Who is the governing agency?
Washington State Dpt. of Labor and Industries
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
P.O. Box 44460
Olympia, WA 98501
Chief Electrical Inspector: (360) 902-5249
Fax (360) 902-5229
Licensing and General Information
General Info: (360) 902-5249
Fax (360) 902-5296
Supervisor: (360) 902-6278
What are the initial requirements for a low voltage license?
You must have a valid Washington State electrical certificate or license to do electrical work in Washington State. Electrical work has a broad definition and covers a wide range of electrical activities.
Apply for an Electrical Trainees’ Certificate
What you have to do:
- Make sure you meet the minimum age requirements for working on a construction site. You must be 16 years or older. (Contact Employment Standards for more information regarding minors working on construction sites).
- Register with the Apprenticeship program if you are enrolled in a formal apprenticeship program. You can contact them at Apprenticeship.
- Contact the Electrical program before submitting a new application if you have ever had a trainee certificate before.
- Be prepared to pay the application fee ($36.40 if applying online or $42.30 if applying in person or by mail).
Note: Fees are nonrefundable after certificate has been issued. Refund requests must be made in writing to L&I before the certificate is issued. Mail to L&I Electrical Program, P.O. Box 44460, Olympia, Washington 98504-4460.
What are the educational requirements of the State?
Continuing education requirements for renewal:
If you are an Electrical Administrator, Master Electrician or Electrician, you are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education course work in the three (3) years between your certification renewals:
- 8 hours of your CEUs must be on currently adopted National Electrical Code changes.
- 4 hours must be on currently adopted Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 19.28 and related Washington Administrative Codes (WAC).
- The remaining 12 hours of continuing education credit can be your choice from the States list of approved courses.
Which Elite CEU courses are approved for credit?
– Electricity 101 / Electrical 101 (2hrs) WA2016-446
– Tools & Techniques for Low Voltage Installations (2hrs) WA2016-444
– Perimeter & Interior Detection (2hrs) WA2016-443
– Common Sense Approach to OSHA Safety Procedures (2hrs) WA2017-571
– Structured Cabling (2hrs) WA2017-572
– IP Survival Kit (2hrs) WA2017-573
– Basic Elements of the NEC (2hrs) WA2017-570
– 2017 NEC Wiring Methods and Materials (2hrs) WA2018-402
All Elite CEU, Inc. courses and Certifications are also available for General Education.