Electrical Regulations by State - West Virginia

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CODE

Installations must conform to the 2008 of the National Electrical Code. State law requires all communities to adopt the State minimum. West Virginia adopts the International Residential Code without the electrical section deferring to the NEC.

ENFORCEMENT

No statewide electrical inspection.

LICENSING

Contractors and electricians must be licensed by the state. The State Fire Marshal offers several classifications of license with examinations tailored to each. Qualified persons may be able to qualify for a temporary “one time” license.

Electrical Contractor

The Division of Labor offers several classifications of licenses with examinations tailored to each. Compliance with the following agencies is also required prior to receiving a license: Division of Tax and Revenue, Bureau of Employment Services, and Workers’ Compensation.

Master Electrician

A person with at least five (5) years of electrical work experience, including experience in all phases of electrical wiring and installation, who is competent to instruct and supervise the electrical work of Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians. A Master Electrician must have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the National Electrical Code (NEC), and the ability to read electrical plans, drawings, and designs to calculate demand loads in compliance with the NEC.

Journeyman Electrician

A person qualified by at least four (4) years of electrical work experience to do any work installing wires, conduits, apparatus, equipment, fixtures, and other appliances subject to supervision by a master electrician. A journeyman electrician shall have a knowledge and understanding of the National Electric Code as it pertains to the installation of wires, conduits, apparatus, equipments, fixtures and other appliances. A journeyman electrician cannot design electrical systems.

HVAC Electrician

A person able to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to plumbing, heating, and air conditioning equipment not to exceed 600 volts.

Electric Sign Electrician

A person able to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to electric signs and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system. Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in electric sign wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

Single Family Dwelling Electrician

A person able to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring or devices in or on a single family residential dwelling. Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in residential wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

Low Voltage – Fire & Burglar Alarm System Electrician

A person able to install, maintain or repair only low voltage wiring (80 volts or less). Two years (4000 hours) hands-on work experience in low voltage wiring. One year may be obtained through an educational program.

Elevator Electrician

A person able to install, maintain or repair electric wiring that is directly related to elevators and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system.

Apprentice

A helper or person who cannot perform electrical workout supervision by a journeyman or master. Must be 18 years of age.

FeesApplicationExaminationLicenseRenewal
Electrical Contractor N/A $42.50*, $42.40** $90.00 $90.00
Master Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Journeyman Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
HVAC Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Electric Sign Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Single Family Dwelling Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Low Voltage Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Elevator Electrician $50.00 $25.00 $50.00*** $50.00/yr*****
Apprentice $50.00 $10.0 $50.00**** $50.00/yr*****


* For electrician

** for business law

*** one time 90-day temporary license

**** one time 180-day temporary license

*****Expires 30th of June every year.

RECIPROCITY

North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia

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