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District of Columbia

Journeyman and Master Electrician Licensing

District of Columbia Electrical licenses are regulated by the DC Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection. They govern licensure for Journeyman and Master Electricians. Check the information below to see exactly what the state requires prior to filing an application.

We have the books, courses, and professionals ready to help you pass. All our training is offered in an online self-paced format. Our exam prep is not only designed to help you pass your test the first time, but is also designed to teach you valuable knowledge for your career. The courses are available from almost any device, any time. We hope that you will make RocketCert your home to help you obtain your District of Columbia Journeyman or Master Electrical License.

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Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Electrician in District of Columbia
  • Journeyman Electrician

    A Journeyman Electrician is qualified to perform electrical work and supervise the work of Electrical Apprentices.

  • Master Electrician

    A Master Electrician is qualified to lay out, direct, and supervise the work of other electricians.

Requirements & steps

What are the requirements to getting a license?

District of Columbia Contractor RequirementsJourneyman Electrician Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria

  • Obtain 4 years (4,000 hours) of working hours as an apprentice electrician under the supervision of an electrician, master electrician, or master electrician specialist, or a contractor qualified under this chapter to receive a license as a master electrician or master electrician specialist
  • Performance for at least four (4) years in the United States Armed Services or Merchant Marine of the type of work for which a license is sought
  • Satisfactorily attended, at a college or university, a course of electrical engineering for four (4) years: Provided, that the applicant must also show at least one (1) year of practical experience in electrical work
  • Have any combination of the above requirements that has been deemed sufficient by the board

Pass the required Journeyman Electrician exam

District of Columbia Contractor RequirementsMaster Electrician Requirements
  • Have not less than four (4) years of experience as a licensed electrician
  • Have equivalent experience which may include work in the United States Armed Services or Merchant Marine, or attendance at a college or university in a course of electrical engineering for four (4) years; Provided, that the applicant can show at least two (2) years of practical experience in electrical work.

Pass the required Master Electrician Exam

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the DC Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection at 202-671-4500 or visit the DLCP website to submit online.

District of Columbia does not require continuing education for Journeyman and Master Electricians. District of Columbia has no reciprocity agreements for Master or Journeyman Electricians.

With RocketCert, our education is written by a combination of professional educators and industry professionals. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better original price on any online course that we offer, we will beat it by 10%.

RocketCert customer studying to pass their State exam through the RocketCert website or on the mobile app.
Exam Pre-Approval

The first step is to obtain pre-approval for your exam. This can be obtained after creating an account on the District of Columbia Board of Industrial Trades website. Testing centers are setup throughout District of Columbia.


Preparing to pass the State exam is a critical part of the licensing process. Failing the exam can result in substantial delays before you are able to work under your license. We offer industry leading exam prep and all of the required books, at an unbeatable price.


After studying with RocketCert, you will be on your way to passing the required State exam(s) (see below).


After completing all the steps above, it will be time to apply through DLCP. Have questions or concerns with this process (or just a lack of time)? Learn more about how we can assist with our Application Processing Program.


Which exam do I need to take?

Applicants may choose between two exam options:

The state-specific exam OR the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Exam

The NASCLA Electrical Exam is Currently Accepted by 15 state licensing boards as a substitute for the state's trade exam. For a full list of accepting agencies Click Here.

  • Total Questions: 100
  • Passing Score: 75 Correct
  • Time: 270 minutes

Topics include: Project Design & Management; Safety; Electrical Theory & Principles; General Code Requirements; Wiring & Protection; Wiring Methods & Materials; Equipment for General Use; Special Occupations, Special Equipment & Special Conditions; Communication Systems

Exam details Journeyman Electrician Exam

  • Total Questions: 80
  • Time: 4 hours

Topics include: General Knowledge; Services and Service Equipment; Feeders; Branch Circuits and Conductors; Wiring Methods and Materials; Equipment and Devices; Control Devices; Motors and Generators; Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 800-733-9267.

Exam details Master Electrician Exam

  • Total Questions: 100
  • Time: 5 hours

Topics include: General Knowledge; Services and Service Equipment; Feeders; Branch Circuits and Conductors; Wiring Methods and Materials; Equipment and Devices; Control Devices; Motors and Generators; Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 800-733-9267.

Exam Prep & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The District of Columbia exams are open book. The references below are permitted to be tabbed, highlighted, and used during your test! All reference materials must be bound. Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

The exam prep includes math, theory and calculations, highlighting guides covering the topics your exam is based on, practice questions for each reference, and unlimited attempts on our "test simulation".

Online Exam Prep Includes:

  • Calculation Lessons - Here, we teach you math concepts and how to solve calculations on test day. Calculation topics include Ohm’s Law, voltage drop, transformers, motors, box fill, and allowable fill for raceway sizing.
  • Highlighting Guides - Introduce the critical information in your book(s). This will familiarize you with each book’s content and its layout.
  • Quizzes - These practice quizzes are based on each individual book/reference. They reinforce key concepts.
  • Test Simulation / Practice Exam - Comprehensive exams randomly generated from our database of questions. Test simulations are restricted by time, and hints are disabled. Test simulations are as close to the real exam as you can get.
  • Guide to Tabbing - This section includes tabbing books and other test taking strategies to keep calm and focused during the exam.

NEC 2011, NFPA 70: National Electric Code

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Ugly's Electrical References, 2020

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