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  • Writer's picturePaul W Abernathy, CMECP®

5 Key Reasons Why Electricians Should Get Licensed

Being an electrician is not for everyone. It takes a positive approach to education and learning, commitment to gain hours upon hours of experience, and the tenacity to continuously improve oneself through training until he/she reaches the required level. Most of all, he/she should be ready to be licensed. We encourage you to read this BLOG on The Guide to Becoming an Electrician if you are interested in this trade and have no idea where to start.

You will be more credible to your clients.

The mere idea that you are willing to go to such lengths to become a licensed electrician shows that you are serious. A professional license will instantly boost your credibility with future clients, a very important factor in a hugely competitive industry filled with cautious home and business owners.

A professional license helps you land a good deal.

Whether you are trying to look for a job or build a business, having a license can help you enjoy the best end of the bargain. One, you can put a higher value on your services, and second, you can make yourself stand out from the competition.

You’ll become more worthy of word-of-mouth recommendation.

Relying largely on personal referrals, possession of a professional license will directly improve the conversion of referrals to new clients. It will be easier for friends and clients to recommend your services within their circle because your license is a seal of trustworthiness. Industry associates will also have no problem endorsing you to potential clients.

Joining organizations will no longer be a closed door.

Although it is not mandatory to join organizations and associations for electricians, it can be extremely helpful if you are part of one. Not only do they present a good way to learn more about the industry and its trends, but they also offer great opportunities for networking. Nevertheless, these groups do not open their doors to everyone. Rather, they usually have a long list of requirements, usually including a professional license. For example, joining the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will allow you to mingle with like-minded individuals and in turn, gain valuable knowledge only found in organizational surroundings.

Solidify your commitment to the profession.

After having put in the time and effort to gain the license, certainly, you would do everything to utilize it, including attending refresher courses and further comprehensive training, learning from mentors and leaders in the industry, and providing a valuable service to your clients.

In fact, becoming a Certified Master Electrical Code Professional® (CMECP®) should be the end goal for all master electricians. The CMECP® credential is hard to obtain but is well worth the effort. For more information on the CMECP® process visit .

How To Obtain A License

The licensing requirements for electricians can vary from one state to another. This also means that the license is not universal. If you are an electrician in Virginia but wish to work in Texas, you have to take a completely different licensing exam in Texas, unless they have what is called reciprocity of course. Suprise, Virginia and Texas do not have any such mutual licensing agreements in place but some states do.

Here is a link to where you can see each state's licensing requirements

Regardless, being a licensed electrician gives industry credibility and makes you insurable. So, if you are on the fence about going from an apprentice license to a Journeyman or Master Electricians status then have no fear as the next few paragraphs will help you.

Below are some links to our Electrical Exam Preparation BLOG. We want you to watch the videos to truly understand WHY the Fast Trax® NEC Learning System is the only way to go if you truly want to learn the National Electrical Code.

In Closing, if you watch all (6) of the videos above you will truly understand what the Fast Trax® NEC Learning System has to offer. No other course can compare and with the BONUS of having LIVE sessions with our CEO and Founder to answer your questions, we guarantee no other program will come close.

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