License Minnesota

Master Electrician Class A

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI)

Agency contact information:

Labor and Industry (DLI), Minnesota Department of
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 284-5005 | (800) 342-5354 | (651) 297-4198 (TTY)
Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD)
Licensing and Certification Services
(651) 284-5034
Contact Info: Licensing and Certification Services

Website:

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The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards and workers' compensation programs and the Office of Combative Sports.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 326.242

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 3800.3520

Forms:

Instructions for the personal license and examination application

Personal Electrical License and Examination application

Licensing information and application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Labor and Industry (DLI) website, Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD), Electrical section at Personal power limited technician and electrical licensing.

Requirements:

Personal license experience and education requirements

Minn. Rules 3800.3520 EXAMINATION; MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE; EXPERIENCE ACCEPTABLE TO BOARD.

Subpart 1. Examination requirements. As a precondition to issuance of any class of individual electrical license, an applicant is required to pass an examination for the type of license sought, in accordance with Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 18.

Subp. 2. Minimum experience requirements. Except as otherwise provided for a master electrician license under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 1, clause (1) (a), for a B installer license under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 5, and for a power limited technician license under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 7, paragraph (b) (1), an applicant for an electrical license shall have acceptable experience, as defined by subpart 4, before examination for licensure under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 18.

Subp. 3. Maximum allowable credit under certain conditions. The maximum allowable electrical experience credit under the following conditions shall be as stated:

  • before age 17, none;
  • in foreign countries, 12 months;
  • acquired during the school term of a department-approved two-year, post high-school electrical course and other department-approved courses requiring attendance on a full-time daily basis, none; and
  • experience for a power limited technician only, acquired during the school term of department-approved part-time or night school courses, no restriction.

Subp. 4. Acceptable experience for certain categories in certain situations. Experience in the categories of planning for the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power; laying out for the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power; supervising the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power; and wiring and installing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power is acceptable in the situations described in items A to E.

  • Experience while in the employ of a contractor licensed under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, subd. 14.
  • Experience while working in Minnesota for an employer who is not required to be licensed as a contractor, if the work is inspected under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, and done under the supervision of a properly licensed electrician.
  • Experience while performing electrical work in Minnesota for an employer who is exempt from licensing when the work is exempt from inspection under Minn. Stat. § 326B.33, or when the work is performed on federal property by a federal employee, if the department has determined in either situation that the experience is substantially equal to that acquired in performing work while in the employ of a licensed contractor. The determination shall be made after a personal inspection by not less than two department representatives on the premises where the applicable work was performed.
  • Experience while performing electrical work outside of Minnesota, which the department has determined is substantially equivalent to the work performed while in the employ of a licensed contractor in Minnesota. This determination must be based on a certification by the employer for the type of work performed.
  • Experience while performing electrical work in the armed forces of the United States which the department has determined is substantially equivalent to work performed while in the employ of a licensed contractor in Minnesota. This determination shall be based on a certification by the military for the type of work performed.

Subp. 5. Schedule of minimum experience requirements and maximum experience allowances. The minimum required experience and maximum experience allowance under subpart 2 shall be as shown in items A to I for the type of license sought.

A. Class A master electrician, the minimum total is 60 months, including:

  • planning for the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power: minimum experience of two months, maximum credit allowance of 12 months;
  • laying out for the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power: minimum experience of two months, maximum credit allowance of 12 months;
  • supervising the installation of wiring, apparatus, and equipment for light, heat, and power: minimum experience of two months, maximum credit allowance of 12 months;
  • wiring for and installing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment: minimum experience of 12 months, maximum credit allowance of 48 months;
  • maintaining and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment: minimum experience of zero months, maximum credit allowance of 24 months;
  • line work: minimum experience of zero months, maximum credit allowance of three months;
  • installing elevators: minimum experience of zero months, maximum credit allowance of six months;
  • wiring and maintaining technology circuits or systems: minimum experience of zero months, maximum credit allowance of six months; and
  • wiring and maintaining process control circuits or systems: minimum experience of zero months, maximum credit allowance of 12 months.


Fee:

$50

e-Licensing surcharge is in effect


Licensing surcharge to be assessed

The Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a 10% surcharge of no less than $5 and no more than $150 on each business, commercial, professional or occupational license. The funding from this surcharge will go to MN.IT Services (formerly Office of Enterprise Technology (OET)), which is establishing an electronic licensing system for the state. The surcharge will be in place through June 30, 2015. See Minn. Stat. § 16E.22.

Period of Issuance:

Two years, expiring on the last day of February of odd numbered years.

Length of Determination Process:

Approximately 60 days, dependent on response time for experience verification, board approval, and examination scheduling.

Other Pertinent Information:

Additional information is available on the unit's website.