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Master & Special Electrician

SECTION 1: EXAM GUIDELINES

In order to obtain a Master or Special Electrician license, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least twenty one (21) years old;

  • Be able to read and write the English language;

  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Master or Special Electrician;

  • Have at least seven and a half (7.5) years of experience or the equivalent (as indicated below) within the ten (10) years prior to application with a minimum of 10,500 hours or the equivalent (as indicated below) of satisfactory experience in the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for electric light, heat and power in or on buildings or comparable facilities. Experience must be obtained either under:

    • The direct supervision of a Department-licensed Master Electrician or Special Electrician

      OR

    • For applicants with experience outside the New York City area, the direct supervision of an individual with comparable qualifications as determined by the Buildings Commissioner and while employed by a Master Electrician business as defined herein, or an individual, partnership or corporation owning, leasing or managing a building, buildings or parts and employing a Special Electrician to perform electrical work in/on specific buildings, lots or parts owned, leased or managed by such individual, corporation or partnership, or an individual, a partnership or a corporation deemed acceptable by the Buildings Commissioner.

      Note: No more than 25 percent of such satisfactory experience shall be obtained while working outside the United States unless the Buildings Commissioner determines that the licensing system and electrical code of the foreign jurisdiction is essentially similar to licensing systems and electrical codes in the United States.

    All applicants must also meet one (1) of the following levels of experience.

    • I am a journeyman electrician who has at least seven and a half (7.5) years of work experience with a minimum of 10,500 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable facilities.

    • I have a master of science (M.S.) or a bachelor of science (B.S.) in electrical and:

      • For applicants with master degrees, at least two and a half (2.5) years of experience with a minimum of 3,500 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for electric light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable facilities.

      • For applicants with bachelor degrees, at least three and a half (3.5) years of experience with a minimum of 4,900 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for electric light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable facilities.

    • I am a graduate of a vocational, industrial, trade school or apprenticeship program registered with the New York State Department of Labor specializing in electrical wiring, installation and design or applied electricity and at least five and a half (5.5) years of experience with a minimum of 7,700 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for electric light, heat and power in or on buildings or comparable facilities.

    • I took college or university courses in an electrical or mechanical engineering degree program or a bachelor of science (B.S.) in electrical or mechanical engineering program and this experience* combined with my work experience equals seven and a half (7.5) years of work experience with a minimum of 7,000 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable facilities.

      *Such applicants can count 50 percent of the curricula years he or she satisfactorily completed in the degree program towards the seven and a half (7.5) years of total required work experience as long as he or she passed all the subjects in the required courses. The number of years credited shall not exceed two and a half (2.5) years of the satisfactory experience.

    • I took courses at a vocational, industrial or trade school, registered with the New York State Department of Labor specializing in electrical wiring, installation and design or applied electricity and this experience* combined with my work experience equals seven and a half (7.5) years of work experience with a minimum of 7,700 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable.

      *Such applicants can count 50 percent of the curricula years he or she satisfactorily completed at the vocational, industrial or trade school towards the seven and a half (7.5) years of total required work experience. The number of years credited shall not exceed two (2) years of the satisfactory experience.

    • I am an employee of a government agency, private inspection agency or other entity, accepted by the Buildings Commissioner whose duties primarily involve the inspection of electrical work for compliance with the electrical code and the electrical code technical standards and/or other laws relating to the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring or appliances and this experience* combined with my work experience equals seven and a half (7.5) years of work experience with a minimum of 7,000 hours of this experience working with tools on the installation, alteration and repair of wiring and appliances for light, heat and power in/on buildings or comparable facilities.

      *Such applicants can count 50 percent of the years he or she was satisfactorily employed in the above work towards the seven and a half (7.5) years of total required work experience as long as it was obtained within ten (10) years prior to application. The number of years credited shall not exceed two and a half (2.5) years of the satisfactory experience. The ten (10) year requirement does not apply to applicants who have five (5) or more years of work experience.

    SECTION 2: APPLYING FOR THE EXAM

    You must pass a written and practical exam in order to become a Master or Special Electrician.

    Written
    You must complete the exam application LIC41, check the box that indicates you are an Master or Special Electrician candidate and submit the application with the $525 fee to the Department (see contact information below).

    Practical
    After passing the written exam, you must apply to take the practical exam LIC42. To do this you must complete the exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Master or Special Electrician candidate and submit the application with the $350 fee, payable by money order only to:

    NYC Department of Buildings
    Licensing & Exams Unit – Exams
    280 Broadway, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

    SECTION 3: SCHEDULING YOUR EXAM

    After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exams.

    • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in one (1) to two (2) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the State.

    • The written exam consists of multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of the NYC Electrical Code, rules and applicable regulations. You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam.

    • Passing score is seventy (70) percent. If you pass the written exam you will receive your report (printed by the site proctor) at the exam site at the time of testing, and a practical exam will be scheduled.

    • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter via US Mail by CPS approximately 3-4 weeks after the date of the practical exam.

    SECTION 4: BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION

    In order to become a Master or Special Electrician, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

    NYC Department of Buildings
    Licensing & Exams Unit
    280 Broadway, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10007

    • Examination Score Reports;

    • LIC38 application

    • LIC34, if applicable;

    • Notarized Supplemental Investigation Questionnaire;

    • Notarized Background Investigation Questionnaire

    • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience;
      Note: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted.

    • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience;
      Note: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by “company name”. You may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in person). Visit (http://www.ssa.gov/online/ssa-7050.html) for more information.

    • Photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, state ID, green card, or passport);

    • Original Social Security Card;

    • Original birth certificate, current passport or Green Card;

    • Proof of Residence (Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Lease or Deed) or a typed notarized letter and bill from the person with whom you are residing;
      Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted.

    • Latest pay stub or W-2;

    • Two (2) passport sized photographs;

    • Child Support Certification Form

    • $500 background fee.

    • Business Insurance Certificates (General Liability, Workers’ Compensation & Disability);

    • Required Business Documents as described below (all firms, corporations, or partnerships must have “Electric” or “Electrical” as part of the official company name).

    All corporations must provide the following documentation in addition to the above required documentation:

    • A certified copy of your corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation from the New York State Department of State;

    • A copy of your corporation’s Filing Receipt or Certificate of Good Standing;

    • A copy of your corporation’s minutes stating the names of the corporation’s elected officers.

    *Minutes must contain the Name, Address and titles of all partners.
    **Licensee must be designated as an officer of the firm.
    ***If there is more than one licensee at the firm one licensee must designated as the “Responsible Representative”; this must be submitted one a company letter head and notarized by the licensee.

    All LLCs must provide the following documentation in addition to the above required documentation:

    • A certified copy of your LLC’s Filing Receipt or Certificate of Good Standing;

    • A certified copy of your LLC’s Articles of Organization from the New York State Department of State;
    • A copy of your LLC’s minutes stating the names of the LLC’s elected officers.

    *Minutes must contain Name, Address and titles of all partners.
    **Licensee must be designated as an officer of the firm.
    ***If there is more than one licensee at the firm one licensee must designated as the “Responsible Representative”; this must be submitted one a company letter head and notarized by the licensee.

    All partnerships must provide the following documentation in addition to the above required documentation:

    • Your partnership’s Certificate of Partnership stating all present officers and their percentage of ownership.

    All individuals with a business name (sole proprietors) must provide the following documentation in addition to the above required documentation:

    • A copy of your Business Certificate from the County Clerk.

    All companies formed outside of New York State must provide the following documentation in addition to the above required documentation:

    • A certified copy of your Application for Authority from the New York State Department of State.

    SECTION 5: OBTAINING THE LICENSE CARD

    Once you have passed the exams and background investigation, you need to obtain your Master or Special Electrician license.

    • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing & Exams Unit that you are eligible for a Master or Special Electrician license.

    • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to submit the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exam.

    • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Licensing Unit at (212) 393-2259. All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted. Candidates without appointments will not be seen.

    *Please refer to the LIC38 Instructions for Master and Special Electricians for additional details regarding the submission of your background documents and required information when picking up your license.

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