Becoming an Electrical Apprentice

Apprentice electricians must hold a state and city license if working within the Sioux Falls city limits. To apply for a license with the State Electrical Commission, you may find the application at

To apply for an apprentice license with the City of Sioux Falls, you must have your state apprentice card in hand, or you must submit the state license application above to the city with a check or money order to the state electrical commission (see above link for state form). City application must also be submitted with the appropriate fee (see link 2B25004 on the right). State and city application must be accompanied with separate payments.

For more information, you may contact Building Services at:

*Licensing: 605-367-8672 or

*Electrical Inspectors: 605-367-8250

Electrical Contractors Journeyman & Apprentice FAQs

No, licenses must remain active by providing current bond (when required). Licenses also must be renewed every two years. If a license expires, it cannot be renewed after 12 months from expiration without re-examination, unless the Electrical Contractor has applied for and kept current his Inactive license.

Separate licenses are required for each field (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical). There are examinations required for each field. Electrical and plumbing also require state licenses before applying for examination with the city.

Under no circumstances is an Electrical Contractor allowed to do any plumbing, mechanical or residential building work unless they also hold the appropriate, additionally required, licenses.

If you are receiving compensation for doing electrical work, even if part-time, you are required to hold a state and city Electrical Contractor’s or Class B license. All work must be inspected, and the inspections must be called in under an Electrical Contractor’s license.
If you are doing any electrical work in the city of Sioux Falls, you must also carry the City of Sioux Falls license.