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Maine Contractor License Classifications

Whether you want to become an electrician, plumber, or home improvement contractor, there is a need to obtain a contractor’s license. Each license category has its classifications and sub-classifications. The latter determines the type of work you are allowed to do.

To clarify, a particular license has different scopes of work and a contractor cannot perform them all. Given these points, Maine has classified them, making the process of specializing in a type of work much easier.

Maine Contractor License Classifications

Getting a Maine contractor’s license is the beginning of the journey as it will give authorization to practice in the state. If you are interested in learning more about the contractor license classifications in the state of Maine, we have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Electrician Contractor License Classifications

An electrician license demonstrates that the licensee has completed appropriate education and training. In Maine, you may pursue the following types of electrician contractor licenses:

  • Journeyman-in-training electrician
  • Master electrician
  • Journeyman electrician
  • Limited electrician
  • Helper electrician
  • Apprentice electrician

Journeyman-in-training electrician contractor license

To clarify, this license allows the licensee to make electrical installments. It is done in the profession of a limited electrician, master electrician, or electrical company. It also requires completing and performing work under the direction of a licensed journeyman electrician, limited electrician, or master electrician.

Maine journeyman-in-training electrician contractor license requirements

  • Completing an approved program
  • Having 2,000 hours of work experience
  • Taking and passing the required exams
  • Completing the application form and paying the application fee of $25.00

Master electrician contractor license

To clarify, the license allows the licensee to engage in the work of conduits, apparatus, fixtures, and other electrical machinery. It also allows installing electrical wires and completing electrical work within the “circles” of the license.

Maine master electrician contractor license requirements

  • Having at least 4,000 hours of work experience as a journeyman electrician
  • Completing at least 576 hours in a training program
  • Finishing 450 hours of professional studies, as well as 126 hours of field-courses
  • Taking and passing the required exams
  • Properly completing the application form and paying the application fee of $25.00

Journeyman electrician contractor license

To clarify, this license allows the licensee to make electrical installments. It is best suitable for working in an electrical company and performing the duties and responsibilities of a journeyman electrician.

Maine journeyman electrician contractor license requirements

  • Having 8,000 hours of work experience as an apprentice (helper electrician can also be acceptable)
  • Completing at least 576 hours in a training program (it must include 225 hours of professional studies, as well as 351 hours of selective studies)
  • Graduating from a two-year electrical training or vocational program
  • Taking and passing the required exams, as well as paying the exam fee of $50.00
  • Completing and submitting the application form (not to forget the application fee of $25.00)

Limited electrician contractor license

This license, in short, allows the licensee to install and service the electrical work, which pertains to a particular kind of electrically operated equipment/machinery. It also allows making electrical installations specific only to this license.

Maine limited electrician contractor license requirements

  • Taking and passing the state licensing exam
  • Submitting a license application and paying the application fee of $25.00

Helper electrician contractor license

This license, in short, allows the licensee to make electrical installments for the profession of an electrician (for example, limited electrician, master electrician, or electrical company). It also requires the license holder to perform work through the leadership of a licensed limited electrician, journeyman electrician, or master electrician.

Maine helper electrician contractor license requirements

  • Completing the license application and paying the license fee of $25.00
  • Passing the background check and having a clean criminal history

Apprentice electrician contractor license

This one, in short, is for persons engaged in a written agreement to complete an educational and work program. The program, as a rule, consists of four or five years and its main objective is to learn the details of the work of an electrician. An apprentice electrician must operate under the direct supervision of a licensed master, journeyman, or limited electrician.

Maine apprentice electrician contractor license requirements

  • Being 16 years old
  • Having a high school diploma (or its equivalent)
  • Being accepted to an approved electrician program
  • Completing the application form and sending it
  • Passing the background check

Plumber Contractor License Classifications

If you need to get a contractor’s license in the field of plumbing, you may obtain one of the following types of contractor licenses:

  • Journeyman-in-training plumber
  • Trainee plumber
  • Journeyman plumber
  • Master plumber

Journeyman-in-training plumber contractor license

To clarify, this license allows the licensee only to show assistance in plumbing installations. It also requires working under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman or a licensed master plumber.

Trainee plumber contractor license

A “plumber trainee” is the same thing as a “plumbing apprentice”. It applies to persons, who seek full professional licensure, showing assistance and making plumbing installations. In addition, this license is for individuals eager to learn the job of a plumber. It also requires performing work under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman or a licensed master plumber.

Journeyman plumber contractor license

To clarify, this license is for completing all plumbing duties, being supervised by a licensed master plumber.

Master plumber contractor license

To clarify, this license allows the licensee to complete any plumbing work.

General Contractor License

The state of Maine does not handle the licensing process for general contractors. On the contrary, the general contractor license is offered on the local level (for example, cities, counties, or municipalities). Thus, if you need to get the license, you will have to contact a local town office for specific information.

Even though a person is not required to obtain a general contractor’s license, it is still necessary to obtain a business license. Furthermore, if there is a home improvement project, which costs more than $3.000, then a written contract is more than essential.

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