Establishing Eligibility

To embark on your journey to becoming an electrician in Minnesota, you must first establish your eligibility. This involves meeting certain experience and education requirements. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) requires that you have at least 7,000 hours of practical experience in the electrical construction trade over a period of not less than 42 months. This experience must be under the supervision of a licensed Class A master electrician.

This experience should encompass a broad range of tasks, including installing and maintaining electrical systems, troubleshooting electrical problems, and ensuring compliance with electrical codes and standards. It’s important to document your experience accurately, as you’ll need to provide this information when you apply for your electrician license.

In addition to practical experience, you must also complete a two-year electrical course approved by the DLI. This course must be from a school of electrical technology and must include at least 576 hours of classroom instruction. The curriculum should cover electrical theory, National Electrical Code (NEC), and Minnesota Electrical Act, among other topics.

Electrician Exams

Once you have met the experience and education requirements, you can apply to take the electrician exam. The exam is administered by the DLI and is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC) and Minnesota Electrical Act. The exam fee is $50 and must be paid at the time of application.

The exam consists of two parts: a written exam and a practical exam. The written exam covers electrical theory, NEC, and Minnesota Electrical Act, while the practical exam tests your ability to perform electrical work safely and competently.

To prepare for the exam, you can take advantage of various resources, including study guides, practice exams, and continuing education courses. The DLI provides a Licensing Examination Guide that outlines the content of the exam and offers study tips.

Applying for an Electrician License

After passing the electrician exam, you can apply for an electrician license. The application fee is $50 and must be paid at the time of application. You must also submit proof of your experience and education, as well as proof of passing the electrician exam.

The application process involves filling out a license application form and submitting it to the DLI along with the required documents and fees. The DLI will review your application and, if approved, will issue your electrician license.

Once your application is approved, you will be issued an electrician license. This license is valid for two years and must be renewed before it expires.

Renewing an Electrician License

To renew your electrician license, you must complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. This education must be from a DLI-approved provider and must include at least 2 hours of instruction on the current NEC.

The renewal fee is $64 for a Class A journeyman electrician license and $128 for a Class A master electrician license. If you fail to renew your license before it expires, you will be required to retake and pass the electrician exam.

The DLI provides a list of approved continuing education courses that you can take to fulfill the continuing education requirement.

Reciprocity with Other States

Electrician License Reciprocity in Minnesota

License reciprocity refers to the agreement between states to recognize the professional or occupational licenses granted by one another. For electricians, this means that if you’re licensed in one state, another state may accept your license without requiring you to go through their entire licensing process.

Minnesota has reciprocity for Class A journeyman electrical licenses from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Class A master electricians have license reciprocity from Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. This means that if you hold a Class A journeyman or master electrician license from any of these states, you can apply for a reciprocal license in Minnesota without having to go through the full licensing process again. You can learn more about this from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

If you obtained your journeyman or master electrician license by examination in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wyoming, you may obtain a Minnesota journeyman electrician license without examination.

If you obtained your master license by examination in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Nebraska, you may obtain a Minnesota master electrician license without examination.

However, it’s important to note that reciprocity isn’t automatic. You’ll still need to apply for a reciprocal license and meet any requirements set by the state of Minnesota. This may include paying a fee, providing proof of your current license, and demonstrating that your license is in good standing in your home state.

To apply for reciprocity, you must fill out an application for electrical license reciprocity and submit it to the DLI along with the required documents and fees.

License Bond Requirements

In Minnesota, electricians are required to post a contractor’s license bond as part of their licensing process. This bond serves as a form of financial guarantee that the electrician will comply with all state regulations and codes in their work. If a customer suffers damages due to the electrician’s failure to comply with these regulations, they can file a claim against the bond.

The amount of the bond required can vary depending on the specifics of your license and the nature of the work you’ll be performing. The bond amount is $25,000 for a Class A master electrician and $12,000 for a Class B master electrician or Class A journeyman electrician.

The bond is a form of financial guarantee that protects your clients in case you fail to fulfill your contractual obligations. You can obtain a bond from a surety bond company. The DLI provides a bond form that you can use to submit your bond.

You can obtain a license bond from a surety bond company. The cost of the bond (also known as the bond premium) is typically a small percentage of the total bond amount. The exact cost will depend on your personal credit score and business financials.

Insurance Needs for Electricians in Minnesota

As an electrician in Minnesota, there are several types of insurance you should consider to protect your business:

  1. General Liability Insurance: This is a must-have for any business, including electricians. It protects your business from any claims for injuries or damages to third parties as a result of your work. This includes legal fees to defend your business from any covered claim.
  2. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Electricians in Minnesota are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have employees. The amount of insurance required varies depending on the number of employees and the type of work performed. Workers’ compensation insurance protects your employees in case they get injured or become ill as a result of their work. It covers medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits. You can obtain workers’ compensation insurance from an insurance company or through the Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association.
  3. Commercial Auto Insurance: If you use vehicles in your business, commercial auto insurance is necessary. It covers any damages or injuries caused by your business vehicles.
  4. Inland Marine Insurance: This covers your tools and equipment from loss or theft.
  5. Umbrella Insurance Coverage: This provides coverage for catastrophic losses that exceed your underlying policy limits.
  6. Surety Bonds: As mentioned above, you’ll need a contractor’s license bond to get licensed in Minnesota.

Remember, the exact insurance needs for your business can vary depending on the specifics of your operations and the requirements of your clients. It’s always a good idea to work with a knowledgeable insurance agent who can help you assess your risks and choose the right coverage.


Becoming a licensed electrician in Minnesota involves meeting specific experience and education requirements, passing an exam, and applying for a license. Once licensed, electricians must renew their license every two years and meet continuing education requirements. Minnesota also has reciprocity agreements with several states, allowing electricians licensed in those states to obtain a Minnesota license without examination.

In addition to meeting these requirements, electricians in Minnesota must also post a surety bond and carry workers’ compensation insurance. By understanding and following these steps and requirements, you can successfully start and run your electrician business in Minnesota.