he Georgia contractor license is awarded by the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board upon meeting all the requirements and passing the state licensing examination.
The state offers these electrician licenses:
Allows you to work on single phase systems that are 200 amperes or less. To qualify you need four years of approved work related experience. Two years of academic training can replace one year of work experience.
Georgia Electrical Contractor Class II license
Allows you to work on all electrical systems unrestricted. The same qualifications for the Class I license are in place plus you must have experience installing systems greater than 200 amperes.
Low Voltage Contractor license
Is for work on alarm systems, telecommunications, and general electrical systems.
The test is taken on a computer and is open book. However, some questions may rely on field experience and general knowledge. Suggested reference materials to bring to the test include the American Electrician's Handbook, Contractor's Guide to Business, Law, and Project Management, Employer's Tax Guide Circular E, Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Georgia State Electrical Code, 2008 National Electrical Code, and Ugly's Electrical References. Only officially recognized reference books will be allowed in the examination room. All other books and notes will be removed.
To be allowed to take the test, you must submit an application and the required fees to the state of Georgia. Once approved you can make arrangements to take the test through the independent testing agency Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. Testing centers are located throughout the state of Georgia and you are allowed a window of time to get the test taken once you have applied. If you don't pass on the first attempt, you can retake the test; however, you must successfully pass all examinations within two years or begin the application process all over.
There is a $50 application fee and an exam fee of $133. There is no fee for your initial license. However, there is a renewal fee of $75 every two years and continuing education credits are required for renewal. If you are currently licensed as an electrical contractor in another state that has similar requirements to Georgia, such as Florida, South Carolina, or North Carolina, you may be able to obtain a Georgia contractor license by endorsement rather than examination. The same licensing fees will apply but you will be able to bypass the examination.
You can download an application form for the Georgia electrical contractor license on the Georgia Board of Construction Industry website. You can also use that site to track your application, make changes to your contact information, and renew your license online.