According to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC), all contractors and subcontractors performing work on commercial jobs over $50,000 require a commercial license issued by the MSBOC. Similar to a Mississippi plumbing contractor, prospecting electrical contractors must complete and submit an application. After the application has been approved, applicants will then go through multiple training courses that will educate them on everything they need to know to become an electrician, prior to obtaining their license.
Mississippi Electrical License Reciprocity
Currently, the MSBOC has reciprocal agreements with the following licensing boards.
- Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors: Must have taken the AL exam.
- Alabama Electrical Contractors Board.
- Alabama General Contractors Board: Mechanical and plumbing excluded.
- Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board: Mechanical and electrical excluded.
- Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors: Must have taken the GA exam.
- Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors: Mechanical excluded. Electrical excluded unless the exam is taken in LA.
- North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board: Electrical and alarm systems only. Must have taken the NC exam.
- North Carolina State Licensing Board for General Contractors: Building construction, residential building, concrete, grading and excavating, roofing, swimming pools, water lines, and sewer – must have taken the NC exam.
- South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board: Building (unlimited), master electrician exams only. Only PSI, Experior, Block or NAI exams accepted.
- South Carolina Residential Builders Commission: Residential builder. Must have taken the SC exam.
- Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractors.
Those who are eligible will need to complete and submit a reciprocity form. Applicants will also want to keep in mind that if they have held a license in any of the states mentioned above for three consecutive years, the board may wave their trade exam.
Mississippi Journeyman Electrician Licensing Requirements
The journeyman’s license is achieved by meeting multiple requirements. For example, you must complete:
- An apprenticeship consisting of 500 and 1,000 classroom hours;
- Between 8,000 and 10,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training
Once an applicant has completed their necessary training, they must then apply for the required exam for their primary electrician license. The exam application process varies depending on where you live in Mississippi. For example, the city of Southhaven’s journeyman application will differ from other locations.
To apply for the Mississippi electrician license you will need:
- A Mississippi sales tax number or a Mississippi use tax number;
- A certificate of general liability insurance coverage showing current minimum coverage of $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate, as well as insurance information showing current workers’ compensation coverage if the applicant has five or more employees;
- Three reference letters; one from the bank and two from anyone you’ve worked within the related field;
- $400 application fee.
Electrical Journeyman Exam
There are multiple Mississippi journeyman exams, standards of which are usually set by local authorities, and are typically based on the National Electric Code and cover the following topics:
- Conductors and Cables;
- Electrical Power;
- Fire Detection and Alarm Systems;
- General Electrical Knowledge;
- Grounding and Bonding;
- Illuminated Signs;
- Low Voltage;
- Overcurrent Protection;
- Safety Information;
- Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits;
- Special Occupancies and Equipment.
Typically, in order to obtain your journeyman electrician license, you must pass the test with a 70-75%.
Electrician Apprenticeship Requirements
In order to be eligible for the apprenticeship programs in Mississippi, applicants must:
- Locally register as an apprentice by completing the apprenticeship application by picking it up from your local union or trade group’s office;
- Provide a copy of your valid Mississippi driver’s license, social security card, and birth certificate;
- Bring a copy of an official high school (or GED certificate) and college transcript;
- Proof of records from any mandatory courses that you have taken;
- Reside within the union’s jurisdiction;
- Pay a $25 application fee;
- Pass the aptitude test;
- Pass an admissions interview.
Apprenticeship opportunities are also available through the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF).
Electrical Trade Schools in Mississippi
There are many electrical trade schools in Mississippi. Listed below are a few of the options you can choose from.
- East Central Community College: ECCC is a public, open-access, two-year institution for higher education located in Decatur, Mississippi. ECCC Tuition ranges from $3,100 to $4,340 for full-time students and cheaper per-credit prices for students that are part-time.
- Hinds Community College: HCC is a public community college located in Raymond, Mississippi. HCC tuition for full-time students is $1,600 per semester. Those who are part-time pay $125 per credit.
- Jones County Junior College: Located in Ellisville, Mississippi, JCJC is a public, two-year institution. Tuition for JCJC technical students starts at $205 per semester hour for part-time students, not to exceed $1,000 and full-time students pay $1,000.
- Pearl River Community College: PRCC has three separate locations in Mississippi; Poplarville, Hattiesburg, and Waveland. PRCC is the first public two-year school in the state of Mississippi. Tuition for PRCC is $1,625 for full-time students and part-time students pay $140 per semester hour.
Mississippi State Professional License Search
There are multiple ways for employers to search to verify a potential employee’s license and certification. The following websites are resources that one could use to verify a license.