Kentucky Electrical License Requirements

As of June 24, 2003, provisions of House Bill 115 (Senate Committee Substitute 1) 94kb became effective, superseding the Owensboro-Daviess County electrical licensing program, which had been administered by the OMPC. The following information is taken from an informational brochure from the state agency that will administer Kentucky’s statewide electrical licensing program.


Kentucky Electrical License Requirements

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Electrical Licensing Department of Housing Buildings and Construction

101 Sea Hero Drive, Suite 100, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-2002
http://dhbc.ky.gov/bce/ei/el/Pages/default.aspx

WHAT LICENSE IS NECESSARY TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED AS AN ELECTRICIAN?

In order to contract with the public and pull permits, your business must be licensed as an Electrical Contractor. Each Electrical Contractor must employ at least one Master Electrician. Therefore, if you are running a one-person electrical business, you must obtain both an Electrical Contractor and a Master Electrician license.

Who is not required to be licensed?

  • Electrical Utilities and their employees
  • Maintenance workers doing routine maintenance
  • Homeowners or farmers working on their own property
  • Retailers installing appliances
  • Workers in coal mines or coal preparation plants
  • Workers installing or repairing low-voltage telecommunications systems
  • Manufacturers installing medical equipment

WHAT ARE THE GRANDFATHERING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE LICENSES?

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR

  • Two years verifiable experience as an electrical contractor.
  • Proof of $500,000 General liability insurance.
  • Proof of Worker’s Compensation insurance (if required).
  • Completed application form.
  • $200.00 application fee.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN

  • Six years verifiable experience as an electrician.
  • Completed application form.
  • $100.00 application fee.

ELECTRICIAN

  • Four years verifiable experience as an electrician.
  • Completed application form
  • $50.00 application fee.

APPLICATION FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE

What if I don’t qualify for grandfathering?
If you do not qualify for grandfathering as a master electrician or an electrician, then you do not meet the experience requirements for licensure. If you do not qualify for grandfathering as an electrical contractor, you may contact the Department for information on taking the test for an electrical contractor license.

PENALTIES
Performing electrical work without the required license is a crime. If you hold yourself out as an electrical contractor, master electrician or electrician without the proper license, you may be convicted of a misdemeanor and fined from $500.00 up to $5000.00 or sentenced to 10 to 180 days in jail.

WHEN DOES THIS TAKE EFFECT?
June 24, 2003

HOW DO I APPLY?
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY LICENSED AS AN ELECTRICIAN BY A KENTUCKY CITY OR COUNTY you will receive information in the mail which provides directions on how to convert your City or County license to a state license.

IF NOT go to: http://dhbc.ky.gov/bce/ei/el/Pages/default.aspx

Or contact:
Electrical Licensing
Department of Housing Buildings and Construction
101 Sea Hero Drive
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-0365

WHO NEEDS A LICENSE?
Anyone who will perform non-exempt electrical work without supervision by a licensed electrician or master electrician.

WHAT LICENSE IS NECESSARY?

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR
In order to contract with the Public to perform electrical work. Only Licensed Electrical Contractors may pull electrical permits.

MASTER ELECTRICIAN
Each Electrical Contractor must Employ at least one Master Electrician. Master Electricians are responsible for all electrical work performed under their supervision.

ELECTRICIAN
All electrical work must be performed by, or under the supervision of, a licensed Electrician or Master Electrician. In order to work Unsupervised, an electrical worker must be licensed as at least an Electrician.