Massachusetts Board Of Examiners Of Electricians Policy Bulletin Regarding Examination Retesting Requirements Of 237 CMR 13.01. To Be Met By Apprentices, Master Electricians, Journeyman Electricians, System Contractors Or Systems Technicians Who Were Unsuccessful In Passing An Examination For Any License Cited In This Section Of Regulation.

Enacted June 18, 2007

The Board of Examiners of Electricians voted today to adopt the following policy guideline. Specifically, this policy is intended to relax the 10-day waiting requirement in order to be eligible to sit for reexamination.

Policy No. 07-02

Purpose: To provide guidance to examination providers and applicants regarding the board's policy of " the waiting period for reexamination"

Policy: At its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, June 18, 2006, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians voted to adopt the following policy at 237 CMR 13.07.

Notwithstanding the provisions of 237 CMR, Section 13.07 candidates who were unsuccessful in passing an examination must wait 24-hours from the receipt of the test results before they may apply again to take an examination in lieu of the 10-day requirement.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing an examination are required to wait 10-days from the receipt of the test results before they may apply again to take an examination. This was initially put in regulation due to the fact that exams were given by pen and paper and manually recorded. Today the examinations are computer generated, given daily and the exam results recorded within 24-hours. Therefore a candidate should be able to apply for reexamination after 24-hours has elapsed.

There have been many such requests from candidates and the Board believes this will not create a hardship.

However, if a dispute regarding such policy existence, a determination shall be made by the Board. Such request shall be made in writing, within 30-days of the dispute, to the Board of State Examiners of Electricians.

All prior decisions of the Board inconsistent with the above policy are superseded by this policy.

Discussion:
Under M.G.L. c. 141, §2, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians is authorized to "make necessary rules for the proper performance of their duties." In addition, under the same provision, the Board is required to "hold frequent examinations" in order to determine the qualifications of applicants for licensure as electricians under M.G.L. c. 141, § 3. Under G.L. c. 141, §2, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians is authorized to "make necessary rules for the proper performance of their duties." It is within the Board's authority to determine the level of educational experience necessary to be eligible to sit for an examination offered by it for licensure as an electrician or alarm systems contractor or technician.

The Board has established an examination process which must be completed to be eligible to take an examination in its regulations at 237 CMR 13.02(1) through (5). Because examinations are given daily and are generated by computers it has become necessary for the Board to relax its regulations in this respect.