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Delaware electrician license:
Everything you need to know

The electrical industry offers a path to career success. As a licensed Delaware electrician, you have the opportunity to work for private companies and federal/state government agencies. The industry is expected to grow by 8% within the next few years. This Delaware electrical license guide contains everything you need to know about applying for a license and getting hired as an electrician.

Does Delaware require an electrical license?

A Delaware electrical license is required to perform any type of electrical work on commercial and residential properties.

What are the different types of electrical licenses in Delaware?

The different types of electrical licenses in Delaware are master electrician, master special electrician, limited electrician, journeyperson electrician, residential electrician, and apprentice electrician.

Master electricians maintain, repair, and install electrical systems in businesses, houses, factories, and other types of properties. Master electricians are authorized to supervise other electricians. Master electrician applicants must:

  • Pass a master electrician test.
  • Submit a signed and notarized application.
  • Pay the application processing fee ($172).
  • Have a minimum general liability coverage of $300,000.
  • Provide copies of licenses in other states.
  • Have at least 6 years of full-time employment as an electrician.

Master special electricians are authorized to install, repair, and maintain electrical systems in specialty areas. These areas include elevators, HVAC, pools, refrigeration, electric signs, and primary distribution centers.

  • Pass a master special electrician examination.
  • Submit a signed and notarized application.
  • Have at least $300,000 of general liability insurance.
  • Pay the application processing fee ($172).
  • Complete an electrician apprenticeship program.
  • Have at least 6 years of employment as an electrician.

Limited electricians are authorized to repair, install, and maintain electrical systems under the direction of a master electrician. Applicants must:

  • Pass an electrician examination.
  • Have at least three years of employment as an electrician.
  • Submit a signed and notarized application.
  • Have at least $300,000 of general liability insurance.
  • Pay the application fee ($99).

Journeyperson electricians perform a variety of electrical work under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician. Applicants must:

  • Pass an examination.
  • Submit a signed and notarized application.
  • Complete a Delaware electrician apprenticeship program.
  • Have a minimum of 8,000 hours of electrician experience.
  • Pay the application fee ($84).

Residential electricians perform electrical work on residential properties without supervision. Applicants must:

  • Complete at least 4,000 hours of electrical work.
  • Pass a residential electrician examination.
  • Submit a notarized and signed application.
  • Pay an application fee ($84).
  • Complete a residential apprenticeship program.

Apprentice electricians work on electrical systems under the direction of a master electrician. Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in an apprenticeship program.
  • Submit a notarized and signed form.
  • Pay an application fee ($69).

The Delaware Division of Professional Regulation issues electrician licenses. The average hourly pay rate for Delaware electricians is $25.07.

How to get an electrician license in Delaware

First, apply for a Delaware apprenticeship to begin your electrician career. After you enroll in an apprenticeship program, submit an application for an apprentice license. Once you have completed your apprenticeship training (4 – 6 years), apply for a residential or journeyperson license.

Electrician Apprenticeship Programs

Electrician unions and state agencies sponsor apprenticeship programs. Costs for apprenticeships vary depending on the program. If you enroll in a trade school or community college, expect to pay up to $10,000 for electrician training. Accredited schools generally offer financial aid.

Apprenticeship Program Prerequisites

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be able to perform electrician duties.

On-the-Job Experience

  • Attend training courses.
  • Assist with the maintenance and installation of electrical systems.
  • Inspect conductors, lighting, and cables.

Delaware Electrical License Information:


 administers Delaware electrician exams. Each exam costs $100. Applicants must score at least a 75% to pass.

Delaware Electrician Examination Content

  • Motors and Generators
  • Wiring Methods and Materials
  • OSHA Compliance and Safety
  • Project Management and Planning

Examination Study Resources

Electrician insurance in Delaware

Delaware electricians face many dangers, including building fires, electrical shocks, and burns. After you pass your electrician exam, you must provide proof of insurance coverage. Electrician licensees are required to have a minimum of $300,000 of general liability coverage.

Delaware companies hire electricians to repair and update grid lines. These repairs allow companies to use modern technology without overloading their electrical systems.

New electrical technology gives electricians the ability to service their customers efficiently. Electricians attend electrical industry trade shows to learn about best practices and tools.

Is my license only valid in Delaware?

Delaware has reciprocal license agreements with Michigan and Wyoming.

I already have a license but:

How often do I need to renew my electrician license in Delaware?

A Delaware electrical license expires on June 30 of even years. You must renew the license by the due date or pay a late renewal fee. Renewal fees are based on the date you received your license.