Regarding Course Completion Requirements of 237 CMR 13.01(1)(b), 237 CMR 13.02(1)(b), 237 CMR 13.03(1)(b)(1) and 237 CMR 13.04(1)(b)(1) to be met by Apprentices who have Enrolled in Education Programs to Qualify for Examination and Licensure as a Master Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, System Contractor or Systems Technician

Enacted August 28, 2006

The Board of Examiners of Electricians voted today to adopt the following policy guideline. These policy guidelines are intended as the Board's interpretation of its regulations at 237 CMR 13.01(1)(b), 237 CMR13.02(1)(b), 237 CMR 13.03(1)(b)(1) and 237 CMR 13.04(1)(b)(1). Specifically, this policy is intended to clarify the requirements of the foregoing provisions of the Board's regulations relating to the Board's interpretation of the phrase "successfully completed" board approved educational courses in order to be eligible to sit for an applicable license examination.

Policy No. 06-03

Purpose: To provide guidance to educators and applicants regarding the board's interpretation of "Successful completion" of board approved educational courses in order to be eligible to sit for an applicable license examination.

Policy: At its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Monday, August 28, 2006, the Board of State Examiners of Electricians voted to adopt the following policy interpreting its regulations at 237 CMR 13.01(1)(b), 237 CMR 13.02(1)(b), 237 CMR 13.03(1)(b)(1) and 237 CMR 13.04(1)(b)(1):

"Successfully completed" a Board approved course means, whether in a modular or non-modular format, completion of all hours, under one provider, of a 150-hour Masters program, a 300-hour Technician's program, a 300/600 hour Journeyman's program, or a 75-hour Contractors program as found in 237 CMR 22.00.

The student enrolled in such program must complete all hours of a course of study with the same provider to receive credit for any hours he or she completed.

However, there may be exceptions to the policy that could create a hardship to the student including, for example, serious illness, disability, transfer of employment or other good cause. In such situations the board would authorize completion of course hours with a second provider contingent upon the student documenting the identified hardship in completing a course of study with the initial provider. The initial provider shall provide the student written documentation of the course of study completed to date by the student and the number of hours completed by the student along with the student's transfer request.

The student must give this documentation to the new provider at the time of enrollment. The new provider is required to ensure that the enrolling student does not repeat any curriculum previously taken with the initial provider.

Where a dispute regarding the existence of a hardship authorizing completion of a course with a new provider occurs, 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 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). Because of some confusion around the issue of what it means to have "successfully completed" a course for eligibility to sit for examination for either a Master's, Journeyman's, Systems Contractor's or System Technician's license, it has become necessary for the Board to clarify its regulations in this respect.