Washington Electrician Exam

Electrician Practice

Need of a License: Master and journeyman electricians need a license to work in Washington.

Who Grants a License: Electrician licenses are granted by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries.

Qualifications Needed to Receive a License

Master Electrician: A candidate must have held a journeyman certificate with the Department of Labor and Industry for at least 4 years.

Journeyman Electrician: A candidate must have 8,000 hours’ experience as an electrical trainee with 4,000 hours spent working in commercial or industrial installation or equivalent verified training or experience in the U.S. military.

Exam Requirements: A candidate for a master electrician license or a journeyman electrician license must pass the Master Electrician Examination or the Journeyman Electrician Examination, respectively.

How to Apply for a License: A candidate for licensure must complete/send an application to the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. The telephone to reach the department is 360-902-5269.

The license application can be found at License Application Form.

Test Content

Master Electrician Exam - The electrical contractor exam consists of the following:

  1. NEC & Theory: 80 questions, 4 hours
  2. WA Codes: 20 questions, 1 hour
  3. Major Load Calculations: 10 questions, 2 hours

A candidate needs at least a 70% grade to pass.

Journeyman Electrician Exam - The journeyman exam consists of the following:

  1. NEC & Theory: 60 questions, 3 hours
  2. WA Codes: 17 questions, 1 hour

A candidate needs at least at 70% grade to pass.

Fees: There is an examination fee.

Who Administers the Test: PSI - They can be contacted at 800-733-9267 or online at https://candidate.psiexams.com/.

License Renewal Requirements: Licenses must be renewed every three years by the licensee’s date of birth.

Applicable Code: NEC 2020


To prepare for your electrician exam, use the following two practice exams by Ray Holder (Master Electrician and Certified Electrical Trade Instructor) which have 300 questions with fully explained answers:

For more information on licensing and exam prep, go to Tests.com's Journeyman and Master Electrician Test Guide.

And take Tests.com's free Journeyman Electrician Practice Test and the Master Electrician Practice Test.

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