Master Electrician's License
General Info - Statewide License
The Master Electrician's license is the only category of license issued by the state of Maryland.
For many counties in the State, the Master Electrician's license is a prerequisite to obtaining the county electrical license. Many of the local jurisdictions issue additional categories of electrical licenses. All of these licenses are LESSER than a master electrician. For example some jurisdictions may issue a "general electrician", "limited electrician", or "low voltage" license. If you want to obtain a lesser license than a master electrician’s license, contact the local jurisdiction where you want to work and determine if they offer a lesser license and the qualifications. Not all jurisdictions offer a lesser license. In those jurisdictions that do not, an individual would need a master electrician’s license to perform any electrical work.
Obtaining the License
Ready to get your license? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents
In order to qualify to take the examination for a master electrician's license, the applicant must have been engaged or employed regularly and principally in providing electrical services for all types of electrical equipment and apparatus for at least seven years under the direction and supervision of a master electrician or a similarly qualified employee of a governmental unit.
The State Board may allow an applicant up to three years of credit toward the required experience with proof that the applicant has completed a formal course of study or professional training in electrical installation comparable to the required experience. An applicant must pass the examination with a score of at least 70%.
Maryland has reciprocal licensing agreements with Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are licensed in one of these three states and meet the other minimum qualifications, you do not need to take an exam to be licensed in Maryland. The qualifications to obtain a reciprocal license in Maryland are found. (Click here for more information)
Certificate of insurance proving $300,000 in general liability insurance and $100,000 in property damage insurance.
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Maintaining Your License
Renewal and maintenance -
Maintaining your License (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain License/stay in good standing)
Submit a renewal form and pay the required renewal fee. Additionally, the State Board of Master Electricians requires that 10 hours of continuing education be completed before renewing your license. Of those 10 hours, 5 can be taken online. You may find continuing education providers on the Board's website.
Why the License is required?
The State Board of Master Electricians licenses and regulates individuals who engage in the business of providing electrical services in the state of Maryland. Licensees are regulated under the provisions of Title 6, Business Occupations and Professions, Annotated Code of Maryland. The policy of the state is to regulate, throughout the state, those persons who provide electrical services or engage in the business of providing electrical services to safeguard the life, health, property, and public welfare of the citizens of the state. The Board does not investigate complaints; that function is the responsibility of the county or local subdivision. The Board may take disciplinary action against a person's state license if the person is reprimanded or the person's license is suspended or revoked by the local subdivision.
What laws and regulations give Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation the legal authority to issue this approval?
Title 6, Business Occupations and Professions, Annotated Code of Maryland, Code of Maryland Regulations, Subtitle 9.09.09