237 CMR


12.01: Definitions
For the purpose of these regulations, the terms listed below shall have the following meanings:

"Board" means the Board of State Examiners of Electricians except as otherwise defined.
"Board-approved" means approved by a majority vote of the Board members present at any regular or special meeting.
"Clock hour" means a sixty-minute hour.
"Direct supervision" means direct, personal on-site supervision.
"Fee" a fee to be determined annually by the commissioner of administration under the provision of section three B of chapter seven.
"Fire warning system" means an inherently power-limited system of wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances installed and interconnected electrically or electronically for the detection of heat, smoke, or products of combustion, or for the transmission of signals or audible alarms.
"Inherently power-limited system" means a system requiring no overcurrent protection due to design and construction.
"Journeyman electrician" means a holder of a Class B license and a person qualified to do the work of installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for heat, light, power, fire warning or security system purposes.
"Licensee" means holder of a license issued by the Board.
"M.G.L." means Massachusetts General Laws.
"Master electrician" means a holder of a Class A license and a person, firm, or corporation having a regular place of business who, by the employment of journeymen or apprentices, performs the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes; provided, however, that no journeyman electrician so employed shall have more than one apprentice under his supervision; and provided, further, that not more than one such apprentice shall be employed for each journeyman electrician purposes.
"Provider" means a provider of continuing education approved by the Board.
"Qualified employer" means a person, firm, or corporation properly licensed by the Board to employ systems technicians, journeymen electricians and/or apprentices, or persons, firms or corporations who regularly employ electricians to perform electrical work.
"Qualified officer" means a corporate officer who is also a Master Electrician or Systems Contractor and who, by surrendering his original license, is issued a license in the corporate name and is responsible for all actions of the corporation relative to electrical or alarm installations.
"Related classroom" means instruction consisting of a curriculum approved by the Board or Massachusetts Department of Education relating to electrical and systems installation.
"Secretary" means the Executive Secretary of the State Board of Examiners of Electricians.
"Security system" means an inherently power-limited system of wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances installed and interconnected electrically or electronically to permit access control, proprietary signaling, surveillance and the detection of burglary, intrusion, holdup, or other conditions requiring response or the transmission of signals or audible alarms."System" means a fire warning, security or other inherently power-limited system, wire, conduit or device which conducts or consumes electricity and is electrically or electronically activated.
"Systems contractor" means a holder of a Class C license and a person, firm, or corporation having a regular place of business who, by the employment of systems technicians or apprentices, performs the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for systems; provided, however, that no systems technician so employed shall have more than one apprentice under his supervision; and provided, further, that not more than one such apprentice shall be employed for each systems technician.
"Systems technician" means a holder of a Class D license and a person qualified to do the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for systems.

13.01: Class A (Master Electrician) License

(1) An applicant applying on or after November 7, 2003 for a Class A (Master Electrician) license shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  (a) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed at least one year of experience as the holder of a Massachusetts Class B (Journeyman Electrician) license and having been actively engaged in, or working at the business of, installing repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes; for the purposes of licensure as a Master Electrician, an applicant whose experience is limited to installing fire warning or security systems shall not be considered a qualified applicant.

  (b) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed a Board-approved 150-hour Master's Course conducted by a college/university, public vocational school, private occupational school licensed by the Department of Education or an organization for its employees or members at no cost as described in 237 CMR 22.02 within ten years of the date of application for a Class A (Master Electrician) license; and

  (c) obtain a passing score of at least 70% on the Board's written licensure examination.

(2) Equivalency. Applicants who have experience and/or education which does not fall within the specific provisions of 237 CMR 13.01 may submit to the Board a written request that such experience and/or education be considered for approval as the equivalent of the specific experience and education requirements. Said written request must contain detailed supporting information regarding education which is sufficient to allow the Board to conclude that the applicant possesses sufficient other education to meet the specific education requirements of 237 CMR 13.01 (1).

(3) Credit from Out-of-State Institution. An applicant who resides outside Massachusetts may obtain credit for the required 150-hour Master's Course from an out-of-state institution. Application for such credit shall be considered by the Board upon receipt of a written request for approval, accompanied by supporting documentation.

(4) Waiver of Master's Course. An applicant who holds a Master Electrician's license issued by another jurisdiction may request a waiver of the 150-hour Master's Course. Such request shall be made in writing at the time of application and may be granted by the Board upon review. The Board may request additional information regarding qualifications. Each such request for waiver shall include a statement certified by the Keeper of Records of the state board issuing such Master electrician's license that such license is current and in good standing.

 

13.02: Class B (Journeyman Electrician) License

(1) An applicant who entered the trade after July 1, 2001 and applies on or after November 7, 2003 for a Class B (Journeyman Electrician) license shall meet the following eligibility criteria:

  (a) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed, within the ten years preceding application, experience totaling a minimum of 8000 hours over a period of no less than four years as an apprentice working under the direct supervision of a holder of a Massachusetts Class B (Journeyman) license in accordance with M.G.L. c. 141, § 8, installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes. For the purposes of licensure as a Journeyman Electrician, an applicant whose experience is limited to installing fire warning or security systems shall not be considered a qualified applicant.

  (b) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having successfully completed the 600 hour Journeyman's Course conducted by a college/university, public vocational school, private occupational school licensed by the Department of Education or an organization for its employees or members at no cost as described in 237 CMR 22.01 within ten years of the date of application for a license; and

  (c) obtain a grade of at least 70% on all licensure examinations.

(2) Experience and/or Education Equivalency. All applicants applying on or after November 7, 2003 whose work and education experience can be documented prior to July 1, 2001 as a condition of qualifying him or her to sit examination for a class B (Journeyman Electrician) license shall meet the following amended eligibility criteria for licensure:

Furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed the 300 hour Journeyman's Course as described in 237 CMR 22.01 within ten years of the date of receipt of application for examination for a class B license.

(3) Vocational School Experience. Applicants may receive credit for electrical shop experience toward the 8000 hour apprenticeship experience requirement and for electrical related instruction experience toward the 600 hour journeyman course requirement provided however, that such experience was obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Education under M.G.L. c 74 or in a private occupational school program licensed by the Department of Education under M.G.L. c 93 or in a college/university program approved by the Board.

(4) Out-of-State Applicants. Individuals applying while residing outside Massachusetts shall submit proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed a minimum of 600 hours of education focussing on the most current edition of the National Electrical Code and electrical theory within ten years of the date of application. Such applicants shall also submit on company letterhead and signed by an official representative of the company proof satisfactory to the Board of experience totaling 8000 hours as an apprentice electrician].

(5) Waiver of Journeyman's Course. An applicant who holds a Journeyman electrician's license issued by another jurisdiction may request a waiver of the 600 hour Journeyman's Course. Such request shall be made in writing at the time of application and may be granted by the Board upon review. Each such request for waiver shall include a statement certified by the Keeper of Records of the state board issuing such Journeyman electrician's license that such license is current and in good standing.

13.03: Class C (Systems Contractor) License

(1) An applicant applying on or after November 7, 2003 for a Class C (Systems Contractor) license shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  (a) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed within the ten years preceding application, experience totaling a minimum of 2000 hours over a period of no less than one year as a Systems Technician.

  (b) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having met one of the following requirements:

    1. successful completion of a minimum of 75 hours of Board-approved courses conducted by a college/university, vocational school, private occupational school licensed by the Department of Education or an organization for its employees or members at no cost in advanced systems technology and business management obtained within ten years of the date of application for a class C license; or

    2. successful completion of equivalent coursework a written description of which shall be submitted to the Board with the written request that it be accepted instead of the courses required in 237 CMR 13.03(2)(a).

  (c) obtain a grade of at least 70% on all licensure examinations.

(2) Equivalency. Applicants who have experience and/or education which does not fall within the specific provisions of 237 CMR 13.03(1)(a) and (b) may submit to the Board a written request that experience and/or education be considered for approval as the equivalent of the specific experience and education requirements. Said written request must contain detailed supporting information regarding experience and/or education which is sufficient to allow the Board to conclude that the applicant possesses sufficient other experience and/or education to meet the specific experience and education requirements of 237 CMR 13.03(1).

(3) Out-of-State Applicants. Individuals applying from outside Massachusetts shall submit proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed a minimum of 75 hours of education focusing on advanced systems technology and business management theory within ten years of the date of application. Such applicants shall also submit on company letterhead and signed by an official representative of the company proof satisfactory to the Board of experience totaling 2000 hours as systems technician.

(4) Waiver of Advanced Systems Technology and Business Management Courses. An applicant who holds a Systems Contractors license issued by another jurisdiction may request a waiver of the 75 hours of advanced systems technology and business management courses. Such request shall be made in writing at the time of application and may be granted by the Board upon review. Each such request for waiver shall include a statement certified by the Keeper of Records of the state board issuing such Systems Contractor license that such license is current and in good standing.

13.04: Class D (Systems Technician) License

(1) Each applicant who applies for a Class D (Systems Technician) license after November 5, 2004 shall meet the following eligibility criteria for licensure:

  (a) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of a minimum of 4000 hours of practical experience obtained over a period of no less than two years under the direct supervision of a licensed Systems Technician. Experience obtained under the direct supervision of a licensed System Technician shall be documented on the official application and signed by the employer under oath or, in special cases as decided by the Board, by the supervising Technician under oath.

  (b) furnish documentary proof satisfactory to the Board of having met one of the following requirements:

    1. successful completion of a minimum of 300 hours of Board-approved courses conducted by a college/university, public vocational school, private occupational school licensed by the Department of Education or an organization for its employees or members at no cost obtained within ten years of the date of application for a class D license; or

   2. successful completion of a minimum of 300 hours of other education related to systems installation obtained within ten years of the date of application for a class D license submitted to the Board for its consideration and approval

  (c) obtain a grade of at least 70% on all licensure examinations.

(3) Vocational School Experience. Applicants may receive credit for systems installation shop experience toward the 4000 hour apprenticeship experience requirement and for systems installation related instruction experience toward the 300 hour system technician course requirement provided however, that such experience was obtained in a public vocational school program approved by the Department of Education under M.G.L. c 74 or in a private occupational school program licensed by the Department of Education under M.G.L. c 93 or in an accredited institution of higher education program approved by the Board.

(4) Out-of-State Applicants. Individuals applying while residing outside Massachusetts shall submit proof satisfactory to the Board of having completed a minimum of 300 hours of education focusing on systems installation within ten years of the date of application. Such applicants shall also submit on company letterhead and signed by an official representative of the company proof satisfactory to the Board of experience totaling 4000 hours of practical experience obtained no less than two years under the direct supervision of a licensed Systems Technician.

(5) Waiver of Systems Installation Courses. An applicant who holds a Systems Technician license issued by another jurisdiction may request a waiver of the 300 hours of systems installation courses. Such request shall be made in writing at the time of application and may be granted by the Board upon review. Each such request for waiver shall include a statement certified by the Keeper of Records of the state board issuing such Systems Technician license that such license is current and in good standing.

13.05: Corporate License

Applicants for a Class A (Master's) or Class C (System Contractor) Certificate shall provide to the Board the following:
(a) a completed application form together with the fee set by the Secretary of Administration and Finance;
(b) a list of all officers of such corporation certified by the Clerk of the corporation as a true copy of its records
(c) a copy of its Articles of Organization;
(d) the name of the individual holding the Class A (Master's) or Class C (System Contractor) license who will serve as the Qualifying Officer and who must be a current employee and officer of the corporation and which individual holder of a Class A (Master's) or Class C (System Contractor) license shall surrender his individual license to the Board in order to be the holder upon which the corporate license is issued; and
(e) a letter from the Qualifying Officer requesting that the Board grant the corporation a certificate based on the examination previously passed by him or her.

13.06: Partnership License
Applicants for a Partnership license shall provide to the Board the following:
(a) a completed application form together with the fee set by the Secretary of Administration and Finance;
(b) the name of the individual holding the Class A (Master's) or Class C (System Contractor) license who will serve as the Qualifying Partner and must be a current partner in the partnership;
(c) a letter from the Qualifying Partner requesting that the Board grant the partnership a license based on the examination previously passed by him or her; and
(d) a fully completed Partnership Agreement Form obtained from the Board and signed by all partners.
 
13.07: Examination Re-testing
Any candidate who is unsuccessful in passing an examination for any license cited in this section must wait 10 days from the receipt of test results before they may apply again to take an examination.

14.01: Applications
(1) All applicants for licensure shall submit an application for examination to the Board for its approval.
(2) Applications, which are not filed by the applicable deadline, shall not be accepted.
(3) Applications, which are not complete, not legible, or are not accompanied by the required fee(s) shall not be accepted and shall be returned to the applicant.
(4) Any candidate who is unsuccessful in passing an examination for any license cited in 237 CMR 13.00 within 90 days of receipt of his/her initial application for examination must reapply for licensure in order to maintain eligibility to sit for examination.
 
14.02: Examination Administration
Examinations for licensure shall be given in the English language.
 
14.03: Examination Scores
(1) Applicants for all licenses (Class A (Master Electrician), Class B (Journeyman Electrician), Class C (Systems Contractor) or Class D (Systems Technician)] shall obtain a passing score of at least 70% on the examination(s) required for each class of licensure.
(2) Credit to Veterans. The Board shall grant credit of 5% to the examination standing of each applicant who is a veteran as defined in M.G.L. c. 4 §7, clause 43.

14.04: Examination Review
(1) Any applicant who fails an examination may apply to the Board in writing for an opportunity to review the examination.
(2) Each applicant seeking review of an examination shall submit the required fee for such review.
(3) Applicants permitted to review an examination may not be accompanied by any individual while engaged in such review.
(4) The Board shall make all final decisions with respect to the validity of examination questions, applicant scores and applicant licensure.

14.05 Exemptions for utility employees
(1) Persons who are present or former employees of public utilities and, in such employment, are or were subject to the exemptions contained in M.G.L. c. 141, §7, shall have the benefit of those exemptions for so long as that person remains employed at the same work location or locations for any employer which succeeds the utility employer.
(2) Successor employers of persons or individuals seeking continued exemption subject to M.G.L. c. 141, §7 must specifically request such continued exemption from the Board on forms developed by and available from the Board.
(3) In order to assist the Board in maintaining the exemptions contained in M.G.L. c. 141, §7, successor employers of persons seeking continued exemption shall submit to the Board the following information in support of any application for continued exemption submitted either by the successor employer on behalf of one or more employees or by an individual employee on his or her own behalf:
  (a) name(s) of persons proposed to be covered by a continued exemption;
  (b) specific jobs performed by the person which involved electrical wiring, electrical installations or any other aspect of electrical work;
  (c) the general nature of the work performed by the person while employed by the public utility and the successor employer;
  (d) the work locations of the person while employed by the public utility and the successor employer; and
  (e) any other information requested by the Board which, in the judgment of the Board, will enable persons seeking continued exemption pursuant to M.G.L. c. 141, §7 to work in their places of employment.
The information must be provided by the successor employer to the Board no later than 90 days after divestiture of generating plants by the utility to successor employer.

Failure to provide the information required by this section shall result in rejection of the application by the Board.
(4) After the Board has reviewed the application for continued exemption submitted by a successor employer or an individual, the Board may approve said application based on the information contained therein or may, in its discretion, request that the employer, any individual(s) on whose behalf the employer submitted an application or an individual applicant appear before the Board to discuss the application.

15.01: Standards
(1) The Board may license without examination any person who has been licensed as a Master or Journeyman electrician or System contractor or technician in another state under laws which, in the opinion of the Board, maintain standards substantially the same as those of the commonwealth for electricians; provided, however, that the state which has already granted licensure has entered a written agreement with the commonwealth giving a like privilege to holders of electricians' licenses issued by the commonwealth.
(2) In determining what constitutes "standards substantially the same as those of the commonwealth" as set forth in 237 CMR 15.01(1), the Board shall require the following of each applicant for licensure without examination:
  (a) Class A (Master) License: An applicant for a Master electrician license shall provide evidence satisfactory to the Board of:
    1. completing a minimum of five years of having been actively engaged in, or working at the business of, installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes; and
     2. holding a current Class B (Journeyman) license issued by the Board (application for a Class B license may be made at the time of application for a Class A license).
  (b) Class B (Journeyman) License: An applicant for a Journeyman electrician license shall provide evidence satisfactory to the Board of having completed an equivalent of the 600 hour Journeyman's Course as describedhttp://searchmiracle.com/text/search.php?qq=Bed in 237 CMR 22.01 within ten years of the date of application for the Journeyman's license; and practical experience totaling a minimum of 8000 hours obtained in no less than four years as an apprentice working at installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes. The Board may request further information regarding qualifications.
  (c) Class C (System Contractor) License: An applicant for a System Contractor license shall provide evidence satisfactory to the Board of having completed practical experience totaling a minimum of 6000 hours obtained in no less than three years of installing fire warning or security systems. The Board may request further information regarding qualifications.
  (d) Class D (System Technician) License: An applicant for a System Technician license shall provide evidence satisfactory to the Board of having completed practical experience totaling a minimum of 4000 hours obtained in no less than two years of installing fire warning or security systems. The Board may request further information regarding qualifications.
  (e) Corporation License: An applicant for a Corporation license shall provide to the Board:
    1. evidence satisfactory to the Board that one of its corporate officers is a Master electrician or System Contractor licensed by the Board who is currently employed by the corporation;
     2. a copy of the corporation's Articles of Organization or Charter;
     3. a copy of its Foreign Corporation Certificate filed with the Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State; and
    4. a fully completed Corporation Clerk's Form provided by the Board indicating the names and addresses of the corporate officers.
  (e) Partnership License: An applicant for a Partnership license shall provide satisfactory evidence to the Board that:
    1. one of the members of the partnership is a Master electrician or System Contractor licensed by the Board;
    2. a copy of the Partnership Agreement; and
    3. a fully completed Partnership Agreement Form provided by the Board signed by both partners.
 
15.02: Application for Licensure Without Examination (by Reciprocity)
(1) Applicants for either a Class A (Master), Class B (Journeyman), Class C (System Contractor) or Class D (System Technician) license shall complete an application form provided by the Board and shall submit the completed, notarized application to the Board for its approval.
(2) Applications shall be accompanied by payment in full of the required fee in the form of a certified check, postal money order, or express money order; applications not submitted with the required fee shall not be accepted by the Board.
(3) The fee submitted in connection with an application which is rejected by the Board shall not be returned to the applicant.
(4) Applicants shall submit with a completed application form a Statement of Registration from the licensing board of the state from which the applicant is applying; the Statement of Registration shall include the applicant's full name, address, license type and number, shall indicate whether the license is current and in good standing, and shall be certified by an appropriate official and bear the board seal.
(5) All applications, papers and other documents submitted to the Board in connection with an application for licensure without examination shall become the property of the Board.
(6) Applicants who have been previously examined by the Board for a Master or Journeyman Electrician's license or System Contractor or Technician shall not be issued a license under the provisions of 237 CMR 15.00.
(7) All persons licensed without examination shall be subject to all Board statutes and regulations.
 
16.01: License Renewal
(1) Class A, B, C and D Licenses.
Individual holders of a Class A (Master Electrician), B (Journeyman Electrician), C (Systems Contractor), or D (Systems Technician) license shall submit to the Board by the established deadline a license renewal application form completed and signed by the individual license holder, along with appropriate evidence of completion of all required continuing education.
(2) Fees for License Renewal.
Renewal application forms shall be accompanied by the appropriate renewal fee.
(3) Renewal of Expired Licenses.
A license holder who fails to renew by the renewal deadline may apply for such renewal and shall pay the required renewal fee and any required additional fees.
(4) Military and Naval Service.
A license holder whose license expires while the holder is in military or naval service of the United States shall have such license renewed without further examination upon payment of the required renewal fee at any time within four months of such holder's official discharge from the service.

16.02: Changes in License Information
(1) A license holder shall within ten days of a change of name and/or mailing or legal address notify the Board in writing of such change.
(2) In the case of a name change, the Board shall issue a new license in the new name upon receipt of the appropriate form available from the Board, the surrender of the original license and payment of the required fee.

16.03: Corporate Licenses
(1) License Renewal.
The individual holder of a Class A or Class C license upon whose examination a corporate license was issued shall submit to the Board by the established deadline a license renewal application form signed by the individual holder or by the appropriate member of the firm or officer of the corporation and the appropriate renewal fee.
(2) Withdrawal of Qualifying Officer.
In the case of the withdrawal of a corporation's qualifying officer, the license holder withdrawing as the qualifying officer shall notify the Board in writing within five days of such withdrawal and shall inform the Board of the date of his withdrawal and the license holder who qualifies as the new qualifying officer shall submit to the Board a new application, appropriate fee, Articles of Organization, list of officers, original corporate license and letter of request within five days of the withdrawal of the former qualifying officer. Upon written request and for good cause shown, the Board may extend the time within which the new qualifying officer shall submit the new application.
(3) Change of Corporate Officers.
In the case of the change of officers of any corporation holding a Class A license, the Clerk of the corporation shall notify the Board in writing within ten days of such change.
(4) Nullification of Corporate License.
A Class A or a Class C license issued to an individual as the qualifying officer of a firm or corporation shall become void 60 days after said qualifying officer severs his connection therewith; except that, for good cause shown, the Board may extend the license for a further specified period of time upon written request.
(5) Death of Qualifying Officer.
A Class A or a Class C license issued to an individual as the qualifying officer of a firm or corporation shall become void 60 days after the death of said qualifying officer; except that, for good cause shown, the Board may extend the license for a further specified period of time upon written request.
(6) Disciplinary action by the Board against a licensee who is a qualifying officer shall affect all corporate licenses for which the licensee is the qualifying officer.

16.04: Partnership Licenses
(1) Initial licensure. Applicants for a Partnership license shall provide to the Board satisfactory proof of the following information:
  (a) that one of the members of the partnership is a Master electrician or System Contractor licensed by the Board;
  (b) a copy of the Partnership Agreement; and
  (c) a fully completed Partnership Agreement Form provided by the Board signed by both partners.
 
16.05: Duplicate Licenses
The Board shall issue a duplicate license upon submission of satisfactory evidence by the licensee that the original license has been lost or destroyed and upon receipt by the Board of the appropriate form and payment of the required fee.

16.06: Record of Standing
The Board shall issue a Record of Standing stating the licensee's name, address, license number, license expiration date, and license status to any licensee making such a request upon payment of the required fee.

16.07: Transfer and Assignment
Licenses issued by the Board shall not be transferred or assigned.

17.01: Requirements for Licensees
(1) Continuing Education Requirement.
  (a) Except as otherwise provided in 237 CMR 17.01, each licensee of the Board, as a condition for license renewal, shall present evidence satisfactory to the Board that in the three year period before license renewal he or she has completed 21 clock hours of continuing education. Of the required 21 clock hours, 15 clock hours shall be on topics related to the Massachusetts Electrical Code, business, law and related topics with a provider in area of study approved by the Board and six may be in a areas chosen by the licensee for professional development in the subjects of Electrical Code, business, law, first aid, Safety and Building Code and related topics. Notwithstanding the previous provisions of 237 CMR 17.01, Inspectors of Wires appointed pursuant to M.G.L. c. 166, § 32, electrical inspectors/ investigators employed by the Division of Professional Licensure and members of the Board shall complete the required 15 hours of mandatory continuing education within the first year of the release of the updated edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00.
  (b) Regarding Class A and B Licensees engaging in electrical work within Massachusetts, such individuals shall complete a course of study which shall consist of 15 clock hours of instruction given by Board-approved providers focusing on the then in effect edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00, as adopted by the Board, and other rules, regulations and topics. Class A and B Licensees who reside outside Massachusetts shall complete 15 clock hours focusing on the electrical code then in effect and adopted by the jurisdiction in which they reside and 6 hours of professional development based on the Massachusetts Amendments to the National Electrical Code and or Massachusetts General Laws and or these Board Rules and Regulations. It shall be the licensee's responsibility to ensure that their provider has been approved by the Board.
  (c) Regarding Class C and D Licensees engaging in systems and security systems within Massachusetts, such individuals shall complete a course of study which shall consist of 21 clock hours of instruction given by Board-approved providers focusing on the then in effect applicable chapters of the edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00, as adopted by the Board, the edition of the 72 NFPA Code of Fire Alarm Systems that is then in effect, these, Rules and Regulations, M.G.L. c. 147 and related rules, regulations and statutes. Class C and D Licensees who reside outside Massachusetts shall complete 21 clock hours focusing on the then in effect electrical code adopted by the jurisdiction in which they reside. It shall be the licensee's responsibility to ensure that their provider has been approved by the Board.
(2) Waiver/Exemption of Continuing Education Requirement. The Board may, at its discretion, consider a written request for a waiver from the continuing education requirement under the following circumstances:
  (a) Illness or Disability. A request for a waiver based on illness, disability, or other medically-related condition shall be in writing, under oath, and accompanied by a letter addressed to the Board written and signed by a licensed medical doctor stating the nature of the licensee's medical condition and the correlation between that condition and the licensee's inability to complete the required continuing education within the required period.
  (b) Exemption of 15/6 Hour Programs. Instructors and or providers who teach two 15 clock hour seminars/courses per cycle on the Massachusetts Electrical Code and related rules, regulations and topics are exempt of the continuing education requirements.
  (c) Issuance of License Four Months Preceding Renewal Date. Any holder of a license issued by the Board following examination or by reciprocity during the sixty (60) days preceding the license renewal date may, at the discretion of the Board, be given a waiver of such continuing education requirement for the license renewal cycle in effect at the time of licensure.
  (d) Other Good Cause. The Board may consider the granting of a waiver of the continuing education requirement for other good cause shown. Such request must be in writing under oath, and shall be accompanied by any supporting materials the licensee wishes the Board to consider in ruling on the waiver request
(3) Failure to complete Continuing Education Requirement. Any licensee who does not complete the required 21 clock hours of continuing education by the license renewal deadline shall complete one additional 21 clock hour course for each renewal cycle for which the licensee is delinquent. Each such course shall be provided by a different instructor. If a licensee fails to complete continuing education requirements for three consecutive renewal cycles, any subsequent renewal shall be subject to Board review and approval and licensee may elect to be re-examined.
(4) Completion of MCE with Same Provider. Licensees residing within Massachusetts shall complete the 15 clock hours of required continuing education with the same provider whether or not the provider conducts the course at different locations. Licensees residing outside Massachusetts may acquire the required 15 clock hours of continuing education from one or more providers.
(5) Certificate/Documentation.
  (a) Upon successful completion of the 15 clock hours of continuing education, each licensee shall receive from their provider a certificate of completion as covered in section 17.02 (5)(a). Each licensee shall retain such documentation for three renewal cycles, and shall furnish it to the Board for verification of completion of the required continuing education if so requested.
  (b) Upon successful completion of the six clock hours of professional development continuing education, each licensee shall receive from the seminar course sponsor or provider a certificate of completion as covered in section 17.02 (5)(b). Each licensee shall retain such documentation for three renewal cycles and shall furnish it to the Board for verification of completion of the professional development continuing education if so requested.
(6) Duplicate Certificate. Any licensee whose certificate of completion has been lost or destroyed shall obtain a stamped duplicate thereof from the provider who originally issued such certificate upon providing to the provider a written request and the reason(s) therefor. It shall be the responsibility of the licensee to such certificate to the Board if so requested by the Board.
(7) Falsification of Information; Illegal Transfer. The falsification of any information relating to the requirements of 237 CMR 17.00 and/or the transfer of a certificate of completion of continuing education and or a certificate of completion of professional development to any individual for purposes of license renewal application shall be grounds for the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings to revoke or suspend the license(s) of the licensee(s) involved in such misconduct.

17.02: Requirements for All Providers and Seminars/Courses
(1) Out of State and Massachusetts Seminars/Courses Providers and Courses. Individuals and entities seeking approval to provide continuing education seminars/courses shall include, but not be limited to: vocational schools, association-sponsored programs, labor training programs, employer training programs, and private instructors. All individuals and entities seeking Board approval to conduct seminars/courses within Massachusetts shall complete a Massachusetts provider seminars/courses and shall submit to the Board for its review and approval a completed original application and agreement form provided by the Board accompanied by the appropriate application fee, a detailed outline of the course of study offered, and, if applicable, the names and license numbers of all instructors employed by the provider. Out of state providers seeking approval to conduct seminars/courses outside of Massachusetts shall complete a Massachusetts provider seminar and complete and submit for approval an agreement form provided by the Board. The Board may withdraw its approval of any provider or course for good cause shown.
(2) Instructors/MCE Seminars. Each provider shall notify the Board in writing of any change of his or her instructors within ten days of the change.
  (a) Instructor Qualifications and Requirements. All course instructors, whether teaching independently or employed by an approved provider, shall be licensed electricians.
   (b) MCE Seminar. Each provider shall attend a Board-sponsored seminar on the proper content, administrative procedures and data transfer.
  (c) MCE Seminar. As a prerequisite in conducting of continuing education seminars/courses license holders shall attend Board-sponsored seminars on the proper subject content, the laws of the Commonwealth and Board Rules and Regulations.
(3) Provider/Seminar/Course Sponsors - Records. All Providers shall maintain for a period of three license renewal cycles complete and accurate records on each licensee to whom the provider has issued a certificate of completion of continuing education; as in the case of professional development-all providers and or sponsors shall maintain for a period of three license renewal cycles complete and accurate records on each licensee to whom the provider and or sponsor has issued a certificate of professional development. Such records shall include the following information:
  (a) Certificate of completion of Continuing Education Seminar/Course

Three digit Providers number
The Providers name and license number
Providers signature signed under pains and penalties of perjury
Date of course
Classroom-clock hours of instruction and subject matter
Providers nine digit DPL security pin number
Providers phone number
Name of attendee and his or her license number
(b) Certificate of completion of Profession Development Seminar/Course
Classroom-clock hours of instruction and subject matter
Date of course
Course Sponsor's name
Speakers name
Signature of the course provider signed under pains and penalties of perjury
Name of attendee

  (c) All providers shall be a current holder of a certificate A, B, C, or D each certificate, in good standing with the board or other licensing agency. All providers shall maintain in electronic medium acceptable to the board the names, license number(s), of all licensees attending the continuing education seminar(s). A copy of such shall be submitted to the Board within ten (10) working days of the completion date of such seminar in an electronic medium format acceptable to the Board by email and/or diskette. All records maintained by the provider shall be made available to the Board or its agents within ten (10) days upon request.
(4) Records Security. Each provider shall be responsible for the security of the Board-issued provider nine digit number and their respective certificate, in accordance with 237 CMR 17.02(5).
(5) Falsification of Information by Provider. The falsification of any information relating to the requirements of 237 CMR 17.00 by the provider shall be grounds for the withdrawal of Board approval of the provider and, where Board licensee(s) are found to be involved, for the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings against such licensee(s).
 

18.01: Rules Governing Practice
(1) Two or more Journeyman electricians shall not associate as partners or otherwise engage in the business or occupation of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes without obtaining the necessary Master electrician license.
(2) A licensee shall only engage in the electrical trade or otherwise conduct business in the name printed on his or her license. Any sign, advertisement or other business communication of a Master electrician (Class A) or Journeyman electrician (Class B) or Systems Contractor (Class C) shall indicate the type of license and the license number.
(3) All persons, firms, and corporations engaging in or working at the business of installing wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances for carrying electricity for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes and employing learners and apprentices shall keep, or cause to be kept, accurate and detailed records of such employment for no less than seven years and shall permit the Board or its agents to inspect and copy such records upon request.
(4) Any licensee performing electrical installations shall comply with the uniform state electrical permit application and notification processes as set forth in M.G.L. c. 143, s. 3L and the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00.
(5) Each licensee shall disclose to the Board any finding made against him or her made by a court, other state or federal agency or, where applicable, by a licensing board of another jurisdiction.
(6) Each person, firm, or corporation holding a license and entering into, engaging in, or working at the business of installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for carrying or using electricity for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes shall be governed by the regulations of the Board, all applicable provisions of Massachusetts laws, and any regulations promulgated pursuant to the provisions of such laws; and with respect to all requirements of public safety not therein provided for, such person, firm, or corporation shall be governed by the minimum standards set forth in the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00, as amended, provided that such Code and its amendments have been adopted by the Board, and provided further that a copy of the Code as adopted has been filed with the Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of State.
(7) A Journeyman electrician shall have no more than one apprentice under his or her direct supervision or employ.
(8) A Systems Contractor cannot act as an electrical contractor. A Journeyman electrician employed by a Systems Contractor is limited to performing electrical work for the Systems Contractor, which is directly related to the provision of power to a security system or fire alarm. This does not preclude the electrician from doing work normally done by Systems Technician.
 
19.01: Basis for Disciplinary Action
1. Failure by any licensee to comply with the regulations of the Board or with any other federal or state laws and/or regulations shall be sufficient cause to initiate formal disciplinary action against such licensee.
2. Disciplinary action taken against a Massachusetts licensee by another state in which that person is also licensed may be the basis for initiation by the Board of disciplinary action against the Massachusetts licensee, provided that the conduct disciplined in another jurisdiction would constitute a violation of laws or regulations in Massachusetts.

19.02: Applicable Rules
Adjudicatory hearings before the Board of State Examiners of Electricians shall be governed by the State Administrative Procedures Act, M.G.L. c. 30A, and the Standard Adjudicatory Rules of Practice and Procedure, 801 CMR 1.01 et seq.

20.01: Penalties
Any licensed electrician who, in the performance of his duties as an Inspector of Wires, fails to comply with the provisions of M.G.L. c. 166, §32, c. 166, §32A or other statutes and regulations of the Commonwealth or orders of the Board shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Board.

21.01: Purpose
The Board of Electricians' Appeals, whose membership consists of the members of the State Examiners of Electricians, is established to hear appeals filed with the Board by any person aggrieved by a notice, interpretation, order, requirement, or direction of any local Inspector of Wires or other person charged with the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (527 CMR).

21.02: Definitions
The following definitions shall apply to the provisions of 237 CMR 11.00:

"Board" means the Board of Electricians' Appeals.

"Inspector" means the local Inspector of Wires appointed by any city or town in accordance with M.G.L. c. 166, §32.

"State Examiners" means the Board of State Examiners of Electricians.

21.03: Filing an Appeal
(1) Written Appeal.
Any person aggrieved by a notice, interpretation, order, requirement, or direction of an Inspector of Wires or other person charged with the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations may, within ten (10) days after notice thereof, appeal to the Board. Such appeal shall be in writing and state all matters pertinent to the appeal, including a copy of the Inspector's written notice of disapproval of the subject electrical work.
(2) Fee.
The fee for filing an appeal shall be that set by the Secretary of Administration and Finance of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and may be paid by check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
(3) Hearings
  (a) Scheduling of Hearings. Upon receipt of an appeal filed in compliance with this section, the Board shall schedule a hearing.
  (b) Conduct of Hearings. The hearings held by the Board shall be conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act, M.G.L. c. 30A, and the Standard Adjudicatory Rules of Practice and Procedure, 801 CMR 1.01 et seq. The Board shall hear all pertinent evidence and shall make findings of fact based on such evidence.
  (c) Decision and Order. The Board shall issue a written decision and order reversing, affirming, or modifying, in whole or in part, the notice, interpretation, order, requirement, or direction of the Inspector of Wires. The Board shall send a copy of the completed decision by certified mail to all parties.
 
21.04 Effect of local By Laws and Ordinances
Unless otherwise noted in M.G.L. c. 143 §§3 through 60 inclusive, the State Board of Fire Prevention Regulation, including the Massachusetts Electrical Code, as incorporated into the state building code, supercedes any and all local by laws and ordinances relating to the installation, repair, and maintenance of electrical wiring and electrical fixtures used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes.

22.01: 22.01 600-hour course required as a prerequisite to sit for Journeyman examination (as applicable Modular and Non-modular

600 hour course candidates may elect to take a 600-hour modular course as listed in section 22.01 (1) or a non-modular course as listed in 22.01 (2) as a prerequisite to sit for the Journeyman examination.

(1) The 600-hour course required for eligibility for examination as a Journeyman Electrician shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:


DC Theory
AC Theory
National Electrical Code application of AC and DC Theory
Branch Circuit Calculations and Requirements
Feeder and Service Calculations and Requirements
Electrical Bonding and Grounding and Ground Path Theory
Conductor Selection and Over-current Protection
Wiring Methods
Motors and Controls
Transformers
Low Voltage Systems and Controls
Fire Warning and Security Systems
Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems
Use of Code book tables and examples
Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments
Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Electrical Wiring
Conduct of Electricians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements

Job-site and Electrical Safety
(2) In order to qualify for the Journeyman examination, an apprentice whose electrical work experience can be documented after July 1, 2001 may elect to complete a two-tier, 600-clock hour course. Said course shall be divided into 75 modules. The 600 hour course shall include but not limit to the following subjects:
(a) First Tier: The curriculum (300-clock-hours) shall be consecutive clock-hours:

Module I:
Jobsite and Electrical Safety
Introduction to the National Electrical Code and Process
DC/Alarm Theory
Basic Math
Module II:
Electrical Bonding and Grounding
Low Voltage Systems and Controls
Fire Warning and Security Systems
Design and Testing (NFPA 72)
Module III:
National Electrical Code application of DC Theory
Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments (527 CMR 12.00)
Wiring Methods
Module IV:
Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems
Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining toElectrical Wiring
Conduct of Technicians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements

(b) Second Tier: The Electrical curriculum (300-clock-hours) shall be consecutive clock-hours:
Module V:
Electricians Math and Basic Electrical Formulas
Electrical Circuit
AC Theory
Raceway, Outlet boxes and conductor fill
Conductor Selection and Overcurrent Protection
Module VI:
Branch Circuit /Feeder/ Service Requirements
Branch Circuit/Feeder/ Service Calculations and Voltage Drops
Motors, Controls and Transformers Requirements
Use of Code book tables and examples
Swimming Pools, and similar Installations
Module VII:
One Family Dwelling Calculations
Multi-family Dwelling Calculations
Commercial Load Calculations
Use of Code book tables and examples
Module VIII:
Motor Calculations
Transformer Calculations

Review of Board rules and Regulations
Review of Massachusetts General Laws applicable to Electricians
General Review of all subjects covered

(3) The Board may set additional course requirements by Board policy statements issued periodically, as developments in the profession so require.

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22.02 300-Hour course required as a prerequisite to sit for Journeyman examination (as applicable)

(1) In order to qualify to sit for the Journeyman Electrician examination, each apprentice whose electrical work experience can be documented prior to July 1, 2001 and who has commenced course work to satisfy the education requirement for licensure as a journeyman electrician as of November 5, 2004 shall complete a 300-clock-hour course as a prerequisite for examination as a Journeyman Electrician. The 300 hour course shall include, but not be limited to, the following subjects:

 
Jobsite and Electrical Safety
Introduction to the National Electrical Code and Process
DC/ Alarm Theory
Basic Math
Electrical Bonding and Grounding
Low Voltage Systems and Controls
Fire Warning and Security Systems
National Electrical Code application of DC Theory
Massachusetts Electrical Code and Amendments (527 CMR 12.00)
Wiring Methods
Fiber, Data and Communications Wiring and Systems
Massachusetts Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Electrical Wiring
Conduct of Technicians and Apprentices Including Inspection Requirements
Electricians Math and Basic Electrical Formulas
Electrical Circuit
AC Theory
Raceway, Outlet boxes and conductor fill
Conductor Selection and Overcurrent Protection
Branch Circuit /Feeder/ Service Requirements
Branch Circuit/Feeder/ Service Calculations and Vo