Electrical Regulations by State - Virginia

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CODE

VUSWBC became effective May 1, 2008, and is based on the 2006 ICC family of codes. All residential construction and all non-residential construction will use the 2005 NEC.

ENFORCEMENT

Each political subdivision is required by law to enforce the USBC.

LICENSING

There are statewide examinations for master and journeyman electricians; however, local political subdivisions may elect not to test journeymen or masters.

Electrical Contractor

A corporation or individual that engages in electrical work consisting of, but not limited to: planning and layout of details for installation or modification of electrical apparatus and controls including preparation of sketches showing location of wiring and equipment; measuring, cutting, bending, threading, assembling and installing electrical conduits; performing maintenance on electrical systems and apparatus; observation of installed systems or apparatus to detect hazards and need for adjustments, relocation or replacement; and repairing faulty systems or apparatus. Electrical contractor(s) must have either a Class “A” or Class “B” license or a Class “C” certificate, according to project amount.

Project amount requirements are: Class “A” license - $45,000 and over; Class “B” license – over $15,000 and less than $70,000; Class “C” certificate – over $1,000 but less than $7,500.

Electrical contractors must be registered with the State Registration Board for Contractors. License fee for Class “A” license $160; Class “B” license $140; Class “C” certificate $95.

Master Electrician

A person who possesses the necessary ability, proficiency and qualifications to plan and layout the details for installation and supervise the work of installing, repairing and maintaining specific types of materials and equipment utilizing a working knowledge sufficient to comply with the pertinent provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

Journeyman Electrician

A person who possesses the necessary ability, proficiency and qualifications to install, repair and maintain specific types of materials and equipment, utilizing a working knowledge sufficient to comply with the pertinent provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and according to plans and specifications.

Apprentice

A person who assists a master or journeyman electrician while gaining knowledge of the trade through on-the-job training and related instruction in accordance with the Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Act.

FeesLicenseExaminationRenewal
Master Electrician $130.00 $125.00* $90.00/2yr
Journeyman Electrician $130.00 $100.00* $90.00/2yr

*Not to exceed

RECIPROCITY

Maryland and North Carolina.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Effective with all licenses issued or renewed after December 31, 2007, as a condition of renewal or reinstatement, and pursuant to § 54.1-1133 of the Code of Virginia, all individuals holding an electrical license shall be required to satisfactorily complete three hours of continuing education.

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