Electrical Certification

Overview of Electrical Certification & Re-certification

Electricians who engage in the connection of electrical devices of 100 volt-amps or more and work for licensed C-10 contractors in the State of California are required by law to be certified. Those employees who do not yet have the necessary hours of electrical work experience to sit for the certification exam must be registered apprentices or registered with the state as an Electrical Trainee. If you are a licensed C-10 contractor, then you do not have to be certified, but your employees do.

Learn more about certification by visiting the State of California website.

SSA Form
Certification Forms

With a few exceptions, your electricians with the requisite work experience must pass a computerized test administered by the state and become certified. Electrical Trainees must officially register with the state and are required to enroll in an approved school. Trainees must complete 150 hours of classroom training annually until they acquire the work hours to sit for the electrical certification exam. Apprentices, who attend school as a part of their training, are exempt from certification until they graduate.

Associated Builders and Contractors Southern California Chapter is an approved training provider for both apprenticeship and electrical trainees. ABC electrical apprentices and trainees receive comprehensive classroom training and are prepared to take this exam and obtain their certification.

Once certified, the state requires that electricians obtain 32 hours of continuing education in order to re-certify every three years. So, in addition to educating the newer apprentice or trainee, ABC offers classes which satisfy the continuing education requirements. Associated Builders and Contractors’ electrical program helps contractors fulfill certification requirements by providing apprenticeship and trainee programs which are approved by the State of California.

NEC Review Class for Certification Test Prep

ABC offers a 5 or 6 session, depending on the location, NEC Review for Electrical Certification test preparation class that has been very successful in helping journeymen pass their exam. Please see Continuing Education to register online. The State is currently testing with the 2017 NEC book.

For more information on how Associated Builders & Contractors can help you with Electrical Certification, call us at 714-779-3199. ABC can assist electrical contractors with all of their training needs.

Contact Information
Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Attn: Electrician Certification Unit
P.O. Box 511286
Los Angeles, CA 90051‐7841
Phone: 510-286-3900
Fax: 510-286-3917 Email: ECUINFO@dir.ca.gov

Important Information:
DIR – The (DLSE) Electrician certification program–Legislative …
Electrician Certification • Cal/OSHA – Safety & Health • Consultation … Legislative action and regulations. AB 931 • AB 1087 • AB 1346 • AB 1719 • SB 1038 …

Electrician Certification Renewal

ABC SoCal’s continuing education classes are accepted by the state towards meeting the 32 hours renewal requirement for Electrical Certification. All certified electricians must complete 32 hours of continuing education prior to their three year renewal date.

You may register for classes via the Calendar/registration, or email continuinged@abcsocal.net for assistance.

View the Continuing Education Page.