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.

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

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Alabama

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Hybrid

STATE AGENCY

Alabama Building Commission
Alabama Energy & Residential Codes Board
P O Box 301150
Montgomery, Al 36130-1150
(334) 242-4082

Quick Fact:

Alabama does not have a statewide standard, as the adopted code only applies to state buildings, schools, hotels, and motion picture studios. Here are a few of the local jurisdictional adoptions:

  • County of Shelby — NEC-2017
  • City of Montgomery — NEC-2017
  • City of Birmingham — NEC-2014
  • City of Mobile — NEC-2014
  • City of Tuscaloosa — NEC-2014
  • City of Hoover — NEC-2014
  • City of Dothan — NEC-2014
  • County of Madison — NEC-2002

Alabama Licensing Requirements

Electrical Contractors Board
2777 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 420-7232
Email: electrical@warrenandco.com

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

14

CODE-RELATED

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.

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

May 9, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Division of Labor — Standards and Safety
P.O. Box 111149
Juneau, AK 99811
(907) 465-4855

Quick Fact: The adopted code is considered the minimum statewide, but local jurisdictions can adopt codes that are newer (i.e. NEC-2020). Enforcement can be minimal itself as there are only a small number of inspectors covering the entire state outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Alaska Licensing Requirements

Electrical Administrator

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd-numbered years

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.

Journeyperson

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd-numbered years

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.

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

 

Arizona

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A

NEC-2008 (Board of Manufactured Housing)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: Arizona does not have statewide adoption of the NEC. Jurisdictions such as Phoenix and Tucson do adopt the code directly. Here are a few of the local adoptions:

  • City of Phoenix — NEC-2017, adopted June 6, 2018
  • City of Tucson — NEC-2017, effective January 1, 2019
  • City of Mesa — NEC-2017, effective February 10, 2019
  • City of Tempe — NEC-2017
  • City of Prescott — NEC-2017, effective June 11, 2019
  • City of Peoria — NEC-2017
  • City of Scottsdale — NEC-2014
  • City of Gilbert — NEC-2011, effective December 7, 2013

Electricians are not required to be licensed on a statewide level in Arizona. Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of Phoenix, for local licensing requirements.

Contractors are licensed with the State Registrar of Contractors, but have no CE requirements.

Arkansas

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Arkansas Department of Labor
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 894-2300

Quick Fact: Arkansas is one of the states where the adopted code is considered the minimum electrical standard. Jurisdictions can adopt codes that are better than the minimum (such as the NEC-2020).

Arkansas Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensing date

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

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: California is on a three-year code cycle as well. Local jurisdictions are required to enforce the Code as adopted but are allowed to request approval from the CBSC based on local geographic, climactic, or geologic conditions. The NEC-2017 is expected to be adopted in January 2020.

California Licensing Requirements

Department of Industrial Relations
Electrician Certification Program
P O Box 420603
San Francisco, CA 94142-0603
(510) 286-3900

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

32

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensing date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 32 hours, 8 CE hours must be on the currently adopted NEC changes.

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 another specialty, are not required to be certified. Currently, there is no enforcement of the certification for electricians.

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

COLORADO

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: Colorado is another state on a three-year cycle and will most likely adopt the NEC-2020 this year. An interesting thing to note is that while the state does adopt the Code statewide, local jurisdictions have up to a year to adopt the most recently adopted standard.

Colorado Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

4

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

9/30

(Next renewal 2020)

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 24 hours, 4 CE hours must be on changes to the currently adopted NEC. Additional hours must be related to the National Electrical Code changes (minimum of 4 hours), grounding and bonding, wiring methods, theory and calculations, and a maximum of four hours in a course related to the electrical industry.

Electrical Inspectors? 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 of 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.

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

October 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Construction Services
Office of State Building Inspector
450 Columbus Boulevard Suite 1303
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 713-5900

Quick Fact: The 2020 State Building and Fire Safety Codes based on 2018 editions of the International Code Council codes and the NEC-2020 are presently under review. The compilation of public proposals was finished on May 20, 2019, but no adoption date has been set.

Connecticut Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

7

CODE-RELATED

7

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

9/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. All the 7 continuing education hours can be NEC code related.

Electrical Inspectors? 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.

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

Delaware

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 11, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Fire Prevention Commission/State Fire Marshal
1463 Chestnut Grove Road
Dover, DE 19904-1544
Phone: (302) 739-3160

Quick Fact: Delaware is one of the states where jurisdictions are required to adopt the NEC enacted by the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission. The state requires examinations/certifications to be undertaken by all licensees. The NCPCCI program is accepted.

Delaware Licensing Requirements

Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

10

CODE-RELATED

5

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Even-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Journeyperson and Apprentice Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

5

CODE-RELATED

5

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Even-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Five of the 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.

District of Columbia

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2011

EFFECTIVE DATE

March 28, 2014

ENFORCEMENT

Districtwide

STATE AGENCY

Construction Codes Coordinating Board
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
1100 4th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 442-4400

Quick Fact: In October 2015, the CCCB began a cycle to review the NEC-2014 and the 2015 ICC Codes. A second notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the DC Register on July 26, 2019, but no updates have been adopted at this time and the district is still on the NEC-2011.

DC Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

0

CODE-RELATED

0

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. There are no CE requirements.

Electrical Inspectors are required to have ICC certification or equivalent and some of the above may have a certification that is equivalent to ICC.

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

 

Florida

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

December 31, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1027
(850) 487-1824

Quick Fact: The state of Florida is currently reviewing and processing an adoption of the NEC-2017 with an enforcement date of December 31, 2020.

Florida Licensing Requirements

Building Code Administrators & Inspectors, Plans Examiner

HOURS REQUIRED

14

CODE-RELATED

2

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Odd-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

11/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 14 required hours, the specific requirements are:

  • a minimum of 2 hours must be in accessibility
  • a minimum of 2 hours in Florida law and rules
  • a minimum of 1 hour in ethics.

Electrical Contractors

HOURS REQUIRED

14

CODE-RELATED

7

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

Even-numbered years

RENEWAL DATE

8/31

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 14 required hours, the specific requirements are:

  • 7 hours technical
  • 1 hour workers’ compensation
  • 1 hour workplace safety
  • 1 hour business practices
  • 1 hour Florida Building Code advanced module course
  • 1 hour Florida Laws & Rules
  • 2 hours false alarm prevention (for all certified and registered alarm contractors and certified electrical contractors who perform alarm work), remaining hours general credit.

 

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

Georgia

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Georgia Codes Advisory Board
Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2231
(404) 679-4840
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: The DCA formed a new task force to review and update NFPA 70 from the NEC-2017 to the NEC-2020. Meetings were held in Fall 2019 and continued into the New Year. Based on the state’s past three-year code cycles, it will likely be effective on January 1, 2021.

Georgia Licensing Requirements

Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
Local (478) 207-2440
Toll Free (844) 753-7825

Electrical Contractor

HOURS REQUIRED

8

CODE-RELATED

Varied

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Four of the eight hours must be taken annually. Categories for Code-Update courses include:

  • Codes and standards;
  • Business law, insurance, and finance;
  • Safety and OSHA compliance;
  • Materials and installation methods; and/or
  • Theoretical content related to scientific knowledge for the practice of electrical contracting.

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

Hawaii

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 26, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Hybrid

STATE AGENCY

Hawaii Building Codes Commission
Kalanimoku Building
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 586-0400
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: The state of Hawaii passed a rule that as of July 2018, the state had to adopt the most recent edition of the model codes, including the NEC, within one year of publication. The four Hawaii counties — Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii – Big Island — have two years in which to adopt locally.

Hawaii Licensing Requirements

Professional & Vocational Licensing Division
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
(808) 586-3000

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

1 course

CODE-RELATED

1 course

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

6/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Prior to each renewal license, all licensed electricians are required to furnish proof of attendance to a classroom course related to the current updates of the NEC.

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

 

Idaho

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Division of Building Safety, Electrical Bureau
1090 E. Watertower St., Suite 150
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 334-3950
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: The state of Idaho requires all electrical installations to comply with the NEC, which they adopt on a traditional three-year cycle. Based on past adoptions, they are also likely to be adopting the NEC-2020 within the year.

Idaho Licensing Requirements

Master Electrician, Journeyman Electricians, Limited Electrical Installers

HOURS REQUIRED

24

CODE-RELATED

8

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. The twenty-four (24) hours of instruction shall consist of eight (8) hours of code update covering changes included in the latest edition of the National Electrical Code, eight (8) hours of Code-Update training, and eight (8) hours of industry-related training.

Reciprocates — For Journeyman Electricians, Idaho has journeyman electrician licensing reciprocity with the states of Oregon and Montana. For Master Electricians, 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.

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

Illinois

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A (Local)

NEC-2008 (Capital Development Board)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A
July 1, 2011

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: The state of Illinois adopted the NEC-2008 statewide for non-building code jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions that have adopted a building code are not affected, but the rest of the state is. Some of the local jurisdictions that have adopted the NEC include:

  • City of Chicago — Chicago Electrical Code incorporates provisions of the NEC-2017, effective March 1, 2018
  • City of Springfield — NEC-2011, effective November 19, 2013
  • City of Decatur — NEC-2014
  • County of Peoria — NEC-2014
  • City of Rockford — NEC-2014
  • City of Joliet — NEC-2014
  • City of Champaign — NEC-2014
  • City of Aurora — NEC-2008 (residential), NEC-1999 (all others)

Electricians are not required to be licensed on a statewide level in Illinois.

For Electrical Inspectors, 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.

Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of Chicago, for local licensing requirements.

Indiana

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

NEC-2008

EFFECTIVE DATE

August 26, 2009

ENFORCEMENT

Hybrid

STATE AGENCY

Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Fire & Building Safety Division
Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2222

Quick Fact: Local jurisdictions are not allowed to adopt or enforce their own electrical code unless it has been approved by the Commission. The Office of the State Building Commissioner inspects all buildings and structures in areas without approved local building departments.

Electricians are not required to be licensed on a statewide level in Indiana. Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of Indianapolis, for local licensing requirements.

 

Iowa

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

State Fire Marshal Division, Building Code Bureau
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-6145
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: Iowa is an example of a state that has statewide adoption with amendments. For example, the Iowa board voted to retain several GFCI amendments from the NEC-2011 and voted to eliminate some of the AFCI requirements from 210.12(D) and 406.4(D)(4).

Iowa Licensing Requirements

State Fire Marshal Division, Electrical Examining Board 
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
(515) 725-6147

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

18

CODE-RELATED

6

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 18 required continuing education hours, 6 must be on the National Electrical Code The additional 12 hours must be related to electrical installations.

State Electrical 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.

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

 

Kansas

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A (Local)

NEC-2008 (State-owned buildings)

(see notes)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A
February 4, 2011 (State-owned)

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

Kansas State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson Street, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
Phone: (785) 296-3401

Quick Fact: The Kansas State Fire Marshal is responsible for enforcing the NEC-2008 for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce different codes. Here are a few examples of local jurisdictions throughout Kansas:

  • Sedgwick County — NEC-2017
  • City of Olathe — NEC-2017, effective September 1, 2019
  • City of Lawrence — NEC-2017, effective July 1, 2019
  • City of Shawnee — NEC-2017
  • Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS — NEC-2011
  • City of Overland Park — NEC-2011
  • City of Fort Scott — NEC-2011
  • City of Topeka — NEC-2017
  • City of Wichita — NEC-2017

Electricians are not currently required to be licensed on a statewide level in Kansas. Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of Wichita, for local licensing requirements.

Kentucky

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2019

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: Kentucky first adopted and began enforcement of the 2018 Kentucky Building Code (IBC-2015), 2018 Kentucky Residential Code (IRC-2015), and NEC-2017 without amendments on August 22, 2018. However, a grace period was allowed until the beginning of 2019.

Kentucky Licensing Requirements

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

6

CODE-RELATED

4

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

Birth date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 6 required hours, 4 hours must be on changes to the National Electrical Code. The additional two hours may be in safety practices and procedures.

Certified Electrical Inspector

HOURS REQUIRED

12

CODE-RELATED

12

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

2018, 2021, etc.

RENEWAL DATE

Birth date

Units of time — Contact Hours.Each certified electrical inspector shall attend at least one (1) continuing education program of a minimum of twelve (12) hours each year.

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

Louisiana

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

February 1, 2018

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Louisiana State Uniform Code Council (LSUCCC)
8181 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 922-0817
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: The LSUCCC (Uniform Construction Code) adoption of the NEC-2014 is mandatory for all construction, reconstruction, alterations to circuits, and additions to homes. No jurisdiction can adopt anything more or less stringent than what is adopted at the LSUCCC. The law requires that the state reviews, amends, and adopts the latest NEC within five years of publication. For example, 2017 NEC was published in 2016, and the state is required to adopt some form of it prior to August 2021.

Louisiana Licensing Requirements

Electricians are not required to be licensed in the state of Louisiana. Check with your local jurisdiction for requirements. For example, the city of New Orleans requires ICC certifications.

State Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (225) 765.2301 or (800) 256.1392

Residential Contractor

HOURS REQUIRED

6

CODE-RELATED

6

RENEWAL CYCLE

Annual

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

Units of time — Contact Hours. Six hours must be related to the licensee’s field.

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Electricians’ Examining Board
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
(207) 624-8457
(406) 841-2300

Quick Fact: Maine released updated amendments on November 6, 2017, which then became mandatory throughout the state. Maine is another state on a three-year Code cycle, so they will likely adopt the NEC-2020 sometime this year.

Maine Licensing Requirements

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

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. All 15 hours are required to be on the current National Electrical Code update.

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

MARYLAND

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2016

ENFORCEMENT

Hybrid

STATE AGENCY

Office of the State Fire Marshal
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
(410) 653-8980 / (800) 525-3124
(517) 241-9313 

Quick Fact: Maryland’s State Fire Marshal’s office adopted the NEC-2014 and it applies to state-owned facilities and to any jurisdictions that have never adopted a statute to govern electrical work. Local jurisdictions that have adopted their own code include:

  • Division of Labor and Industry — NEC-2017
  • Prince George’s County — NEC-2014
  • Frederick County — NEC-2014, effective August 15, 2015
  • Baltimore County — NEC-2017, effective August 31, 2017
  • City of Baltimore — NEC-2014
  • Anne Arundel County — NEC-2014, effective March 19, 2016
  • Queen Annes County — NEC-2017, effective April 1, 2017
  • Charles County — NEC-2014, effective August 3, 2015

Maryland Licensing Requirements

Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Board of Master Electricians
500 North Calvert St., Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6231

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

10

CODE-RELATED

5

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 10 hours, they can be based on any article or update to the National Electrical Code or on any code or standard of NFPA that relates to the provision of electrical services. At least 5 of the 10 hours must be taken in a classroom setting.

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

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

January 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of FIre Services
1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775
(978) 567-3713
(517) 241-9313 

Quick Fact: Home to NFPA, which produces the NEC, Massachusetts is usually the first state to adopt the National Electrical Code at the beginning of each code cycle. This adoption is across all local jurisdictions as required by regulations and statute. Massachusetts is set to adopt the NEC-2020 in January 2020.

Massachusetts Licensing Requirements

Board of State Examiners of Electricians
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington St. Ste 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
(617) 727-9931

Electricians

HOURS REQUIRED

21

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

7/30

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 21 hours, 15 must be related to topics on the Massachusetts Electrical Code, Business, La, and related topics. Six may be in an area chosen by the licensee for professional development and may include NEC topics.

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

Michigan

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2014 (Residential)

NEC-2017 (Commercial)

EFFECTIVE DATE

February 8, 2016 (Residential)
January 4, 2019 (Commercial)

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: The Michigan Electrical Code was updated in January 2019. The new adoption of the NEC-2017 covers everything other than 1- and 2-family dwellings. These dwellings are still covered under the Michigan Residential Code Adoption, which uses the NEC-2014.

Michigan Licensing Requirements

Electricians (Master, Journey, and Fire Alarm Technician)

HOURS REQUIRED

15

CODE-RELATED

15

RENEWAL CYCLE

Triennial

RENEWAL DATE

12/31

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

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: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION

NEC-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2017

ENFORCEMENT

Statewide

STATE AGENCY

Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN 55155-4342
(651) 284-5005

Quick Fact: The Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) was created in 2005 with the consolidation of seven construction-related state programs. Minnesota is one of the states that typically adopt on a three-year code cycle and are likely to adopt the NEC-2020 later this year.

Minnesota Licensing Requirements

Master Electrician/Contractor

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

12

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

RENEWAL DATE

3/1

Odd-numbered years

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours required for renewal, 8 must be related to the National Electrical Code. Four hours may be related to other topics.

Journeyman Electrician

HOURS REQUIRED

16

CODE-RELATED

12

RENEWAL CYCLE

Biennial

2018, 2021, etc.

RENEWAL DATE

Licensure date

Units of time — Contact Hours. Of the 16 hours required for renewal, 8 must be related to the National Electrical Code. Four hours may be related to other topics.

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: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A (Local)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

Department of Insurance, Fire Marshal
State Building Code Commission
P.O. Box 79
Jackson, MS 39205

Quick Fact: As of August 1, 2014, all counties and municipalities must enact uniform building codes (one of the last three adopted editions of the IRC) unless they opted out prior to November 30, 2014. Local jurisdictions that have adopted the NEC include:

  • City of Biloxi — NEC-2017, effective April 24, 2018
  • City of Gulfport — NEC-2017, effective September 1, 2018
  • City of Meridian — NEC-2017
  • City of Jackson — NEC-2014
  • City of Southaven — NEC-2011, effective April 7, 2015
  • City of Hattiesburg — NEC-2011
  • City of Batesville — NEC-2011
  • City of Tupelo — NEC-2011, effective February 20, 2018

Electricians are not currently required to be licensed on a statewide level in Mississippi. Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of Jackson, for local licensing requirements.

Missouri

Reviewed: 10/22/2019

Adopted Electrical Code

VERSION(S)

N/A (Local)

NEC-2005 (Division of Fire Safety)

(see notes)

EFFECTIVE DATE

N/A

ENFORCEMENT

Local

STATE AGENCY

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

Quick Fact: The NEC-2005 was adopted for state-owned buildings, but local jurisdictions can adopt and enforce their own codes. Local jurisdictions that have adopted the NEC include:

  • City of Kansas City — NEC-2011, effective June 3, 2012
  • City of Jefferson — NEC-2014, effective October 21, 2017
  • City of St. Louis — NEC-2017, effective August 1, 2018
  • City of Springfield — NEC-2011
  • City of Columbia — NEC-2017, effective October 1, 2019
  • City of Independence — NEC-2017
  • City of Joplin — NEC-2017, effective April 2018
  • City of St. Joseph — NEC-2017

Electricians are not currently required to be licensed on a statewide level in Missouri. Check with your local jurisdiction, such as the City of St. Louis, for local licensing requirements.

Proposed Legislation

The Office of Statewide Electrical Contractors has drafted proposed regulations to implement State Bill 240 that would create statewide electrical contractors licenses. For additional details, visit the Missouri Division of Professional Registration site.

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

State Building Code Review Board
Commissioner’s Office
Department of Safety
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.

 

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-2008, 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-2017

EFFECTIVE DATE

July 1, 2019

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 three-year period. These include building officials, electrical inspectors, plans examiners, and building inspectors.

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 was allowed to adopt the 2018 IBC and enforce the NEC-2017 for commercial installations only, all residential installations are per the 2015 IRC. Henceforth, they will coincide with the PA Uniform Construction Code when the State adopts the 2018 I-Codes.

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. Current legislation is ongoing to automatically adopt the NEC in the year of its publication.

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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