California Electrician Continuing Education

Our California electrical CE courses are approved to satisfy your continuing education requirements. Our company has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as our LEA and is accepted as 1 Attempt (At Your Pace Online) with the Electrician Certification Unit.

Complete the continuing education to renew your CA electricians license today. All of our courses include the most current code content, and can be completed At Your Pace Online to help you meet the state's requirements. Once you finish your course, we provide an official certificate of completion for your records. Learn more about our state reporting service here.


32-Hour Package for California Electricians

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Save on our 32-hour package for California electricians. This package includes:

  • 2020 NEC Changes Part 1
  • 2020 NEC Changes Part 2
  • Electrical Safety (NFPA 70E: 2021)
  • Residential Wiring (2020 NEC)
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CA Electrical Safety (NFPA 70E 2024)

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This course gives electricians in California an overview of the rules and requirements found in the 2024 NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace publication. Topics discussed include applying safety standards to general electrical installations, the electrical safety program, lockout/tagout protocols, and more. 


CA Residential Wiring (2020 NEC)

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This course will cover the requirements in the 2020 NEC for installing electrical systems in dwelling units. Code sections cover service and subpanels, kitchen, pantry and dining rooms, bathrooms and laundry, living areas (and bedrooms), stairways and hallways, luminaires, fans and switches, outdoors, garages, basements, and crawl spaces, heating and cooling, swimming pools and spas, generators, limited energy, installations and wiring methods. This course has no prerequisites.

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Electrical Safety (NFPA 70E: 2021)

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This course equips electricians and other workers exposed to electrical hazards with knowledge needed to apply safety requirements from the NFPA 70E. We start by detailing the arrangement, scope, and purpose of the document, as well as define common terms. Then, we discuss securing an electrically safe work condition, lockout/tagout, energized work, grounding electrical equipment, arc flash and more. In summary, we clarify NFPA 70E safety practices used in the electrical industry. This course has no prerequisites.

This course is accepted by California.

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CA 2020 NEC Changes Part 1

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This online course will review the first half of the most important changes to the 2020 National Electrical Code. Changes from Section 90 through Section 430 will be covered.

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CA 2020 NEC Changes Part 2

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This online course will review the second half of the most important changes to the 2020 National Electrical Code. Changes from Section 430 through Section 840 will be covered.

CE Requirements for California Electrical License Renewal

  • In the state of California, electricians are required to obtain 32 hours of electrical continuing education, every 3 years prior to license renewal.
  • Electricians need to have worked 2,000 hours during the renewal period.

While other states differentiate between electrical licenses via the “journeyman” and “master” designations, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) handles things differently. Here, you might be a general electrician (the closest to a master electrician in other states), a residential electrician, a fire/life/safety technician, a voice data video technician, or a non-residential lighting technician. No matter which certification you hold, though, you’re still subject to the DIR’s renewal requirements.

Your California electrician certification renewal timeline

If you want to get a jump on renewal early, you can. In fact, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) says you can renew up to 1 year prior to [the] expiration date as long as your 32 hours of continuing education is completed. (More on the required continuing education in a moment.)

The DIR also cautions that you might not get a reminder notice so it’s up to you to stay on top of your process. Look at your certification card, find your expiration date, and write it down so you don’t miss your mark. If you do, your renewal fee doubles from $100 to $200 and you have to retake the certification exam. 


The CA electrical certification renewal process for the following types of electrical licenses:

Residential Electrician, Fire/Life/Safety, Voice Data Video (VDV), Certified General Electrician, Certified General Contractor, C-10 Contractor, Lighting Technician, and General Electrician

1. Complete 32 hours of continuing education

Before you can renew, you need to finish 32 hours of continuing education in the category relevant to your certification. The DIR has approved specific providers, including TradesmanCE, where you can take your CEU online.

 Make sure you take your hours from a DIR-approved provider or they won’t count toward your renewal. When you consider a provider, check for approval with the state.

When you finish your hours, your provider issues you a Certificate of Completion. Use this as proof you’ve finished your hours when you submit your renewal. 


2. Work the required number of hours

In order to renew, you need to have worked at least 2,000 hours in the industry in the last three years. But at just 50 full-time work weeks, you should easily cover that base if you regularly work as an electrician.


3. Complete your renewal application

Once your hours are finished, you can complete the one-page Renewal Application for Electrician Certification. It’s a fairly straightforward form. You just need to fill in your basic personal information and check a few boxes and you’re good to go. 


4. Pay your renewal fee

When you send in your renewal form, send in the renewal fee, too.

Complete those four steps and send in your renewal before your certificate expires, and you’ll have no trouble keeping your California electrician certification current.


'Why should I care about maintaining my California electrician certification? Can’t I just renew it after it expires?'

You can renew your certification if it expires, but you’ll have to take the certification exam again and your fee literally doubles. Not great, right?

To make matters worse, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement’s Electrician Certification Unit (ECU) regularly releases a report showcasing some telling statistics about that exam. 

The statistics show that passing the exam doesn’t come easy. Across the board, electrical exams in California have a pass rate of just 55%. That means that, roughly speaking, for every two people who take the exam, only one will pass.

The likelihood of passing gets better or worse depending on your certification type. As of August 2022:

  • General electrician certification exams have a pass percentage of 56%
  • Residential electrician certification exams have a pass percentage of 31%
  • Fire/life safety technician certification exams have a pass percentage of 61%
  • Voice data video certification exams have a pass percentage of 60%
  • Non-residential lightning certification exams have a pass percentage of 39%

Clearly, renewing your electrician certification once it’s expired isn’t an easy process. If you have yours and it’s active, keeping it that way saves you the stress and hassle of having to retake the certification exam.

What happens if I miss the renewal deadline for my CA electrical certification?

If that last section didn’t put enough pep in your step to get your cert renewed in time, buckle up. You’re about to navigate the hurdles we just outlined.

In an attempt to make what could be a major headache a little easier, let’s talk about each task you need to check off to get your license back.

#1: Send in the renewal application

At least this part isn’t too bad. It’s the same one-page renewal application with which you’re probably already familiar. The difference is that you need to check box (4) under Section II indicating that you’re renewing an expired certification.

#2: Pay the doubled fee

The exam isn’t the only bad part about letting your California electrical certification expire. The fee to retake the exam and renew your expired certification is $200. If it seems like a lot, it is. That’s double the $100 renewal fee if you keep your card active.

Make your check payable to “DIR-Electrician Certification Fund.”

#3: Pass the exam

Assuming everything goes through with your application to renew your expired certification, you’ll get an eligibility notice from the state. You then need to schedule your exam with PSI (the company that administers the tests for the DIR) via their website or by calling (888) 818-5831. To schedule online, go to the PSI website, choose “California” from the jurisdiction dropdown menu, and then choose “CA Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.”

On the top-right of the webpage you get sent to, you should see a button with a PDF logo that says “Download Candidate Information Bulletin.” Click it and read through the bulletin. It will give you lots of helpful info like what to expect, what to bring with you on the day of your exam, and exam prep tips.

The DIR’s test info page is also useful. It has sample questions and more tips to help you on the day of your exam. At the very bottom of that page, they give an outline of each exam, too. 

If you don’t pass, don’t panic. Wait 60 days, then send in the application to retake the test along with the $100 exam retake fee. Since you’ll be more familiar with the exam format, it should be easier this time.

State Of California Electrical License Renewal Deadlines

  • Electricians must renew their license by their expiration date, every three years. If you’re not sure of your expiration date, you can look it up on the DIR website.