Written by Kacie Goff
If you put in all of the work to earn an electrical license from the Georgia Board of Electrical Contractors, you’re probably not too keen on repeating the process anytime soon. Luckily, keeping your license active isn’t too challenging, especially when you know exactly what’s required.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about renewing an electrical license in the state of Georgia, from the deadline to the CE requirement.
Your electrical contractor license is good for two years and expires on June 30 in every even-numbered year (i.e., 2022, 2024, 2026). You might want to put that date on your calendar, along with a reminder a couple of months beforehand.
The state also makes an effort to help you remember when your renewal is due. They should send you an email reminder about two months before your electrical contractor license will expire.
To make sure you get that email, keep the right contact info on file for the state. You can do that in the online licensing portal, or you can print out, fill in, and mail the last page of this PDF. That’s technically a name and address change form, though, so unless you truly do need to change your name, it might be easier to skip all the unnecessary form fields and update your email online.
The state requires all electrical contractors to take four continuing education (CE) hours per year. That means you need eight hours per two-year renewal cycle.
Your hours have to focus on relevant topics, like:
Ultimately, the easiest way to make sure you take CE hours that will count toward your renewal is to pick a state-approved provider. You can find Board-approved CE hours that you can take online whenever you have the time, so knocking out this requirement doesn’t have to get in the way of your core work.
Once you finish your CE, file the certificate of completion away somewhere safe. The state requires you to keep that proof on hand for five years. They can randomly audit you and request that documentation at pretty much any time.
Once you have your eight CE hours done, you’re ready to submit your renewal application. The state has you do this through their online license services platform.
If you’ve used it before, you should be able to log in with the same username and password. That said, because of some system upgrades, some people will need to reset their passwords. Use the link at the bottom of the page for the "person" license type reset if you have trouble getting in.
If you’re new to the platform, start here to register your account.
Once you’re logged in, follow the steps to complete your license renewal.
As part of the online renewal process, you’ll need to pay the renewal fee. It’s $75.
See? That wasn’t so bad. Now you know everything required to make renewing your Georgia electrical contractor license as easy as possible.