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Requirements for Electricians, Electrical Contractors, and Journeyman Electricians

Purpose of Licensure:
To set standards of qualifications, education, training, and experience for persons engaged in the electrical field. To promote high standards of professional performance for those persons working in the electrical field. To ensure that everyone engaged in work in the electrical field is licensed.

Period of Licensure:
All permanent licenses are issued on an annual basis.

Application Process:
Applicant must be a resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least thirty (30) days immediately prior to submittal of application. You will need the following:
  • A completed and certified application;
  • Three (3) 2x2 photographs of the applicant;
  • One (1) letter of favorable character testimony;
  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from individuals with knowledge of applicant's work in the electrical field;
  • At least five (5) years experience in trade as a journeyman ;
  • College or trade school transcript identifying courses and/or degrees in the electrical field;
  • Verification of registration and/or licensure from another state;
  • Favorable tax clearance letter from the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue;
  • Payment of Required Fees.

All persons interested in being a licensed master electrician are required to sit an examination. The examination is given three times per year.

Electrical Contractors:
Any person holding a Master Electrician's License issued in the Virgin Islands may, upon application to the Board, be granted an Electrical Contractor's License without the necessity of taking a written examination if he meets all the other requirements:

  • File with the Board, in such form as the Board requires, proof that he/she carries all insurance required by law, including but not limited to, workmen's compensation and general liability insurance;
  • Be able to prove to the Board that he/she is financially responsible;
  • Show that he/she has a regular place of business at a specified address in the Virgin Islands. Address of business should be in a business zone as regulated by law. Business should be kept open during usual business hours;
  • A person serving as such representative under such license shall devote full time to the business for which the license is issued and shall personally sign applications for certificate of electrical inspection.
Journeyman Electrician Requirements:
You will need the following:
  • A completed and notarized Journeyman application;
  • Applicant shall have been an apprentice or worker in the trade for at least four (4) years, training under a licensed Master Electrician or an Electrical Contractor;
  • The Board may elect to allow the applicant to apply no less than 1500 hours of study in an accredited, approved school towards the experience requirement of paragraph one (1) above;
  • Applicant must submit a letter from his employer and three (3) 2x2 passport size photographs of self;
  • A journeyman card, valid and approved by another municipality or community of the United States of America may be considered by the board or given credit. This card must be kept up to date and not be expired by more than one (1) year and not revoked for unprofessional conduct.
  • ** Please note that holders of Master Electrician's Licenses shall not employ more than one full or part-time apprentice or journeyman electrician.

Renewal of License:
You will need the following:

  • A completed and notarized renewal application (available on the back of applicant's current license);
  • A favorable tax clearance letter from the Bureau of Internal Revenue;
  • Payment of Required Fees.

Required Fees:

Application Fee      $25.00
Examination Fee      $75.00
Journeyman Electrician      $50.00
Master Electrician      $130.00
Electrical Contractor      $130.00

Mailing Addresses:
Attention:Nathalie Hodge
Administrator, Boards and Commissions
V.I. Board of Electricians
Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
Golden Rock Shopping Center, Suite # 9
Christiansted, VI 00820-4311