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Getting an Electrical Contractor's License in California

Electrical Certifications are NOT Electrical contractor licenses in California. The only electrical contractor's license in California is the C-10 Contractor's license. Any employee working for a C-10 contractor MUST have one of five electrical certifications. Those certifications are:

  • General Electrician
  • Residential Electrician
  • Fire/Life Safety Technician
  • Voice Data Video Technician
  • Nonresidential Lighting Technician

If you are a licensed C-10 contractor licensed by the Contractors' State License Board, then you do not need to be certified. However, if you have employees that work under you then they need to get certified. Please visit our website for more information about certification. Note that if you are a licensed C-10 contractor but working under another C-10 contractor's license as an employee you must be certified

The legal source of the above-mentioned information is:

Existing law requires that persons performing work as electrician under a C-10 licensed contractor be certified pursuant to certification standards established by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. “Electricians” is defined as all persons who engage in the connection of electrical devices for electrical contractors licensed pursuant to Section 7058 of the Business and Profession Code, specifically, contractors classified as electrical contractors in the Contractors State License Board Rules and Regulations [Labor Code § 108 (c)].

Below are some important links for electricians in California:

Instructions on filling out the Electrician Application
Application for Electrician Examination and Certification
California Electrician's FAQ
If you have no experience as an electrician, you must be a electrician trainee
Department of Industrial Relations

Reciprocity for California Contractors

The “License Verification Request” form is for contractors who have been licensed in a state that has a reciprocal license agreement with California. Currently, California has reciprocity with Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada and Utah. If a contractor has held a valid license in one of these states for the past five years and is applying for a similar license in California, he/she may be eligible for a waiver of the trade exam. The bottom portion of the License Verification Request form must be completed by the licensing agency in the state where the contractor was previously licensed.

California PSI Electrical Exam Test Locations

AGOURA HILLS
30851 AGOURA RD, SUITE 302
AGOURA HILLS, CA 91301

ATASCADERO
7305 MORRO RD, SUITE 201A
ATASCADERO, CA 93422
(805) 538-5053

BAKERSFIELD
5405 STOCKDALE HIGHWAY, SUITE 206
BAKERSFIELD, CA 93309
661-735-5351

CARSON
17420 S. AVALON BLVD, SUITE 205
CARSON, CA 90746
(310) 504-0004

DIAMOND BAR
21660 EAST COPLEY DR, SUITE 260
DIAMOND BAR, CA 91765
(909) 860-8158

EL MONTE – SANTA FE SPRINGS
10330 PIONEER BOULEVARD, SUITE 285
SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA 90670
(562) 325-8113

FRESNO
351 E. BARSTOW, SUITE 101
FRESNO, CA 93710
(559) 221-9006

HAYWARD
32960 ALVARADO-NILES RD, SUITE 650
UNION CITY, CA 94587
(510) 901-7992

IRVINE
8 Corporate Park, Suite 200
2301 W. LINCOLN AVE, SUITE 252
IRVINE, CA 92606
(949) 418-9653

LAWNDALE
THE BAYTOWER CORPORATE CENTER SUITE 330
15901 HAWTHORNE BLVD

THE BAYTOWER CORPORATE CENTER SUITE 330
15901 HAWTHORNE BLVD
LAWNDALE, CA 90260
310-793-1200

REDDING
2861 CHURN CREEK, UNIT C
REDDING, CA 96002
(530) 319-3615

RIVERSIDE
7888 MISSION GROVE PARKWAY S., SUITE 130
RIVERSIDE, CA 92508
(951) 789-0348

SACRAMENTO
8950 CAL CENTER DR, SUITE 158
SACRAMENTO, CA 95826
916-476-5926

SAN DIEGO
5440 MOREHOUSE DRIVE, SUITE 2300
SAN DIEGO, CA 92121
(858) 550-5940

SAN FRANCISCO
150 EXECUTIVE PARK BLVD., STE 2400
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134
(415) 494-5773

SANTA ROSA
160 WIKIUP DRIVE, SUITE 105
SANTA ROSA, CA 95403
(707) 544-6723

SANTA CLARA
2936 SCOTT BLVD
SANTA CLARA, CA 95054
(408) 844-0008

VENTURA
4245 MARKET ST, SUITE 208
VENTURA, CA 93003
(805) 650-5223

VISALIA
3400 W MINERAL KING AVE, SUITE D
VISALIA, CA 93291
(559) 740-7781