Limited Electrician
Senior Limited Electrician (over 70 years of age)

A Limited Electrician is an individual doing work to install and service the electrical work related to a specific type of electrically operated equipment or to specific electrical installations only authorized by this license. Limited licenses are issued for the following categories: Low Energy, Gas Dispense, House Wiring, Outdoor Signs, Refrigeration, Traffic Signals, Water Pumps, and Crane Technicians.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation wants to make sure that individuals who have military experience and training and who wish to obtain a electricians license receive appropriate credit for their military training and experience. If you have military experience and training in the electrical field and want to become licensed in Maine as a Master, Journeyman or Limited Electrician, please contact Bob LeClair (207-624-8678 or robert.v.leclair@maine.gov) or Catherine Carroll (207-624-8605 or catherine.m.carroll@maine.gov) before submitting an application. They will explain the application process and assist you in preparing your application for licensure.

Military documentation that may need to accompany your examination application includes:

  • A copy of your DD Form 214, Report of Discharge
  • A copy of your DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET)

How to apply

Fees
  • License fee of $150.00 for Limited Electrician; $20.00 for Senior Limited Electrician (over age 70)
  • Application fee of $25.00
  • SBI Report fee of $21.00
Term
  • Two years from date of first licensure
Requirements
  • Applicants for examination must meet the following requirements for the following examination(s):

LIMITED LICENSE TO:

  1. WATER PUMPS A limited electrician in water pumps shall have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 2,000 hours of experience. The privileges of practice shall be restricted to electrical work between branch circuits and power supplies.
  2. OUTDOOR SIGNS (INCLUDING SIGN LIGHTING) A limited electrician in outdoor signs, including sign lighting shall have 135 hours of limited electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 2,000 hours of experience. The privileges of practice do not include branch circuit wiring.
  3. GASOLINE DISPENSING A limited electrician in gasoline dispensing shall have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 2,000 hours of experience. The privileges of practice shall be restricted to electrical work between the branch circuit and the power supply.
  4. TRAFFIC SIGNALS (INCLUDING OUTDOOR LIGHTING OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS) A limited electrician in traffic signals, including outdoor lighting of traffic signals, shall have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 2,000 hours of experience.
  5. HOUSE WIRING A limited electrician in house wiring shall have 225 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 4,000 hours of experience. The privileges of practice shall be restricted to one-family and two-family dwellings, including modular and mobile homes.
  6. REFRIGERATION A limited electrician in refrigeration shall have 270 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 6,000 hours of experience. Graduates of a Maine vocational-technical institute electrical program in refrigeration approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution shall be credited with 4,000 hours of experience upon graduation. Privileges of practice shall be restricted to all associated wire from the loadside of distribution.
  7. LOW ENERGY A limited electrician in low energy, including fire alarms, shall have 270 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 4,000 hours of experience. Any person having a limited license in fire alarms or experience in the installation of low-energy electronics, as defined by the National Electrical Code, prior to June 14, 1987 shall automatically be licensed as a limited electrician in low energy. (4,000 hours of experience in the installation of low-energy electronics will still have to be documented.) NOTE: The Electricians' Examining Board, at their May 2003 meeting, voted to requirea person installing low voltage landscape lighting to be licensed as a Limited to Low Energy electrician.
  8. CRANE TECHNICIAN A limited electrician as a crane technician shall have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Electricians' Examining Board or from an accredited institution and 2,000 hours of experience. Privileges of practice covers the installation of electrical equipment and wiring used in connection with cranes, monorail hoists, hoists and runways.

Applicants for a license as a Crane Technician by Grandfathering.

  • Any persons having experience in the installation of cranes and hoists, as defined by the National Electrical Code, prior to September 18, 1999, qualifies to be licensed as a crane technician.
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Examination:

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Renewal fees and information

Fees
  • Renewal fee of $150.00 for Limited Electricians; $20.00 for Senior Limited Electricians (over age 70)
Terms
  • Two years based on first licensure date
Requirements

 

  • Continuing Education - 15 Hour current National Electrical Code update every three years.
  • A late fee of $50.00 is assessed for licenses renewed up to 90 days after the license expiration date.
  • Any person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the expiration date but not more than 2 years may reinstate by paying the $100 license fee and $100 penalty fee.
    Reinstatement application
  • Any person who submits an application for renewal more than 2 years after the expiration date but not more than 10 years may reinstate by requesting a meeting with the Electricians' Examining Board. The Board will determine whether to grant reinstatement or require an examination be completed.
    Reinstatement application over 2 yrs
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The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

 

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Last Updated: March 3, 2014