Journeyman Electrician’s Exam

The journeyman electrician’s exam is usually required by the state or local municipality to be able to work as an electrician in that area. This exam certifies that you have the skills and knowledge needed to perform your job with public and consumer safety in mind to the best of your abilities.


Who is Eligible?

Most states and local governments require those who wish to be journeyman electrician to have working experience as an electrician for a certain amount of time. Some will also want you to have participated in certain educational programs. It is typical for your area to require a completed apprenticeship under the supervision of master electrician for a certain amount of time, usually around one year.

To make sure that you have met all the requirements for your area, it is important that you contact the state licensing agency or testing company used to do such things. They will be able to tell you exactly what must be done before you apply for such a license and also how to go about registering and scheduling a journeyman electrician’s exam.

There is usually a fee to take the exam. It is typically around $75.

When and Where Can I Take It?

Testing sites are usually held at a local testing company a few times every year. Your state licensing agency should be able to give you a list of locations and dates available in your area.

On the day of your exam it is important that arrive at least 30 minutes early. The will give you and others time to sign in and be prepared before you begin the exam. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to test that day and will have to reschedule, as well as, pay another exam fee.

What Should I Bring?

You will most likely be required to bring a valid government issued identification to the testing site. This must include your printed name, a photo, your signature, date of birth, and an expiration date. This ID must also match all information that was used to register you for the exam.

As a general rule of thumb, the only items that are allowed to brought with into the testing area are your required ID and a silent, battery-operated, non-programmable calculator. All other items, including electronic devices, bulky or loose clothing, food and drinks, will be assigned a designated storage area outside of the testing room.

The exam will be most generally administered via a computer with a mouse and keyboard. Though you may also take the exam using paper and pencil at some locations.

Most exams are considered “open book,” meaning a soft-bound edition of the National Electrical Code is usually allowed to be used as a reference during the exam.

What Does The Exam Cover?

As each exam differs slightly by state the only way to know for sure exactly what your exam will consist of is to contact your state licensing agency or testing company. However, most are fairly similar, having about 80-100 scored multiple choice and true/false questions.

There may also be a few non-scored items on the exam as well. These are typically not identified as such and will only be known once you are given your results. The usual given time to complete the test is around 240 minutes, depending on the number of items included on your exam.

The subject areas that are typically tested for are the following:

  • Definitions, Calculations, Theory, and Plans
  • Electrical Services, Service Equipment, and Separately Derived Systems
  • Electrical Feeders
  • Branch Circuit Calculations and Conductors
  • Electrical Wiring Methods and Electrical Materials
  • Electrical Equipment and Devices
  • Motors and Generators
  • Electrical Control Devices and Disconnecting Means
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions
  • Renewable Energy Technologies

When Will I Know My Results?

Immediately. Once you have completed the exam you will receive an appropriate notification on the computer screen. An official score report will also be printed out for you to take with at the testing site. You must usually receive a score of a 70% or higher to pass.

How To Prepare?

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