Becoming a licensed electrician in Arizona involves a series of steps that ensure you have the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to perform electrical work safely and competently. This guide will walk you through the process of obtaining and renewing your electrician license in Arizona, focusing on the specific requirements for electricians and electrical contractors.

License Types

In Arizona, there are two main types of electrician licenses: the C-11 Commercial Electrical Contractor license and the R-11 Residential Electrical Contractor license. The C-11 license allows electricians to perform installation, alteration, and repair of any wiring, related electrical material, and equipment used in the generating, transmitting, or utilization of electrical energy less than 600 volts. The R-11 license is designed for residential electricians.

Steps to Apply for an Electrician License

1. Gain Necessary Experience

Before applying for a license, you must have at least four years of experience at the journeyman level. This experience can be gained through an apprenticeship program or on-the-job training. The Arizona Department of Economic Security Apprenticeship Office offers apprenticeship programs through partner employers. These programs typically involve 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom instruction.

2. Pass Required Examinations

The next step is to pass the required examinations. The Qualifying Party (the individual with the necessary experience, knowledge, and skills) must pass the required examinations by at least 70% and submit the exam results. The Qualifying Party must complete the AZ Statutes and Rules Training Course and Exam (SRE) and a specific trade exam, unless eligible for a waiver. The exams are provided by PSI Online and cost $66 for one portion or $116 for both.

3. Submit to Background Checks

Both the Applicant and the Qualifying Party must submit copies of the payment transaction receipt from their background checks. This ensures that all licensed electricians have a clean criminal record and are trustworthy.

4. Form a Legal Entity

Depending on your business structure, you may need to register with the Arizona Corporation Commission or the Arizona Secretary of State. A license may be issued to a sole proprietorship (individual), a partnership, limited liability company, or a corporation.

5. Obtain a License Bond

The applicant must obtain and submit proof of a license bond. The bond amount depends on the anticipated gross volume of work.

6. Pay the Fees

Include the required fees and assessments with your License Application form. The exact amount will depend on the type of license you’re applying for.

7. Provide Government Issued Identification

Both the Applicant and the Qualifying Party in this License Application must submit a copy of their government-issued identification with the application. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid driver’s license or passport.

8. Complete and Submit an Application

Finally, complete and submit a License Application Form to the Registrar. You can do this online, by mail, or in person.

License Renewal

The process for renewing your electrician license in Arizona involves submitting a renewal application and paying the required renewal fee. The state does not require continuing education prior to each renewal.

License Bond Requirements in Arizona

In many states, including Arizona, electricians are required to obtain a license to operate. One of the prerequisites for obtaining this license is usually having a license bond. This bond serves as a guarantee that the electrician will comply with all state regulations and codes in their work. It’s a form of protection for customers, ensuring that they can seek compensation if the electrician fails to fulfill their contractual obligations.

The bond amount depends on the anticipated gross volume of work:

  • $2,500 bond for less than $150,000
  • $7,000 bond for work ranging $150,000 to $500,000
  • $17,500 bond for work in excess of $500,000 to $1 million
  • $25,000 bond for work in excess of $1 million to $5 million
  • $37,500 bond for work in excess of $5 million to $10 million
  • A $50,000 bond is required for anything over $10 million

It’s important to note that a license bond is not insurance. It does not protect the electrician, but rather the customers and the state in case of any violations by the electrician.

Insurance Needs for Electricians in Arizona

In Arizona, as in many other states, electricians are not legally required to have General Liability Insurance. However, it is strongly recommended and often required by clients. This type of insurance protects your business from any covered claims for injuries or damages to third-party persons or property as a result of your work. This also includes legal fees to defend your business from any covered claim.

The cost of General Liability Insurance for electricians can vary based on several factors, including the size of the business, the amount of work done, and the business’s claims history. However, it’s generally affordable and can provide significant protection for your business.

In addition to General Liability Insurance, electricians in Arizona may also need other types of insurance, such as:

  • Commercial Auto Insurance: This covers vehicles used in your business.
  • Inland Marine Insurance: This covers tools and equipment from loss or theft.
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance: This covers your employees from injury or illness caused by their employment.
  • Surety Bonds: These may be required for licenses, permits, or contractor registrations.
  • Umbrella Insurance Coverage: This covers you for catastrophic losses that exceed the underlying policy limits.

Remember, insurance requirements can vary by state and municipality, so it’s important to check with local authorities and insurance professionals to ensure you have the right coverage for your electrical business in Arizona.


Becoming a licensed electrician in Arizona requires a significant investment of time and effort, but it can lead to a rewarding career in a high-demand field. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can navigate the licensing process and start your journey towards becoming a licensed electrician in Arizona.