Steps to apply for your Journeyman or Systems Technician license:
(For a Master Electrician or Systems Contractor license, skip Steps 1 and 7)
NOTE: License applications are electronic now. Everything must be submitted via e-mail.
1. The first step is to get your work experience documented. To do so, you need to ask your employer(s) to fill out a 272 Form for you. (272 Forms are sometimes referred to as “green sheets”)
If you are applying for a Journeyman Electrician license, 8,000 hours are required and this is the form you need filled out: EL 272 Form
If you are applying for a Systems Technician license, 4,000 hours are required and this is the form you need filled out: TC 272 Form
- Many employers already have an electronic version of the 272 Forms, so you can simply call or email them and ask them to fill out a 272 Form for you. Feel free to copy and paste the link to the form above in your email to your employer(s) to make sure the correct form gets filled out.
- You can ask the employer to email the form back to you after they fill it out since paper forms are no longer needed.
- If you need email addresses or phone numbers for any of your past employers, they can be found here: https://the103advantage.com/contractors
- If you experience trouble obtaining your 272 Forms, or you need help, please email email@example.com and ask for assistance.
2. Fill out the License Application Form and attach a recent, 2″ x 2″ photo of yourself with a plain background. The Application Form will need to be notarized. There are notary public services in most banks.
3. Obtain a copy of your high school diploma or equivalency (OR a copy of your high school transcript)
If you can locate your High School diploma or GED, just take a photo of it. If you cannot locate it, ask your high school to email you a transcript, which you can use in place of a diploma.
4. Effective September 13, 2021, a 15-Hour Code Update Certificate must be included with your application for exam. If you have not already completed the 15-hour course, you can take it for free – click here to register. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
5. When above items are complete, request a school certificate from the JATC by emailing email@example.com. Expected processing time is approximately two weeks. If you would like your documents reviewed by the JATC (recommended) prior to submitting them to PSI, include them in your email request for a school cert and we will provide you with feedback.
6. Email the above items to PSI MAELApps@PSIonline.com
Tip: There is a scan feature in the Notes app on iPhones – it creates crisp copies of your documents for emailing. Not required, just a suggestion. See video below for how to use it.
7. Create an account at www.psiexams.com. Log in and check your status periodically. Once you are approved, you can schedule your exam on www.psiexams.com.
8. Upon taking the exam, email a photo of the license or test results to Tricia@bostonjatc.org and Homework@bostonjatc.org. Pay rate increases go into effect the day after you email proof of taking the exam. Pay increases are not retroactive back to the date of the test. See the FAQ for further info on raises based on licensure.
- PSI will charge your credit card $226 after they approve you for the exam ($276 for Master or Systems Contractor license).
- You have ONE YEAR from the date of approval to pass the exam.
- Veterans credit: Applicants who qualify as a veteran per M.G.L. c. 4, § 7, clause forty-third must submit a copy of discharge form (forms DD214 and DD215) to receive benefits of the Valor ACT and 5 points exam credits.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How can I apply for an accommodation during the exam?
Click Here to fill out the Request for Accommodation Form and include it, along with the required supporting documentation, with your Application for Exam.
Will I get extra points on the exam for being a Veteran?
Applicants who qualify as a veteran per M.G.L. c. 4, § 7, clause forty-third must submit a copy of discharge form (forms DD214 and DD215) to receive benefits of the Valor ACT and 5 points exam credits.
How can I get study material for the exam?
Click Here to view and download the 2020 Mass Amendments
Click Here to view and download 237 Commonwealth of Mass Regulations
Click Here to view and download Mass General Laws, Chapter 141
Click Here for State licensing requirements effective February 7, 2020
Click Here for the full Candidate Information Bulletin.
I am waiting for my exam application to be approved, how can I find out the status?
- It can take up to 90 days to approve your application (and it often does take that long).
- Log into your account at www.psiexams.com. If you see “No Activity Found” that means you have not been approved yet. It does not mean that they have not received your application.
- If longer than two months has passed since you submitted your application, we suggest emailing the following to ask for the status of your license application: Electricians.firstname.lastname@example.org, Examschedule@psionline.com and MAELApps@psionline.com
- We do NOT recommend CALLING PSI for the status of your application. We strongly suggest communicating with PSI via e-mail only.
Will I get a pay raise when I get my license?
The apprentice rules and regulations state “An apprentice having served 8000 hours with the JATC Program and receiving Pay Period 8 will be advanced to Pay Period 9 only upon his/her attempting the Massachusetts State Examination for Licensure and notifying the JATC. Note: It is the apprentice’s responsibility to notify the JATC of having taken the Massachusetts State Examination for Licensure. An apprentice will advance to Step 9 if the JATC determines the apprentice provided satisfactory evidence that he/she attempted the exam. Pay Period 9 will go into effect the day after the JATC is provided satisfactory evidence. An apprentice having obtained Pay Period 9 and a Massachusetts State License by July 1st of their fifth year shall be advanced to Pay Period 10.” All apprentices are responsible for emailing the JATC office upon obtaining their license.