If you want to pursue a career in the electrical field, you’ll need to follow the proper procedures imposed by the State of Minnesota. Below are some resources to help get you started as an apprentice to a certified electrician.

Apprenticeship vs. Certification

Your journey to become a certified electrical technician begins by earning your high school diploma or GED equivalent. From there you will attend a trade school where you will learn valuable skills through classroom courses and hands-on training. Trade School will prepare you for an apprenticeship.

Once you receive your trade school certificate, you complete the application process to become an apprentice. During the process, you may have to register as a trainee or apprentice, pass an aptitude exam, go to a job interview, pass a drug test, or demonstrate certain skills.

Your apprenticement may last three to five years before you develop the skills and experience necessary to register as a certified electrician. You may have to pass further exams that demonstrate your knowledge of multiple skills, electrical systems, NEC codes, or other areas.

Once you pass the exam and demonstrate proficiency in electrical inspection, repair, new installation, or upgrades, you are ready to become a licensed electrician.

Employment Resources

  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
    The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry provides information on a wide range of employment topics and issues such as licensing, registration, exams, electrical codes, and standards, and other vital information relating to the electric field.

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  • Unlicensed Unlicensed Individual - Electrical Registration Application / Renewal Form
    Electrical registration and licensing in the State of Minnesota entitles you to carry out residential or commercial electrical work according to the class of registration you hold. Without registration you may be violating employment regulations in the electrical field.

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  • Personal electrical license examination application
    This application is used to apply for the Electrical Contractor exam. You must pass the state examination before you can apply for a license to perform electrical work in the State of Minnesota.

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