How to Become an Electrician in Arizona, AZ

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In most states, including Arizona, a license is required to work as an electrician. There are 3 electrician licenses options in Arizona:

In Arizona there is not a state wide Journeyman license. All of the above are contractor licenses.

Arizona Residential Electrician (C-11) License

A C-11 residential electrician is allowed both to install and repair electrical systems.

We will give you a small overview of the process you will have to go through, in order to obtain a C-11 license, but you should read carefully the detailed instructions too. We can offer some quotes from these instructions and a few more links, which you will need.

- First of all, you need to fill the following requirements, before applying for a residential electrician (C-11) contractor license.

  • Have at least 4 years of experience (as a journeyman or higher).
  • Verified participation in at least 7 new projects and 8 maintenance projects.
  • 4 years of W-2 ‘s.

- In order to acquire an Arizona state license for a residential electrician, you will need to form a business entity.

  • You will need a company name, so one of the first things to do, is to check with Registrar of Contractors (ROC) for the availability or not of your chosen name.
  • After it is approved by ROC you will have to check also with either the Arizona Corporation Commission (for Corporations and LLC’s) or the Secretary of State (for Partnerships) depending on the type of the business entity you want to own.
  • Either the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Secretary of State will guide you through the process of forming the entity of your choice.

- After you create a business entity, you will have to Obtain Transaction Privilege Tax Number (TPT) from the Arizona Department of Revenue and the Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

- Then you will need to acquire the appropriate bond (please read the FAQ on this link, for more detailed information on the required bonds).

- You will need to pass 2 exams, one is a Business Management exam and the other is a Trade exam. Note that you will have to pass these two exams, before you apply for the contractor’s license.

- You will have to study hard and be totally prepared before you apply for the exams, because three subsequent fails to pass, can result in having to wait 180 days or more, before you will be able to participate again.

- For the Business Management exam, take note of the following:

  • It consists of 80 questions and the time allowed is 180 minutes. You will need 70% or more correct answers to pass.
  • The required material you will have to study for the test are presented at pages 4 and 5. Also, there you can find sample questions and more.
  • The price of the exams.

- For the Trade exam (for C-11) you can find all the references you will need here.

- The prices of the exams are noted here.

- Fill this application to apply for the license, according to these instructions and the more detailed ones here.

- A renewal is required every 2 years, according to the table of fees.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the California State Contractor’s Board, the Nevada State License Board, and the Utah State License Board. Arizona does not accept licenses issued by other states. More on Arizona Registrar of Contractors license reciprocity.

Finally, don’t forget to check Electrician Jobs in Arizona.

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Arizona Commercial Electrician (L-11) License

Quote from Arizona Registrar of Contractors regarding the scope of business of a commercial electrician (L-11):

“Installation, alteration, and repair of any wiring, related electrical material and equipment used in the generating, transmitting, or utilization of electrical energy less than 600 volts, including all overhead electrical wiring on public right-of-ways for signs and street decorations, and all underground electrical distribution systems of less than 600 volts serving private properties.
Installation, alteration, and repair on other than public right-of-ways of all outside, overhead, and underground electrical construction and all wiring in or on any building of less than 600 volts.”

A L-11 commercial electrician is allowed both to install and repair electrical systems.

We will give you a small overview of the process you will have to go through, in order to obtain a L-11 license, but you should read carefully the detailed instructions too. We provide some quotes from these instructions and a few more links, which you will need.

- First of all, you need to fill the following requirements, before applying for a commercial electrician (L-11) contractor license.

  • Have at least 4 years of experience (as a journeyman or higher).
  • Verified participation in at least 7 new projects and 8 maintenance projects.
  • 4 years of W-2 ‘s

- In order to acquire an Arizona state license for a commercial electrician, you will need to form a business entity.

  • You will need a company name, so one of the first things to do, is to check with Registrar of Contractors (ROC) for the availability or not of your chosen name.
  • After it is approved by ROC you will have to check also with either the Arizona Corporation Commission (for Corporations and LLC’s) or the Secretary of State (for Partnerships) depending on the type of the business entity you want to own.
  • Either the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Secretary of State will guide you through the process of forming the entity of your choice.

- After you create a business entity, you will have to Obtain Transaction Privilege Tax Number (TPT) from the Arizona Department of Revenue and the Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

- Then you will need to acquire the appropriate bond.

- You will need to pass 2 exams, one is a Business Management exam and the other is a Trade exam. Note that you will have to pass these two exams, before you apply for the contractor’s license.

- You will have to study hard and be totally prepared before you apply for the exams, because three subsequent fails to pass, can result in having to wait 180 days or more, before you will be able to participate again.

- For the Business Management exam, take note of the following:

  • It consists of 80 questions and the time allowed is 180 minutes. You will need 70% or more correct answers to pass.
  • The required material you will have to study for the test are presented at pages 4 and 5. Also, there you can find sample questions and more.
  • The price of the exams

- For the Trade exam (for L-11) you can find all the references you will need here.

- The prices of the exams are noted here.

- Fill this application to apply for the license, according to these instructions and the more detailed ones here.

- A renewal is required every 2 years, according to the table of fees.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the California State Contractor’s Board, the Nevada State License Board, and the Utah State License Board. Arizona does not accept licenses issued by other states. More on Arizona Registrar of Contractors license reciprocity.

Finally, don’t forget to check Electrician Jobs in Arizona.

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Arizona Electrical (K-11) License

An electrical (K-11) is allowed to do the work of a residential electrician (C-11) (link to C-11) and the work of a commercial electrician (L-11) (link to L-11).

We will give you a small overview of the process you will have to go through, in order to obtain a K-11 license, but you should read carefully the detailed instructions too. We can offer some quotes from these instructions and a few more links, which you will need.

First of all, you need to fill the following requirements, before applying to be an electrical (K-11) contractor license.

  • Have at least 4 years of experience (as a journeyman or higher).
  • Verified participation in at least 7 new projects and 8 maintenance projects.
  • 4 years of W-2 ‘s

- In order to acquire an Arizona state license as an electrical, you will need to form a business entity.

  • You will need a company name, so one of the first things to do, is to check with Registrar of Contractors (ROC) for the availability or not of your chosen name.
  • After it is approved by ROC you will have to check also with either the Arizona Corporation Commission (for Corporations and LLC’s) or the Secretary of State (for Partnerships) depending on the type of the business entity you want to own.
  • Either the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Secretary of State will guide you through the process of forming the entity of your choice.

- After you create a business entity, you will have to Obtain Transaction Privilege Tax Number (TPT) from the Arizona Department of Revenue and the Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

- Then you will need to acquire the appropriate bond.

- You will need to pass 2 exams, one is a Business Management exam and the other is a Trade exam. Note that you will have to pass these two exams, before you apply for the contractor’s license.

- You will have to study hard and be totally prepared before you apply for the exams, because three subsequent fails to pass, can result in having to wait 180 days or more, before you will be able to participate again.

For the Business Management exam, take note of the following:

  • It consists of 80 questions and the time allowed is 180 minutes. You will need 70% or more correct answers to pass.
  • The required material you will have to study for the test are presented at pages 4 and 5. Also, there you can find sample questions and more.
  • The price of the exams

- For the Trade exam (for K-11) you can find all the references you will need here (Notice that although it writes “L-11” the link is the same for L-11 and K-11, but feel free to do your own research too).

- The prices of the exams are noted here.

- Fill this application to apply for the license, according to these instructions and the more detailed ones here.

- A renewal is required every 2 years, according to the table of fees.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the California State Contractor’s Board, the Nevada State License Board, and the Utah State License Board. Arizona does not accept licenses issued by other states. More on Arizona Registrar of Contractors license reciprocity.

Finally, don’t forget to check Electrician Jobs in Arizona.

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The above apply for the following largest cities (among others):
PhoenixTucsonMesaChandlerGlendale
ScottsdaleGilbertTempePeoriaSurprise
YumaAvondaleFlagstaffGoodyearLake Havasu City
BuckeyeCasa GrandeSierra VistaMaricopaOro Valley

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