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How to Become an Electrician in Hawaii

Do you want to know how to become an electrician in Hawaii and earn $50,000 - $110,000 a year? Do you want to retire rich and enjoy life with a silver spoon? If so, this article was written just for you! 

Electricians in Hawaii are among the best paid when compared to other professions: 

  • Electrical Engineers: $89,600 
  • Power line and Substation Repairers: $107,030 
  • Commercial and Industrial Electricians: $71,330 
  • Carpenters: $73,070 
  • Sheet metal Workers: $76,900 
  • Tire Repairers and Changers: $33,560

How to Become an Electrician in Hawaii

There are three steps involved when becoming an electrician in Hawaii:

  • Joining a trade school 
  • Joining an apprenticeship program 
  • Sitting for a journeyman exam 

How to Become an Electrician in Hawaii Through a Trade School

A trade school will award you with a certificate in Electrical Installation and Maintenance technology. This is a state requirement for all electricians as it paves the way for becoming a journeyman. Electrical vocational schools are also ideal if you do not have any electrical background. 

Joining an Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeships in Hawaii are offered by the Hawaii Electricians Training Fund {HETF}. To join this program you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be 18 years old 
  • Be a US citizen 
  • Have a high school GED 
  • Be physically fit 
  • Pass an oral interview 
How to Become an Electrician in Hawaii

Sitting for a Journeyman Exam

After you have earned your electrical certificate and completed your apprenticeship program, you can then submit an application for a license and if accepted you will be invited to sit for a journeyman exam. 

There are different electricians depending on their specialization and the exam they sit for. These electricians are: 

  • Journey worker specialty electrician 
  • Journey worker industrial electrician 

As you advance in your training and experience you can earn a supervising electrician license.  The three types of supervising licenses are: 

Supervising Electrician License 

To have this license, you must have been a journey worker for at least 4 years and pass a matching exam  

Supervising Industrial License

To get this license, must have been a Journey worker Industrial electrician for 36 months and pass a matching exam. 

Supervising Specialty Electrician License

To get this license, you must have been a Journey worker specialty electrician for 24 months and pass a matching exam.

How to Become an Independent Electrical Contractor in Hawaii 

To become an independent contractor, you first have to apply for a specialty contractor license. This means, that you have to register a corporate entity or a sole proprietor. To become a contractor, you must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Be honest 
  • Have a supervising experience of 4 years 
  • Have both workers and liability insurance 
  • Be 18 years old 
  • Pass an electrical classification exam 
  • Have a property damage liability insurance of $50,000 
  • Have a bodily injury liability cover of $300,000 per occurrence and $100,000 per person

If you were wondering how to become an electrician in Hawaii, now you know. Keep in mind that there are several electrical branches that one can specialize in. However, it all starts by joining a trade school.

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