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author RocketCert Staff
date 07.01.2022

Professionals who have an electrical license are legally permitted to maintain, install, repair, replace, and extend electrical equipment, including conductors. There are two classifications for electricians in Arkansas: Journeyman Electricians and Master Electricians.

Those who hold a Journeyman License are not able to contract with the general public to perform certain duties unless they employ at least one full-time Master Electrician. Those duties and services include:

  • Planning electrical conductors
  • Placing electircal equipment
  • Installing conductors or equipment
  • Maintaining or extending conductors or equipment

Those professionals who hold a Master Electrician License, however, have unlimited authority and classification to perform electrical work.

Master Electricians can legally lay out, plan, and/or supervise all tasks related to electrical equipment and conductors, including the maintenance, repair, replacement, installation, and extension of equipment. They can also contract with the general public to perform these tasks.

Requirements for Obtaining an Electrician License in Arkansas

There are certain steps that must be followed and requirements that must be met in order for professionals to qualify for a Journeyman or Master Electrician License in Arkansas.

The Journeyman Electrician License

In order to get a Journeyman Electrician License, professionals must first apply for approval to take the Journeyman Electrician Exam. Applications can be obtained from the Arkansas Electrical Inspection and Licensing Division.

As part of the approval process to take the test, license applicants must submit a Released for Test form they obtain after they’ve completed a four-year electrical apprenticeship (or an equivalent as approved by the state).

Alternatively, they can also submit proof of their current Journeyman licensure in a reciprocal state. However, they must have held that license for at least one year and have at least eight years or 16,000 hours of electrical construction training or experience.

The Master Electrican License

Pre-approval is also required to take the Master Electrical Contractor Exam. Professionals who want to test for this license must have an engineering degree plus at least two years of construction-related experience.

Alternatively, they can have six years of experience in construction (commercial and/or residential), including two years as a licensed Journeyman Electrician. As another option, they can have any combination of experience and training that the state board approves.

This experience could be:

  • On-the-job training
  • Formal electrical apprentice programs
  • A combination of experience and training
  • Formal education
  • Any combination of these

The training, experience, and education must be approved by the board and determined to be the equivalent of the formal requirements.

Your Arkansas Electrician License

Electrician licenses in Arkansas must be renewed each year. You have the option to pay for up to three years of renewals in advance. Each time you are up for renewal, you must complete eight hours of continuing education.

Arkansas Journeyman electrical contractors have reciprocity agreements with several states, including:

  • Colorado
  • Utah
  • Texas
  • Oregan
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico

However, those who hold a Master Electrician License only have reciprocity agreements with Oregon.

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