Written by Kacie Goff
The Electrical Division of the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC) differentiates between license types. But whether you have an electrical license, a master electrical license, or an electrical contractor license, you’re going to need to go through the process to renew your license each year.
To make that as easy as possible for you, we outlined all of the steps to renewing an electrical license (EE or ME) or electrical contractor license with the Kentucky HBC.
First up, before you can even be eligible for renewal, Kentucky Administrative Regulation says that you need to complete continuing education hours. Specifically, if you have an electrician (EE) or master electrician (ME) license, you need six continuing education hours (which you can start taking now at this link) on one or more of the following topics:
To renew an electrical contractor (CE) license, you also need six hours, but on:
If you have an electrician license and a contractor electrician license, you’ll need to meet both requirements, which means completing 12 hours each year.
Fortunately, however many hours you need, you can take them online from a state-approved provider. That lets you knock them out whenever your schedule allows from your home, office, or anywhere else.
Once you’ve finished your hours, you can start getting your paperwork done. Luckily, these renewal applications are just one page long and are pretty easy to fill out.
Here are links to the PDFs so you can easily access your renewal form:
You might recognize that application from when you initially applied for your license. This time around, make sure you check the box for renewal toward the top.
You’ll have to add some info specific to your license type. Electricians and master electricians, you’ll need to include verification of your work experience. Electrical contractors, the state wants to see proof that you still have the required insurance.
Make sure you get your form filled out and mailed in by the deadline. Your renewal is due every year by the last day of your birth month. So if you were born on January 1, it’s due January 31 each year. Or if you were born September 28, your renewal is due September 30 every year.
When you mail it in, make sure you include the certificate(s) of completion for all of your continuing education hours, along with the renewal fee. The fees are:
Make your check payable to “Kentucky State Treasurer.” Then, send it all into:
Public Protection Cabinet
Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
With that, the state should renew your license so you can continue working as an electrician throughout Kentucky.