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About Obtaining Your
Master Electrician's 
License in Indiana

The rules governing the testing and licensing of electrical contractors are not handled at the state level in Indiana. Instead, each county and municipality has their own rules, and each is responsible individually for contractor testing and licensing. The rules are governed by the Indiana Licensing agency, and those interested in getting a journeyman’s electrician license, becoming an electrician trainee, or becoming a contractor themselves, should seek the information pertinent to them at their local City Controller’s Office.

Each county or municipality in Indiana handles electrical licensing slightly differently, although there are a few common requirements. An exam, exam fees, and a minimum amount of work experience as well as references are usually required.


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Indianapolis now uses the International Code Council to administer the 2020 NEC Master Electrician exams. You may test at a site or online in the privacy of your home or office!


There are two types of licenses in Indianapolis:

Master – Unrestricted

Residential – Allows license holder to work on one- and two-family structures only


There are a set of minimum requirements for making an application, along with a series of document photocopies proving identity and qualifications:

  • An application to take the exam.

  • Six years of documented work experience. Up to two years may be substituted for appropriate college courses and apprenticeship programs.

  • Three signed reference letters from customers for the individual applicant, not any company they work for.

  • An interview must be conducted before permission to take the exam is granted.

  • Applicants must pass with a score of 75 percent or greater on the exam.

Fees for becoming a licensed electrical contractor vary, ranging from $124 to $189 for new applicants. The exam may carry additional fees.

Fort Wayne

Electricians in Fort Wayne should abide by the guidelines set out of Allen County. The county describes three tiers of electrician: master, journeyman, and apprentice. The differences are mostly a matter of supervision. Any contractor performing work must be or employ a master electrician. Journeymen must be supervised by a master, and an apprentice must be supervised by either a journeyman or a master.

Master requirements include:

  • Eight years of work history under the supervision of a master electrician, four of which must have been spent working with a journeyman license.

Journeyman requirements include:

  • Four years of work plus 8,000 hours working as an apprentice registered with the county.

Contact the Allen county building department for more information about the application process.


Evansville describes electrical licenses as master, journeyman, and apprentice. The requirements for license applications don’t appear to be different between master and journeyman levels, however, Evansville requires that masters score a 75 percent on their exam, while all other levels score a 70 percent.

Requirements for applying to take the exam include:

  • Three letters of recommendation, on letterhead and notarized, that prove a minimum of four years relevant experience.

  • The licensing fees are $30 for journeyman and $300 for master. The exam may carry additional fees.

  • A license to operate as a contractor may include additional fees, including all other fees associated with becoming a contractor in Indiana.

South Bend

South Bend describes contractors as Class A and Class B electrical contractors.

  • Class A is a equivalent to a master level electrician who operates as a contractor.

  • Class B is limited to certain industrial projects.

Class A requirements include four years of relevant experience, as well as proof of such experience. Both classes may require exams. For a master level exam, a score of 70 percent is required.

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