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NCCER Craft Licensing Map

NCCER has developed an interactive map to help contractors quickly identify resources and information about state craft licensing bodies and reciprocity agreements between state regulatory agencies. The map identifies the electrical and plumbing craft licensing bodies for a given state. Several states do not license at the state level, but rather defer that authority to local municipal government.


Alabama

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Alabama has Electrical Journeyman and Master Electrician licensing.

Reciprocity

Alabama has reciprocity with the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

Reciprocity Licensing Page

Contact

Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
2777 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone: 334.420.7232
Fax: 334.263.6115
Email: electrical@alstateboard.com
Website: http://www.aecb.state.al.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Alabama has both a Master Plumber/Gas Fitter and a Journeyman Plumber/Gas Fitter license.

Reciprocity

The board may establish reciprocal agreements with any other state licensing or certifying board which recognizes, as a minimum, the standards prescribed by the board, and may allow certified plumbers and gas fitters to receive a license in this state without taking examinations if such plumber or gas fitter is licensed in the reciprocating state.

Reciprocity Law

Contact

State of Alabama Plumbers and Gasfitters Examining Board
11 West Oxmoor Road, Suite 104
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 205.945.4857
Fax: 205.945.9915
Email: staff@pgfb.alabama.gov
Website: http://pgfb.state.al.us/


Alaska

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Applicants for electrical journeyman and journeyman lineman need 8,000 hours of legally obtained experience in the trade subject to the National Electrical Code for electricians or National Electrical Safety Code for lineman. A notarized letter from a former employer or an Alaska based union attesting to experience is also required.

Alaska Electrician Licensing Information

Reciprocity

Alaska does not have any state reciprocity agreements for Journeyman Electricians.

Contact

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Labor Standards & Safety Division
Mechanical Inspection Section
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907.269.4925
Fax 907.269.4932
Email: Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov
Website: http://www.labor.state.ak.us/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Alaska has licensing of Journeyman Plumbers

Alaska Gas Piping/Plumber Licensing Information

Reciprocity

Alaska does not have any state reciprocity agreements for Journeyman Plumbers.

Contact

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Labor Standards & Safety Division
Mechanical Inspection Section
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907.269.4925
Fax: 907.269.4932
Email: Anchorage.LSS-MI@alaska.gov
Website: http://www.labor.state.ak.us/


Arizona

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Arizona does not license Journeyman at the state level. Contact the county or municipal authority for licensing requirements

Arizona Licensing Statutes

Reciprocity

Arizona reciprocates with California, Nevada and Utah for the purpose of trade exams and licensing of contractors.

Waiver of Trade Exam

Contact

Arizona Registrar of Contractors
1700 W Washington St., Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812
Phone: 877.692.9762
Website: http://www.azroc.gov/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Arizona does not license Journeyman at the state level.  Contact the county or municipal authority for licensing requirements

Reciprocity

Arizona reciprocates with California, Nevada and Utah for the purpose of trade exams and licensing of contractors.

Waiver of Trade Exam

Contact

Arizona Registrar of Contractors
1700 W. Washington St., Suite 105
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2812
Phone: 602.542.1525
Fax: 602.542.1599
Website: http://www.azroc.gov/


Arkansas

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Arkansas has state licensing of Journeyman Electricians.

Reciprocity:

Arkansas has Journeyman reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah

Arkansas has a Master Reciprocal Agreement with Oregon.

Contact

Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501.682.4500
Fax: 501.661.2642
Website: http://www.labor.ar.gov/divisions/Pages/electricaInspectionLicensing.aspx


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Arkansas has state licensing of Journeyman and Master Plumbers.

Reciprocity

All applications for reciprocal licensing need to be made on a form provided by the State Committee of Plumbing Examiners (SCPE) who will then determine if reciprocity is approved.  These forms must be completely filled, notarized and filed with the SCPE, together with a fee for reciprocal registration. Applicants are required to present satisfactory evidence of their qualifications.

Arkansas Plumbing & Natural Gas Codes

Contact

4815 W. Markham, Slot 24
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501.661.2642
Fax: 501.661.2642
Website: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/environmentalHealth/ProtectiveHealthCodes/Pages/RulesandRegulations.aspx


 

California

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

California law requires that anyone performing work as electrician under a C-10 licensed contractor be certified according to standards established by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Electrical Certification Program

Department of Consumer Affairs, Contractors State License Board

Reciprocity

California has varying reciprocal agreements with Arizona, Nevada and Utah. For more information, see Reciprocal Classifications Listing.

Contact

Department of Industrial Relations
Attn: Electrician Certification Unit
P.O. Box 420603
San Francisco, CA 94142
Phone: 510.286.3900
Fax: 510.286.3917
Email: ECUinfo@dir.ca.gov
Website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

California has varying reciprocal agreements for with Arizona, Nevada and Utah for plumbers.

For details on licensing of plumbing craft professionals and contractors in California, visit the Reciprocal Classifications List on the Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License Board website.

Contact

Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Phone: 916.255.3900
Fax: 916.255.4023
Website: http://www.cslb.ca.gov


Colorado

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

The State Electrical Board licenses, registers, and regulates electricians, apprentices, and electrical contractors. The board does not regulate communication systems, elevators or passenger conveyors, bridge or highway projects, or data processing systems.

Reciprocity

Colorado has electrical licensing reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Electrical Board: Applications and Forms

Contact

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
Division of Professions and Occupations
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303.894.7800
Fax: 303.866.7693
Email: dora_registrations@state.co.us
Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Electrical

State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

The maximum experience the board requires for an applicant to qualify to receive a journeyman plumber's license is four years (6,800 hours) of practical experience.  An applicant for a master plumber's license must furnish evidence of having obtained five full-time years (60 months/9,780 hours) of practical experience.  

Reciprocity

Licensees from another state may be eligible for licensure by endorsement providing that the applicant possesses credential and qualifications that are substantially equivalent to requirements in Colorado for licensure by examination and you must provide verification

State Plumbing Board: Licensing Requirements

Contact

State Plumbing Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303.894.2300
Fax: 303.894.2310
Email: dora_plumbingboard@state.co.us
Website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Plumbing


Connecticut

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Connecticut offers a variety of licensing categories for Journeyman Electricians and contractors

Electrical Journeyperson - Candidate Information Bulletin & Application

Reciprocity

Connecticut does not have reciprocity agreements for Electrical Licensing.

Contact

Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860.713.6100
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446440


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Connecticut offers a variety of licensing categories for Journeyman Plumbers and contractors.

Plumbing / Pipefitting Contractor Candidate Information Bulletin

Reciprocity

Connecticut does not have reciprocity agreements for Plumbing/Gasfitters.

Contact

Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860.713.6100
Website: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446490


Delaware

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

The Delaware Board of electrical Examiners issues licenses to apprentices, journeypersons, master electricians, master electricians special, limited electricians and limited electricians special. Master special and limited special licenses limit practice to certain specialties such as elevators or HVAC. The Board also licenses electrical inspection agencies.

Delaware Electrical Board of Examiners

Reciprocity

If you are currently licensed in another state, you may apply for licensure by reciprocity. The requirements vary depending on whether any state where you hold a current license has licensure standards that are substantially similar to Delaware's standards. If your current license is in a state where the standards are not substantially similar to Delaware's standards, you must provide proof of practice for a minimum of five years after licensure.

License by Reciprocity

Contact

Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904
Telephone: 302.744.4500
Fax: 302.739.2711
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

In Delaware, an individual may provide plumbing services without being licensed, if the individual is an apprentice, journeyman, mechanic or other person providing such services under the supervision of a master plumber who is the individual's employer or who is employed full time by the same business entity as the individual.

Delaware Master Plumber Licensure

Reciprocity

Reciprocity will be provided for licensed plumbers of other states provided that the standards for licensure in that state are equivalent to Delaware.

Delaware Plumbing Reciprocity

Contact

Division of Professional Regulation
Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904
Telephone: 302.744.4500
Fax: 302.739.2711
Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us


District of Columbia

District Electrical Licensing Requirements

The District of Columbia's Board of Industrial Trades licenses contractors, Journeyman and Master electricians.

Municipal Electrician Regulations

Reciprocity

D.C. does not have reciprocity with any states for electrical licensing.

Contact

Pamela Peters
Phone: 877-258-9215
Email: Pamela.Peters@dc.gov
Website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/industrial_trades/


District Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

D.C. offers a trade examination for Journey and Master Plumbers, as well as Master Plumber/Gasfitter.

Municipal Plumber Regulations

Reciprocity

D.C. does not have reciprocity with any states for Plumbers/Gasfitters.

Contact

Pamela Peters
Phone: 877-540-5829
Email: Pamela.Peters@dc.gov
Website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/industrial_trades/


 

Florida

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Florida does not license journeyman electricians. The Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board is responsible for licensing and regulating electrical contractors. Certified state contractors can work statewide while registered state contractors can work regionally.  

Reciprocity

Florida does not have reciprocity agreements for electrical licensing with any other state.

Contact

Division of Professions
Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Phone: 850.487.1395
Website: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/elboard/index.html


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Florida does not license journeyman plumbers or gasfitters. The Plumbing Contractors' Licensing Board is responsible for licensing and regulating plumbing contractors. Certified state contractors can work statewide while registered state contractors can work regionally. 

Certified Plumbing Contractor Information

Reciprocity

Florida does not have reciprocity agreements for plumbers or gasfitters with any other state.

Contact

Division of Professions
Construction Industry Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
Phone: 850.487.1395


Georgia

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Georgia has no state journeyman electrician licensing requirements.  Journeymen employed by a licensed electrical contractor do not need a separate license. For more information, view the licensing portion of the secretary of state’s website by clicking here.

Reciprocity

Georgia has contractor license reciprocity with the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Contact

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: 478.207.2440
Toll Free: 844.753.7825


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Georgia does require the licensing of plumbing contractors and journeyman plumbers. For more information, view the licensing portion of the secretary of state’s website by clicking here.

Georgia Plumbing License Application

Reciprocity

Georgia does not have plumbing license reciprocity with any other state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: 478.207.2440
Toll Free: 844.753.7825


Hawaii

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Hawaii offers a journey and master electrician exam and certification.

Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing

Reciprocity

Hawaii has an out of state license verification process, but it does not appear to have standing reciprocity agreements with other states.

Contact

DCCA-PVL
Att: EP
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Email: elect_plumb@dcca.hawaii.gov
Website: http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Hawaii offers a journey and master plumber exam and certification.

Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing

Reciprocity

Hawaii has an out of state license verification process, but it does not appear to have standing reciprocity agreements with other states.

Contact

DCCA-PVL
Att: EP
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Email: elect_plumb@dcca.hawaii.govWebsite: http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/


Idaho

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Idaho licenses contractors and journeyman electricians.

Electrical Journeyman License Application

Reciprocity

Idaho has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Contact

Idaho Division of Building Safety
Mick Williams
Program Manager
Phone: 800.955.3044
Email: mick.williams@dbs.idaho.gov
Website: http://dbs.idaho.gov/programs/electrical/index.html


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Idaho licenses contractors and journeyman plumbers.

Plumbing Journeyman License Application

Reciprocity

Idaho has plumbing reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Contact

Idaho Division of Building Safety
John Nielsen
Plumbing Program Manager
Email: john.nielsen@dbs.idaho.gov
Website: http://dbs.idaho.gov/programs/plumbing/index.html


Illinois

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Illinois does not have a state electrical license. Check with the local municipality or county authorities that regulate building trades and issuance of building permits. The only state agency to regulate some electrical topics of interest would be the Illinois fire marshal.

Illinois State Fire Marshall

Reciprocity

Electrical contractor and craft professional licensing reciprocity agreements may exist at the local level between municipalities/counties in Illinois.  Contact local authorities in the jurisdiction where work is to be performed.

Contact

Springfield Office

Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
1035 Adlai Stevenson Drive
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: 217.785.0969
Fax: 217.782.1062

Chicago Office

Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal
100 W. Randolph St
Suite 4-600
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.814.2693
Fax: 312.814.3459


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Under the Illinois Plumbing License Law, the Department of Public Health licenses plumbing contractors, plumbers, plumber’s apprentices, irrigation contractors and retired plumbers.

State of Illinois Plumbing License Information and Forms

Reciprocity

Illinois will consider reciprocity based on an existing license from other states or the city of Chicago. Please contact and verify with the Illinois Department of Public Health the details of obtaining licensure via reciprocity.

Contact

Illinois Department of Public Health
Environmental Health Division, Illinois Plumbing Program
525 W. Jefferson St.; 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62761
Phone: 217.524.0791
Fax: 217.524.5868
Email: DPH.Plumbing@illinois.gov


Indiana

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Electrician licensing is at the discretion of the local municipality in Indiana, so there is no state licensing of journeyman electricians.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Reciprocity

Indiana does not have reciprocity at the state level.

Contact

Refer to the specific county or municipal authority where work is to be performed.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317.234.8800
Fax:  317.233.4236
Email: pla14@pla.in.gov

State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Indiana does offer state licensing of Journey and Master plumbers.

Indiana Plumbing Commission

Reciprocity

Indiana does not have reciprocity at the state level.

Contact

Refer to the specific county or municipal authority where work is to be performed.

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317.234.8800
Fax:  317.233.4236
Email: pla14@pla.in.gov
Iowa

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Iowa has reciprocal journeyman and master electrician licensing agreement s with Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. The applicant must have passed a State-sponsored examination, held the qualifying license for one year and must meet Iowa licensure requirements in order for the license to qualify for  reciprocation.

Reciprocity

Reciprocal Journeyman Licenses:

  • South Dakota Journeyman license may reciprocate to an Iowa Journeyman Class A license, or an Iowa Journeyman Class A license may reciprocate to a South Dakota Journeyman license.
  • Minnesota Class A Journeyman license may reciprocate to an Iowa Journeyman Class A license, or an Iowa Journeyman Class A license may reciprocate to a Minnesota Class A Journeyman license.
  • Nebraska Journeyman license may reciprocate to an Iowa Journeyman Class A license, or an Iowa Journeyman Class A license may reciprocate to a Nebraska Journeyman license.

Reciprocal Master or Electrical Contractor Licenses:

  • South Dakota Electrical Contractor license may reciprocate to an Iowa Master Class A license, or an Iowa Master Class A license may reciprocate to a South Dakota Electrical Contractor license.
  • Minnesota Class A Master license may reciprocate to an Iowa Master C lass A license, or an Iowa Master Class A license may reciprocate to a Minnesota Class A Master license.
  • Nebraska Electrical Contractor license may reciprocate to a n Iowa Journeyman Class A license, or an Iowa Master Class A license may reciprocate to a Nebraska Journeyman license.

Contact

State Fire Marshal's Office
Electrical Examining Board
215 E. 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: 515.725.6147
Email: elecinfo@dps.state.ia.us
Website: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/fm/electrician/licensing/licensing.shtml


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Iowa has journeyman and master plumber licensing.

Reciprocity

Iowa does not have reciprocal licensing agreements with any other state for plumbers.

Contact

Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board Office
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: 866.280.1521
Fax: 515.281.6114
Website: http://www.idph.state.ia.us/pmsb/Licensure.aspx


Kansas

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Kansas does not license journeyman electricians, master electricians or electrical contractors, so check with the county and local municipality for more information on requirements in that area.

Reciprocity

Kansas does have electrical reciprocity agreements with any other states.

Contact

Check with the local county or municipal authority.


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Kansas does not license journeyman plumbers, master plumbers or plumbing contractors, so check with the county and local municipality for more information on requirements in that area.

Reciprocity

Kansas does have plumbing reciprocity agreements with any other states.

Contact

Kansas Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association
Kimberly Woolf
Executive Director
Phone: 316.943.7100
Email: office@phccks.org
Website: http://www.phccks.org/


Kentucky

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Kentucky licenses contractors, journeyman and master electricians.

Reciprocity

Kentucky has varying reciprocal agreements with the following states:

  • Louisiana
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Contact

Electrical Division
101 Sea Hero Road, Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone 502.573.2002
Fax 502.573.1598
E-mail: tina.quire@ky.gov
Website: http://dhbc.ky.gov/ed/ei/el/Pages/default.aspx


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Kentucky licenses contractors, journeyman and master plumbers.

Reciprocity

Kentucky may issue a license to any person who holds a valid license in another state if 1) that state has a statewide plumbing code, 2) the other state's examination is at least equal to that of Kentucky and 3) the other state agrees to reciprocate with Kentucky.

Contact

Division of Plumbing
101 Sea Hero Rd., Suite 100
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502.573.0397
Fax: 502.573.1058
Email: plumbing@ky.gov
Website: http://dhbc.ky.gov/Plb/Pages/default.aspx
Louisiana

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Louisiana offers numerous types of licensing for commercial contractors conducting work in the state. 

Louisiana Board of Contractor Licensing – License Types and Information

Reciprocity

Reciprocity agreements between the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors and other state's Licensing Boards allow a contractor to receive credit in Louisiana for approved classifications held with the reciprocal board without taking the Louisiana trade exam. Reciprocity also allows a company to be exempted from the 60-day waiting period for out-of-state contractors.  Louisiana offers Contractor's License reciprocity with the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Louisiana Reciprocity and Examination Endorsement Agreements

Contact

Louisiana Board of Contractor Licensing
2525 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: 800.256.1392
E-mail: info@lslbc.louisiana.gov
Website: http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Journeyman License:

To qualify for the Louisiana Journeyman Plumber exam, you must verify at least five years or 8,000 hours of work experience installing, repairing or maintaining plumbing systems. Once you obtain your journeyman plumber license, you may apply to take the master plumber exam.

Master Plumber License:

An applicant must hold a current Louisiana Journeyman Plumber License or a current restricted Louisiana Master Plumber License or a Louisiana Professional Engineers License with five years of experience in plumbing.

State Plumbing Board of Louisiana – Requirements

Reciprocity

Louisiana does not have any reciprocity agreements with other states; however, if you have a valid plumbing license in another state, you can use it to qualify to take the journeyman plumber exam in Louisiana in lieu of the required vouchers. Once you obtain your journeyman plumber license, you may apply to take the master plumber exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

State Plumbing Board of Louisiana
12497 Airline Hwy.
Baton Rouge, LA. 70817
Phone: 225.756.3434
Fax: 225.756.3433
Website: http://www.spbla.com


Maine

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Maine licenses apprentices, journeyman and master electricians.

Reciprocity

Maine has Master Electrician reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont

Maine has journeyman electrician reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Idaho
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming

Contact

Electricians' Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Phone: 207.624.8457
Fax: 207.624.8636
Email: electrician.permits@maine.gov
Website: Maine Electrical Examiner's Board


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Maine licenses journeyman and master plumbers.

Reciprocity

Maine may issue a license to any person who holds a valid license in another state if 1) that state has licensing standards and experience requirements at least equivalent to Maine’s and 2) if that state grants similar privileges to persons licensed in Maine.

Contact

Plumbers' Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Phone: 207.624.8627
Fax: 207.624.8636
Email: plumbers.board@maine.gov
Website: Maine Electrical Examiner's Board


Maryland

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Maryland licenses master and journeyman electricians.

Reciprocity

Maryland has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • West Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Delaware

Department of Labor – Reciprocal Licensing

Contact

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 302
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
Phone: 410.230.6163
Website: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/elec/eleclic.shtml


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Maryland licenses and regulates plumbers and gasfitters through the State Board of Plumbing. As of October 1, 2000, the Board issues natural gas fitter licenses to qualified individuals who are non-plumbers. Both of these types of licenses are required for work throughout Maryland, except for Baltimore County and the areas served by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) since these two jurisdictions issue their own licenses and have their own plumbing code. The State Plumbing Board also issues a certificate to qualified individuals, who are non-plumbers, to provide propane gas services throughout the State.

Reciprocity

The State Plumbing Board may issue a reciprocal master or journeyman license to plumbers who are currently licensed in Baltimore County or WSSC. To qualify for reciprocation from WSSC or Baltimore County, you must hold both the plumbing and gas portion of the license.

Maryland has a reciprocity agreement with Delaware. For the master plumbers and gasfitters license only you can apply online or call the State Board of Plumbing for an application.

Individuals who hold a current journeyman or master gasfitter license from Baltimore City, Baltimore County or WSSC may obtain a like State Natural Gas Fitter's license.

Department of Labor – Reciprocal Licensing

Contact

Raquel Meyer
Maryland Board of Plumbing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 302
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3651
Phone: 410.230.6379
Email: plumbing@dllr.state.md.us
Website: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/pl/pllic.shtml


District of Columbia

District Electrical Licensing Requirements

The District of Columbia's Board of Industrial Trades licenses contractors, Journeyman and Master electricians.

Municipal Electrician Regulations

Reciprocity

D.C. does not have reciprocity with any states for electrical licensing.

Contact

Pamela Peters
Phone: 877.258.9215
Email: Pamela.Peters@dc.gov
Website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/industrial_trades/


District Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

D.C. offers a trade examination for journey and master plumbers, as well as master gasfitters.

Municipal Plumber Regulations

Reciprocity

D.C. does not have reciprocity with any states for plumbers or gasfitters.

Contact

Pamela Peters
Phone: 877.540.5829
Email: Pamela.Peters@dc.gov
Website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/dc/industrial_trades/


Massachusetts

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Massachusetts offers a variety of license types for electrical craft professionals.

Board of State Examiners of Electricians

Reciprocity

Massachusetts has reciprocity agreements with New Hampshire for both master and journeyman licenses.

Reciprocity Applications

Contact

Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington St, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.727.9931
Fax: 617.727.9932
Email: Electricians.Board@state.ma.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Massachusetts offers a variety of license types for master and journeyman plumbers and gasfitters.

Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters

Reciprocity

Massachusetts will recognize another state’s license if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  1. Submit a completed application and the appropriate fee to the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gasfitters with documentation to demonstrate that the out-of-state license has been active for at least three years immediately preceding the date of application and documentation from the issuing jurisdiction that the requirements for obtaining and maintaining the license are substantially equivalent to the requirements in Massachusetts.
  2. Submit a statement certified by the Keeper of Records of the issuing jurisdiction that the license is current, in good standing and that there is no pending disciplinary action relating to the license.

Contact

Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington St, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.727.9932
Fax: 617.727.6095
Email: ann.m.deruosi@state.ma.us


Michigan

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Michigan has licensing for electricians. In order to perform electrical wiring in Michigan, a person must be a licensed electrician or a registered electrical apprentice. Licensing is managed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Bureau of Construction Codes.

Electrician Licensing Guide

Reciprocity

Michigan does have any reciprocal agreements with any other states for electricians. Electrical licenses are only granted to applicants after passing an electrical examination and payment of the licensing fee.

Contact

Bureau of Construction Codes, Electrical Division
PO Box 30254
Lansing, MI  48909
Phone: 517.241.9320
Email: bccelec@michigan.gov
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Michigan licenses journeyman and master plumbers and gasfitters, as well as contractors. Licensing is managed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Bureau of Construction Codes.

Michigan Plumbing Licensing Information

Reciprocity

A person who is licensed as a journey or master plumber in another state or country may qualify for examination upon determination by the Bureau of Construction Codes that the license was obtained by the person through equivalent requirements as those of Michigan.

Contact

Bureau of Construction Codes, Plumbing Division
PO Box 30254
Lansing, MI  48909
Phone: 517.241.9330
Email: bccplbg@michigan.gov
Website: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/


Minnesota

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Minnesota licenses apprentice, journeyman and master electricians, as well as electrical contractors through the Department of Labor and Industry. 

Minnesota Electrical Licensing of Persons and Contractors

Reciprocity

Applicants may obtain a Minnesota journeyman electrician license without examination if they obtained their journeyman electrician license by examination in any of the following states:  

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming.

Reciprocity Information

Contact

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 800.342.5354
Website: http://www.dli.mn.gov/CCLD/ElectricalContact.asp


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Minnesota licenses apprentice, journeyman and master plumbers, as well as plumbing contractors through the Department of Labor and Industry. 

Minnesota Licensing of Plumbers and Contractors

Reciprocity

Plumbers licensed in North Dakota or South Dakota who wish to become licensed in Minnesota by reciprocal agreement must contact their state plumbing board to receive a Certificate of State Endorsement.

Plumbing Reciprocity

Contact

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Department
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
800-657-3944
Website: http://www.dli.mn.gov/Ccld.asp


Mississippi

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Mississippi licenses electrical contractors but does not require licensing of journeyman electricians. Check with the local county or municipal authorities for specific licensing requirements of craft professionals.

License Application Forms

Reciprocity

Mississippi has entered into reciprocal agreements with the following licensing boards:

  • Alabama General Contractors Board
  • Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors
  • Alabama Electrical Board
  • Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors – Electrical excluded unless exam taken in Louisiana
  • North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board
  • South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board – Master electrician exams only.
  • Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractors

Click here for more information on Mississippi’s reciprocal agreements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Mississippi Board of Contractors
2679 Crane Ridge Dr., Suite C
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 800.880.6161
Email: info@msboc.us
Website: http://www.msboc.us/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Mississippi licenses plumbing contractors but does not require licensing of journeyman plumbers. Check with the local county or municipal authorities for specific licensing requirements of craft professionals.

License Application Forms

Reciprocity

Mississippi has entered into reciprocal agreements with the following licensing boards:

  • Alabama Board of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors
  • Alabama Electrical Board
  • Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
  • Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors
  • North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board
  • South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board
  • Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractors

Click here for more information on Mississippi’s reciprocal agreements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Mississippi Board of Contractors
2679 Crane Ridge Dr., Suite C
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: 800.880.6161
Email: info@msboc.us
Website: http://www.msboc.us/


Missouri

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Missouri does not require electricians or contractors to be licensed on the state level, but some local governments require certain educational requirements or a certification of work to be done by a journeyman electrician. An electrician or electrical contractor working in Missouri must check with the county government in the area in which they are working to find out the local requirements.

Reciprocity

Missouri does not have any state-wide reciprocal agreements for electricians.

Contact

Missouri Division of Professional Registration
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
Phone: 573.751.0293 
Email: profreg@pr.mo.gov
Website: http://pr.mo.gov/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Missouri has state statutes pertaining to Plumbers, but licensing is at the discretion of county and local municipal authorities. Check with appropriate jurisdiction authorities.

Reciprocity

Missouri does not have any state-wide reciprocal agreements for plumbers or gasfitters. Local governments may reciprocate with other local licensing authorities or possibly out of state license holders.


Montana

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Montana offers state licensing of residential, journeyman, master and electrical contractors. For details on each licensing type, please visit Montana's Electrical Board website.

Reciprocity

Montana reciprocates residential and journeyman licenses with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Montana does not have master electrician licensing reciprocity.  The only way to obtain a master license is via examination.

Contact

Montana State Electrical Board
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Fax: 406.841.2305
E-mail: dlibsdele@mt.gov
Website: www.electrician.mt.gov


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Montana licenses journeyman and master plumbers. To qualify to sit for the examination for a journeyman license, you must have five years of experience in plumbing or completion of an approved apprenticeship program. To qualify to sit for the examination for a master license, you must have four years of experience as a licensed journeyman plumber with three of those years either working for a master plumber or in a supervisory capacity. Complete licensure requirements can be found by reviewing the Statutes and Rules under the Regulations Tab on the Montana Board of Plumber’s website.

Reciprocity

Montana reciprocates journeyman licenses with the following states:

  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota.

Montana does not have master electrician licensing reciprocity.  The only way to obtain a master license is via examination.

Contact

Board of Plumbers
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Fax: 406.841.2305
E-mail: dlibsdplu@mt.gov
Website: www.plumber.mt.gov


Nebraska

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Nebraska licenses journeyman and master electricians. For details, use the link to visit the

Nebraska Electrical Division’s website.

Reciprocity

The Nebraska State Electrical Board has reciprocal licensing agreements for journeyman electricians the following states: (The applicant must have passed a state examination in order for the license to reciprocate to another state.)

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota*
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota*
  • Washington
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

* The Nebraska State Electrical Division reciprocates with these states for electrical contractor licenses. All other states are for journeyman licensing ONLY.

Application for Reciprocal License

Contact

State Electrical Division Staff Contacts
521 South 14th Street, Suite 400
PO Box 95066
Lincoln, NE 68508-2707
Phone: 402.471.3550
Fax: 402.471.4297
Website: http://www.electrical.state.ne.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Plumbers are not currently regulated by the state of Nebraska. However, contractors need to register to do business in Nebraska. A contractor is any person who engages in the business of construction and includes subcontractors, general contractors, and any other person arranging for the performance of work on real property.

Reciprocity

Licensing reciprocity is at the discretion of each local municipal or county authority. Local municipalities of Nebraska have adopted the International Plumbing Code established by the International Code Council. Contact the appropriate authorities where work is to be performed.


Nevada

Electrical Licensing Requirements

Nevada does not license electricians, but electrical contractors need to be licensed by the State Contractors Board. Contact the local authorities where work is to be performed for local licensing requirements.

Reciprocity

Nevada has reciprocity agreements with the following states for trade examinations only:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Utah

All other information and application requirements must be completed.

Reciprocity Statement

Contact

Northern Nevada
9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: 775.688.1141
Fax: 775.688.1271
Website: http://www.nvcontractorsboard.com

Southern Nevada
2310 Corporate Circle, Ste 200
Henderson, NV 89074
Phone: 702.486-1100
Fax:  702.486.1190


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Nevada does not license plumbers or gasfitters, but contractors need to be licensed by the State Contractors Board. Contact the local authorities where work is to be performed for local licensing requirements.

Reciprocity

Nevada has reciprocity agreements with the following states for trade examinations only:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Utah

All other information and application requirements must be completed.

Reciprocity Statement

Contact

Northern Nevada
9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: 775.688.1141
Fax: 775.688.1271
Website: http://www.nvcontractorsboard.com

Southern Nevada
2310 Corporate Circle, Ste 200
Henderson, NV 89074
Phone: 702.486.1100
Fax:  702.486.1190


New Hampshire

Electrical Licensing Requirements

New Hampshire licenses master, journeyman and high/medium voltage electricians. The Electricians' Board registers apprentice electricians and high/medium voltage trainees.

Electricians' Board Licensing Requirements

Reciprocity

New Hampshire has journeyman license reciprocity with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Maine*
  • Massachusetts*
  • North Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont*
  • Wyoming

*Reciprocity with these states must include a certified statement for master or journey electricians.

Reciprocity Application and Statement Form

Contact

New Hampshire Electricians' Board
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603.271.2219
Fax: 603.271.7928
Email: pamela.olin@nh.gov
Website: http://www.nh.gov/jtboard/electricians.htm


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

New Hampshire licenses master, journeyman and apprentice plumbers, as well as gas trainees and fitters.

Gasfitter and Plumber Licensing

Reciprocity

New Hampshire has plumbing reciprocity with the following states:

  • Maine
  • Vermont

Contact

State Building Code Review Board
Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Email: mechanicalinfo@dos.nh.gov


New Jersey

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

New Jersey licenses and regulates contractors and craft professionals in the electrical trades.

Reciprocity

New Jersey does not have reciprocity agreements with any other state.

Contact

Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
P.O. Box 45006
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: 973.504.6410
Website: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/elec/Pages/default.aspx


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

New Jersey licenses medical gas installers and master plumbers. Journeyman and apprentices are registered through the Board of Examiners.

Reciprocity

New Jersey does not have reciprocity agreements with any other state.

Contact

State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers
P.O. Box 450008
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Phone: 973.504.6420
Email: askconsumeraffairs@dca.lps.state.nj.us
Website: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/plu


New Mexico

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

New Mexico licenses contractors and journeyman electricians for performing any electrical work in the state.

Apply For a License or Permit

PSI Licensing Exam Portal

Reciprocity

New Mexico does not have electrical licensing reciprocity agreements with other states.

Contact

Construction Industries Division
Regulation and Licensing Department
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.476.4700
Email: rldcid@state.nm.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

New Mexico licenses contractors and journeyman plumbers for performing any plumbing work in the state.

Mechanical & Plumbing Overview

PSI Licensing Exam Portal

Reciprocity

New Mexico does not have plumbing/gasfitting licensing reciprocity agreements with other states.

Contact

Construction Industries Division
Regulation and Licensing Department
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.476.4700
Email: rldcid@state.nm.us


New York

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

New York does not license journeyman electricians. For New York electrician licensing information, visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/development/license_electrician.shtml.

There is a limited master electrician waiver of local jurisdiction for individuals licensed prior to 1993. For more information, visit http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/alarminstall/mastelectwaiver.html.

Reciprocity

New York does not have state reciprocity. Check with local authorities where work is to be performed for reciprocity agreements or exam waivers.

Contact

NY Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Phone: 518.474.4429, Licensing Information: 212.417.5747
Fax: 518.473.6648


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

New York plumbing license requirements are set locally and not by the state. To get your plumbing license in New York, contact the town, city and/or county where you would like to work as a plumber to find out the requirements.

New York Plumbing code

Reciprocity

New York does not have state reciprocity. Check with local authorities where work is to be performed for reciprocity agreements or exam waivers.

Contact

NY Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
Phone: 518.474.4429, Licensing Information: 212.417.5747
Fax: 518.473.6648


North Carolina

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

North Carolina only licenses electrical contractors and offers 10 categories of licensing. North Carolina does not require the licensing of journeyman electricians.

North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors – Reciprocity

Reciprocity

North Carolina has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Contact

NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
PO Box 18727
Raleigh, NC 27619-8727
Phone: 919.733.9042, Licensing Department: 919.715.7604
Fax: 800.691.8399
Website: http://www.ncbeec.org/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

North Carolina only licenses plumbing contractors. North Carolina does not require the licensing of journeyman plumbers.

Reciprocity

North Carolina does not offer reciprocity for plumbing contractor licenses.

Contacts

State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
1109 Dresser Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919.875.3612
Fax: 919.875.3616
Email: information@nclicensing.org
Website: http://www.nclicensing.org/


 

North Dakota

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

North Dakota licenses and regulates all electrical contractors and electrical craft professionals.

Reciprocity

North Dakota is part of a Multi-State Reciprocal Licensing Group. The reciprocal licensing agreement applies to master and journeyman electricians as follows:

Master/Journey License:

  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota

Journeyman License:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Contact

1929 N. Washington Street, Suite A-1
Bismarck, ND 58507-7335
Phone: 701.328.9522
Fax: 701.328.9524
Website: https://www.ndseb.com/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Any person performing plumbing in North Dakota must be licensed with the North Dakota State Plumbing Board, including apprentices, journeyman and master plumbers.

Reciprocity

North Dakota has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • South Dakota.

Additional reciprocity may exist depending on individual state requirements.

North Dakota State Plumbing Board – Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

North Dakota State Plumbing Board
1110 College Drive Suite 210
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701.328.9977
Fax: 701.328.9979
Website: http://ndplumbingboard.com/


Ohio

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Ohio does not license journeyman electricians, but it does require a mandatory state electrical license for contractors in commercial work. The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board administers a test for electrical contractors. Some local jurisdictions may offer a journeyman license or registration. No localities may subsequently require any restriction other than registration from practicing electrical contracting in that locality.

Ohio Electrical Licensing Qualification Process

Reciprocity

Ohio has varying degrees of reciprocal agreements with the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Contact

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (OCILB)
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009
Phone: 614.644.3493


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Ohio does not license journeyman plumbers, but it does require a mandatory state plumbing license for contractors in commercial work. The Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board administers a test for plumbing contractors. Some local jurisdictions may offer a journeyman license or registration. No localities may subsequently require any restriction other than registration from practicing plumbing contracting in that locality.

Ohio Plumbing Contractor Licensing Qualification Process

Reciprocity

Ohio has varying degrees of reciprocal agreements with the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

Contact

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Industrial Compliance and Labor
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-9009
Phone: 614.644.3493


Oklahoma

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Oklahoma does require licensing for journeyman and electrical contractors.

Oklahoma Electrical Information and Forms

Reciprocity

Oklahoma has reciprocal agreements with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Wyoming

Contact

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd St, Suite 2F
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405.521.6550
Toll Free: 877.484.4424
Fax: 405.521.6525


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Oklahoma does require the licensing of journeyman and plumbing contractors.

Oklahoma Plumbing Information and Forms

Reciprocity

Oklahoma has reciprocal agreements with states to varying degrees. For more information, see Oklahoma Plumbing Reciprocity Law.

Contact

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd St, Suite 2F
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405.521.6550
Toll Free: 877.484.4424
Fax: 405.521.6525


Oregon

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Oregon offers a variety of Journeyman license categories depending on the nature and scope of work being performed.  Visit the state website for details on all licensing requirements: Journeyman Electrician License Reciprocity

Reciprocity

Oregon has electrical licensing reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

Oregon Electrical Licensing Directory

Contact

BCD-Electrical
PO BOX 14470
DCBS - Building Codes Division
Salem, OR 97309
Phone: 503.373.1268
Email: License.BCD@state.or.us


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

In Oregon, a journeyman plumber may perform all plumbing installations, alterations or remodels. A journeyman plumber has completed an approved apprenticeship training program or equivalent training/experience and has passed the State Plumbing Board plumbing license examination.

Oregon Journeyman Plumber License

Reciprocity

Oregon has plumbing/gasfitter reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Idaho
  • Montana

Journeyman Plumbing License Reciprocity

Contact

BCD-Plumbing
PO BOX 14470
DCBS - Building Codes Division
Salem, OR 97309
Phone: 503.373.1268
Email: License.BCD@state.or.us


Pennsylvania

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Pennsylvania does not have state-wide licensing requirements for electrical craft professionals or contractors. Licensing requirements are a function of local county or municipal government.

Some of Pennsylvania’s municipalities have established local licensure or certification requirements for contractors or construction trades people. Typically, these requirements pertain to home improvement contractors, electrical contractors and plumbing contractors. Since Pennsylvania has no jurisdiction in this matter, the Department maintains no records concerning municipalities that have established licensure or certification requirements. This information can only be obtained by contacting the municipality where construction work will occur.

State of Pennsylvania Website


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Pennsylvania does not presently regulate or license plumbing contractors, journeyman or apprentices.

In 2015, an effort is underway to introduce a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to regulate the plumbing trades through the Department of Labor and Industry. The proposed legislation will allow the existing plumbing licensing programs in Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties to continue.


Rhode Island

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Rhode Island requires the licensing of contractors and craft professionals who perform any type of electrical work in the state. Rhode Island hosts a number of electrical license types including contractor, journeyman and sign electrician. For details on test type, dates/times, application form, etc. please visit the Rhode Island Department of Labor website.

Reciprocity

Rhode Island does not offer direct reciprocity for out-of-state electrical licenses.

For a full listing of all state license types and associated reciprocity, please visit this webpage: Rhode Island Licensed Occupations

Contact

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Professional Regulations
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401.462.8580
Fax 401.462.8528


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Rhode Island requires the licensing of contractors and craft professionals who perform any type of plumbing or irrigation work in the state.

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training -Plumber

Reciprocity

Rhode Island does not offer direct reciprocity for out of state plumbing licenses.

For a full listing of all state license types and associated reciprocity, please visit this webpage: Rhode Island Licensed Occupations

Contact

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Professional Regulations
Center General Complex
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401.462.8580
Fax 401.462.8528


South Carolina

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

South Carolina regulates the licensing of electrical contractors, but there is no state-required licensing of journeyman electricians. Craft licensing is at the discretion of local units of municipal or county government. The Municipal Association of South Carolina (a non-government entity) offers information on local licensing and trade exams.

Municipal Association of South Carolina - Trades Certification

Reciprocity

South Carolina offers reciprocity for contractor licenses only and with certain states and local governments, including the following:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Reading, Pennsylvania (city only)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Contact local authorities where work is to be performed for reciprocity details, if any.

South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board - License by Waiver

Contact

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211
Phone: 803.896.4300
Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

South Carolina regulates the licensing of plumbing contractors, but there is no state-required licensing of journeyman plumbers. Craft licensing is at the discretion of local units of municipal or county government. The Municipal Association of South Carolina (a non-government entity) offers information on local licensing and trade exams.

Municipal Association of South Carolina - Trades Certification

Reciprocity

South Carolina offers reciprocity for contractor licenses only and with certain states and local governments, including the following:

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Reading, Pennsylvania (city only)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Contact local authorities where work is to be performed for reciprocity details, if any.

South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board - License by Waiver

Contact

State Contractor Licensing Only:
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211
Phone: 803.896.4300
Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/


South Dakota

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

The South Dakota Electrical Commission regulates and authorizes a variety of electrical license types.

Reciprocity

South Dakota has reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Journeyman Only:
    • Alaska
    • Arkansas
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • New Hampshire
    • New Mexico
    • Oklahoma
    • Texas
    • Utah
  • Journeyman and Electrical Contractor:
    • Iowa
    • Minnesota
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Wyoming

South Dakota Electrical Commission Reciprocal Agreements

Contact

South Dakota Electrical Commission
Department of Labor and Regulation
308 S. Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 800.233.7765 or 605.773.3573
Fax: 605.773.6213
Website: https://dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/electric/default.aspx


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

South Dakota regulates and licenses plumbing contractors, journeyman and apprentices.

Licensing Requirements

Reciprocity

You may be registered as a plumber in South Dakota without taking an examination if:

  • You pay the required fee.
  • You hold a license from another state that the Commission determines is equivalent to a South Dakota license.

Contact the Commission at 605.773.3429 for more information.

Contact

South Dakota Plumbing Commission
308 S. Pierre Street
c/o 1320 E. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.3429
Fax: 605.773.5405
Website: http://dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/plumbing/default.aspx


Tennessee

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Tennessee has Limited Licensed Electricians and contractor licensing. For more information, visit the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s website.

Reciprocity

Tennessee has reciprocal agreements for trade examination waiver only with the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina

Electricians cannot operate in Tennessee with another state's license. Tennessee also accepts the NASCLA National Commercial exam. Contractors with licenses from the above states must still take the Tennessee Business and Law exam and complete all application requirements prior to being licensed in Tennessee.

Contact

500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243-0565
Phone: 615.741.2241


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Tennessee has Limited License Plumbers and contractor licensing. For more information, visit the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s website.

Reciprocity

Tennessee has reciprocal agreements for trade examination waiver only with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia (commercial)
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina (residential and commercial only)
  • Ohio (electrical and mechanical)
  • South Carolina

Plumbers cannot operate in Tennessee with another state's license. The other state's trade exam scores are accepted if the plumber is currently licensed as a contractor by a contractor's board.

Contact

500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243-0565
615.741.2241


Texas

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Texas regulates and licenses both electrical contractors and electrical craft professionals at the journeyman and master electrician level. While local municipalities and counties may require a license and/or fee to perform work, they cannot require an examination in addition to the state electrician examination.

Electrician Licensing Information

Reciprocity

Texas offers reciprocity for master electricians with Louisiana (state contractor’s license) and North Carolina (master electrician or unlimited electrical contractor). 

Reciprocity exists for journeyman electricians with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Reciprocity Information

Electrical Safety and Licensing - FAQ's

Contacts

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Phone: 800.803.9202
Fax: 512.463.9468
Email: CS.Electricians@tdlr.texas.gov
Website: http://www.tdlr.texas.gov/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Texas regulates and licenses plumbers and gasfitters.

Texas Board of Plumbing Examiners – Applications and Forms

Reciprocity

The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners considers reciprocity on an individual basis. If licensed in another state, the applicant must submit a letter on official letterhead from that state’s licensing authority stating that the individual has a valid journeyman or master plumber license. The letter must also include the length of time the license has been held, whether or not the license is renewable and whether or not the person has any complaints or disciplinary actions against them in that jurisdiction.

Contact

Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
P.O. Box 4200
Austin, Texas 78765-4200
Phone: 512.936.5200
Fax: 512.450.0637
Website: http://www.tsbpe.state.tx.us


Utah

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Utah requires electricians of various types to be licensed in order to perform work in the state. For more information, visit the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s Electrical website.

Reciprocity

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will reciprocate only specific, active contractor license classifications from the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina

Reciprocity Statement

Contact

160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.530.6628
Fax: 801.530.6511
Electronic Contact Form


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Utah requires electricians of various types to be licensed in order to perform work in the state. For more information, visit the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing’s Plumbing website.

Reciprocity

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will reciprocate only specific, active contractor license classifications from the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina

Reciprocity Statement

Contact

160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: 801.530.6628
Fax: 801.530.6511
Electronic Contact Form


Vermont

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Vermont’s Department of Public Safety regulates the licensing of electricians at the master, journey and specialist level.  

Vermont Division of Fire Safety - Licensed Electricians

Reciprocity

Vermont has master and journeyman electrician reciprocity agreements with the following states:

  • Maine
  • New Hampshire

Reciprocity Link and Information

Contact

1311 U.S. Route 302, Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: 802.479.7561
Toll free: 800.640.2106
Fax: 802.479.7562
Staff Contact Information


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Vermont licenses master, journeyman and two classifications of specialty plumbing licensure.

Vermont Division of Fire Safety - Licensed Plumbers

Reciprocity

Vermont will recognize a master, journeyman or specialist plumber’s license issued in another state or municipality as long as the issuer maintains standards at least equivalent to those of Vermont.

Contact

1311 U.S. Route 302 - Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641
802.479.7561 or 800.640.2106
Fax: 802.479.7562
Staff Contact Information


Virginia

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

The Virginia Board for Contractors regulates individual craft professionals who engage in electrical work. The term "certified" is used, but state certification of electricians is mandatory.

Reciprocity

Virginia has various degrees of reciprocity with the following states:

  • Alabama – Reciprocal agreement for contractor licenses and master electrician examinations.
  • Kentucky – Reciprocal agreement for journey and master electrician licenses.
  • Louisiana – Reciprocal agreement for journeyman and master electricians.
  • North Carolina – Reciprocal agreement for various levels of electricians, including master and journeyman electricians, as well as contractor business licenses.
  • West Virginia – Reciprocal agreement for master electrician license examinations.

Virginia Board of Contractors - Reciprocity Information

Contact

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Fourth Floor
Richmond, VA 23233-1485
Email: tradesmen@dpor.virginia.gov
Website: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/ProfessionsAndOccupations/


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

The Virginia Board for Contractors regulates individual craft professionals who engage in plumbing work. The term "certified" is used, but state certification of plumbers is mandatory.

Reciprocity

Virginia has a reciprocal agreement with the Washington Suburban Sanity Commission for the examination of journeyman and master plumbers and gasfitters.

Contact

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Drive, Fourth Floor
Richmond, VA 23233-1485
Email: tradesmen@dpor.virginia.gov
Website: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/ProfessionsAndOccupations/


West Virginia

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

West Virginia regulates the licensure of electricians through the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

Electrical Licensing - West Virginia Fire Commission

Reciprocity

West Virginia has varying reciprocity arrangements with the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Virginia

Reciprocity Information

Contact

State Fire Marshall
1207 Quarrier St., (2nd Floor)
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304.558.2191


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

West Virginia requires the certification of plumbers. No plumber may perform or offer to perform plumbing work in West Virginia without a plumber certification issued by the West Virginia Division of Labor.

West Virginia Division of Labor Plumber Certification

Reciprocity

West Virginia does have reciprocity agreements for plumbing certifications with any other state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

West Virginia Division of Labor
Phone: 304.356.3928
Email: licensing@wv.gov
Staff Contact Page


Wisconsin

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Wisconsin regulates a variety of electrical licensing categories for anyone wishing to perform electrical contracting and electrical work. Visit the state website for all conditions and categories of licensure by clicking here.

Reciprocity

Wisconsin does have electrical licensing reciprocity agreements with any other state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: 608.266.2112
Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Wisconsin regulates a variety of plumbing licensing categories for anyone wishing to perform plumbing contracting and plumbing work. Visit the state website for all conditions and categories of licensure by clicking here.

Reciprocity

Wisconsin does have plumbing/gasfitting licensing reciprocity agreements with any other state.

Contact

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: 608.266.2112
Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov


Wyoming

State Electrical Licensing Requirements

Wyoming licenses various electricians, including journeyman, master and appreciate electricians.

License and Exam Applications

Reciprocity

Wyoming has reciprocity agreements for journeyman electricians with the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah 

Wyoming reciprocates master electrician licensing in the following states: 

  • Idaho
  • South Dakota
  • Utah

Reciprocal Information and Application

Contact

Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
320 West 25th St. 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307.777.7288
Fax: 307.777.7119
Individual Contacts and Email Information


State Plumbing/Gasfitters Requirements

Wyoming does not currently license plumbers. The authority to license plumbers is deferred to local government authorities. Please check with the county or municipality where work is to be performed.


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