The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) issues quite a few different types of electrical certifications. Then, to further complicate matters, the Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) also issues a C-10 electrical contractor license. It’s enough to leave most people pretty confused. But if you’re in the field of voice, data, and video electrical work, it’s pretty clear cut: you’ll want the DIR’s voice data video technician certification.
This isn’t just a nice-to-have. The state requires it before you can undertake projects, even if you’re being overseen by an electrical contractor. So, yes, you need certification to work as a voice data video tech in California. Here’s a quick look at how to get — and maintain — your certification.
First up, you need to meet the experience requirements. For most people, that means some combination of schooling/training and an electrical traineeship/apprenticeship.
Specifically, the DIR requires that all voice data video technicians have 4,000 hours of experience. And you need to tally up those hours from at least two of the following categories:
Long story short, a bunch of your hours are going to need to come from installations. When you’re choosing an electrical traineeship/apprenticeship, make sure you’ll be working on plenty of installs.
Once you rack up the required experience hours, you need to:
For more info about getting your California voice data video technician certification, check out this guide from the DIR.
Getting your cert is a big step, and it requires a fair amount of work. To make sure you don’t have to go through all that hassle again, renew your certification before the deadline.
For California voice data video certification holders, that means renewing every three years. To complete the renewal process, you need to:
Long story short, you do need certification to work as a voice data video technician in the Golden State. But now you know the ins and outs of getting and keeping that cert.