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Alabama Regulations
Reviewed: 3/19/2015

Alabama Building Commission
770 Washington Avenue
4th Floor- Suite 444
Montgomery, AL 36130

  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective April 18, 2011. Some cities and counties provide adoption and enforcement at local level for other buildings.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? On or after December 31, 2011 it shall be unlawful for a person to perform electrical installations without being licensed as an electrical contractor by the State of Alabama. Licensed electrical contractors and provisional electrical contractors are required to obtain 14 continuing education hours during a two year period. 
  • Electricians? Yes, voluntary for state journeyman. Some local cities and counties require local journeyman certification.
  • Contractors? Licensed electrical contractors and provisional electrical contractors are required to obtain 14 continuing education hours during a two year period. 

    Electrical Contractors Board
    2777 Zelda Road
    Montgomery, AL 36106
    Office: 334-420-7214
    Fax: 334-263-6115
    Email: electrical@warrenandco.com
    http://www.aecb.alabama.gov/

Reciprocates

  • Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia

For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.

 

Alaska Regulations
Reviewed: 5/11/2015

Division of Labor – Standards and Safety
1111 W. 8th St. Room 304
Juneau, Alaska 99801-1802
(907) 465-4855
Fax (907) 465-6012
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective October 16, 2012.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Adopted code is considered the minimum electrical standard in the state, but local jurisdictions can adopt codes that are better than the minimum (for example, 2008 NEC).
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes, The state requires inspectors to be licensed by the state. They must also pass an exam (like NCPCCI) to prove their qualifications. They accept the NCPCCI exams, in addition to the ICC exams – E1-Residential Electrical Inspector.
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporation and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-5470
Fax (907) 465-2974
  • Electricians? Yes
Department of Labor & Workforce Development
Labor Standards & Safety
Mechanical Inspection Division
3301 Eagle Street, Suite 302
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 269-1925
Fax (907) 269-4932
  • Contractors? Yes
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Division of Corp, Business and Professional Licensing
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-3035
Fax: (907) 465-2974
CE Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors/Home Inspectors. An applicant for renewal of a home inspection registration must complete at least eight hours of acceptable continuing competency activities for the concluding two-year licensing period.
  • Electricians. Approval of continuing education requirements for inspectors and for journeyman electricians is approved by the Department of Labor.
  • Contractors. Journeyman – 16 hours (8 hours of code minimum). Administrator – 8 hours

Reciprocates
  • Electricians. Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Arizona Regulations
Reviewed: 6/27/2012

Arizona Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety
Office of Manufactured Housing
1100 West Washington, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2935
PH: (602) 364-1003
FAX: (602) 364-1052
  • Adopted Code. None. [Note: 2005 National Electrical Code by the Board of Manufactured Housing. This does not overwrite codes adopted at the local level].
  • Adoption type. Local. Each municipality is free to adopt and amend the NEC, and it ranges from the 1990 to the 2008 versions.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? Yes
State Registrar of Contractors
800 West Washington, 6th Floor
Phoenix AZ 85007
602-542-1525
Fax: 602-542-1599
Reciprocates
  • California, Utah
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Arkansas Regulations
Reviewed: 10/23/2014

Arkansas Department of Labor
Arkansas Board of Electrical Examiners
10421 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205-2190
501-682-4549
Fax 501-682-1765
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective November 21, 2014.
  • Adoption type. State-wide. Adopted code is considered the minimum electrical standard in the state, but local jurisdictions can adopt amendments.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. You’ll need a state license to do electrical work in Arkansas. These classes of license are issued by the board: master electrician, journeyman electrician, industrial maintenance electrician, residential master electrical, residential journeyman electrician, and air-conditioning electrician. Inspectors must take an examination and be certified. Examinations accepted include the NCPCCI program.
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes
Contractors Licensing Board
4100 Richards Road
North Little Rock AR 72117
501-372-4661
Fax 501-372-2247
CE Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors/Electricians. No journeyman electrician license or master electrician license shall be renewed unless the licensee completes at least eight (8) hours of continuing education for each National Electrical Code cycle.
Reciprocates
  • Journeyman electricians. Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota,Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • Master electricians. Oklahoma and Oregon
  • Contractors. Arkansas has reciprocity with Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. You must complete a Request for Verification of License and Affidavit form. The reciprocity is for exam waiver only.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


California Regulations
Updated: 1/6/2014

California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-0916
Fax: (916) 263-0959
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective January 1, 2014.
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All jurisdictions in the state are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
California Building Officials
1225 8th Street, Suite 425
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 457-1103
fax (916) 442-3616
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes, (ICC, NCCPI, CEI) The state requires all electrical inspectors and electricians to be certified. The State requires certification of inspectors but the enforcement is at the local level, normally the Building Official (BO). Each BO determines what certification they will accept. In many cases this is the ICC only. The State only requires certification of electricians working for electrical contractors. Electricians working for other types of contractors, building, sign, swimming pool, or other specialty, are not required to be certified. Currently, there is no enforcement of the certification for electricians.

Acceptance of the Building Standards Commission recognized partners is expected and encouraged.

  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes. Department of Industrial Relations requires that electricians that work for state contractors complete 32 hours of continuing education every three years. The renewal deadline in California is before the license expiration date, every three years. Online courses are approved in this state.
Contractors State Licensing Board
P.O. Box 2600
Sacramento CA 95826
(916) 255-3900
(916) 366-9130

CE Requirements
  • The requirements are controlled by the Building Official who is the most senior person in the building department. The Building Officials usually turn to the International Code Council (ICC) for inspectors certifications and make this a requirement for employment. For this reason most inspectors obtain only the ICC certification. There is now a state law that requires continuing education but it can be obtained in house at the discretion of the Building Official.
  • The state law says that we must have the training but the continuing education is left up to the Building Official to enforce on a local level and keep the records.
Reciprocates
  • Where an applicant holds a license as an electrician in another state and it is determined by the Chief DAS that the requirements for experience to hold a license in that state are comparable, the Chief may deem the applicant to have the required experience for certification.
  • Where the applicant can show other experience, including military experience or relevant work for a low voltage systems contractor holding a C-7 license, the applicant may apply to the Chief DAS for credit toward some or all of the experience required. The Chief DAS may grant credit if the Chief determines that the experience is comparable to experience for which credit would be granted under Section 291.1(a)(1) and (2).
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Colorado Regulations
Updated: 3/20/2015

Colorado State Electrical Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2300
fax: (303) 894-2310
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code will be effective as of July 1, 2014.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. The state establishes the minimum standard. Local jurisdictions may make and enforce standards that are more stringent than the minimum established by the state and must furnish a copy thereof to the board.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No; must be a licensed journeyman or master electrician. The State of Colorado does not require certification for an inspector. Instead, state statute relies on the minimum competency established by state licensure as a journeyman or master electrician as the minimum qualification for a state electrical inspector. We also impose experience requirements in addition to the minimum qualification by requiring 5 years minimum experience as a journeyman electrician. Inspectors for local jurisdictions "shall possess the same qualifications required of state electrical inspectors…” (12-23-115(1)(b) C.R.S.) The local jurisdiction may require certification in addition to state licensure.
  • Electricians? Yes (residential wireman, journeyman, master)
  • Contractors? Registration
CE Requirements
  • All Colorado licensed residential wiremen, journeymen and master electricians complete the CC program; this program requires 24 professional development units (PDUs) every 3 years.  Online courses are approved in this state.
Reciprocates
  • Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Colorado has reciprocal licensing agreements, for a journeyman license only, with the following states: Alaska, Arkansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Connecticut Regulations
Updated: 7/7/2014

Department of Construction Services
Office of State Building Inspector
1111 Country Club Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457
860-685-8310
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective February 28, 2014
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All jurisdictions in the state are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The Office of Education and Data Management requires CT state licensing as an E-1 or E-2 to qualify to sit for an examination to achieve licensing as an Electrical Inspector (EI). Once this is achieved, the EI inspector is required to attend 30 hours of approved continuing education every 3 years to maintain the Electrical Inspector (EI) license. Electrical inspections can also be made by either the Building Official (BO) or the Assistant Building Inspector (ABO), both of which require 90 hours of approved continuing education in a 3 year period.
  • Electricians? Yes. Licensed electricians also require continuing education. Currently, 7 hours annually have been required. In 2012, only 4 hours of education will be required.
  • Contractors? Yes
Department of Consumer Protection
Occupational & Professional Licensing Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Delaware Regulations
Updated: 12/10/2012

Fire Prevention Commission/State Fire Marshall
1463 Chestnut Grove Rd.
Dover, De. 19904
Phone: (302)739-3169
FAX: (302)739-4436
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective December 11, 2012.
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All jurisdictions in the state are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The state requires examinations/certifications to be undertaken by all licensees. The NCPCCI program is accepted.
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes
CE Requirements
  • Continuing education (CE) is required of all licensees and shall be completed by June 30 of any year in which a license is to be renewed. Licensees shall complete 10 hours of approved CE during each renewal period with the following exceptions – a person licensed less than one year does not need to complete CE at the first renewal; a person licensed one year but less than two years must submit 5 CE hours at the first renewal. Beginning with the licensee’s second renewal, 5 of the 10 CE hours required for renewal must be related to the National Electrical Code.
Reciprocates
  • Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


District of Columbia Regulations
Updated: 3/20/2015

Dept. of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
941 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-4400
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, adopted March 28, 2014. 
  • Adoption type. District-wide. All district and third-party inspectors are required to enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes we require ICC certification or equivalent and some of the above may have certification that are equivalent to ICC.
  • Electricians? Yes. Electricians, or any individual licensed to do electrical work in the District of Columbia, are required to take an examination through Pearson Vue, through the district. It shall be unlawful for any person without a license required by this chapter to perform any electrical work in the District of Columbia, except in buildings of the United States and in buildings under the control of the officer in charge of Public Buildings and Grounds or of the Architect of the Capitol.
  • Contractors? Yes
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Florida Regulations
Updated: 5/13/2015

Florida Building Commission
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100
(850)-487-1824
  • Adopted Code. 2011 NEC will be implemented on 7/1/2015.
  • The 2008 National Electrical Code, expected adoption date of October 1, 2009.
  • Adoption type. State-wide.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Professions
Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1039
Phone: 850.487.1395
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes, by the International Code Council
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes
Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Electrical Contractors Licensing Board
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1039
(850) 487-1395
Fax: (850) 921-4216

CE Requirements
  • Inspectors/Electricians. Fourteen hours of approved continuing education are required every time a license is renewed. Of the 14 hours, two hours must be in the area of accessibility and two hours must be in the area of Florida laws and rules. For individuals who are licensed with less than one-half of their initial biennial licensure period remaining, they are not required to complete any continuing education for their initial licensure period.
For individuals who are licensed with more than one-half of their initial biennial licensure period remaining, they are only required to complete seven hours of continuing education which shall include a minimum of one hour in the area of accessibility. All continuing education courses must be approved by the Board of Building Code Administrators and Inspectors, the Construction Industry Licensing Board, the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board, or the Board of Architecture and Interior Design.
  • Contractors. Fourteen hours of board approved continuing education is required each biennium prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors; at least seven hours of which are on technical subjects; one hour on workers’ compensation; one hour on workplace safety; and one hour on business practices, and one hour of Advanced Course. Multiple license holders are required to complete the continuing education requirements only once each biennium. Contractors who are engaged in alarm system contracting, must take a two-hour False alarm prevention course, as a part of their Continuing Education.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Georgia Regulations
Updated: 3/20/2015

Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective January 1, 2015
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? Yes
Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
478.207.2440
478.207.1354 (fax)

CE Requirements
  • Contractors. Persons holding a conditioned air contractor license, electrical contractor license, or plumber license must complete at least 4 hours per year of instruction related to their profession. Courses must be conducted by a college, vocational-technical school, or trade association. Conditioned air and electrical contractors may also complete courses conducted by a utility or equipment manufacturer. To determine when courses are held, you must contact one of these agencies directly.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Hawaii Regulations
Updated: 3/31/2011

Hawaii Building Codes Commission
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: 808 586-0400
  • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes. However, the Hawaii Electrical Code is considered the minimum electrical code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

Professional & Vocational Licensing Division
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
808-586-2705
Fax 808-586-2689
elect_plumb@dcca.hawaii.gov
  • Electrical Inspectors? No
  • Electricians? Yes. Electricians are required to renew their license every three years, starting June 30. Prior to each license renewal, all licensed electricians (except maintenance electricians) shall furnish proof of attendance (classroom) of an educational course related to current updates of the NEC.
  • Contractors? Yes
Reciprocates
  • No. All applicants must meet the same licensing and examination requirements.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Idaho Regulations
Updated: 3/20/2015

Division of Building Safety, Electrical Bureau
1090 E. Watertower St.
Meridian, ID 83642
Ph (208) 334-2183
Fax (208) 855-2165
Code & License Info (800) 955-3044
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 2014. 
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Yes, the state requires certification, and the state has the authority. All electrical inspectors in Idaho are required to work/certify with the state.
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes
CE Requirements
  • Journeymen and Master Electricians must complete at least twenty-four (24) hours of continuing education instruction in every three (3) year period between updates of the National Electrical Code. The twenty-four hours of instruction will consist of a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of code update covering changes included in the latest edition of the National Electrical Code. The Electrical Board will establish criteria for approval of instruction and instructors, and courses and instructors will be approved by the Bureau. Proof of completion of these continuing education requirements must be submitted to the Bureau prior to or with the application for license renewal by any such licensee in order to renew a journeyman or master electrician license for the code change year.
Reciprocates
  • Journeyman Electrician: Idaho has journeyman electrician licensing reciprocity with the states of Oregon and Montana. If you tested for your journeyman electrician license in either of the above states, you may be eligible for licensing reciprocity. Please include a copy of your current Oregon or Montana journeyman license with this completed application. An applicant with out-of-state experience, who has not completed the education requirement, may alternatively submit twice the amount of experience (eight years defined as 16,000 hrs). The work experience shall include three (3) categories, residential, commercial, and industrial. Experience shall not exceed seventy-five percent (75%) of the work time in any one category. If the applicant does not meet the 16,000 hour requirement, he or she may register as an apprentice electrician, and may be approved for placement testing for the required classroom instruction based on their out-of-state work experience.
  • Master Electrician: Idaho has master electrician licensing reciprocity with the state of Oregon. If you tested for your general supervisor electrician’s license in the state of Oregon, send a copy of that current license with the completed application.
  • Specialty Electrical License: Idaho has entered into an agreement with the state of Washington to mutually recognize the specialty electrician qualifications in the categories of Limited Energy and Sign. This agreement allows specialty electricians that have tested for a Washington specialty license and currently hold a valid Washington license to obtain a specialty Idaho license in the same category without additional examination for that license.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Illinois Regulations
Updated: 2/14/2012

Code Adoption
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. 2008 National Electrical Code. The state of Illinois has adopted the NEC 2008 statewide effective July 1, 2011 for non-building code jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions on the IAEI website that have adopted a building code are not affected, but all the rest of the state is.

Capital Development Board
Building Codes & Regulations 
3rd Floor Stratton - 401 South Spring
Springfield, Illinois 62706

At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. For the first time, an Illinois Statute defines a "Qualified Inspector” — "means an individual qualified by the State of Illinois, certified by a nationally recognized building official certification organization, qualified by an apprentice program certified by the Bureau of Apprentice Training, or who has filed verification of inspection experience according to rules adopted by the Board for the purposes of conducting inspections in non-building code jurisdictions.”Legislation for this change is Public Act 096-0704, which amends Illinois Statutes 20 ILCS 3105/10.09-1.
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? No
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Indiana Regulations
Updated: 3/31/2011

Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Fire & Building Safety Division
Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
800-457-8283
  • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code. On June 2, 2009 the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission voted to adopt the 2008 NEC while deleting all Arc-Fault circuit protection and Tamper Resistant Receptacle requirements from the 2008 NEC.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Local jurisdictions shall not adopt and enforce their own electrical code unless it has been approved by the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. In areas without an approved local building department, the office of the State Building Commissioner inspects all buildings and structures except those intended for agricultural purposes and one- and two-family dwellings.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? No
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Iowa Regulations
Updated: 3/20/2015

State Fire Marshal Division, Building Code Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
1-866-923-1082
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective January 1, 2015.
  • Adoption type. State-wide. The code that the Board adopts will apply to all electrical installations across the state. The codes that cities enforce cannot be less restrictive than the state electrical code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

State Fire Marshal Division, Electrical Examining Board
502 E. 9th Street Wallace
State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
1-866-923-1082
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The State inspectors are required to obtain certifications within one year of hire. Local AHJ inspectors currently employed have a five year window to catch up, but after 2012 all AHJ new hires will also have the one year deadline, same as State employed inspectors. State of Iowa requires that all State inspectors receive their Residential and Commercial certifications within one year of their hiring date. These inspectors are being hired at this time to start the inspection program in February. Inspectors in political subdivisions that have heir own electrical inspection programs will be required to have the same certifications by 2014. These rules are by statute as part of House File 897 that was signed in May of 2007. The state does accept the NCPCCI certification through Prometric. They accept the NCPCCI program, so someone could take the NCPCCI program either through IAEI or ICC. State electrical inspections will begin in February 2009, so at that time, the regulations may change. They also do approve the CEI certification program offered by the IAEI.
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes

CE Requirements
Within each three year license cycle, licensed electricians are required to attend no less than 18 Continued Education Units (CEUs) of which at least six must be on the most recent electrical code and the remainder on electrical code-related topics. If you have not had your license for the full 3-year term, you will need 6 hours of Continuing Education per year since the license was issued, of which at least 6 hours must be over the National Electrical Code. 

For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Kansas Regulations
Updated: 3/31/2011

Kansas State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson Street, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3401
Fax: (785) 296-0151
  • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? No
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Kentucky Regulations
Updated: 5/20/2015

Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
1047 US Highway 127 South, Suite 1
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-3580
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes
CE Requirements
  • Prior to license renewal, each licensee shall present proof of completion of at least six (6) hours of continuing education for each license held during the immediately-preceding twelve (12) months; and (1) Continuing education for master and electrician licensees shall relate to the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) or other electrical codes incorporated into the Kentucky Building Code or the Kentucky Residential Code or to safety practices and procedures. (2) Continuing education for electrical contractors shall relate to business and employment law, business practices, and safety practices and procedures.
  • Inspectors: Each certified electrical inspector shall attend at least one (1) continuing education program of a minimum of twelve (12) hours each year. The program shall be approved by the Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction with advice from the Electrical Advisory Committee.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Louisiana Regulations
Updated: 5/14/2015

Office of State Fire Marshal
5150 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-925-4911
Fax 225-925-3813

Department of Public Safety and CorrectionsUniform Construction Code Council
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective on January 1, 2010.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings and hospitals, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? No; however, local jurisdictions (such as the city of New Orleans) do require certification by ICC
  • Electricians? No
  • Contractors? Yes
State Licensing Board For Contractors
P.O. Box 14419
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (225) 765-2301
Fax: (225) 765-2431

Reciprocates
  • The Board has reciprocity agreements with the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors, the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board, the Mississippi Board of Contractors, the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, the Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractors, and the Utah Construction Trades Bureau Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing. PLEASE NOTE: Your firm must be domiciled in one of these states and hold a license in the domiciliary state for a minimum of three years with no record of disciplinary action.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Maine Regulations
Reviewed: 7/16/2014

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Office of Licensing Requirements & Registration

Electricians’ Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
(207) 624-8457
Fax: (207) 624-8637
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2014
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Maine has jurisdiction over state buildings and all structures in municipalities where no local electrical inspector has been appointed.
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes; electrical inspectors (working with the Electricians’ Examining Board) are required to be licensed master electricians.
  • Electricians? Yes. 
  • Contractors? No

CE Requirements

  • Maine Electrician's Examining Board requires that electricians complete 15 hours of continuing education relating to the current National Electric Code every three years. The renewal deadline in Maine is the anniversary of the license issue date, every two years.  Online courses are approved in this state.

For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Maryland Regulations
Reviewed: 7/20/2011

Office of the State Fire Marshal
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: 410-653-8980 / 800-525-3124
FAX: 410-653-8988
  • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective July 19, 2011.
  • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state and applies to state-owned facilities and to any jurisdictions that have never adopted a statute to govern electrical work. However, most local jurisdictions adopt and enforce different codes.Maryland has two separate codes for buildings. New buildings are governed by the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS), and buildings that are one year and older are governed by the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code (MBRC) or "Smart Codes.” http://mdcodes.umbc.edu/
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Yes, the state does require certification of electrical inspectors. An applicant for initial certification must pass a comprehensive written examination.
  • Electricians? Yes, master electricians only
  • Contractors? Yes
Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
500 North Calvert St., Room 302
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6163 Fax: (410) 333-6314

CE Requirements

  • Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing requires that electricians complete 10 hours of continuing education. Only 5 of these hours can be online. The renewal deadline in Maryland is before license expiration date, every two years. Local regulations for CEU vary. Online courses are approved in this state.

Reciprocates

  • The Board issues licenses through reciprocity to individuals holding a current master electrician’s license in the states of either Delaware or Virginia. Currently there is not reciprocity with licensees from other states.
  • The Board issues license, through reciprocity to individuals, who hold a current master electrician’s license in one of the Maryland counties or Baltimore City.
For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


Massachusetts Regulations
Reviewed: 3/20/2015

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
P.O. Box 1025
1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 567-3100
  • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective January 1, 2014.
  • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code
At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington St. Ste 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Phone: (617) 727-9931 Fax: (617) 727-9932
TTY: (617)727-2099
  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Yes. Each community has their own Inspector of Wires and one State inspector inspects three state agencies. The board does require licensure and additional professional development education. At present, no certification is required.
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors?Yes, Contractors, or businesses must hold an “A “ or a “C” license.
  • Permits, uniform throughout the state for all electrical work, are required and issued by each jurisdiction.
  • Applicants for licensure are required to meet minimum education and job experience hours.

     CE Requirements
    For master, journeyman, systems contractors, and system technicians, any licensee who does not complete the required 21 clock hours of continuing education by the license renewal deadline shall complete one additional 21 clock hour course for each renewal cycle for which the licensee is delinquent. Each such course shall be provided by a different instructor. If a licensee fails to complete continuing education requirements for three consecutive renewal cycles, any subsequent renewal shall be subject to Board review and approval and licensee may elect to be re-examined.

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.

    Michigan Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Bureau of Construction Codes & Fire Safety
    P.O. Box 30254
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 241-9313
    Fax (517) 241-9308

    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2013. 
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Electrical Division requires that Master, Journey, Fire Alarm Specialty Technician Licenses require 15 hours of code courses. The renewal deadline in Michigan is December 31st, every three years. Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Out-of-state corporations will not qualify for a contractor’s license unless they employ a sign specialist residing in the state of Michigan.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Minnesota Regulations
    Reviewed: 6/30/2014

    Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division
    443 Lafayette Road N.
    St. Paul, MN 55155-4342
    Phone: (651) 284-5064
    FAX: Licensing — 651-284-5743
    Inspections — 651-284-5749

    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2014.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No; must be licensed as journeyman or master electricians
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry requires that electricians complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has reciprocal agreements with Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota for both master and journeyman licenses. For journeyman licenses only, the department has reciprocal agreements with Alaska, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. If an individual has received a journeyman electrician license by examination, with a score of at least 75 and held that license for at least one year, they may apply for a reciprocal license. Upon verification and payment of the application fee, a Minnesota journeyman license may be issued without examination
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Mississippi Regulations
    Reviewed: 4/1/2011

    Code Adoption
    • Adoption type: Local. The state of Mississippi does not adopt the NEC on a statewide basis. It is up to the individual units of local government, usually cities but sometimes townships or counties, to adopt and enforce building codes.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No
    • Electricians? No
    • Contractors? Yes
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Missouri Regulations
    Reviewed: 4/1/2011

    Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety
    205 Jefferson Street, 13th Floor
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    (573) 751-2930

    • Adopted Code. 2005 National Electrical Code
    • Adoption type. Hybrid. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.

    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No
    • Electricians? No
    • Contractors? No
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Montana Regulations
    Reviewed: 11/17/2014

    Montana State Electrical Board
    P.O. Box 200513
    Helena, MT 59620-0513
    (406) 841-2328
    Fax: (406) 841-2305
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective October 23, 2014.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.

    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Yes. PSI/LaserGrade is the exam vendor for the State Electrical Board. The State of Montana requires that all State Electrical inspectors be minimum licensed Journeymen. Local jurisdictions are required to be certified in any discipline they inspect.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • Montana State Electrical Board requires that electricians complete 16 hours of continuing education per renewal cycle. A minimum of 8 hours must be on the current National Electric Code. The renewal deadline in Montana is July 15th, every two years. Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Effective April 1, 2009, The Washington Electrical Board has withdrawn from the Multi-State Reciprocal group for Electricians. Applicants wishing to apply from the State of Washington can only do so by endorsement. The Board will reciprocate a Residential and Journeyman electrican license. The Board does not recipricate a Master electrician license. The only way to obtain a master license is by examination.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Nebraska Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    State Electrical Division
    800 South Thirteenth Street, Suite 109
    Lincoln, NE 68509-5066
    (402) 471-3550
    (402) 471-4297 FAX

    • Adopted Code. The 2014 National Electrical Code, effective April 9, 2014
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The state requires certification of electrical inspectors statewide. All state Inspectors must be certified, and any Municipal Inspectors hired after September of 1993.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • All electrical licenses and apprentice registrations issued by the State Electrical Board expire on December 31 of even numbered years. In order to renew any license, the holder must provide a certificate for proof of attendance of at least 12-hours of continuing education approved by the State Electrical Board, with at least six of those hours on the National Electrical Code. These hours are not required to renew an apprentice registration.

    Reciprocates

    • The Nebraska State Electrical Board has a reciprocal licensing agreement for the Electrical Contractor license with Minnesota and South Dakota. The Nebraska State Electrical Board has a reciprocal licensing agreement for the Journeyman Electrician license with all of the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. The applicant must have passed a State examination in order for the license to reciprocate to another State.
    • There are four Nebraska municipality examination programs. A State electrical license will be issued to applicants who have successfully passed one of these examinations and who holds a current license issued by the following municipalities: Fremont, Hastings, Lincoln, and Omaha.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Nevada Regulations
    Reviewed: 4/1/2011

    Code Adoption
    • Adoption type. Local. The state of Nevada does not adopt the NEC on a statewide basis. It is up to the individual units of local government, usually cites but sometimes townships or counties, to adopt and enforce building codes.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No
    • Electricians? No
    • Contractors? Yes
    Nevada State Contractors Board
    9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100
    Reno, NV 89521
    (775) 688-1141
    Fax (775) 688-1271

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    New Hampshire Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Department of Safety, Division of Fire Safety
    Bureau of Electrical Safety & Licensing Requirements

    33 Hazen Drive
    Concord, NH 03305
    (603) 271-3748
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective 1/1/2015.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.

    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No. There is no mandate for certification but we strongly encourage all of the state’s electrical inspectors to have certification. We recognize both the IAEI CEI and NCPCCI certifications. All of our inspectors are NCPCCI certified through either IAEI or ICC.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? No

    CE Requirements

    • New Hampshire Electricians' Board requires that electricians complete 15 hours of continuing education relating to the current National Electric Code every three years. Apprentices are required to complete 30 hours of instructions.  Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    New Jersey Regulations
    Reviewed: 5/16/2012

    Bureau of Code Services
    N.J. Department of Community Affairs

    PO Box 816
    Trenton, N.J. 08625-0816
    Phone: (609) 984-7834
    TDD: (609) 633-6804
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, with amendments, effective May 7, 2012
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The state does require electrical certification examinations through its licensing program. The Uniform Construction Code mandates that an exam be taken and passed either through NCPCCI or ICC.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
    P.O. Box 45006
    Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 504-6410
    (973) 648-3555 FAX

    CE Requirements

    • Prior to renewing his/her license in each triennial cycle, a licensee must complete a total of 34 hours of continuing education which includes nine hours of Code and one hour of New Jersey laws, rules and regulations. Licensees shall not be required to complete the continuing education requirements for the triennial registration period in which they initially received licensure.

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    New Mexico Regulations
    Reviewed: 7/2/2014

    New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Requirements Department
    Electrical Bureau
    2550 Cerrillos Road
    Santa Fe, NM 87505
    (505) 222-9804
    (505) 476-4685 (fax)

    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective August 1, 2014. 
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The State of New Mexico requires both state and national inspector certification of State and Local Jurisdiction electrical inspectors. The State of New Mexico accepts ICC, IAEI CEI and/or IAEI NCPCCI certifications as the national certification.
    • Electricians? Yes, journeyman only
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • New Mexico Construction Industries Board requires that electricians complete 16 hours of continuing education every three years. 8 hours must be on the current National Electric Code changes and the other 8 on industry related courses. Online courses are approved in this state.

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    New York Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    New York State Department of State, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration
    41 State Street
    Albany, NY 12231
    Telephone: (518) 474-4073
    Fax: (518) 486-4487

    • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code. As of December 2010, New York State has adopted the 2008 NEC for both residential and non-residential construction.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions, with the exception of New York City, are required to adopt and enforce the code. New York City has its own code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes [New 1/1/2015]
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? No

    CE Requirements

    New York just recently implemented a code enforcement training license within the state. Effective January 1, 2015, new training regulations were implemented that building safety inspectors (BSI) and code enforcement officials (CEO) must be certified. To perform building safety inspector enforcement activities a person must be certified as a building safety inspector. To perform code enforcement official enforcement activities a person must be certified as a code enforcement official.

    • BSI Certification To be a certified building safety inspector, an individual must successfully complete the required basic training (a minimum of 60 hours of basic training) and maintain the required yearly in-service training (6 hours annually) and any required advanced in-service training.
    • CEO Certification To be a certified code enforcement official, an individual must successfully complete the required basic training (a minimum of 120 hours of basic training) and maintain the required yearly in-service training (24 hours annually) and any required advanced in-service.

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    North Carolina Regulations
    Reviewed: 7/13/2012

    North Carolina Building Code Council
    322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    919-661-5880
    Fax: 919-662-4414

    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective July 3, 2012
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

    North Carolina Department of Insurance, Code Officials Qualification Board
    322 Chapanoke Road, Suite 200
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    919-661-5880
    919-662-4414 (fax)
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Electrical installations are inspected by municipal and county electrical inspection departments; all municipal and county electrical inspectors must be certified by the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board. Electrical installations in state-owned buildings are inspected by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Engineering and Building Codes Division
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    N. C. State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
    P. O. Box 18727
    Raleigh, NC 27619-8727
    (919) 733-9042
    Fax: (919) 733-6105

    CE Requirements

    • North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors requires that electricians and contractors complete 8 hours of continuing education for U, I and L license types every year. Up to 24 hours can be taken during one renewal cycle and used for later renewals for U, I, and L license types. At least 50% (4 hours) must be obtained by classroom attendance. Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Reciprocity Agreements currently exist between North Carolina and the following states: ALABAMA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, SOUTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA, and WEST VIRGINIA
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    North Dakota Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    North Dakota State Electrical Board
    1929 North Washington Street Suite A-1
    P.O. Box 7335
    Bismarck, ND 58507
    (Phone) 701.328.9522
    (FAX) 701.328.9524
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective September 1, 2014. 
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes; need to hold master or journeyman license A person employed by the state electrical board or a political subdivision to inspect electrical installations must be licensed as a journeyman or master electrician.
    • Electricians? Yes; master, journeyman, Class B
    • Contractors? Yes, with North Dakota Secretary of State
    CE Requirements
    • Electricians must have successfully completed eight (8) hours of continuing education to renew a license each year.
    Reciprocates
    • The N.D. State Electrical Board reciprocates Master and Journeyman licenses with Minnesota and South Dakota. On Journeyman licenses only, we reciprocate with Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Ohio Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Board of Building Standards
    Regina Hanshaw, Executive Secretary
    6606 Tussing Road
    P.O. Box 4009
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009
    Phone: (614) 644-2613
    Fax: (614) 644-3147
    Faxback: (614) 728-1244
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective January 1, 2015
    • Adoption type. State-wide. Code was adopted by the state and is mandatory for all structures.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Exam required: NCPCCI—2A and 2B; or ICC—E1 and E2
    • Electricians? No
    • Electrical Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • State of Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education courses must be completed and attached before renewal of residential and commercial personnel certification within a two-year period. These include electrical inspectors, residential building official, residential plans examiner, residential building inspector, and residential industrialized unit inspector.

    Reciprocates

    • West Virginia and Kentucky (Contractors only)
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Oklahoma Regulations
    Reviewed: 5/15/2015

    Construction Industries Board
    2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 5
    Oklahoma City, OK 73107
    (405) 271-5217
    (405) 271-5254 FAX
    1-877-484-4424 Toll Free
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective November 1, 2012
    • Adoption type. Hybrid. Adopted code is considered the minimum electrical standard in the state, but local jurisdictions can adopt codes that are better than the minimum (for example, 2011 NEC).
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No, left to the local levels
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    CE Requirements
    • Six (6) hours of classroom instruction per year are required for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical. All material and information presented or CE credit shall pertain to National Electrical Code updates. Five (5) hours per year are required for inspectors. All material and information presented or CE credit shall pertain to National Electrical Code updates.
    Reciprocates
    • The board may enter into a reciprocity agreement with another state if the requirements for licensure in the other state are deemed by the Board to be the same or equivalent to the requirements for obtaining an original license by examination in this state.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Oregon Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Department of Consumer & Business Services (BCD)
    Building Codes Division
    1535 Edgewater NW
    Salem, OR 97310
    (503) 373-1268
    (503) 378-2322 FAX
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective 10/1/2014
    • Adoption type. State-wide. Local jurisdictions must adhere to the state regulations and cannot impose requirements that are either more stringent or less stringent than those of the state.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

    Department of Consumer & Business Services (BCD)
    Building Codes Division
    1535 Edgewater NW
    Salem, OR 97310
    (503) 373-1268
    (503) 378-2322 FAX
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Construction Contractors Board (CCB)
    700 Summer Street NE, Suite 300
    P.O. Box 14140
    Salem, OR 97309-5052
    (503) 378-4621, ex. 4900
    (503) 373-2213 (fax)

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Pennsylvania Regulations
    Reviewed: 6/13/2012

    Buildings Section
    Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety

    Department of Labor and Industry
    1600 Labor and Industry Building
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
    • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Register to take the required examinations by contacting one of the following: Prometric (NCPCCI); the International Code Council; the PA Construction Codes Academy; NAESA; or, Taylor Technologies Group. With regards to the NCPCCI program, electrical inspectors must take the 2B.
    • Electricians? No
    • Contractors? Yes
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Rhode Island Regulations
    Reviewed: 7/10/2014

    Department of Administration
    Building Code Standards Committee

    One Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908
    (401) 222-3033
    (401) 222-2599
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective August 1, 2014
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
    Division of Professional Regulation
    Building 70
    1511 Pontiac Ave.
    P.O. Box 20247
    Cranston, RI 02920-0943
    (401) 462-8580
    Fax: (401) 462-8528

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    South Carolina Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Department of Labor, Licensing Requirements, and Regulation
    South Carolina Building Codes Council

    PO Box 11329
    Columbia, S.C. 29211-1329
    (803) 896-4688
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2013. NEC-2014 is being proposed.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
    Contractor’s Licensing Board
    PO Box 11329
    Columbia, S.C.
    (803) 896-4686

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    South Dakota Regulations
    Reviewed: 5/15/2014

    State Electrical Commission
    308 S. Pierre St.
    %1320 E. Sioux
    Pierre, SD 57501
    (800) 233-7765 or (605) 773-3573
    (605) 773-6213 FAX
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2014
    • Adoption type: State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    CE Requirements
    • 16 hours of Continuing Education with a minimum of 8 hours of Code is required to renew your license.
    Reciprocates
    • Electrical Contractor: Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming
    • Journeymen: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Tennessee Regulations
    Reviewed: 4/1/2011

    Department of Commerce & Insurance
    Electrical Inspection Section Information
    State Fire Marshal
    500 James Robertson Parkway
    Nashville, TN 37243
    (615) 741-7170
    (615) 741-1583 (FAX)
    • Adopted Code. 2008 National Electrical Code.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes, We require IAEI NCPCCI certifications
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Reciprocates
    • Reciprocal agreements exist with Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The benefit of these agreements is limited to a waiver of the competency exam only; the contractor must still complete the application process
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Texas Regulations
    Reviewed: 7/7/2014

    Texas Department of Licensing Requirements and Regulation
    P.O. Box 12157
    Austin, Texas 78711
    Telephone: (512) 463-6599
    Toll-Free (in Texas): 800-803-9202
    Fax: (512) 475-2871

    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective September 1, 2014.
    • Adoption type. Hybrid. The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. On November 21, 2013, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees TDLR, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians administrative rules and established the 2014 NEC as the "minimum standard" for all electrical work in Texas covered by the Act. Any non-exempt electrical work started on or after September 1, 2014 must be installed in accordance with the 2014 NEC. For purposes of clarification, the “start” of electrical work is the day the electrician begins installing electrical materials or equipment within the residential or commercial building structure. Inside the corporate limits of a municipality, electricians must abide by city permitting requirements and adhere to any local code amendments. However, some local jurisdictions do still adopt older codes. Note: Adoption is required only for unincorporated areas of the state such as outside the city limits of municipalities.
    View local jurisdictions requirements on State Website

    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? No
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes

    CE Requirements

    • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation requires that electricians complete 4 hours of continuing education every year. Two credit hours must be on the current NEC, one hour on Texas State Laws and Rules, and one credit on Workplace Safety. Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Master Electrical License: Louisiana
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Utah Regulations
    Reviewed: 3/20/2015

    Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Requirements
    Uniform Building Code Commission

    P.O. Box 146741
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
    Phone: (801) 530-6628
    Toll-Free in Utah: (866) 275-3675
    Fax: (801) 530-6511
    • Adopted Code. The 2011 National Electrical Code will be effective July 1, 2012.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code, without amendments.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The Division has contracted with PSI licensure: certification (PSI) to conduct its examination program. PSI provides examinations through a network of computer examination centers in Utah and in many areas throughout the United States. PSI works closely with the State to be certain that examinations meet local as well as national requirements in basic principles and examination development standards. The state accepts only ICC certification programs for electrical inspectors. IAEI NCPCCI programs may be accepted only for certain classes of inspectors—however, state approval must be granted.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Continuing Education
    • Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing requires that electricians complete 16 hours of continuing education every two years. At least 12 must be “Core” classes and the other 4 may be professional or core. Contractors are required to complete 6 hours of continuing education; at least 3 hours must be core.  Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates
    • Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Vermont Regulations
    Updated: 7/9/2014

    Electrician’s Licensing Requirements Board
    1311 U.S. Route 302 – Berlin, Suite 600
    Barre, VT 05641-2351
    Telephone: 802.479.7561
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2014
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code, without amendments.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. State Electrical Inspector: "High school or trade school graduation and a Vermont Master Electricians License are required.” OR "Certified IAEI Electrical Inspector with four years of experience”
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? No

    CE Requirements

    • Vermont Division of Fire Safety requires that master and journeyman electricians complete 15 hours of continuing education every three years . Online courses are approved in this state.

    Reciprocates

    • Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Virginia Regulations
    Reviewed: 6/4/2014

    Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
    Main Street Centre
    600 E. Main Street, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23219
    (804) 371-7000
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective July 14, 2014.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes, journeyman
    • Contractors? Yes
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    Board for Contractors
    3600 West Broad Street
    P. O. Box 11066
    Richmond, VA 23230-1066
    (804) 367-2945
    Fax: (804) 367-2474

    CE Requirements
    • Effective with licenses that expire in 2008 and after, as a condition of renewal, all individuals holding a journeyman or master tradesman license will be required to complete a continuing education course in each discipline in which they hold a license. For example, an individual holding a master electrician license will be required to complete an approved electrical continuing education course. An individual holding a master electrician and master plumbing license will be required to complete an approved continuing education course in electrical and plumbing. For the trades of plumbing, electrical and HVAC the course must be three hours in length and for gas-fitting, natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas, one hour each. The continuing education must be completed prior to the expiration date on your license.

    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Washington Regulations
    Reviewed: 6/30/2014

    Department of Labor and Industries
    Electrical Division
    P.O. Box 44460
    Olympia, WA 98504
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective July 1, 2014.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    CE Requirements
    • Must complete at least eight hours of approved continuing education for each year of the prior certification period. At least eight hours of the total required continuing education must be on the currently adopted NEC changes. Beginning January 1, 2005, four hours of the required courses must be on the currently adopted chapter 19.28 RCW and its related WAC(s). Online courses are approved in this state.
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    West Virginia Regulations
    Reviewed: 4/1/2011

    West Virginia State Fire Marshal
    1207 Quarrier St., (2nd Flr.)
    Charleston, WV 25301
    304-558-2191
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective 9/1/2013.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the state minimum.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Reciprocates
    • North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Wisconsin Regulations
    Reviewed: 11/4/2013

    The Department of Safety and Professional Services, Industry Services Division
    201 West Washington Avenue
    Madison, Wisconsin 53703
    Phone 608-266-5649
    • Adopted Code. 2011 National Electrical Code, effective December 1, 2013.
    • 2008 National Electrical Code, effective March 1, 2009.
    • Adoption type. State-wide. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the state minimum.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
    • Electricians? Voluntary with mandatory licensing effective 1 April, 2013
    • Contractors? Voluntary with mandatory licensing effective 1 April, 2013
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.


    Wyoming Regulations
    Reviewed: 10/1/2014

    Wyoming State Fire Marshal
    Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety
    Herschler Bldg. 1 West
    Cheyenne, WY 82002
    Phone: 307-777-7288
    Fax: 307-777-7119
    • Adopted Code. 2014 National Electrical Code, effective 7/1/2014
    • Adoption type. Hybrid. The state adopts a standard electrical code, and these are set as the minimum code that must be adopted by jurisdictions.
    At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
    • Electrical Inspectors? Yes
      • Yes, electrical inspectors must be licensed electricians, and it is preferred that they become certified through a program such as the IAEI. Chief electrical inspectors, or those with the state, must be certified through either the IAEI or the ICC.
    • Electricians? Yes
    • Contractors? Yes
    Reciprocates
    • Master Electrician If you have had a master license from Utah or South Dakota, for at least a year and pass an exam with a score of 75% or better, Wyoming may recognize your license Journeymen Electrician Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah
    For additional licensing information, please contact the state board or local jurisdiction in which you reside.