United States — Adopted Electrical Code by State

NFPA 70, the National Electrical Code (NEC), is a regionally adoptable standard for electrical best practices. The adopted electrical code can vary by state or local jurisdiction, and often includes a local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) that inspects electrical installations for compliance with the adopted standard.

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY DC

Blue = 2017 NEC |  Red = 2014 NEC Orange = 2011 NEC Green = 2008 NEC  Brown =Local adoption only


Alabama

Reviewed: 6/19/2016

Alabama Building Commission
Alabama Building Commission
770 Washington Ave Suite 444
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-4082

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective July 1, 2016. Code was adopted by the state for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes.

Licensing Requirements

Electrical Contractors Board
2777 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 420-7232
Email: electrical@warrenandco.com
http://www.aecb.alabama.gov/

HOURS REQUIRED

14

CODE-UPDATE

7

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Quarterly
March 30; June 30; September 30; December 30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 14 continuing education (CE) hours due biennially, 7 hours must be related to the NEC. The additional 7 must be industry related.

Renewals are staggered quarterly every year: March 30; June 30; September 30; and December 30. Verify your renewal date directly with the board.

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.

Reciprocates: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia


Alaska Regulations

Reviewed: 3/12/2019

Division of Labor – Standards and Safety
1111 W. 8th St. Room 304
Juneau, Alaska 99801-1802
(907) 465-4855
Fax (907) 465-6012

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective May 9, 2018. Statewide adoption. 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, 2020 NEC).

Licensing Requirements

Electrical Administrator
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Division of Corporation and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
(907) 465-2550

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-UPDATE

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd renewal year

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

Units of time— Contact Hours. All 8 hours must be related to the NEC.
The state requires electrical 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.

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.

Electrical Journeyman

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

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-UPDATE

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd renewal year

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 continuing education (CE) hours due biennially, 8 hours must be related to the NEC. The additional 8 must be industry related.

Approval of continuing education requirements for inspectors and for journeyman electricians is approved by the Department of Labor.


Arizona Regulations

Reviewed: 3/12/2019

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 Electrical Code

Local

Each municipality is free to adopt and amend the NEC, and it ranges from the 1990 to the 2014 versions. 2008 National Electrical Code adopted by the Board of Manufactured Housing.

Licensing Requirements

Electricians are not required to be licensed on a statewide level in Arizona. Local licensing requirements may vary.

Electrical Contractors
State Registrar of Contractors
1700 W. Washington St. Suite 105
Phoenix AZ 85007
(602) 542-1525

HOURS REQUIRED

0

CODE-UPDATE

0

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensing Date

Contractors are not required to maintain CEUs at the state level. Reciprocate states include California and Utah.

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


Arkansas Regulations

Reviewed: 3/12/2019

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 Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 1, 2018. Statewide adoption (with AR amendments). 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, 2020 NEC).

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: 9/3/2019

California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 263-0916
Fax: (916) 263-0959

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective January 1, 2017. Statewide adoption. All jurisdictions in the state are required to adopt and enforce the code.

The NEC-2017 will be in effect in the 2019 California Electrical Code on January 1, 2020.

At a Glance: Licensing Requirements
California Building Officials
1022 G Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 457-1103

  • 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
(800) 321-CSLB

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: 6/8/2017

Colorado State Electrical Board
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2300
fax: (303) 894-2310

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective July 1, 2017. Statewide adoption. 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, 2020 NEC).

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: 3/12/2019

Department of Construction Services
Office of State Building Inspector
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-5850

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective October 1, 2018. Statewide adoption. Adopted code is considered the minimum electrical standard in the state.

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 Administrative Services
Office of Education and Data Management
450 Columbus Blvd – Suite 1306
Hartford CT 06103
Phone: (860) 713-5522

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


Delaware Regulations

Updated: 3/15/2016

Fire Prevention Commission/State Fire Marshall
1537 Chestnut Grove Road
Dover, DE 19904-1544
Phone: (302)739-3169
FAX: (302)739-4436

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective March 16, 2016. Statewide adoption. 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
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 442-4400

Adopted Electrical Code

2011 NEC

Effective March 28, 2014. District-wide adoption (with AR amendments). 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: 11/29/2017

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1027
(866) 532.1440

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective December 31, 2017. Statewide adoption. 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, 2020 NEC).

At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Professions
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1027
(866) 532.1440

  • 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: 11/30/2017

Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 1, 2018. Statewide adoption. 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
Local (478) 207-2440
Toll Free (844) 753-7825

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: 3/13/2019

Hawaii Building Codes Commission
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Ph: 808 586-0400

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective August 21, 2018. Hybrid. Statewide adoption. 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) 586-3000
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: 9/27/2017

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 Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective July 2017. Statewide adoption. 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: 3/13/2019

Code Adoption

Adopted Electrical Code

2008 NEC

Effective July 1, 2011. 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 that have adopted a building code are not affected, but the rest of the state is.

Chicago Adopted Code. 2017 National Electrical Code, with Chicago amendments, effective March 1, 2018.

Capital Development Board
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 statewide license; per municipality.
  • Contractors? No statewide license; per municipality.

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 Electrical Code

2008 NEC

Effective June 2, 2009. 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: 3/13/2019

State Fire Marshal Division, Building Code Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
1-866-923-1082

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 1, 2018. Statewide adoption. 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 
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-6147

  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. The State inspectors are required to obtain certifications within one year of hire. Inspectors must obtain one of the following types of certification within one (1) year of hiring:
    Certification by the International Code Council (ICC) as both a Residential Electrical Inspector and Commercial Electrical Inspector, or Certification by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) as both a Certified Electrical Inspector – Residential and a Certified Electrical Inspector – Master.
  • 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 66612-1216
Phone: (785) 296-3401
Fax: (785) 296-0151

Adopted Electrical Code

2008 NEC

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: 3/13/2019

Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction
101 Sea Hero Rd., Ste. 100
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 573-0365

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 1, 2019. Statewide adoption. All local jurisdictions are required to adopt and enforce the code.

At a Glance: Licensing Requirements

  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Holders of ICC Certification for 2A Electrical 1& 2 Family may inspect 1 & 2 Family residential occupancies only. Holders of 2B Electrical General may inspect all types of electrical installations, which include commercial, industrial and residential. Details as of March 2019
  • Electricians? Yes
  • Contractors? Yes

CE Requirements

  • Electricians: 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: 8/13/2019

Office of State Fire Marshal
Department of Public Safety
8181 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 922-0817

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective February 1, 2018. 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
2525 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (225) 765.2301 or (800) 256.1392

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: 3/20/2018

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 Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective November 6, 2017. 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: 4/4/2016

Office of the State Fire Marshal
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: 410-653-8980 / 800-525-3124
FAX: 410-653-8988

Adopted Electrical Code

2014 NEC

Effective January 1, 2016. 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 201
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6231

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: 12/6/2016

Massachusetts Department of Fire Services
P.O. Box 1025
1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 567-3100

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 1, 2017. Statewide adoption. 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
(617) 727-3074

  • Electrical Inspectors? Yes. Yes. Each community has its 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 the licensee may elect to be re-examined.

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


Michigan

Reviewed: 1/9/2019

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

Adopted Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective January 4, 2019. Statewide adoption. As of January 4, 2019, the 2017 Michigan Electrical Code rule set took effect. It covers everything other than 1-2 Family Dwellings that are covered under the Michigan Residential Code Adoption (NEC 2014).

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, and  require 15 hours of code courses. The renewal deadline in Michigan is March 1st of each year. 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

Reviewed: 6/12/2017

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 Electrical Code

2017 NEC

Effective July 1, 2017. Statewide adoption. 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

Reviewed: 4/14/2016

Mississippi State Board of Contractors
2679 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite C
Jackson, 39216
Phone: 601-354-6161 or (800) 880-6161

Adopted Electrical Code

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? Yes (contractors)
  • Contractors? Yes

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


Missouri

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 Electrical Code

2005 NEC

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 23, 2014

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Montana Department of Labor & Industry, State Building Codes Bureau
P.O. Box 200517
Helena, MT 59620-0517
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: Local jurisdictions may adopt a building code by ordinance but may only include codes adopted by the Building Codes Bureau, including the currently adopted NEC. Jurisdictions that have not adopted the code, especially unincorporated areas, fall under the jurisdiction of the State Building Codes Bureau.

Montana Licensing Requirements

Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

7/15

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours, 8 hours must be about updates to the National Electrical Code for each year in the renewal cycle.

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

Nebraska

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

August 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Nebraska Electrical Division
1220 Lincoln Mall, Suite 125
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 471-3550

Quick Fact: The State Electrical Act requires that licensees complete twelve contact hours of continuing education by January 1 of each odd-numbered year. These shall include a minimum of six contact hours studying the NEC. Nebraska is also a state that will most likely adopt the NEC-2020 this year based on past three-year code cycle trends.

Nebraska Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

6

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

Units of time — Contact Hours.  Of the 12 hours, 6 hours must be about updates to the National Electrical Code and the other 6 must be related to electrical courses.

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

Nevada

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A (Local)
NEC-2011 (State Public Works Division)

(see notes)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

State Public Works Division
1830 E. Sahara Ave., Suite 204
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 486-5115

Quick Fact:

Nevada does not adopt or enforce electrical building codes by state law and local jurisdictions are responsible for their own code adoptions, although some do group by regions to establish standards. Local jurisdictions that have adopted the NEC include:

  • Northern Nevada RegionNEC-2017, July 1, 2019
    • Participating jurisdictions include: Carson City, City of Sparks, Pershing County, City of Fernley, Douglas County, Washoe County, City of Reno, Lyon County, Storey County
  • Southern Nevada Region (Southern Nevada Building Officials) — NEC-2017
    • Participating jurisdictions include Clark County, Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump.

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

New Hampshire

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Safety, Division of Fire Safety
Bureau of Electrical Safety & Licensing Requirements
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
(603) 223-4289

Quick Fact: The State Fire Marshal’s Office reviews plans over state-owned property, the New Hampshire University System, educational occupancies, healthcare occupancies, and in locations where there is no code enforcement mechanism and the municipality has requested assistance.

New Hampshire Licensing Requirements

Master and Journeyman Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Birth month

Units of time — Contact Hours. The 15-hour update course must be taken during the year of the new electrical code. For example, master and journeyman electricians must complete a 15-hour update course on the 2020 National Electrical Code during the year 2020.

Electricians with birth months of February, May, August, and November will be renewing in the calendar year 2021. Electricians with birth months of January, April, July, and October will be renewing in the calendar year 2019. Electricians with birth months of March, June, September, and December will be renewing in the calendar year 2020.

Reciprocates — Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts

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

New Jersey

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

September 3, 2019

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Bureau of Code Services
N.J. Department of Community Affairs
101 South Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-7899

Quick Fact: New Jersey enforces the Uniform Construction Code, which mandates everything from local building code adoption to licensing requirements. Electrical inspectors are required to take electrical certification examinations through the licensing program within the UCC.

New Jersey Licensing Requirements

State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
P.O. Box 45006
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 504-6410
(973) 648-3555 FAX

Journeyman Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

10

CODE-RELATED

9

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 10 hours, 9 must be on the recent edition of the NEC and one hour on applicable state statues and rules.

Electrical Contractor

HOURS REQUIRED

34

CODE-RELATED

10

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

2018, 2021, etc.

RENEWAL DATE

3/31

Units of time — Contact Hours.Thirty-four (34) credit hours of continuing education to include a 10-hour course of study relating to the most recent edition of the National Electrical Code, nine (9) hours of which shall pertain to the Code and one hour of which shall pertain to applicable State statutes and rules.

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

New Mexico

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

February 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Requirements Department
Electrical Bureau
2550 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 476-4700

Quick Fact: The New Mexico Electrical Bureau reviews and recommends contents for the licensing and certification examinations for all electrical trades. It also performs state-wide electrical inspections in CID jurisdiction, electrical plan review and oversees electrical permitting.

New Mexico Licensing Requirements

Journeyman Electricians and Linemen

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

9/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours, 8 hours must be on code change instructions and eight (8) hours are other industry-related instruction.

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

New York

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 2, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

New York State Department of State
Division of Code Enforcement and Administration
99 Washington Ave, Suite 1160
Albany, NY 12231
(518) 474-4073

Quick Fact: New York State’s Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) is adopted statewide except for New York City. The Department of Buildings (of NYC) currently enforces the NEC-2011, which took effect on July 1, 2011.

New York Licensing Requirements

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.

Units of time — Contact Hours. 

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

North Carolina

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

June 12, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

North Carolina Department of Insurance
Building Code Council
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh NC 27699-1202
(919) 647-0000

Quick Fact: 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. State-owned buildings are inspected by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Engineering and Building Codes Division.

North Carolina Licensing Requirements

N. C. State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
P. O. Box 18727
Raleigh, NC 27619-8727
(919) 733-9042
Fax: (919) 733-6105

Electrician, Unlimited, Intermediate, Limited, Residential Dwelling

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. All 8 CE hours must be related to the National Electrical Code. Four of the hours must be an in-person course or seminar attendance.

Electrician, Special Restricted Contractors

HOURS REQUIRED

4

CODE-RELATED

4

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. All 4 CE hours must be related to the National Electrical Code. Two of the hours must be an in-person course or seminar attendance.

Reciprocates — 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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

North Dakota State Electrical Board
1929 North Washington Street Suite A-1
Bismarck, ND 58507-7335
(701) 328-9522

Quick Fact: The North Dakota State Electrical Board has the responsibility to examine applicants and issue licenses to those having the necessary qualifications and knowledge in the laws of electricity and electrical codes. The board also has jurisdiction over all electrical installations. North Dakota is also likely to adopt the NEC-2020 this year based on past code cycles.

North Dakota Licensing Requirements

Master and Journeyman Electricians, Class B Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours.As of May 2017, all courses must be related to the currently adopted National Electrical Code.

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014 (Residential)
NEC-2017 (Commercial)

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2016 (Residential)
November 1, 2017 (Commercial)

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Board of Building Standards
6606 Tussing Road
P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009
(614) 644-2613

Quick Fact: The state of Ohio requires 30 hours of continuing education courses 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.

Ohio Licensing Requirements

Electrical inspectors, residential building official, residential plans examiner, residential building inspector, and residential industrialized unit inspector

HOURS REQUIRED

30

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 10 hours required per year, 5 must be related to the National ELectrical Code and 5 hours must be on topics related to the specific trade.

Contractors

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

12

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Electrical contractors may choose one year or three years. Annual renewals are 8 hours per year.

Reciprocates — West Virginia and Kentucky (Contractors only)

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

Oklahoma

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

September 15, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission
2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 2F
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 521-6550

Quick Fact: The adopted code is considered the state minimum. Also, as a result of State Bill 733 with an effective date of November 1, 2019, the Construction Industries Board began enforcement of licensing requirements for inspectors. All licenses performing building and construction inspections are required to meet all requirements for licensing and code standards.

Oklahoma Licensing Requirements

Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 5
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 521-6550

Electricians and Contractors

HOURS REQUIRED

6

CODE-RELATED

6

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Six (6) hours of classroom instruction shall pertain to National Electrical Code updates. Five (5) hours per year are required for inspectors.

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

Oregon

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Consumer & Business Services (BCD)
Building Codes Division
P.O. Box 14470
Salem, OR 97309-0404
(503) 378-4133

Quick Fact: The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC) is based on NEC-2017 with amendments that are based on local geographic, climactic, or geologic conditions. Oregon also does not adopt the IRC, and Oregon does not adopt the IRC and has developed its own “Low-Rise Residential Code” to cover residential dwellings up to three stories.

Oregon Licensing Requirements

General Supervising Electrician (S), Limited Supervising Electrician (PS), and General Journeyman Electrician (J)

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

12 (S and PS)
8 (J)

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Typical hours for an electrician (S, PS, and J license) are 24 total hours every three years. 12 must be code-change, 8 are code-related, and 4 are on Oregon laws.

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

Pennsylvania

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety
Buildings Section
Department of Labor and Industry
1600 Labor and Industry Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-5279

Quick Fact: For all buildings and structures not regulated by the 2015 Residential Code, Chapter 27 (Electrical) requires compliance with the IBC-2015 and the NEC-2014. The IRC 2015 applies to one- and two-family dwellings no more than three stories in height. The city of Philadelphia adopted the UCC but has an exception to enforce the NEC-2017 per the 2018 IBC.

Pennsylvania Licensing Requirements

UCC Code Official – Electrical

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

4

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours.Construction code official that holds one certification must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of continuing education, in order to be re-certified.

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

Rhode Island

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

August 1, 2019

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Building Code Commission
Building Code Standards Committee
560 Jefferson Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Suite 200
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 889-5550

Quick Fact: Rhode Island Building Codes are amendments of the International Building Codes, which are used as the model. The adopted NEC is for mandatory application by governmental bodies that exercise legal jurisdictions over electrical installations and for use by insurance inspectors.

Rhode Island Licensing Requirements

Class A and Class B Electricians

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
Division of Professional Regulation
1511 Pontiac Ave., Building 70
P.O. Box 20247
Cranston, RI 02920-0943
(401) 462-8580

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Birth date

Units of time — Contact Hours. The continuing education credits shall be included in the currently adopted edition of the National Electrical Code and the International Code Council (ICC) national codes. Instructors or inspectors shall be Rhode Island licensed electrical contractors employed by or about to be employed by the providers and be board approved.

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

South Carolina

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Labor, Licensing Requirements, and Regulation
South Carolina Building Codes Council
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-4300

Quick Fact: South Carolina requires that all municipalities enforce building, energy, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, gas, and fire codes, relating to the construction, livability, sanitation, erection, energy efficiency, installation of equipment, alteration, repair, occupancy, classification, or removal of structures located within their jurisdictions as adopted by the state.

South Carolina will also be adopted the NEC-2017 on January 1, 2020

South Carolina Licensing Requirements

Contractors

Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Contractor’s Licensing Board
PO Box 11329
Columbia, S.C.
(803) 896-4686

HOURS REQUIRED

0

CODE-RELATED

0

RENEWAL CYCLE

N/A

RENEWAL DATE

N/A

Contractors or Electricians are not required to maintain CEUs at the state level. Local jurisdictions may require licensing and certification.

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

South Dakota

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

State Electrical Commission
308 S. Pierre St.
Pierre, SD 57501
(800) 233-7765

Quick Fact: South Dakota is one of the few states in which all electrical wiring installations must be inspected by a state electrical inspector. Seventeen state inspectors (as of October 2019) cover seventeen different districts, both commercial and residential. South Dakota is another state likely to adopt the NEC-2020 this year based on a three-year code cycle.

South Dakota Licensing Requirements

Electrical Administrator, Master Electrician or Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Even-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours, 8 hours must be related to the National Electrical Code and 8 hours must be non-code related.

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

Tennessee

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 19, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Hybrid

STATE AGENCY

Department of Commerce & Insurance
Electrical Inspection Section Information, State Fire Marshal
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-7170

Quick Fact: Thirty local jurisdictions have been granted exemptions and are authorized to perform independent plans reviews. The City of Athens and Shelby County, for example both enforce the NEC-2014

Tennessee Licensing Requirements

Journeyman or Master Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

0

CODE-RELATED

0

RENEWAL CYCLE

N/A

RENEWAL DATE

N/A

Electricians are not required to maintain CEUs at the state level. Local jurisdictions may require licensing and certification.

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

Texas

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

September 15, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Texas Department of Licensing Requirements and Regulation
P.O. Box 12157
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-6599

Quick Fact: The adopted code is considered to be the “minimum standard” for all electrical work in Texas covered under state law. However, municipalities are allowed to make local amendments. Some have amended to older codes (e.g. NEC-2011 requirements)

Texas Licensing Requirements

Journeyman or Master Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

4

CODE-RELATED

2

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure Date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the four hours required: 2 hours must be on the National Electrical Code; 1 hour must be related to Texas Laws and Rules; and 1 hour must be related to NFPA 70.

Reciprocates — Louisiana

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

Utah

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014 (Residential)
NEC-2017 (Commercial)

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2016 (Residential)
July 1, 2018 (Commercial)

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

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

P.O. Box 146741
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741
(801) 530-6628

Quick Fact: When the Utah Legislature adopted the NEC-2014 and 2015 I-codes back in March 2016, a provision was added that the residential codes would be on a six-year code cycle, rather than a three-year.

Utah Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

12

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Even-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

11/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours required, 12 hours must be related to the National Electrical Code (core education). The additional 4 hours may be code-related or be in professional education.

Contractors

HOURS REQUIRED

6

CODE-RELATED

3

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

11/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 6 hours required, 3 hours must be related to the National Electrical Code (core education). The additional 3 hours may be code-related or be in professional education.

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

Vermont

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Electrician’s Licensing Requirements Board
1311 U.S. Route 302, Suite 600
Barre, VT 05641-2351
(802) 479-7564

Quick Fact: The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC)is updated on a three-year cycle and must be complied with when constructing a new building, structure, or addition to an existing building. The updated codes must also be used when maintaining or repairing an existing building or renovating or changing the use of a building.

Vermont Licensing Requirements

Journeyman or Master Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure Date

Units of time — Contact Hours. All the 15 hours must be related to the National Electrical Code.

Reciprocates — Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts

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

Virginia

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

September 4, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
600 E. Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-7000

Quick Fact: The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC)is updated on a three-year cycle and must be complied with when constructing a new building, structure, or addition to an existing building. The updated codes must also be used when maintaining or repairing an existing building or renovating or changing the use of a building.

Virginia Licensing Requirements

Journeyman or Master Electrician

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Mayland Dr
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 367-8511

HOURS REQUIRED

3

CODE-RELATED

3

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure Date

Units of time — Contact Hours. All the 3 hours must be related to the National Electrical Code.

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

Washington

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Labor and Industries, Electrical Division
P.O. Box 44000
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 902-5800

Quick Fact: The Department of Labor and Industries is in the process of updating the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-46B, Electrical Safety Standards, Administration, and Installation rules to the NEC-2020, to be effective July 1, 2020.

Washington Licensing Requirements

Electrical Administrator, Master Electrician or Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 24 hours, 8 CE hours must be on the currently adopted NEC changes. Also, four hours must be on currently adopted Revised Code of Washington and related Washington Administrative Codes. The remaining 12 hours can be of your choice as long as they are from an authorized provider.

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

West Virginia

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

August 1, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

West Virginia State Fire Marshal
1207 Quarrier St. (2nd Flr.)
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-2191

Quick Fact: The State Fire Commission establishes the State Building Code (Title 87), which establishes the minimum standards of safe construction of all structures erected or renovated throughout the state.

West Virginia Licensing Requirements

Journeyman and Master Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

0

CODE-RELATED

0

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — No CE is required for renewal. Local jurisdictions may require additional CE.

Reciprocates — North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia

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

Wisconsin

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

August 1, 2018 (Commercial)
January 1, 2020 (Residential)

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Safety and Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 266-2112

Quick Fact: All electrical wiring, installations, equipment and materials used in the construction of dwellings are required to comply with the requirements of the Wisconsin Administrative Electrical Code. Prior to January of this year, residential installations were required to use the NEC-2011.

Wisconsin Licensing Requirements

Electricians, Commercial Electrical Inspectors, and UDC Electrical Inspectors

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

Up to 24

RENEWAL CYCLE

Every 4 Years

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. The 24 hours must be technical related, and licensees may not retake the same training session for credit more than once during the 4-year term of a specific credential unless the training is in-class training.

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

Wyoming

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Wyoming State Fire Marshal
Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety

4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 266-2112

Quick Fact: Wyoming traditionally works on a three-year cycle and is expected to adopt the NEC-2020 in the Summer of this year.

Wyoming Licensing Requirements

Master Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

April 1 – July 1

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure Date

Journeyman Electrician

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure Date

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

October 1 – January 1

HOURS REQUIRED

16

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 continuing education hours. 8 hours must be NEC code related.

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.

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