Regarding Materials Allowed In the Examination Room. For Any License Cited in Section 13.00 of Regulation.

Enacted August 26 , 2002
Modified on September 24, 2007

The Board of Examiners of Electricians voted today to adopt the following policy guideline. Specifically, this policy, HERE IN KNOWN AS the Board of State Examiners of Electricians Licensure Candidate Information Bulletin or CIB. This bulletin details the requirements as well as the process for achieving licensure.

Policy No. 02-01

Purpose:
To provide guidance to examination providers and applicants regarding the board's policy of "materials that are allowed in the examination room"

Policy:
At its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, August 26, 2002, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians voted to adopt the Candidate Information bulletin (CIB) in its entirety. The Section of the CIB relevant to this discussion is entitled "Admission/Security to the Examination area" and identified as Policy No. 02-01
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Admission/ Security to the Examination Area:

The following security procedures will apply during the examination:



  • Cell phones, pagers, and guests are not allowed in the examination site. This policy is strictly enforced.
  • No smoking, eating, or drinking will be allowed in the examination site.
  • Copying or communicating examination content is a violation of PSI security policy and State Law. Either will result in the disqualification of examination results and may lead to legal action.
  • Any individual papers that are not part of the copy writers paper-back, ring-binder, spiral binder or loose leaf binder type of book, or part of a multi-paged CMR, MGL, UL, or NFPA document as described in this section MUST be removed prior to entering the examination area.

Modified 9/24/07

  • Any Handbook, such as but not limited to the NEC or NFPA documents or standards, including the Ugly's Electrical Reference book are not allowed in the exam room.
    The coping, pasting, stapling or the insertion of such copy writer's material, in whole or in part and in any form is not allowed in the exam room.
  • Failure to comply with the above requirements may result in disqualification and forfeiture of all fees and Board discipline.

I tems allowed/ used as an aid during an actual examination

  • Calculator- only non-programmable, non-printing, silent, battery-operated, non-alphabet keys.
  • Code-Book- The current, adopted edition of the National Electrical code-book whether paper-back, ring-binder, a spiral binder or loose leaf, tabbed, or un-tabbed, that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs or handwritten notes in the margins of the copy writers text is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.
  • Massachusetts State Amendment- The current, adopted edition of the Massachusetts State Amendments whether a separate document or part of the National Electrical Code book, in or a paper-back book provided by PSI, tabbed or un-tabbed, that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs of the original text of said document is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.
  • Massachusetts General Laws- All Massachusetts General Laws applicable to examination questions whether a separate document or part of the National Electrical Code book, or in a paper-back book provided by PSI, tabbed or un-tabbed, that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs of the original text of said document is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.
  • Board Rules and Regulations- A copy of the Boards Rules and Regulation (237CMR 11.00- 23.00) whether a separate document or in a paper-back book provided by PSI, tabbed or un-tabbed, that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs of the original text of said document is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.
  • National Fire Alarm Code- A copy of the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA-72) whether paper-back, ring-binder, a spiral binder or loose leaf, tabbed or un-tabbed, that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs of the original text of said book is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.
  • OSHA and Safety and Health Standards; Overtime Compensation Fair Labor Standards Law; Lien Law; Worker Compensation Law; State Unemployment Law; Employer's Tax Guide - A copy of each of the aforementioned publications - whether in paper-back, ring-binder, spiral binder or loose leaf, tabbed or un-tabbed, provided by PSI; that contains highlighted sections and or underlined sections or paragraphs of the original text of said publication - is allowed in the examination area for examination purposes.

Explanation of the above Policy 9/24/07



  • Tabbing of items means the subject tab MUST be physically affixed to an actual text page of the copy write text in accordance to the manufacture requirements. The purpose of tabbing items is solely to index items such as articles and sections already in the code book, not to add any new content. Failure to comply will result in the immediate disqualification of examination results and may lead to discipline
  • Looseleaf Index tabs or the equivalent that are inserted into an item(s) are not allowed and if inserted must be removed before the candidate enters the exam room area. Failure to comply will result in the immediate disqualification of examination results and may lead to discipline
  • Examination questions may be derived from reference material that is not allowed in the examination area. The insertion or the copying of such material on to materials that are allowed in the examination room is prohibited. Failure to comply will result in the immediate disqualification of examination results and may lead to discipline
  • Formulas- prior to examination - written on the blank pages that are part of a copy write item and are located in the back of your codebook. The only place where it is acceptable to writing formulas is on these pages and only in this book. Failure to comply will result in the immediate disqualification of examination results and may lead to discipline.

An example of this would be the following; I =E/ R
Assigning values to such symbols (Example to above: I = 240/2) or completing actual calculations (Example to above; 120 =240/2) is NOT to be inserted in any item. Formulas do not include wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, symbols other than symbols used in formulas such as I =E/R or I= V/ Ώ .



  • Written notes- prior to examination Handwritten notes in the margins of the aforementioned reference materials.
    This means in the actual margin of a page(s) where the copywriter's text appears.

Examples of acceptable notes are as follows;

  1. references to other Section, Article, or to other standard.
  2. or information related to a code rule.
  3. or information related to tables, annexes or the MEC

Examples of unacceptable notes are as follows;

  1. answers to questions
  2. outline of steps to solve mathematical equations or calculations
  3. Wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, symbols other than symbols used in formulas such as I =E/R or I= V/ Ώ
  • During the examination - only writing on the scrap paper that is provided by PSI will be allowed during the exam.

NOTE 1. Items not on this list are not allowed in the examination area.

The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge, or general industry practices. Except for Codebooks, you can use later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examination will be based only on the edition of the Codebook that is listed.

NOTE 1: Examinations will be based upon the then in effect edition of the National Electrical Code, Massachusetts Electrical Code Amendment, standards and NFPA documents after July 1, of that year.

The candidate information bulletin (CIB) along with Boards Policy and Procedures should be provided and part of course curriculums to all student. The Board's policy allows ONLY hand written notes in the margin where the copy writer's test appears. Further, students may utilize only the blank pages of their code books for formulas. Actual calculations, wiring configurations, transformer diagrams or symbols other than symbols used in formulas are not allowed.

The goal of this should be clear, while the Board does not require students to memorize their Code books, Standards or other Regulations it is essential that they have a thorough knowledge of how to find information in their source materials as well as how to apply that information to specific problems presented in the examination and after licensure.

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 and policy which must be completed to be eligible to take an examination in its regulations at 237 CMR 13.02(1) through (5).