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Oregon electrician license and insurance requirements

Oregon electrician license and insurance requirements

By Ashley Henshaw
Dec 13, 2021
7 min read

Every state needs electricians, but in certain places your talents can bring in top dollar. That’s certainly the case in Oregon, which boasts the fifth-highest average annual salary for electricians at $76,040.1

If you happen to have experience in renewable energy, you’ll be especially well-positioned for obtaining an electrician job in Oregon. Over 60% of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric power.2

The first step to working as an electrician in Oregon is to get your license. This guide provides details on the types of licenses available, how to get an electrician license in Oregon and more, including:

Do you need a license to be an electrician?

You must have a license to work as an electrician in Oregon. The Department of Consumer and Business Services’ Building Codes Division issues these licenses.

The two main license classifications for Oregon electricians are:

General journeyman electrician license 

This license permits an electrician to “make any electrical installation under the supervision, direction and control of a general supervising electrician, unless doing work that requires the direction of a limited supervising electrician or doing work requiring no supervision.”

General supervising electrician license 

This license permits an electrician to “design, plan and lay out work and sign all permits.” They are “the only individual authorized to direct, supervise or control the installation or alteration of an electrical service.”

How to get an electrician license in Oregon

You must mail or fax your Oregon electrician license application along with a $100 application fee to the Building Codes Division.

Upon approval of your application, the Building Codes Division will provide details on how to schedule your licensing exam. You must achieve a score of 75% or better on the exam in order to pass.

You’ll receive your results by mail within two weeks of taking the exam. If you passed, the results will include your license.

Oregon electrician license requirements

Electrician requirements vary depending on which type of license you’re applying for.

General journeyman electrician

  • Training/work experience: You must complete an approved apprenticeship program in Oregon, or you must have 576 hours of documented classroom training plus 8,000 hours of on-the-job experience with at least 1,000 hours in each of these categories: 
    • Residential 
    • Commercial 
    • Industrial 
  • Licensing exam: You must pass a three-hour, open-book exam with a score of 75% or better.

General supervising electrician

  • Training/work experience: You must hold an Oregon journeyman electrician license and have 8,000 hours of documented on-the-job experience as a journeyman electrician, or you must meet the qualifications to be licensed as an Oregon journeyman electrician and have 8,000 hours of documented on-the-job experience as a journeyman electrician. 
  • Licensing exam: You must pass a four-hour, open-book exam with a score of 75% or better.

You may also choose to pursue a limited electrician license, which restricts your work to the scope of your specialty area. Options for limited licenses in Oregon include:

  • Supervising electrician
  • Journeyman manufacturing plant electrician
  • Maintenance electrician
  • Residential electrician
  • Energy technician
  • Renewable energy technician
  • Journeyman sign electrician
  • Journeyman stage electrician
  • Building maintenance electrician

The requirements for limited electrician licenses in Oregon generally include completion of an apprenticeship program, classroom training, and/or on-the-job experience. See the Building Codes Division website for more information about limited licenses.

Requirements for Oregon electrician license renewals

You must renew your electrician license every three years. During each three-year license period, both general journeyman electricians and general supervising electricians must complete a total of 24 credits of continuing education in the following categories:

  • Code changes courses: 12 credits
  • Code-related courses: 8 credits
  • Oregon rule and law courses: 4 credits

Electrician license reciprocity in Oregon

Oregon has reciprocal agreements for electrician licenses in select states:

General journeyman electrician reciprocity agreements:

  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Montana
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

General supervising electrician reciprocity agreements:

  • Arkansas
  • Utah

You’ll need to submit a reciprocal electrician license application that includes a copy of your active license from the reciprocal state and a completed license verification form. If approved, you will not need to pass an exam to get your license.

What kind of insurance does an electrician need in Oregon?

If you’re looking for self-employed electrician insurance or small business insurance in Oregon, you’ll find that you most likely need more than one policy. Check out the following types of electrician insurance to make sure you get the coverage you need.

General Liability insurance

Most electricians get general liability insurance to help protect their business. This insurance provides coverage for common work accidents, such as customer injuries and property damage.

Workers’ Compensation insurance

Most employers must have workers’ compensation insurance as required by Oregon state law.4 If you or one of your staff members gets hurt while working, this insurance will help with expenses related to medical care, lost wages and more.

Tools and Equipment insurance

As an electrician, you should consider getting tools and equipment insurance because your work gear is so integral to your job. This insurance provides repair and replacement coverage for damaged or stolen work gear.

Commercial Auto insurance

When you’re driving to different job sites, commercial auto insurance offers peace of mind by providing coverage for accident-related expenses, such as medical bills, car repairs and rental reimbursement. 

Commercial Property insurance

Commercial property insurance covers a wide variety of incidents related to your business property, such as equipment breakdowns, building damage, theft and vandalism.

How NEXT Insurance supports Oregon electricians

NEXT makes it easy to get the right electrician insurance to protect your business and satisfy the requirements set by Oregon law. You can learn more about electrician insurance costs here.

With our online services, it only takes minutes to apply for coverage. You’ll also get a certificate of insurance that may be shared an unlimited number of times at no charge, which can help you secure jobs.

Because we specialize in small business insurance, the team at NEXT can put together a custom package that works for your needs. We’ve helped thousands of electricians get the business insurance they need to succeed.

Contact us to learn more or get an instant quote online today

Looking for work as an electrician in another U.S. state? Find out what states require electrician licenses in our summary of electrician license requirements.


1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2. U.S. Energy Information Administration

3. Department of Consumer and Business Services, Building Codes Division

4. Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division

Oregon electrician license and insurance requirements


About the author
Ashley Henshaw is a contributing writer at NEXT Insurance and a writer and editor at BrainBoost Media. She specializes in small business topics, covering everything from insurance and branding to web hosting and cryptocurrency. Her work is focused on helping independent business owners and entrepreneurs access the tools they need to succeed.
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