FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions that we receive here at the Labor Department. They are compiled by topic in order to make your search easier.

General | Wage and Hour | Child Labor | Discrimination | Electrician

Discrimination

Q. What should an employee do if he feels he has been discriminated against in employment?

A. State and federal law prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, national origin, or disability. If an employee feels that he has been discriminated against, he should seek advice of an attorney and contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 820 Louisiana Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. Their telephone number is 1 (800) 669-4000 or their website address is http://www.eeoc.gov/index.html.

Electrician

Q. What license is needed to be self-employed as an electrician?

A. Depending on the location where work is being performed, a person could contract work with a residential Master or regular Master license. If work were to be performed in municipalities, a residential master or regular master license could be required to pull permits.

Q. What are the requirements for licenses?

A. Electrical Contractor An applicant for an electrical contractor’s license shall submit to the board the following: (a) an application on a form approved by the board; and (b) proof that the applicant is a licensed master electrician or employs a licensed master electrician; and (c) if the applicant is not a master electrician, a statement from the master electrician, under oath, disclosing the master electrician’s affiliation with any other electrician electrical contractor and verifying that the master electrician is employed as the superintendent or manager of the applicant contractor.

Master Electrician
An applicant for a master electrician’s license shall have: (a) a degree in electrical engineering plus one (1) year of experience; or (b) six (6) years experience in the construction industry, both residential and commercial, including two (2) years experience as a licensed journeyman electrician; or (c) any combination of training and experience as the board may approve, such as formal electrical apprenticeship programs specifically approved by the board, on-the-job training specifically approved by the board, or a combination of training and construction experience that is determined by the board to be equivalent to that as specified in paragraph 6.1(a or b) above.

Journeyman Electrician
An applicant for a journeyman electrician license shall have: (a) four (4) years (8,000 hours) electrical work experience approved by the board: and (b) a four year combination of training and experience as the board may approve, such as formal apprenticeship programs approved by the board, on-the-job training specifically approved by the board, public or private electrical training programs, such as those conducted by the armed forces, colleges or vocational-technical schools, specifically approved by the board, or a combination of training and electrical experience that is determined by the board to be equivalent to that as specified in paragraph 6.2(a) above or (c) a “Notice of Apprenticeship Committee Action – Released for Test” form from their training program if applicable and approved by the Department of Workface Education. The applicant may take the examination after completion of four years training and submission of the approved Released for Test form. (d) Maintenance experience in electrical work may be considered provided: (1) the applicant has completed a BAT-approved construction sponsored apprenticeship program: and (2) electrical work must be: (A) performed under the direct supervision of an engineer, licensed master electrician, or licensed journeyman electrician: and (B) verified and documented in detail; and (3) experience must either: (A) four (4) years (8,000 hours) of verified electrical construction experience; or (B) six (6) years (10,000 hours) of electrical maintenance experience with two (2) of those years consisting of electrical construction experience.

Q. What are the penalties for not getting a license?

A. Performing electrical work without the required license is a crime. If you hold yourself out as an electrical contractor, master electrician or journeyman electrician without the proper license, you may be assessed a civil penalty and fined up to $1000.00 per day.

Q. How do I apply for a license?

A. You can download the Arkansas Electrician Application form from this website. Print the form, complete it and mail to:

Arkansas Board of Electrical Examiners
Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205-2190
Phone: 501-682-4549 Fax: 501-682-1765

Q. When will I get my electrician license pocket card?

A. After an applicant is approved for a license, and we have received verification that the PROV examination was passed, a letter is sent to the applicant with a form to complete and return with the appropriate license fee; then the electrician license pocket card(s) are sent by mail.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 501-682-4549.

Q. If have a license in another state can I work in Arkansas?

A. No, you must have an Arkansas license issued by the Board of Electrical Examiners

Q. If I lose my pocket license card can I get another?

A. Yes, however, there is a $10.00 processing fee for a duplicate license pocket card. Mail your request for a duplicate license pocket card, along with a copy of your driver’s license or identification card to:

Arkansas Board of Electrical Examiners
Arkansas Department of Labor
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205-2190
Phone: 501-682-4549 Fax: 501-682-1765

Q. What are the requirements for a Lifetime License?

A. You must prove that you are 65 years old, and that you have held an Arkansas master’s license for a minimum of 12 years. You must complete an application to be approved by the Board of Electrical Examiners. Once approved, you will be sent a letter of acceptance with a request for a one-time $50.00 fee.

Q. When are late fees due on license renewals and how much are the late fees?

A. Any license that is not renewed within six (6) months of the expiration date of the license will be charged a late fee. Any master license will be assessed a late fee of twenty dollars ($20.00), a journeyman or industrial maintenance license will be assessed a fee of ten dollars ($10.00). Any late fee assessed is in addition to the normal renewal fee.

Q. When will a license be voided?

A. Any license that is not renewed within one year of the expiration date will be voided. In addition, if a license is voided for non-renewal the license holder will be required to take an examination before the license will be renewed.