Electrical Regulations by State - Washington

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CODE

Installations must conform to the National Electrical Code, and other standards approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as modified or supplemented by rules and regulations issued by the Department of Labor and Industries (DLI). Local jurisdictions may adopt more stringent requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

Installations are subject to inspection by the DLI, except in jurisdictions that adopt equal or better standards, and whose electrical inspectors meet the same qualifications as state electrical inspectors. Electrical inspectors must have at least four years experience as electricians, or four years experience as municipal inspectors, or two years training in a recognized college of electrical engineering, and two years practical experience as an electrician, or a degree in electrical engineering.

LICENSING

Contractors and electricians must be licensed by the Department of Labor and Industries. State law prohibits city or county electrical licensing or certification.

Electrical Contractor

A person, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that offers to undertake, undertakes, submits a bid for, or does the work of installing or maintaining wires or equipment that convey electrical current. Applicants must possess, or employ a person possessing an Administrators Certificate. Application fee $232.90; biennial license renewal fee $239.90 (plus a $4,000 bond).

Master Electrician

either a master journeyman electrician or master specialty electrician.

Master journeyman electrician means a person who has been issued a master journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department and who may be designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with rules adopted under this chapter. Applicants must graduate from an indentured apprentice program or work under a journeyman electrician for four years, or work under a journeyman electrician for two years and attend a vocational-technical school for two years, or have received military training in electrical contraction.

Master specialty electrician means a person who has been issued a specialty electrician certificate of competency by the department and who may be designated by an electrical contractor to supervise electrical work and electricians in accordance with rules adopted under this chapter.

Journeyman Electrician

means a person who has been issued a journeyman electrician certificate of competency by the department.

Specialty Electrician

means a person who has been issued a specialty electrician certificate of competency by the department.

Apprentice/Trainee

Applicants must register with the state and annually report the hours worked and employers worked for. Apprentice/trainee must work under the supervision of a journeyman electrician at the following ratios: one trainee per journeyman on commercial jobs; two apprentices per journeyman on residential jobs.

FeesApplicationRenewal
Electrical Contractor $232.90 $232.90/yr
Master Electrician $134.70 $133.20/yr
Journeyman Electrician $75.60 $70.20/yr
Specialty Electrician $75.60 $70.20/yr
Apprentice/Trainee $37.10 $44.90/yr

LaserGrade exam fees

LaserGrade charges per hour for most exams. Exams that are based on a series of separate sections, however, such as the Master Electrician exam, will be billed at a flat rate. This is regardless of how many sections you take, complete, or how long you spend on the exam. But if you retest on this exam within a year, you will be billed per hour on the retest sections. Contact LaserGrade to get the non-hourly exam rates.

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