How to apply for an Electricians' certificate
What you need to do
- Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.
- Get prepared to take the examination when L&I gives you approval.
See the Electrician Exam
page for more exam content outlines and other information to help you prepare.
- Download and complete the application.
- Include these things with your application:
- If you do not have sufficient experience already on file with L&I, you must submit notarized Affidavits of Experience to the department with your application or within 7 days of applying online to complete your application. Mail them to the L&I Electrical Program, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, Washington 98504-4460.
- If applying from another state, contact the Electrical Program at 360-902-5269 for details.
- If qualifying from military experience, please provide a verifiable letter of experience.
- Be prepared to pay the $86.30 fee.
(includes original certificate and application processing fee)
Note: Fees are nonrefundable after certificate has been issued.
The application processing fee of $33.30 is non-refundable. Refund requests before the certificate has been issued must be made in writing to the department. Mail to L&I Electrical Program, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, Washington 98504-4460.
- Submit your application, fee, and experience one of the following 3 ways:
What L&I will do
- Verify that the following information is on file with the department:
- All necessary application information.
- Sufficient experience to meet the eligibility requirements.
- Within 5 days after we receive the information listed above, L&I will do one of the following:
- Send you approval to schedule and take the examination. Information on how to schedule the exam is included in the approval letter.
— OR —
- Notify you of the action taken on your application.
Note: You must keep your electrical training certificate current until you pass the examination. If you take and pass a specialty electrician examination, you will still need to maintain your electrical training certificate if you work outside the scope of that specialty. (For example: If you have a residential electrician certificate but you want to work on a commercial job, you must have an electrical training certificate and work under the proper supervision for the commercial job.)