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GENERAL ISSUES:
Why did the Legislature establish the electrician certification program?
To whom does the electrician certification program apply?
By when must individuals become certified?
Do electricians who have completed an approved apprenticeship program need to become certified?
What types of certification are available?
Do other states require certification of electricians?
When will the regulations implementing the electrician certification be adopted?
Will the names of certified electricians be published?
Must certification be renewed?

 

General Issues
 

Why did the Legislature establish the electrician certification program?
When individuals who lack proper knowledge and training perform electrical work, they create a safety hazard for the public and for their fellow workers. More than 30 states require electricians to be licensed, and the IBEW and NECA have been strong supporters of an electrician certification program in California.

To whom does the electrician certification program apply?
Certification applies to all individuals performing electrical work for a C-10 electrical contractor.

By when must individuals become certified?
A bill pending before the California Legislature would allow electricians until January 1, 2005 to become certified.

Do electricians who have completed an approved apprenticeship program need to become certified?
Yes. But under the proposed regulations issued by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, graduates of an approved apprenticeship program have met the experience requirement necessary to take the certification examination.

What types of certification are available?
The regulations proposed by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards would provide for certification in the following classifications:

    1. General Electrician
    2. Residential Electrician
    3. Voice/Data/Video Technician
    4. Fire/Life Safety Technician
    5. Non-Residential Lighting Technician

Do other states require certification of electricians?
Yes. More than 30 other states have programs for the certification of electricians.

When will the regulations implementing the electrician certification be adopted?
The public comment period on the proposed regulations ended on August 14, 2001. The Division of Apprenticeship Standards must respond to all the public comments. In all likelihood, some changes will be made in the proposed regulations and they will be sent out for public comment again in the Fall.

Will the names of certified electricians be published?
Under the proposed regulations, the DAS will publish the names of certified electricians. This will allow employers and the public to ensure that electricians are certified. The names of other individuals who have state licenses, such as contractors and lawyers, are available to the public, so this is not unusual. The proposed regulations do not provide for the publication of addresses and telephone numbers.

Must certification be renewed?
Yes. Under the proposed regulations, a certificate must be renewed every three years. To be eligible for renewal, an application must show 32 hours of further electrical education and that he or she has worked in the industry for 2000 hours during the past three years.