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Process Steps for Master Electrician's License

Step 1:    Step-By-Step Instructions for Completing the Application for Master Electrician's License is available online by visiting the City of Detroit website at www.detroitmi.gov (under the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department). This document will guide you on how to complete the application accurately to ensure approval in a timely manner.

Step 2:  
 Applications are available online (for printing purposes only) or by visiting the City of Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department Electrical Division (Room 408) at Two Woodward Avenue, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI 48226 between the hours of 8:00AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Friday.

Qualification for Master Electrician License:
Must be 22 years of age
Must be a Detroit resident and show proof of residency
Must have held and maintained an Electrical Journeyman's License for not less than two years
Must complete an application form and submit a letter of documentation from your employer(s), attesting to not less than 12,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than 6 yrs related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician, licensed under the State of Michigan Electrical Administrative Act (Act 217 or 1956) (Note: This letter should have start and end dates of employment, # of hours worked, brief description of your experience or duties, the Masters License # and the city in which the Master holds his/her license. Paycheck stubs are NOT considered valid documents)

All fields are REQUIRED on the application EXCEPT WHERE NOTED. Supporting Documentation: Both completed Master Electrician's License forms, Drivers License, Two 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" passport size pictures MUST be provided along with the application.

Step 3:
    Submit applications with documentation to Electrical Division in Room 408 for approval from Board of Electrical Examiners

Documentation Required:
Both completed Master Electrician's License forms
Drivers License
2 Two 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" passport size pictures
Original notarized letter of document, on company letter head from your employer(s), attesting to not less than 12,000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of not less than 6 yrs related to electrical construction or maintenance of buildings or electrical wiring or equipment under the supervision of a master electrician licensed under the State of Michigan Electrical Administrative Act (Act 217 or 1956) (Note: This letter should have start and end dates of employment, # of hours worked, brief description of your experience or duties, the Masters License # and the city in which the Master holds his/her license. Paycheck stubs are NOT considered valid documents).

Step 4: 
   If Denied: Will need to provide requested information sent by the Board with notification of denial and you will need to resubmit to the board for approval

If Approved: Applicant will need to come down to Electrical Division to pay for Master Electrician License exam and then can schedule exam date (2nd Tues and Wed of each month). Exam is scheduled in room 408 of the Electrical Division.

Step 5: 
   Take the exam on scheduled date and time.

Step 6
:    If applicant fails exam: Following waiting periods apply before rescheduling next available exam:
- 3 months if a score of 50% but less than 75%
- 6 months if a score of less than 50%
- 1 year wait if you fail twice within 2 years

If applicant passes exam: Applicant will go to Electrical Division room 408 to receive Licensing invoice

Step 7:  
 Applicant is to take invoice to L cashier, pay $55.00 for the License and cashier will issue the Master Electrician's License to applicant.

Step 8: 
   Master Electrician's License issued to applicant.