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Electrician License Requirements in Denver

Becoming an electrician isn’t easy. It involves a lot of hard work and studying. The main guidelines for
learning and understanding the skills involved in becoming licensed as an electrician are contained in
the National Electric Code, which is uniform across all states. The exam and experience requirements,
however, differ from state to state. Additionally, each individual specialization may have its own unique
requirements. For instance, Colorado sets certain prerequisites in order to be able to take the exam.

There are three main specializations that Denver electricians may fall under, and each one requires a
specific amount of experience prior to taking the licensing exam.

Residential Wireman – You must provide verification that you have at least two years of electrical
construction wiring experience, specifically in terms of lights, heat and power, and can perform such
work in one, two, three, and four family dwellings.

Journeyman Electrician – In Denver you must provide proof of at least four years of work in electrical
construction wiring, specifically in terms of lights, heat and power in order to become a licensed
journeyman electrician. You must also have a minimum of two years’ experience working in the
commercial and/or industrial industries. Your verification of experience must indicate the percentage of
time spent doing residential wiring versus the percentage of time spent doing commercial or industrial

Master Electrician – Requires verification of at least five years of electrical experience. Of those five
years, four must have been spent performing electrical construction wiring, specifically in terms of
lights, heat and power and a minimum of two years spent working with commercial and/or industrial
wiring. You must also have at least one year of experience in planning, lay-out, supervising and
installing wiring and equipment for light, heat and power. Even those who already hold a journeyman’s
license must provide verification of this one year of planning and lay-out experience.

In order to verify that you meet the prerequisites stated above, the Colorado State Electrical Board
requires that you complete and submit what’s known as an Affidavit of Experience Form. Once the form
has been submitted and accepted, you must then apply to take the licensing exam. The exam contains
a variety of challenging questions that are meant to test your knowledge of specific tasks performed by
electricians as well as safety regulations and requirements. Those who pass the difficult exam officially
become licensed Denver electricians.

The process of becoming licensed is not an easy one, but it’s meant to provide a high level of safety
and protection to the general public. Hiring someone that doesn’t hold a license to do electrical work
could result in substandard work, property damage or possible safety risk. Electrical work should always
be performed by a licensed Denver electrician who has met the above requirements and successfully
passed the state licensing exam. That is the only way to ensure that the work is done properly and

How to Know When to Call a Denver Electrician

A lot of home owners choose to go the do-it-yourself route when it comes to electrical work.
Sometimes it makes sense - it’s cheaper, and many times faster. Installing a ceiling fan or changing an
electrical outlet can be relatively easy jobs for someone who is handy. However there are certain jobs
that should be handled only by licensed professionals. There are also certain situations that arise in
which a skilled Denver electrician should be called immediately for repair or service. Here are some key
things to look for in order to determine when it’s time to call a professional.

Homes often provide warning signs when there is an electrical problem that needs to be addressed.
For instance, changing fuses on a regular basis or frequently having to reset your circuits may be a sign
that your breakers are overloaded. It’s probably time to call an electrician to come in and replace them.
Similarly, if you notice that your lights tend to dim when other large appliances, such as air conditioners,
are turned on that’s typically a sign of a drop in voltage. A licensed Denver electrician can assess the
situation and determine what repairs or upgrades need to be performed.

Another clue that the services of a professional are needed is heavily overloaded outlets. You may not
realize it, but if you are using several multi-plug units to power a large amount of items in one place, you
could be creating a serious fire hazard. Likewise, if you have to use extension cords to power additional
electrical devices you could be placing your home and your family in danger. The solution is simple
– install additional outlets. But before you run to the hardware store, keep in mind that this type of
work falls under the DON’T do it yourself category. Contact a professional to make sure the job is done
properly and safely.

Unlike the more subtle clues already mentioned above, some warning signs are more obvious and
should be addressed immediately by calling a licensed Denver electrician. For instance, if you notice
your lights flickering or the smell of burning wires it could mean that there are serious problems
with your electrical connections. It could also mean a potentially hazardous situation so contact an
electrician right away.

Finally, the most obvious reason to call an electrician is when you don’t feel comfortable doing the work
yourself. Working with electricity is no joke – it could cause property damage, serious injury or even
death if it’s not handled properly. Never be afraid to admit when a job is too risky, no matter how big
or small it may be. Whether you need a few outlets changed or your whole home rewired, calling an
experienced Denver electrician will ensure that the work is performed properly, so that your home and
your family remain safe.

The History of Electricians

Most people think that the electrician industry was established around the same time that electricity
began being widely used in homes and businesses. But while the demand for those skilled in that
particular field certainly rose with the increase in electricity usage, electricians were actually around
long before buildings were being wired and lit up.

The 1800’s were a time when the invention of new and innovative things was at its prime and many of
the things being invented happened to be electrical. Given the competitive nature of inventors eager
to be the first to introduce their creations to the world, the demand for people who were skilled in
electrical work grew. Those who had experience and training using electrical devices were often hired
to display and operate the new inventions during various trade shows and expositions. Thus, the first
electricians were born.

With the expansion of electricity’s use in both residential and commercial terms during the nineteenth
century, the need for skilled electricians was on the rise and the industry slowly began to take shape.
People were being trained to install, maintain and repair electrical systems and as time went on, experts
began to emerge. With changing technology and new innovations, these experts began to branch off
into different specializations. The first such specialization was that of electrical engineering, which
focused heavily on research and technology.

The twentieth century saw significant advancements in the electrical industry. Residential and
commercial use was on the rise, each producing its own unique needs and demands. And with the
introduction and widespread use of new devices, such as appliances and televisions, the need for
experts who specialized in their design and repair increased. These differing needs developed into three
areas of specialization – commercial, industrial and domestic. And each of these three fields has its own
specialized discipline centered around the proper installation, repair, maintenance and safety of their

Today, as in the past, the field of electricity is always evolving. There will continue to be advancements
in technology; therefore the skills and training of licensed electricians will need to continue to advance
as well. There may very well be additional specializations established in the future, particularly as new
systems are developed. Meanwhile, existing systems will continue to require proper maintenance and
repair. This means that the future of the trained electrician holds plenty of opportunity and promise of
growth in the years to come.