Regarding Education Hours Requirements to be Met by Applicants for the Journeyman Electrician Making an Application to sit for the Journeyman Examination

Enacted March 27, 2006

The Board of Examiners of Electricians voted today to adopt the following policy guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended as the Board's interpretation of its regulations at 237 CMR 13.02 and 237 CMR 22.02 to the extent that there may be a conflict between the requirements of those two provisions of the Board's regulations relating to educational course hour requirements for eligibility to sit for the Journeyman's license examination.

Policy No. 06-01

Purpose:

To provide guidance to applicants and to educational providers regarding course hour requirements for eligibility for the Journeyman's examination required for licensure as a Journeyman electrician in Massachusetts.

Policy:

At its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, March 27, 2006, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians voted to adopt the following policy interpreting its regulations at 237 CMR 13.02 and 237 CMR 22.02:

The Executive Director is authorized to allow applicants for the Journeyman's license examination whose electrical work experience can be documented prior to July 1, 2001 and who have commenced course work to satisfy the education requirement for licensure as a journeyman electrician as of November 5, 2004, to complete a 300-clock-hour course as a prerequisite for examination as a Journeyman Electrician so long as the applicant has successfully completed the 300 hour course within ten years of the date of application for class B licensure.

All prior decisions of the Board inconsistent with the above policy are superseded by this policy.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

The Board has established the educational course hour requirements which must be completed to be eligible to take the Journeyman's license examination in its regulations at 237 CMR 13.02(1) through (5). Those regulations were last amended effective November 7, 2003. In addition, the Board has established and outlined in greater detail the educational course hour and content requirements which must be completed to sit for the Journeyman's license examination in its regulations at 237 CMR 22.01 and 237 CMR 22.02. These regulations were last amended effective November 5, 2004.

Because of a conflict in the possible interpretations of 237 CMR 13.02 and 237 CMR 22.02 regarding the hours of education which must be completed by an applicant for the Journeyman's license examination, the Board has reviewed its regulations, their history, dates of promulgation and intent. Following deliberation, the Board, interpreting its own regulations, determined that the regulations relative to course hour requirements to be met for eligibility for the Journeyman's license examination is as noted in the policy statement above.