Electrical Regulations by State - Minnesota

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2008 National Electrical Code, as of September 15th, 2008, the National Electrical Safety Code, and any electrical requirements of the current edition of the Minnesota State Building Code.

ENFORCEMENT

All electrical installations must be inspected by the State Board of Electricity or municipalities. Inspectors must be licensed master or journeyman electricians.

LICENSING

All electrical contractors and electricians performing work within the state must be licensed by the State Board of Electricity. There is no city or county licensing. Applicant must pass a written or oral examination; an oral examination shall be administered only to an applicant who furnishes a statement that he or she has a reading disability which would prevent satisfactorily performance on a written test. Types of licenses and qualifications for each are:

Electrical Contractor

must be a licensed master electrician or employ a licensed class “A” or “B” master electrician. Biennial fee $200; $5000 performance bond; liability insurance with limits of at least $100,000 per occurrence, $300,000 aggregate limit for bodily injury and property damage of $300,000 per occurrence and $300,000 aggregate limits are required.

Technology System Contractor

Either the contractor or an employee of the contractor must pass an alarm and communication contractor examination. The term “alarm and communication system” means class 2 or class 3 signaling circuits, power limited fire protective signaling circuits, class 2 or class 3 alarm systems, or communication circuits or systems, as covered by Article 725, 760, 770, 800, and 820 of the National Electrical Code. Biennial fee $200; $5,000 performance bond and liability insurance required.

“A” Master Electrician

An applicant for a Class “A” Master electrician’s license shall be (a) a graduate of a four-year electrical course in an accredited college or university; or (b) shall have had at least one year of experience as a licensed journeyman; or (c) shall have had at least five years experience in planning for, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat, and power. Applicants must pass an examination.

“A” Journeyman Electrician

An applicant for a Class “A” Journeyman electrician’s license shall have had at least four years of experience in installing and repairing electrical wiring, apparatus, and equipment. The Board may by rule or regulation provide for the allowance of one year of experience credit for successful completion of an approved two-year post-high school course. Applicants must pass an examination.

“A” Installer

an applicant must complete an approved post high school course in electricity or have one year of experience, post a $2000 bond, and pass an examination. “A” Installers may lay out and install electrical wiring and equipment for major home appliances in farm homes or villages under 1500 inhabitants not contiguous to any city of the first class and no established business therein of a Class “A” master electrician.

“B” Installer

An applicant must have completed an approved post-high school course in electricity or have one year of experience acceptable to the Board, post a $2000 bond, and pass an examination. “B” Installers may layout and install electrical wiring and equipment on center pivot irrigation booms on farmsteads.

Maintenance Electrician

An applicant must have at least four years experience in maintaining and repairing electrical wiring and equipment, and pass an examination. A maximum one-year experience credit is allowed for the successful completion of an approved two-year post-high school technical course.

FeesApplicationExaminationRenewal
“A” Master Electrician $80.00 $35.00 $80.00/2yr
“A” Journeyman Electrician $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr
“A” Installer $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr
“B” Installer $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr

Maintenance Electrician $30.00 $35.00 $30.00/2yr

Apprentice

An apprentice must work under the personal supervision of a licensed electrician.

Power Limited Technician

Except as otherwise provide by law, no person shall, alter, repair, plan, lay out, or supervise the installing, altering, repairing of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for technology circuits or systems unless:

The person is licensed by the Board as a power limited technician; and the electrical work is for a licensed contractor and the person is an employee, partner, or officer of, or is the licensed contractor; or performed under the supervision of a master electrician or power limited technician also employed by the person’s employer on technology circuits, systems, apparatus, equipment, or facilities owned or leased by the employer that are located within the limits of property owned or leased, and maintained by the employer. An applicant for a power limited technician’s license shall be a graduate of a four-year electrical course in an accredited college or university; or have had at least 36 months’ experience, acceptable to the Board, in planning for, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for power limited systems, provided however, that the Board may by rule provide for the allowance of up to 12 months (2000 hours) of experience credit for successful completion of a two-year post-high school electrical course or other technical training approved by the Board.

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