Electrical Regulations by State - Montana

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CODE

Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code.

ENFORCEMENT

All electrical installations are required to be inspected except maintenance of electrical wiring, circuits, etc., by any business as part of its plant operation.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and electricians must be licensed by the State Electrical Board. Types of licenses issued and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor (Unlimited and Limited)

An applicant must provide proof of compliance with workers compensation and unemployment laws, and must identify a full-time Montana licensed journeyman or master electrician for all work done in Montana.

Master Electrician

Applicant must present evidence of five years experience in planning, laying out, and supervising of electrical construction beyond journeyman status, and must pass a written examination. The practical experience requirement for an electrical engineer graduate of an accredited college or university is one year. For a graduate of an approved two-year curriculum electrical trade school, the practical experience requirement is four years.

Journeyman Electrician

Applicant must present evidence of completion of a four-year apprenticeship in electrical construction work or four years of practical experience in electrical construction work which may consist of no more than two years in residential electrical construction, and must pass a written examination.

Residential Electrician

Applicant must furnish evidence of two years (4000 hours) apprenticeship in the electrical trade or two years practical experience in electrical construction work, and must pass a written examination.

Apprentice

a person registered with the Montana Department of Labor may work as an apprentice under the direct supervision of a journeyman or master electrician. Exemptions – A, B (cities and public utilities), C, I, J.

FeesApplication*TempEndorsement**Initial LicenseRenewal
Electrical Contractor (Unlimited) N/A N/A N/A $250.00*** $250.00/2yr***
Electrical Contractor (Limited) N/A N/A N/A $100.00*** $100.00/2yr***
Journeyman Electrician $120.00 $20.00 $145.00 N/A $70.00
Master Electrician $120.00 $20.00 N/A N/A $70.00
Residential Electrician $120.00 $20.00 $145.00 N/A $70.00

*Includes initial License fee.

**Includes Application fee and Temp fee.

***License expires July 15th of even years.

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