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LICENSING FOR ELECTRICIANS IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
by Compiled by VIBusiness Staff

     The Electricians' Licensing Board has established two purposes for the licensure of electricians. (1) To set minimal standards of qualifications, education, training and experience for persons engaged in the electrical field; and (2) To promote high standards of professional performance for those persons working in the electrical field. The following are the basic steps for becoming a licensed electrician.
     
     Period of Licensure:
     Permanent licenses are issued on an annual basis.
     
     Application Process for Initial Examination Application Requires:
     1) Completed and notarized application obtained from the Office of Boards and Commissions at the DLCA.
     2) Three 2x2 passport-size photographs.
     3) Two letters of professional reference from person (s) with knowledge of applicant's work in the electrical field.
     4) One letter of favorable character testimony.
     5) Proof of residency for thirty (30) days immediately prior to application for examination.
     6) Have at least five years experience in trade as a journeyman.
     7) College or trade school transcript identifying courses and/or degrees in the electrical field.
     8) Payment of application fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
     
     Examination:
     Any person interested in being a Master Electrician or an Electrical Contractor is required to sit an examination. The examination is administered in February, June and October of each calendar year. The examination fee for Master Electricians is Seventy Five Dollars ($75.00) and for Electrical Contractors is One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).
     
     Renewal of License Requires:
     1) Completion of renewal application.
     2) Payment of required license fee.
     3) --Journeyman Electrician $ 50.00
     4) --Master Electrician $100.00
     5) --Electrical Contractor $100.00
     6) Obtaining original Tax Clearance Letter from the VI Bureau of Internal Revenue.
     
     Electrical Contractor Licensure Process
     Any person holding a Master Electrician's License issued in the Virgin Islands may, upon application to the Board, be granted an Electrical Contractor's License without the necessity of taking a written examination, if he meets all the other requirements:
     
     1) File with the Board, in such form, as the Board requires.
     2) Show proof of having all insurance coverage required by law, including, but not limited to, workmen's compensation and general liability insurance.
     3) Be able to prove financial responsibility to the Board.
     4) Have a regular place of business at a specified address in the Virgin Islands. Address of business should be in a business zone as regulated by law. Business should be kept open during usual business hours.
     5) Sign applications for certificate of Electrical Inspection. (Note that a person serving as a Master Electrician under such license shall devote full time to the business for which the license is issued).
     
     Journeyman Electrician Requirements
     1) Applicant must submit a completed application obtained from the Office of Boards and Commissions at the DLCA.
     2) Applicant shall have been an apprentice or working in the trade for at least four (4) years, training under a licensed Master Electrician or an Electrical Contractor.
     3) The Board may elect to allow the applicant to apply no less than 1500 hours of study in an accredited, approved school towards the experience requirement of paragraph one (1) above.
     4) Applicant must submit three 2x2 passport size photographs.
     5) A journeyman card, valid and approved by another municipality or community of the United States of America may be considered by the Board or given credit. This card must be kept current and not be expired by more than one (1) year and not revoked for unprofessional conduct.
     
      Holders of Master Electrician's Licenses may not employ more than one full or part time apprentice or journeyman electrician.
     
     Board Members:
     David Foy, Chairman
     Roy Sealey, Vice Chairman
     Kirmit Alleyne, Secretary
     Irvine Hodge, Member
     Julio Delgado Rucci, Member
     
     
     Mailing Addresses:
     
     Lisa Davis
     Assistant Commissioner
     Boards and Commissions
     
     Virgin Islands Electricians' Licensing Board
     Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
     Property and Procurement Building
     #1 Sub Base, Room 205
     St. Thomas, USVI 00802
     (340) 774-3130 Voice
     (340) 776-8303 Fax
     
     Virgin Islands Electricians' Licensing Board
     Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
     Golden Rock Shopping Center, Christiansted
     St. Croix, USVI 00820
     (340) 773-2226 phone
     (340) 778-8250 fax
     
     Revised 1/98 by the Office of Boards and Commissions
     

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