The West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors welcomes you to our website. We also host a chapter Facebook page which we invite you to follow. 

The Chapter would like to invite you to attend our meetings and join the IAEI. 

State Alert!

Earlier this year, West Virginia was on track to update the electrical code from the 2014 NEC to the 2017 NEC unamended. Great news! But then a group from outside our state submitted an amendment to significantly scale back the required use of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) to bedrooms only, as originally outlined in the National Electrical Code requirements of 1999. That’s a 20-year rollback of the requirement! And as other states update their codes, West Virginia would be falling way behind, not to mention putting public safety at risk, and building new homes and renovating others with outdated AFCI requirements.

As many of you know, AFCIs are a proven smart technology device that protects homes and occupants from electrical fires by detecting dangerous electrical arcing in damaged wiring, extension cords, appliances and more and stops that arcing before a fire can start.

Strong electrical and building codes protect our residents. They are also the backbone of what electrical inspectors rely on in doing our jobs. Please take the time to reach out to the WV Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee before their December 18th meeting and tell them to remove the amendment to reduce AFCI requirements. Pass an unamended 2017 NEC. Let's protect our residents and state with the strongest codes possible.  More detail & sample letter (Word doc);;;;;;;;;;;;;;


Fall 2019 Educational Seminars

The West Virginia Chapter will be holding two Fall Educational Seminars, with identical content, in two locations for your convenience.

   October 29, 2019 - Fairmont, WV
   October 31, 2019 - Nitro, WV

Program: Classified Areas - Hazardous Locations

Times:  Registration opens at 7:30 am; Technical sessions run 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Registration Fees:
   Up to October 19 - $125 for IAEI Members; $150 for non-members
   After October 19 - $150 for IAEI Members; $175 for non-members

CEUs Available:

  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors - applicable in WV, PA and MD
  • Kentucky Div. of Building Codes Enforcement. No addl. fee. Must notify on registration if requesting.
  • Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board (PENDING). If awarded, will be available for an extra $10.

How to Register:  Mail registration form and fee to: WV IAEI, 991 River Road, Morgantown, WV 26501
   Registration form (PDF)

   Fairmont - Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 1529 Mary Lou Retton Dr, Fairmont, WV 26554
   Nitro - Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2219 2nd Avenue, Nitro, WV 25143

In Memoriam - Jay Gibson

Jay C. Gibson, 58, of Nitro passed away unexpectedly August 10, 2019 at home. The son of the late William D. Gibson and Betty C. Gibson. He was born December 1, 1960. Jay spent most of his life in Nitro and was self-employed as an electrician. He held degrees from Davis & Elkins College and WV State University.

Jay was a Master Electrician and longtime member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and International Code Council. He worked for the cities of Charleston, South Charleston, and Hurricane as Chief Building Inspector.
Jay had a generous spirit and a helping heart. He served as vice president of the charitable organization, “Rebuilding Together”, repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives in Kanawha and Putnam Counties. A Celebration of Life Service for Jay will be announced in the future.

West Virginia Building Codes

On March 14, 2016 the State of West Virginia legislature voted to adopt the new building code rules package with an effective date of July 1, 2016. The new rules package includes the following 2015 ICC Family of codes which includes the IBC, IRC with the deletion of chapter 11 (Energy Code), IPC, IMC, IFGC, IPMC, 2009 IECC (Residential), 2007 ANSI/ASHRE standard 90.1 (Commercial), 2015 IEBC, 2015 ISPSC, and the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) without amendments. This action demonstrates the state Fire Marshal's office as well as the legislature's dedication to electrical and building safety for all citizens of the state. Source: NEMA Code Alert

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Contact Information

Jamison, Jack E.   
991 River Road     
Morgantown, WV 26501
(304) 692-9779
fax (304) 292-6972