Electrical Regulations by State - Massachusetts

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2008 Massachusetts Electrical Code, which is the 2008 National Electrical Code with some modifications.

ENFORCEMENT

State electrical inspection is required on state transportation projects. Local jurisdictions are required to appoint electrical inspectors, who inspect any electrical installation performed “for hire.” All appeals are to be made to the State Board.

LICENSING

All electricians must be licensed by State Examiners of Electricians. Types of license and qualifications for each are:

Master Electrician

Certificate “A” licenses may be issued either to firms or individuals, and are similar to what are termed contractor licenses in a number of other states. Certificate “A” holders may do both electrical and systems contracting (Certificate “C”). Applicants must furnish evidence of having had at least one (1) year of experience as a licensed journeyman electrician and must pass a written examination; firms must designate an owner, partner, or officer to take the examination. Master electricians may operate electrical contracting businesses but may not engage in actual electrical work unless they also possess a journeyman electrician license.

Exemptions – A, B, E

Journeyman Electrician

Certificate “B” license holders may do both electrical and systems work. Applicants must furnish evidence of having been employed for the preceding four (4) years or have 8,000 hours as a learner or apprentice under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman electrician and must pass a written examination. Journeyman electricians may work as employees of licensed master electricians or for themselves but may not employ journeyman electricians.

Exemptions - A, B, E

System Contractor

Certificate “C” licenses may be issued to either firms or individuals. A system contractor is qualified to install, repair, and maintain fire warning, security or other inherently power-limited systems. Applicants must furnish evidence of having had at least one (1) year of experience as a licensed systems technician and must pass a written examination; firms must designate an owner, partner, or officer to take the examination. Systems contractors may operate system contracting businesses but may not engage in actual work of making system installations unless they also possess a systems technician license.

Systems Technician

Certification “D” applicants must furnish evidence of being qualified to do the work of installing, repairing or maintaining fire warning, security or other inherently power limited systems and pass a written examination. Systems technicians may work as employees of licensed systems contractors or for themselves but may not employ other systems technicians.

Apprentice or Helper

Any person may work as an apprentice or helper under the direct supervision of a licensed electrician or systems technician, who may supervise only one (1) apprentice or helper.

FeesApplicationExaminationRenewal
Master Electrician $135.00 $402.00 $102.00/3yr
Journeyman Electrician $90.00 $312.00 $68.00/3yr
System Contractor $135.00 $412.00 $102.00/3yr
Systems Technician $90.00 $312.00 $68.00/3yr

RECIPROCITY

Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.

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