How to Become an Electrician in Georgia

According to the Bureau of Labor electricians in Georgia average $58 to $60K per year. And that is just the beginning. Electricians enjoy a stable and rewarding career.

Training and Education

If you have little or no experience, starting with an online or hybrid program from a local technical school is the way to go.

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    Ashworth College
    Ashworth College's Residential Electrician Career Diploma program offers comprehensive online training aligned with the National Electric Code (NEC), preparing students for successful careers in residential and small commercial electrical work. Through nine self-paced courses, students gain essential skills in electrical fundamentals, reading schematics, and working with conduits and cables. The program emphasizes hands-on learning with access to digital resources like the NEC textbooks and ProQuest® for research, fostering expertise in safe electrical installation practices. Graduates benefit from flexible payment options and can start their courses immediately, completing the program in as little as nine months to meet the growing demand for qualified electricians.

    • Norcross


    Athens Technical College
    The Electrical Construction Systems Technology program in Athens prepares students for careers in both residential and commercial/industrial electrical work, emphasizing compliance with state and national codes. With hands-on labs constituting half of the curriculum and opportunities for real-world work experience, graduates enter the field ready for roles ranging from entry-level residential electricians with potential earnings of $15.00 to $25.00 per hour, to experienced commercial and industrial electricians earning $35.00 or more per hour. The program also equips students to pursue state licensing after three years of supervised work, enabling many to establish their own businesses in the field.

    • Athens


    Augusta Tech
    The NCCER Electrical Systems Construction and Maintenance Diploma at Augusta Technical College is a three-term program requiring 44 credit hours, focused on the inspection, maintenance, installation, and repair of electrical systems across various environments. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in the same field extends over five terms and requires 60 credit hours, offering a deeper dive into both theoretical and practical aspects. For those seeking a shorter commitment, the Electrical Contracting Technician Technical Certificate of Credit spans 2-4 semesters and prepares students for careers in residential and commercial electrical industries with an emphasis on practical skills.

    • Augusta


    FORTIS College
    Prepares students for entry level electrician jobs with classes in areas such as Alternating Current Theory, A.C. Motors, and Three Phase Power and Transformers.

    • Smyrna


    Lincoln Tech
    52 week Electrical and Electronic Systems Technology diploma program. Morning, afternoon and evening classes.

    • Marietta


    Miller-Motte College
    Miller-Motte's Electrical program offers a thorough preparation for entry-level roles in residential and commercial electrical fields. Combining classroom instruction with hands-on training, the program can be completed in just 10 months, with rolling enrollment available. Graduates are equipped to troubleshoot, service, and repair electrical systems to National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) standards, enhancing employability with industry-recognized credentials upon completion.

    • Augusta, Columbus, Macon


    Southern Crescent Technical College
    The Electrical Systems Technology program at SCTC's Griffin Campus offers a comprehensive diploma focusing on the inspection, maintenance, installation, and repair of electrical systems across residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Emphasizing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, graduates specialize in either Residential or Industrial Applications, completing a minimum of 43 credit hours over three terms.

    • Peachtree City


How Long Does It Take?

7 to 12 months is the typical range for entry level programs.

What Are the Costs?

$2,500 is usually the minimum.

What Do You Study?

Your curriculum might look something like this:

Introduction

  • Covers electrical theory and practical applications
  • Includes hands-on experience with electrical schematics and wiring diagrams
  • Emphasizes National Electric Code (NEC) compliance and OSHA safety standards

The Basics

  • Explores alternating currents and conductor installations
  • Focuses on load calculations and branch circuitry
  • Teaches proper wiring techniques according to NEC requirements

Electric Motor Principles

  • Provides insights into AC and DC motor operations
  • Covers motor enclosures, HVAC components, and troubleshooting methods
  • Includes practical use of testing equipment and motor maintenance techniques

Life Safety Specialty Systems

  • Specializes in fire alarm systems and troubleshooting practices
  • Discusses applications for pools, spas, fountains, and semiconductor devices
  • Introduces Solid State Relays (SSR) and control panel configurations for Life Safety Systems (LSS)

The Electrical Industry

  • Offers a comprehensive overview of residential electricity fundamentals
  • Includes basic electrical math and operational principles
  • Emphasizes jobsite safety, electrical hazards, and compliance with industry standards

People Skills

  • Provides training in communication, teamwork, and project planning
  • Enhances time management skills and professional development

Salary Range

Take a look at the average salaries for electricians in the state per major job sites:

Here is what electrician pay looks like for different parts of the state.

AreaHourlyAnnual
Albany$25.73$53,510.00
Athens-Clarke County$26.27$54,640.00
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell$28.52$59,330.00
Augusta-Richmond County$30.26$62,940.00
Brunswick$25.11$52,220.00
Columbus$23.20$48,250.00
Dalton$28.25$58,760.00
East GA$26.18$54,450.00
Gainesville$25.83$53,730.00
Hinesville$29.17$60,670.00
Macon$26.39$54,890.00
Middle GA$25.57$53,190.00
North GA$26.11$54,310.00
Rome$28.91$60,130.00
Savannah$26.73$55,610.00
South GA$27.58$57,370.00
Valdosta$23.20$48,260.00
Warner Robins$26.21$54,510.00

Occupation: Occupation: Electricians (SOC Code472111)
source: data.bls.gov

GA Requirements

According to the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, to become an electrician in Georgia, you must have a GED or high school diploma, be at least 16 years old, and provide proof of passing algebra.

Apprenticeships

The state offers various apprenticeship programs, with popular options being the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Union apprenticeship program and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Professional Electricians Program (PEP).

Alternatively, you can complete an electrician training program at an accredited trade school or community college.

Certification

In Georgia, certification and licensing are critical steps to becoming an electrician.

Upon meeting program standards, such as graduating from a trade school, certifications are awarded.

Certification is not necessary to become a licensed electrician, though it can be a convenient way to receive training and support while completing the four years of experience necessary to apply for an Electrical Contractor license.

Licensing

Licenses issued by state or local governments confirm that an individual has the required experience and knowledge and has passed a standardized test.

In Georgia, electricians only need individual licenses to become Electrical Contractors, and there is no journeyman licensing phase. Electricians work under the license of an electrical contractor.

Electrical contractors must obtain a permit from the Georgia State Construction Industry Licensing Board’s Division of Electrical Contractors.

After completing an apprenticeship program, you can work as a journeyman without supervision. Working as a journeyman electrician under a licensed electrical contractor is a mandatory step toward obtaining your contractor’s license. 

Becoming an Electrical Contractor

To become an electrical contractor in Georgia, you must complete an authorized apprenticeship program, acquiring at least 8,000 hours of on-the-job training under a licensed electrical contractor.

After meeting the training requirement, apply to the Georgia State Construction Licensing Board’s Division of Electrical Contractors to take the exam.

You must be at least 21, have a GED or equivalent, pass a background check from a law enforcement agency, provide documentation of four years of experience, submit three references, and pass the exam with at least a 70% score. 

Georgia offers two types of contractor licenses:

  • Class I for low-voltage, single-phase installations up to 200 amperes
  • Class II for installations exceeding 200 amperes

Class II Electrical Contractors must register their Electrical Contracting Companies with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

A license allows you to operate a business, bid on projects, obtain insurance, request permits, pass inspections, and advertise your services.

Renewals

Electrical contractor licenses in Georgia must be renewed every two years with the Georgia Division of Electrical Contractors, as per the Georgia Secretary of State. Renewal requires completing 8 hours of Continuing Education over two years (4 hours each year). The renewal fee is $75.

State Reciprocity

According to the Division of Electrical Contractors, Georgia has reciprocity agreements for electrical licenses with Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Electricians licensed in Georgia can work in these states without needing additional licenses.

Joining a Union in Georgia

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers logo

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the oldest and largest union for electrical workers. They offer apprenticeships for prospective electricians and membership for licensed electricians. In Georgia, local IBEW unions include:

  • IBEW Local 614 — Atlanta, GA
  • IBEW Local 1316 — Macon, GA
  • IBEW Local 1579 — Augusta, GA
  • IBEW Local 84 — Smyrna, GA

To become an apprentice, you must be at least 18, have a GED and proof of passing high school algebra, provide official transcripts, pass the IBEW apprenticeship aptitude test, and complete an interview. Successful candidates are ranked by score and added to a roster for two years, with selection based on ranking.

To become a member of a licensed electrician, contact your local union and fulfill basic requirements such as citizenship, education, and a background check. Specific requirements may vary by local union.