The Steps Depend on Field Choosen
The steps to becoming a qualified electrician vary by state because state requirements are different throughout the country. However, each state does have common requirements that include the successful completion of an electrical program in an institutional setting and various lengths of time working in the electrical field. Additionally, the steps to becoming a qualified electrician will depend on whether you are considering becoming an inside wireman, outside lineman, residential lineman or telecommunications installer/technician.
On the one hand you could say that first you must meet the requirements to become an apprentice, which generally entails an institutional electrical program and then work in the field for a certain number of years prior to applying for a journeyman’s or master’s electrician license. Yet on the other hand, this does not include the first few most important steps to becoming a certified electrician: knowing your state’s requirements and choosing the right electrical program to embark on.
Choosing the Right Program Matters
While institutional education is the first major step to becoming an electrician it cannot be stressed enough that choosing the right program to enroll in will be paramount to your success. Though electrician courses are offered through various venues such as local trade schools, home study courses or on-line programs, make sure that the program you choose will actually prepare you for your state’s apprenticeship license or journeyman’s license and be recognized by your state as a qualified program to meet their prerequisites for applying for any license.
Normally electrician programs will give you enough of the basic information on the four electrical work specialties that you can choose a sub-specialty as you are completing the program. Once you’ve decided on a sub-specialty it will determine the length of time needed to work in the field as an apprentice or journeyman prior to applying for a master’s license. Also, don’t forget that in some states, and due to changes in the national electric code, even master electricians must continue to renew their license which sometimes requires an additional test or class.