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How To Become An Electrician In Alabama

Last updated on November 6th, 2017 at 01:22 pm.

If you’re looking to become an electrician in Alabama then you’ve come to the right place. EAHQ is going to show you where to find an electrical apprenticeship, state licensing requirements, and how to get started.

Alabama does not have a state apprentice license. This means you can start working for any electrical contractor without obtaining a license.

However, you will be require to submit an application if you’re looking to join an electrical apprenticeship in Alabama.

Becoming An Electrician In Alabama: Join an Electrical Apprenticeship

There are multiple options for becoming an electrician in Alabama. We’ve put together the most comprehensive list of information on electrical apprenticeships to help you chose which is best for you.

Here’s a list of electrical apprenticeships that are broken down by affiliation:

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Electrical Apprenticeships average four to five years to complete. However, some programs may be shorter. To learn more about what Alliance is click here.

Birmingham Electrical JATC

5000 East Lake Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35217
Phone 205-849-5522
Fax 205-849-5521

Starting pay for new apprentices is $12/hour.


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must be a high school graduate or a GED.
  3. Minimum math – must have completed one full year of high school Algebra with a passing grade or one post high school algebra course with a passing grade (community college).
  4. Must have qualifying score on the NJATC aptitude test. This test will be scheduled after you submit your application.
  5. Must be able to pass a drug screen test.

Items needed to apply:

  • A completed application. Applications may be printed out here or picked up in person at the BEJATC office
  • Sealed copy of high school transcript or GED w/scores (can be faxed to the BEJATC Office #205-849-5521)
  • Valid driver’s license only – No state issued ID
  • Social Security Card
  • $20.00 application fee (nonrefundable)

You must bring all items listed above to the BEJATC offices between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm Monday – Friday. If you are missing items your application will not be accepted. Your aptitude test will be scheduled once your documents have been verified.

North Alabama Electrical JATC

P.O. Box 141, 1805 E. 17th Street
Sheffield, AL 35660
Phone 256-383-9507
Fax 256-383-9505

The North Alabama Electrical JATC Apprenticeship Program is a 5 year course that consists of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of On-The-Job Training. Starting pay for new apprentices is $11.15 per hour. After 1,000 hours of on-the-job training your pay will increase.

*Application deadline for acceptance is March 31, 2016 at 5:00PM.


  1. You must be at least 18 years of age
  2. You need a high school diploma or a G.E.D. by the application deadline.
  3. Minimum Math Requirement: Must have completed one full year of high school Algebra I with a passing grade or one post high school Algebra course that is equivalent to Algebra I.
  4. Must be a resident of one of the counties this program geographically covers:
    • Alabama: Lauderdale, Colbert, Marion, Limestone, Lawrence, Winston,Madison, Morgan, Franklin, and the portion of Marshall north of the Tennessee River
    • Tennessee: Hardin, Wayne, Lawrence, and Giles

Items needed to apply:

  • Submit a completed Apprenticeship Application and Supplemental Form.
  • Pay a $20.00 application processing fee
  • A valid drivers license
  • Applicants may also prefer to submit a copy of their resume. Although helpful, it is not required.
  • Provide a copy of your official transcripts (in a sealed envelope from the school)
    • High school and any post secondary school showing courses and grades. If you have a G.E.D., you must also provide a copy of your G.E.D. Certificate and scores.

Mobile Electricians JATC

2244 Halls Mill Road
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone 251-478-4918
Fax 251-450-0957

Application Dates: August 1st through July 31st

  • Applications must be turned in Monday through Friday – 8:30 am-12:00 pm or 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


  1. Must live in Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, Monroe, or Washington County
  2. You have to be at least 18 years old
  3. Minimum Math Requirement: You have to have completed one full year of high school Algebra I with a passing grade or one post high school Algebra course that is equivalent to Algebra I.
  4. You MUST be able to pass a drug screen test.

*If selected you have provide a doctor’s note that you have full range of motion, and you’re able to perform construction work

Items Needed To Apply:

  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Copy of birth certificate (or another official document to prove age)
  • Official transcripts of high school and post high school education
  • Veterans Only: If you wish to receive consideration for military training, submit your DD-214


Montgomery Electrical JATC 

1469 Jean Street
Montgomery, AL 36107
Phone 334-272-8830
Fax 334-272-8831
*No website listed – call for more information


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Central Alabama Chapter IEC

PO Box 130220
Birmingham, Alabama 35213-0220
Ph: (205) 956-0146
Fax: (205) 956-0149
Email: [email protected]

Unfortunately, the IEC does not have an apprenticeship at this time. They do have a local chapter (see above) that you can contact if you have questions about how to become an apprentice.

EAHQ recommends you take a look at the websites, write down a list of questions you may have and call the apprenticeship. All apprenticeships operate differently and might not have the same requirements.

Requirements To Become A Licensed Electrician In Alabama

Licensing Requirements

To become a journeyman electrician in Alabama you must have fulfilled the state’s requirements to take the electrical exam.

View the requirements here.

You must complete the application, have a Work Affidavit(s) completed to document 8,000 (Four Years) hours of experience by a current or past employer.

The application must be signed, notarized and have a current photograph attached in the appropriate area.

Hours being certified through an apprenticeship program must be verified (signed) by the Program Director, Executive Director or a responsible party of the program.

The Work Affidavit(s) must be completed by someone in the Human Resources Department, Company President/CEO, Electrician Contractor, Master Electrician, Electrical Engineer or Electrical Inspector.

You cannot sign your own work affidavit. You can provide hours on a Work Affidavit or Notarized Statement from a certified apprenticeship program that is certified by the Department of Labor.

Qualified Education

You are eligible to receive credit towards your experience from education obtained from vocation, post-secondary, or college level programs. This include military education.

You must document this education on the application and submit transcripts of this program in order to receive credit.

An electrical journeyman is allowed to work as an electrician under the surveillance and employment of an electrical contractor. Before submitting your application, it is advised to have studied the required material.


The first thing you need to do is read the Candidate Information Bulletin. Here you will find all the requirements

Acquire and attach a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $115.00 (at the moment of writing this) for the examination fee.

Study the guidelines given. References and information about the test can be found on page 10 of 12. The test will take 4 hours and the number of questions is 80.

After passing the test, you will have thirty days to pay the license fee, which is $35.00 (at the moment of writing this).

License Reciprocity

Your Alabama Electrical license is reciprocal with the following states:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia

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