Electrical Regulations by State - Idaho

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CODE

Installations must conform to the current National Electrical Code. Municipalities may establish local electrical codes that are no less stringent than the state requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

All electrical installations are subject to inspection by the Idaho State Electrical Bureau, a department within the Division of Building Safety, or by city electrical departments where the state does not perform inspection services.

LICENSING

All contractors and electricians must be licensed by the Division of Building Safety. Continuing education is required for renewal of journeyman electrician and master journeyman electrician licenses. All licenses may be suspended or revoked by the Idaho State Electrical Board, which also has the authority to issue civil fines for violations of Idaho Title 54, Chapter 10 (electrical contracting/licensing provisions). Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor

Licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. Applicants must pass an examination and be (or employ) a journeyman electrician who has held a state issued journeyman or master license for a minimum of two (2) years, and holds a current Idaho license. Individuals holding electrical contractor licenses may not perform actual electrical work unless they are also licensed as a journeyman electrician or have a licensed, qualified journeyman electrician as electrical supervisor. Electrical contractors must show proof of required insurance.

Specialty Electrical Contractor

Licenses may be issued to firms or individuals. Applicants must pass an examination and be (or employ) a journeyman electrician who has held a state issued journeyman or master license for a minimum of two (2) years, and holds a current Idaho license. Individuals holding electrical contractor licenses may not perform actual electrical work unless they are also licensed as a journeyman electrician or have a licensed, qualified journeyman electrician as an electrical supervisor. Electrical contractors must show proof of required insurance.

Master Journeyman Electrician

Licenses may be issued to anyone who has been a licensed journeyman electrician in the State of Idaho for at least four (4) years and received a passing grade on the master journeyman test. Twenty-four hours of continuing education every three (3) years is required.

Journeyman Electrician

In order to be approved for the Idaho State Journeyman Electrician examination notarized documentation of four (4) years (a minimum of 8,000 hours) of work experience as an apprentice electrician making electrical installation under the constant supervision of a qualified journeyman and four (4) years (a minimum of 576 hours) of approved electrical apprenticeship class room instruction must be submitted.

Specialty Electrician

In order to be approved for the Idaho State Specialty Electrician (elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, sign, manufacturing or assembling equipment, and limited energy) examination notarized documentation of two (2) years (a minimum of 4,000 hours) of work experience within the scope of the specialty, and that experience must be in compliance with the rules of that state in which the experience was obtained.

Apprentice

qualifying documents for hours of work experience and schooling completed must be submitted prior to each July 1 for an annual re-registration process with the Electrical Bureau. After these requirements of 4 years (or a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job hours) and 576 total hours of classroom training, the apprentice is ready to make application for the journeyman test and upon passing, will be issued an Idaho journeyman electrical license.

FeesLicenseLicense RenewalRevival FeeRegistration
Electrical Contractor $125.00 $100.00/yr N/A N/A
Specialty Electrical Contractor $125.00 $100.00/yr N/A N/A
Master Journeyman Electrician $65.00 $45.00/3yr $55.00 N/A
Journeyman Electrician $55.00 $45.00/3yr N/A N/A
Specialty Electrician $55.00 $45.00/3yr N/A N/A
Apprentice N/A N/A N/A $10.00*

*Annual Re-registration until the conditions for journeyman testing is met.

An applicant with out-of-state experience, who has not completed the education, may alternatively submit twice the amount of experience (eight years defined as 16,000 hours). 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 class room instruction based on their out-of-state work experience. Twenty-four hours of continuing education is required every three (3) years.

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