People looking to become an electrician in Oklahoma will find all the requirements, applications, and exam information on the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB) website. The process to become a licensed electrician is similar to becoming a plumber in Oklahoma: you must first gain experience as an apprentice, then apply to become a journeyman, and end at becoming a licensed electrical contractor.
General contracting licenses in Oklahoma require proof of experience, exams, and license fees; the same is true for electrical licenses in the state. There are three types of electricians in Oklahoma:
- Unlimited electricians;
- Limited electricians;
- And residential electricians.
Each type of electrician license requires different hours of experience, projects, and size of the facility you can work in. It’s important to read through each type of electrician category to understand the necessary requirements.
Oklahoma Electrical License Reciprocity
Oklahoma has reciprocity agreements with electrical journeymen from the following states:
To receive reciprocity, you must fill out the reciprocal journeyman license application.
Oklahoma Electrical Contractor License Requirements
“Electrical contractor” means any person skilled in the planning, superintending and
practical installation of electrical facilities. “Electrical contractor” can also mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or business performing skills of an electrical contractor according to the provisions of the Electrical License Act. There are three types of electrical contractors in Oklahoma and all have different hourly requirements. However, all electrical contractor license fees are $330.
Unlimited Electrical Contractor License
To become an unlimited electrical contractor in Oklahoma, you must complete:
- 12,000 hours of on the job experience in electrical construction work;
- 4,000 hours and 2 years experience as a licensed unlimited electrical journeyman;
- 6,000 hours in commercial industrial work;
- And 2,000 hours maximum may be satisfied by formal electrical education.
Limited Electrical Contractor License
A limited electrical contractor is prohibited from engaging in the work of an apprentice or journeyman. To become one, you must have:
- A degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited college/university;
- 8,000 hours of electrical experience;
- OR 16,000 hours of electrical experience (without schooling).
Residential Electrical Contractor License
A residential electrical contractor is limited to wiring one and two-family dwellings. To become one, you must have:
- 8,000 hours total in electrical construction work;
- 4,000 hours as a residential or unlimited journeyman electrician;
- 4,000 hours as a registered apprentice;
- OR 3,000 hours as a registered apprentice and 1,000 hours may be satisfied by formal electrical education.
Electrical Contractor Exam
PSI Exams administers an online exam for Oklahoma contractors. There are two parts to the electrical contractor exam. The first part covers electrical bus and law practices, which takes 135 minutes to complete. The second portion is 255 minutes and is an open book test. The entire exam fee is $100.
Oklahoma Journeyman Electrician License Requirements
“Journeyman electrician” means any person other than an electrical contractor who engages in the actual installation, alteration, repair or renovation of electrical facilities or electrical construction work unless specifically exempted by the provisions of the Electrical License Act. There are three types of electrical journeyman in Oklahoma, and all have different hourly requirements. However, all electrical journeyman license fees are $75.
Unlimited Electrical Journeyman License
To become an unlimited electrical journeyman in Oklahoma, you must complete:
- 8,000 hours of on the job experience in electrical construction work;
- 4,000 hours must be in commercial/industrial work;
- 2,000 hours may be satisfied by formal electrical education.
Residential Electrical Journeyman License
A residential electrical journeyman is limited to wiring one and two-family dwellings. To become one, you must have:
- 4,000 hours on the job experience in electrical construction work;
- Registered as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman or licensed contractor;
- 1,000 hours may be satisfied by formal electrical education.
Refinery Electrical Journeyman License
A refinery electrical journeyman is limited to performing electrical work only in refinery facilities. To become one, you must have a verifiable license in the unlimited electrical classification issued by a jurisdiction outside of the State of Oklahoma that is current and in good standing.
Electrical Journeyman Exam
The electrical journeyman license exam is administered by PSI Exams online. The type of journeyman license you’re testing for will dictate how long your exam is. For a refinery electrical journeyman license, the exam is 240 minutes and costs $100 to take. For an unlimited and residential electrical journeyman license, the exam is 255 minutes, yet still costs $100. All exams are open-book.
Electrician Apprenticeship Requirements
Becoming an electrician apprentice in Oklahoma is relatively easy. Most apprenticeship programs will require:
- An applicant who is 14 years of age or older;
- A $25 application fee;
- A licensed contractor who is able to supervise you;
- And proof of a lawful presence in the United States.
Oklahoma Electrical Apprentice Jobs
To start as an apprentice, you must work for an active, licensed electrical contractor who will provide on-the-job experience. There are two resources an applicant has access to:
- Electrical Training Alliance of Western Oklahoma (ETAWOK) provides apprenticeship programs as well as on the job training;
- Oklahoma Works shows users all active registered apprenticeship programs throughout Oklahoma.
Electrical Trade Schools in Oklahoma
Northeast Technology Center — Afton Campus
19901 South Highway 69
Afton, OK 74331
Eastern Oklahoma Tech Center
4601 North Choctaw
Canadian Valley Tech Center — El Reno Campus
6505 Route 66
El Reno, OK
Northeast Technology Center — Kansas Campus
450 North Highway 59
Kansas, OK 74347
Great Plains Tech Center
4500 West Lee Boulevard
Indian Capital Tech Center
2403 North 41st
Moore Norman Tech Center — Franklin Road Campus
4701 Twelfth Avenue
Metro Technology Centers
1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-TECH (8324)
Moore Norman Technology Center — South Penn Campus
13301 South Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
(405) 364-5763 ext. 7260
Northeast Tech Center — Pryor Campus
6195 West Highway 20
Pryor, OK 74361
Kiamichi Tech Centers — Poteau Campus
1509 South McKenna
Central Tech — Sapulpa Campus
1720 South Main Street
Sapulpa, OK 74066
Gordon Cooper Tech Center
One John C. Bruton Boulevard
Meridian Tech Center
1312 South Sangre
6111 East Skelly Drive
Mid-America Tech Center
27438 State Highway 59
Wes Watkins Technology Center
7892 Highway 9
Wetumka, OK 74883
Oklahoma Professional License Search
CIB Oklahoma provides a license verification search for consumers looking for contractors in the state. Users can search for contractors by name, business name, license number, and trade.