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author RocketCert Staff
date 01.31.2022

In Michigan, there is almost always a need for qualified electrical contractors. A Michigan electrical contractor will rarely find themselves out of work, with plenty of new construction, renovations, and repairs to choose from.

However, anyone who wants to become an electrician in Michigan must have a license if they want to take full advantage of their opportunities. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has three different licenses for electricians, each with different requirements.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the different Michigan electrical licenses, including the requirements needed to qualify for the state exam. When it comes to the exam, we’ll also discuss how RocketCert can help you prepare for your licensing test, giving you the best chance to pass on your first attempt. 

With their No Pass, No Pay guarantee, you can rest assured that you’ll have access to the best resources in the industry.

The Three Michigan Electrical Licenses

The three types of Michigan electrical licenses are:

Journeyman Electrician

Journeyman electricians perform the actual installation and repair of electrical wiring. In many cases, both Master Electricians and Electrical Contractors will also hold this license.

Master Electrician

A master electrician supervises the electrical work done by journeymen and apprentices. They ensure that all electrical equipment meets the codes and regulations set by the state in terms of safety and performance.

Electrical Contractor

Electrical contractors can perform all required electrical work, including installation, alteration, repair, and testing. They need a comprehensive knowledge of the legal requirements that govern the electrical contracting industry.

Pre-Testing Requirements

As you might expect, the requirements for each license are different, based on the expected amount of experience. Here’s how each license breaks down:


  • Must be 20 years old
  • Must have 8,000 hours of work experience OR have graduated from an accredited program

Master Electrician

  • Must be 22 years old
  • Must have had a journeyman license for at least two years
  • Must have 12,000 hours of work experience with a Master Electrician

Electrical Contractor

  • Must have Master Electrician license or have at least one licensed Master Electrician on staff

Each of these licenses also requires a notarized application, and you can only schedule your exam once that application has been approved.

Electrical Licensing Exams

Each electrical license requires a separate exam, which requires you to answer 75% of the questions correctly to pass. The best way to prepare for the exam is with RocketCert’s online exam prep courses. You’ll have 24/7 lifetime access to these materials, so you can use the material in a way that works best for you.

The Michigan licensing exams are also open book, and while you can’t use your online course materials, you can use the printed material provided by RocketCert. Simply print, staple, and highlight the material you need to help you succeed.

If you’re considering obtaining a Michigan electrical license, let RocketCert help you through the process. With study guides, practice exams, and instructor support, you’ll have all of the tools you need to pass your licensing exam.