2018 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
General
Article 23 - Electricians
§ 12-23-106. License requirements - rules

  • (1) Master electrician. (a) An applicant for a master electrician's license shall furnish written evidence that:

    • (I) The applicant is a graduate electrical engineer of an accredited college or university and has one year of practical electrical experience in the construction industry;

    • (II) The applicant is a graduate of an electrical trade school or community college and has at least four years of practical experience in electrical work; or

    • (III) The applicant has had at least one year of practical experience in planning, laying out, supervising, and installing wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electric light, heat, and power beyond the practical experience requirements for the journeyman's license.

      • (b) Each applicant for a license as a master electrician shall file an application on forms prepared and furnished by the board, together with the application fee provided in section 12-23-112 (1). The board shall notify each applicant that the evidence submitted with the application is sufficient to qualify the applicant to take the written examination or that the evidence is insufficient and the application is rejected. In the event that the application is rejected, the board shall set forth the reasons for the rejection in the notice to the applicant.

  • (2) Journeyman electrician. (a) An applicant for a journeyman electrician's license shall furnish written evidence that the applicant has had the following:

    • (I) At least four years' apprenticeship in the electrical trade or four years' practical experience in wiring for, installing, and repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power;

    • (II) At least two of the applicant's years' experience required by subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a) has been in commercial, industrial, or substantially similar work; and

    • (III) Effective January 1, 2011, during the last four years of training, apprenticeship, or practical experience in wiring for, installing, and repairing electrical apparatus and equipment for electric light, heat, and power, at least two hundred eighty-eight hours of training in safety, the national electrical code and its applications, and any other training required by the board that is provided by an accredited college or university, an established industry training program, or any other provider whose training is conducted in compliance with rules promulgated by the board, in collaboration with established industry training programs and industry representatives.

      • (b) Any applicant for such license shall be permitted to substitute for required practical experience evidence of academic training or practical experience in the electrical field, which shall be credited as follows:

        • (I) If the applicant is a graduate electrical engineer of an accredited college or university or the graduate of a community college or trade school program approved by the board, the applicant shall receive one year of work experience credit.

        • (II) If the applicant has academic training, including military training, that does not qualify under subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (b), the board shall provide work experience credit for such training or for substantially similar training established by rule.

      • (c) Any application for a license and notice to the applicant shall be made and given as provided for in the case of a master electrician's license.

  • (3) Residential wireman. (a) An applicant for a residential wireman's license shall furnish written evidence that the applicant has at least two years of accredited training or two years of practical experience in wiring one-, two-, three-, and four-family dwellings.

    • (b) Any applicant for such license shall be permitted to substitute for required practical experience evidence of academic training in the electrical field which shall be credited as follows:

      • (I) If the applicant is a graduate electrical engineer of an accredited college or university or the graduate of a community college or trade school program approved by the board, the applicant shall receive one year of work experience credit.

      • (II) If the applicant has academic training, including military training, which is not sufficient to qualify under subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (b), the board shall provide work experience credit for such training according to a uniform ratio established by rule.

    • (c) Any residential wireman's license issued under this section shall be clearly marked as such across its face.

  • (4) (a) The board shall provide for licensing examinations. Any examination that is given for master electricians, journeymen electricians, and residential wiremen shall be subject to board approval. The board, or its designee, shall conduct and grade the examination and shall set the passing score to reflect a minimum level of competency. If it is determined that the applicant has passed the examination, the division of professions and occupations, upon written notice from the board or the program director, acting as an agent thereof, and upon payment by the applicant of the fee provided in section 12-23-112, shall issue to the applicant a license that authorizes him or her to engage in the business, trade, or calling of a master electrician, journeyman electrician, or residential wireman.

    • (b) All license and registration expiration and renewal schedules shall be in accord with the provisions of section 24-34-102, C.R.S. Fees in regard to such renewals shall be those set forth in section 12-23-112.

    • (c) Licenses shall be renewed or reinstated pursuant to a schedule established by the director of the division of professions and occupations within the department of regulatory agencies and shall be renewed or reinstated pursuant to section 24-34-102 (8), C.R.S. The director of the division of professions and occupations within the department of regulatory agencies may establish renewal fees and delinquency fees for reinstatement pursuant to section 24-34-105, C.R.S. If a person fails to renew his or her license pursuant to the schedule established by the director of the division of professions and occupations, such license shall expire. Any person whose license has expired shall be subject to the penalties provided in this article or section 24-34-102 (8), C.R.S.

    • (d)

      • (I) Repealed.

      • (II) On or after January 1, 2018, the department shall not renew or reinstate a license unless the applicant has completed twenty-four hours of continuing education since the date of issuance of the applicant's initial license or, if the applicant's license was renewed or reinstated, the most recent renewal or reinstatement.

      • (II) (A) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4)(d)(II)(B) of this section, on or after January 1, 2018, the department shall not renew or reinstate a license unless the applicant has completed twenty-four hours of continuing education since the date of issuance of the applicant's initial license or, if the applicant's license was renewed or reinstated, the most recent renewal or reinstatement.

        • (B) Subsection (4)(d)(II)(A) of this section does not apply to the first renewal or reinstatement of a license for which, as a condition of issuance, the applicant successfully completed a licensing examination pursuant to subsection (4)(a) of this section.

      • (III) On or before April 1, 2017, the board, in collaboration with established industry training programs and industry representatives, shall adopt rules establishing continuing education requirements and standards, which requirements and standards must include course work related to the National Electrical Code, including core competencies as determinedby the board. A renewal or reinstatement license applicant shall furnish or cause to be furnished to the board, in a form and manner required by the board, documentation to demonstrate compliance with this subparagraph (III) and rules promulgated pursuant to this subparagraph (III). To ensure consumer protection, the board's rules may include audit standards for licensee compliance with continuing education requirements and requirements pertaining to the testing of licensees by the continuing education vendor.

  • (5) (a) No person, firm, copartnership, association, or combination thereof shall engage in the business of an electrical contractor without having first registered with the board. The board shall register such contractor upon payment of the fee as provided in section 12-23-112, presentation of evidence that the applicant has complied with the applicable workers' compensation and unemployment compensation laws of this state, and satisfaction of the requirements of paragraph (b) or (c) of this subsection (5).

    • (b) If either the owner or the part owner of any firm, copartnership, corporation, association, or combination thereof has been issued a master electrician's license by the division of professions and occupations and is in charge of the supervision of all electrical work performed by such contractor, upon written notice from the board or the program director, acting as the agent thereof, the division shall promptly, upon payment of the fee as provided in section 12-23-112, register such licensee as an electrical contractor.

    • (c) If any person, firm, copartnership, corporation, association, or combination thereof engages in the business of an electrical contractor and does not comply with paragraph (b) of this subsection (5), it shall employ at least one licensed master electrician, who shall be in charge of the supervision of all electrical work performed by such contractor.

    • (d) No holder of a master's license shall be named as the master electrician, under paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection (5), for more than one contractor, and a master name shall be actively engaged in a full-time capacity with that contracting company. The qualifying master license holder shall be required to notify the board within fifteen days after his or her termination as a qualifying master license holder. The master license holder is responsible for all electrical work performed by the electrical contracting company. Failure to comply with a notification may lead to discipline of the master license holder as provided in section 12-23-118.

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