Board Information

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Montana, all Montana Department of Labor & Industry offices are closed to the public to protect the health and safety of our clients and staff. Our services are available through remote delivery. We are available to assist customers through our online public portal at EBIZ.MT.GOV/POL (Professional and Occupational Licenses) and EBIZ.MT.GOV (for Permits). For other services, please contact us via email a DLIBSDWEBHELP@MT.GOV or by phone.(406) 841-2300.


                    Welcome to the Montana State Electrical Board

The State Electrical Board makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of electricians in Montana.

ATTENTION LICENSEES:

The 2020 Renewals for both Electricians and Electrical Contractors will be at 50% Abatement.  However, renewals recieved postmarked after July 15, 2020 will be charged the full late fee's.  You can renew your license starting on May 15th, 2020.  Please use the quick links located on the right side of this page to renew online.


Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, all board meetings will be held by conference call. No outside participants or stakeholders will be allowed access in the building. Please attend by phone.

 


The 2017 NEC examinations will be in place starting April 1, 2020. If you make application after April 1, 2020, you will be testing on the 2017 NEC. Those that have made application on the 2014 NEC, will continue to test on the 2014 NEC through your entire process until you become licensed.

As of December 7, 2019, the State of Montana has adopted the 2017 NFPA 70 (2017 NEC), the 2018 International Existing Building Code, the 2018 International Mechanical Code, the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code, the 2018 International Building Code, the 2018 International Residential Code, the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, and the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code. Official versions of these administrative rules will not be available until published by the Secretary of State. You may check for updated publishing at: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/Building-Codes-Permits/current-codes

You may also review additional information on the code amendments at the Building Codes Web page at bsd.dli.mt.gov/building-codes-permits.

 

Montana State Electrical Board

301 South Park Avenue

P.O. Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.  Members 
 serve 5 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

To contact the Board, please use the Email the Board link located under Quick Links. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

Mel Medhus III, President   

John Gordon, Vice President    

Dawn Achten, Secretary
Harry Freebourn, Public Member, Treasurer
Rick Hutchinson, Master Electrician
 

 

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest in contacting the Montana Board of Electrical.

 

If you are already licensed, have applied for a license, are about to apply for a license, or are renewing your license from the Board of Electrical:

Professional Licensing Customer Service:

(406) 444-6880

DLIBSDHELP@MT.GOV

 

If you have scope of practice questions or comments for the Board of Electrical:

Jason Steffins, Executive Officer

(406) 841-2329

DLIBSDELE@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about continuing education:

(406) 444-5696

AUDIT@MT.GOV

 

If you have questions about filing a complaint against a licensee:

(406) 841-2312

DLIBSDCOMPLAINTS@MT.GOV


Mailing Address:

Board of Electrical

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

 

Physical Address:

Board of Electrical

301 S. Park Avenue

4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620



Board Events

Board meetings are usually held 4 times a year. 
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public. 
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Newsletters

License Information

Please make a choice of the license types to the left

Residential Electrician

To apply for the Residential Electrician License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements. 

Please review the Residential Electrician by Exam checklist here.

Please review the Residential Electrician by Reciprocity/Endorsement here.

Note:   ***ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE***

Examination Information:
Applications for examination must be approved by the State Electrical Board. Currently, exams are based off the 2017 NEC

Continuing Education Requirements:

16 hours of Board approved courses per renewal cycle. A minimum of 8 hours must be on code update. The Board accepts Continuing Education from any reciprocal state.

Journeyman Electrician

To apply for the Journeyman Electrician License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Journeyman Electrician by Exam checklist here.

Please review the Journeyman Electrician by Reciprocity/Endorsement here.

Note:   ***ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE***

Examination Information:
Applications for examination must be approved by the State Electrical Board. Currently, exams are based off the 2017 NEC.

Continuing Education Requirements:
16 hours of Board approved courses per renewal cycle. A minimum of 8 hours must be on code update. The Board accepts Continuing Education from any reciprocal state.

Other Special License Requirements:
The Board issues Electrical Contractors Licenses. An applicant must provide proof of compliance with workers compensation and unemployment laws, and must identify a full-time Montana licensed journeyman or master electrician responsible for all work done in Montana.

Master Electrician

To apply for the Master Electrician License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Master Electrician checklist here.

Note:   ***ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE***

Examination Information:
Applications for examination must be approved by the State Electrical Board. Currently, exams are based off the 2017 NEC.

Continuing Education Requirements:
16 hours of Board approved courses per renewal cycle. A minimum of 8 hours must be on code update. The Board accepts Continuing Education from any reciprocal state.

Other Special License Requirements:

The Board issues Electrical Contractors Licenses. An applicant must provide proof of compliance with workers compensation and unemployment laws, and must identify a full-time Montana licensed journeyman or master electrician responsible for all work done in Montana.

Limited Electrical Contractor

To apply for the Limited Electrical Contractor License using the online application please click here

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Please review the Limited Electrical Contractor checklist here.

Fees:(Non-refundable)
(see application)

Licensing Requirements:
Proof of compliance with Montana Workers Compensation and also Unemployment Insurance or an Independant Contractor Exemption.

Additional Requirements:
Montana Licensed Journeyman Electrician is responsible party for the business.

The Montana responsible electrician’s license determines the level of the contractor’s license and what electrical work can be performed.  A limited electrical contractor will require a Montana licensed journeyman electrician as the responsible party and limits the electrical work to residential construction consisting of less than five living units in a single structure.  

Unlimited Electrical Contractor

To apply for the Unlimited Electrical Contractor License using the online application please click here

Please review the Unlimited Electrical Contractor checklist here.

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application that includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

Fees:(Non-refundable)
(see application)

Licensing Requirements:
Proof of compliance with Montana Workers Compensation and also Unemployment Insurance or an Independant Contractor Exemption.

Additional Requirements:
Montana Licensed Master Electrician is responsible party for the business.

The Montana responsible electrician's license determines the level of the contractor's license and what electrical work can be performed. An unlimited electrical contractor license will require a Montana licensed master electrician as the responsible party and allows the electrical contractor to perform residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional work.

Renewal Process

 
  1. The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for all Electricians is July 15 on even years.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date. We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m. Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.    
  4. All Fees are Non-refundable.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Exam Information

Only applicants who have been approved by the Montana State Electrical Board will be allowed to register for an exam PSI is the exam vendor for the State Electrical Board. Approved applicants will be issued an admission letter. Once an applicant is approved for the examination the applicant is eligible to take the exam within one week.

A. Examination Information:
Applications for examination must be approved by the State Electrical Board. Currently, exams are based off the 2017 NEC as of April 1, 2020.

Exam Information Sheet

2017 NEC Amendments by Building Codes

Examination Dates & Locations

Days and hours of operation vary at each PSI location. PSI maintains test centers at over 700 locations nationwide. To find test centers visit PSI web site for exact locations nearest you.

License Verification Request

You can determine if a person is licensed in Montana by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.  Written requests are also welcome and the process to follow is outlined below.  

Individuals who are licensed in Montana and need a verification on the status of their license can use the official license verification form.

There are THREE types of Licensure Verification Requests:

1). Licensees for any profession can be verified by using LicenseLookup.mt.gov.
This website provides real-time connectivity to the Business Standards Licensing Database.  There is no charge for this service.

======================================================

2). An individual may request licensure information directly from the board or program email link. The email should include first and last name, address, city, state, license number and any other type of identifying information. There is no charge for this service.

A response should occur within 3 days of receipt.

======================================================

3). To request an official Montana license verification be sent to another state licensing board, jurisdiction or individual for license confirmation status in the State of Montana. The fee for this is $20.00 per verification requested.

Once the fee and official license verification form are received, the request will be processed and mailed within 5 days.

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.
 
Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.
 
Administrative Rules pertaining to electrical licensure are written and adopted by the State Electrical Board. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The State Electrical Board continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by emailing at SOSARM@mt.gov

For web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Declaratory Rulings

 
In the matter of the petition for declaratory ruling on the clarification of low voltage electrical communication or signal equipment, whether parking lot or street lighting are covered by electrical code and which electrical code is applicable

Rules Notices

Click here to find rules notices older than one year at the Montana Secretary of State website.


MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-308

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.417 registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT (published May 29, 2020)

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT (effective July 25, 2020)

Statutes

Compliant Information

The Montana Department of Labor & Industry and Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards are charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. To learn more about the complaint process or to file a complaint, please visit our Complaint Information page.

How to File a Complaint

Continuing Education

Licensed Residential, Journeyman and Master Electricians:
 
You may view available on-line, correspondence, and in-person courses as well as check your individual credits taken. Please allow one month for entry of course information by sponsors. 
Only courses approved by the Montana State Electrical Board will be reported for your individual credits. 

Courses approved by a reciprocal state are accepted by the Montana State Electrical Board. Reciprocal state approved course credits will not appear in your individual credits but may be audited by the Board. A reciprocal state may or may not allow the use of Montana approved courses. You will need to contact that state's office for specifics on their continuing education program.  

Eight hours of continuing education must be obtained for each year in the renewal cycle. Requisite hours may be obtained during any portion of the renewal cycle. A minimum of four of the eight annual hours shall be certified as covering NEC updates. Newly licensed graduates of approved apprenticeship programs are exempt from continuing education requirements in the first renewal cycle. Licensees changing from journeyman or residential to a higher level of licensure are not exempt from completing the required hours of continuing education.  Licensees are responsible for maintaining a record of completion certificates for courses or seminars and the hours attended. A random audit of completion certificates may be performed by the board at any time.
 
Continuing Education Provider:
Courses must be approved before course credits are granted to an individual. 
All approved courses will expire on August 1st. 
Once your course is approved you will be sent a username and password. Course providers will be able to update contact information and course dates. Course providers are required to enter a roster of course attendees within 20 days of completion of a course.

 

Please email the Board office or call 406-444-5696 for specific questions regarding continuing education.

FAQ