The Three Levels of an Electrician’s Training

Electrician jobs are currently considered as a “hot” job in the marketplace, in light of the expected growth of industry and development. If you are considering joining this industry, you may be interested in learning about what lies in store for you if you do join this career. While many of us are familiar with the fact that licensed electricians are required to undergo an apprenticeship to be a qualified electrician, many are not aware of what happens after the apprenticeship stage is over. In this article, we take a look at the three levels of training that an electrician goes through.


Apprentice electricians are required to render around four years of work under the direct supervision and guidance of a master electrician. At this stage, aspiring electricians are still pretty green behind the ears, essentially a trainee or a novice who may also be going through formal classroom training in conjunction with hands-on work as an apprentice.


Once you earn your stripes, so to speak, as an apprentice electrician, then you would be considered as a journeyman. A journeyman is essentially someone who has rendered all the required hours for his apprenticeship and formal training and has also completed the required certification test. Unlike an apprentice, a journeyman is now licensed to work on his own as an electrician, offer his services to the public as a journeyman electrician, and do general electrical work. The one limitation is that a journeyman is not allowed to acquire permits for electrical work for an entire residential or commercial unit.

Master Electrician

This is the third and final level of an electrician’s training and the point at which an electrician may be considered a boss. Indeed, most of his work is overall electrical planning and design, by determining the layout of wiring, outlets, and other electrical installations, deciding what type of tools or equipment are needed, and getting the required permits to proceed with overall electrical work on buildings and residences.