you have five or more employees) and a certificate of general liability insurance. 

The certificate for the latter must include the policy number, coverage dates, and amounts and list the Mississippi State Board of Contractors as the certificate holder. Your liability coverage must be at least $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate.

If you are a corporation, LLC, or LLP, you must have a certificate of good standing from the Secretary of State’s office. All applicants must have an audited financial statement prepared by a CPA in the last year, proof of employment for each qualifying party, and three reference letters (including one from a banking institution).

Once these administrative steps have been taken care of, you must pass two state exams:

  • The Mississippi Law & Business Management Exam: This open-book test is 120 minutes, has 50 questions covering topics like estimating and bidding, lien law, financial and project management, labor laws, and business organization, and requires test-takers to get 35 questions correct to pass
  • The Communication Systems and Low-Voltage Electrical Exam: This open-book test is 120 minutes, has 50 questions covering topics like sound and communication, branch circuits, overcurrent protection, grounding, and bonding, and requires a passing score of 70%

Once you have passed these tests and met all requirements, you can fill out a form to apply for your license, pay a $100 administrative fee, and wait for your license to be mailed back to you.

Preparing for Success With the Right Test Prep Course

Preparing for two exams can be quite challenging. However, the right test prep materials can make it easier. Fortunately, RocketCert offers comprehensive courses written by industry experts, as well as books that are perfect for studying and using during open-book tests. 

With RocketCert materials, you’ll get calculation lessons, quizzes, highlighting and tabbing guides, and even a practice test to ensure you’re fully prepared. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you successfully obtain your Mississippi low-voltage electrical license.