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How to get an Electrical or Plumbing License in Hawaii

Hawaii offers the following Electrical and Plumbing Licenses: Journey Worker Electrician (EJ), Supervising Electrician (ES), Journey Worker Industrial Electrician (EJI), Supervising Industrial Electrician (ESI), Journey Worker Specialty Electrician (EJS), Supervising Specialty Electrician (ESS), Maintenance Electrician (EM), Journey Worker Plumber (PJ), and Master Plumber (PM).

Below are the detailed steps on how to get a contractor's license for the electrical or plumbing trades in the state of Hawaii. Please note that Hawaii DOES NOT reciprocate with any other jurisdiction (Hawaii does not take licenses from any other State).

  1. Submit the Application for Plumbing and Electrical Contractors in Hawaii along with non-refundable application fee.
  2. Be qualified by the Board of Electricians and Plumbers:
    1. Applicant must submit completed and notarized "Experience Verification(s) - Electrician Only" or "Experience Verification(s) - Plumber Only" forms.
    2. Journeyman and Maintenance Electricians must provide verification of completion of electrical academic coursework conducted at or accepted by a University of Hawaii Community College:
    3. Satisfy Trade Experience Requirements:
      1. Journey Worker Electricians need 5 years but not less than 10,000 hours in residential or commercial wiring.
      2. Supervising Electricians need 4 years experience as a licensed journey worker electrician or equivalent.
      3. Journey Worker Industrial Electricians need 4 years but not less than 8,000 hours in industrial electrical work.
      4. Supervising Industrial Electricians need 3 years experience as a licensed journey worker industrial electrician or equivalent.
      5. Journey Worker Specialty Electricians need 3 years but not less than 6,000 hours in the trade.
      6. Supervising Specialty Electricians need 2 years experience as a licensed journey worker specialty electrician or equivalent.
      7. Maintenance Electricians need 1 year of electrical maintenance work.
      8. Journey Worker Plumbers need 5 years but not less than 10,000 hours of plumbing work in compliance with the UPC.
      9. Master Plumbers need to be registered as a licensed journey worker plumber in this or another state for at least 2 years.
  3. Upon approval by the board, an "Examination Registration Form" will be mailed to the applicant.
  4. The applicant must register with Prometric© to take the exam.
  5. Obtain passing scores on the Hawaii contractor licensing exams.
  6. Pay the appropriate licensing fee (not the same as the application fee) to obtain your license upon final approval by the board.

The electrician exams are based on the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the Plumbing exams is based on the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC).

All testing-related questions should be directed to Prometric©. Many of your questions could be answered by reading the Hawaii Electrical Contractor Information Bulletin.

Contact Information for the Electrician and Plumbers Board

King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
OR
DCCA-PVL Att: EP
P.O. Box 3469, Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2693
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Electrician and Plumbers Board Website

To obtain the required academic coursework for an electrical license, you may contact the HCC or participating community colleges directly for their course schedules:

OAHU
Office of Continuing Education
Honolulu Community College
874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845-9296
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LEEWARD
Office of Continuing Education & Workforce Development
96-045 Ala 'Ike, Room CE-101
Pearl City, HI 96782
(808)455-0477
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http://www.ocewd.org

HAWAII
EDvance
1175 Manono St.
Bldg. 379-A, Room 3
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 934-2700
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https://edvance.hawaii.hawaii.edu

MAUI
EdVenture
310 W. Ka'ahumanu Ave.
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 984-3231
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http://maui.hawaii.edu/edventure

KAUAI
Kauai Community College
Office of Continuing Education & Training
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy.
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-8318
https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/office-of- continuing-education

HCC
University of Hawaii Community Colleges
Main Site
https://uhcc.hawaii.edu/

How to get an Elevator Mechanic's License in Hawaii

Below are detailed steps on how to become a licensed elevator mechanic in Hawaii:

  1. Be 18 years of age.
  2. Submit the Application for Elevator Mechanic Contractor's License in Hawaii, along with the application fee.
  3. Satisfy the Experience Requirements:
  4. Attach a completed and signed Experience Verification Form.
  5. An elevator mechanic must certify that the applicant satisfactorily completed at least four years of training under his supervision.
  6. The board will review the application. If the application is approved by the Board, the applicant will receive a Notice of Approval and an Examination Registration Form.
  7. Sign up for the exam (subject to availability based on testing schedule).
  8. Once the exam is passed (notification will be sent via mail two weeks after testing), the applicant will receive a License Fee Notice with payment instructions.
  9. Pay the necessary licensing fees (different than the application fee).

Contact Information for the Elevator Board

King Kalakaua Building
335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
OR
DCCA-PVL Att: EM
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-2694
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Elevator Board Website