Can I become a qualified Journeyman Electrician if I am a foreigner?

Frank Licata

Electrical Contractor
Hi guys,

Im a qualified electrician (10 years experience) from South Africa. My wife landed a position at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
I would like to know if i will be able to get a job in the electrical industry and if ill be able to qualify as a Journeyman and maybe in the future as an Master Electrician?

Check with your state board to learn the procedure. Also inquire with reciprocating states. Quick story: Here in MA I knew a co-worker who immigrated from Ireland with vast trade experience there and documented work and school hours. He just wanted to take the Journeyman test but MA would not recognize the time towards 4-year apprenticeship, but NH would so he tested and became licensed there and then reciprocated his new NH license in MA.