By the Division of Professional Licensure



12.01: Definitions

For the purpose of these regulations, the terms listed below shall have the following meanings, however, none of these terms shall be construed beyond the scope of the provisions of G.L. c. 141, nor shall they be construed to restrict those provisions:

"Apprentice" shall mean a person who, not having been licensed under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 141, is learning to properly perform electrical and systems work under the direct supervision of an appropriately licensed person.

"Agreement" shall mean a written contract between the provider and the enrolling student.

"Board" means the Board of State Examiners of Electricians except as otherwise defined.

"Business entity" means a corporation, LLC, LLP, partnership, or any other business organization authorized by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.  This definition shall not include an individual practicing under their own name or a DBA. 

"Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)" shall mean a written Board approved Policy and Procedure detailing the requirements as well as the process for achieving licensure.

"Certificate of Completion" shall mean an 8½" by 11" Board approved certificate describing the objective(s), or in the case of course describing such course with the date of commencement and completion, the name of the student, in addition the electrical code year of the objective or course and providers signature and provider number or other means acceptable to the board. 

"Classroom Instruction" shall mean a learning objective(s) taught by licensed electricians, contractors, or technicians in a classroom style and such room meeting the definition of a place of assembly.

"Clock hour" means a sixty-minute hour.

"Code" shall mean the Massachusetts Electrical Code as currently promulgated in 527 CMR 12.00

"Completed Application" shall mean an application for licensure approved by the Board which consists of all required work experience forms, a certificate of completion of education, and all required fees.

"Continuing Education Provider (CEP)" means a provider of continuing education approved by the Board. 

"Course" shall mean more than one learning objective taught consecutively without substantial interruption.

"Current Code" shall mean the currently in effect version of the Code. 

"Direct supervision" means direct, personal on-site supervision.

"Electrical Work" shall mean the installation, testing, repair, or maintenance of conductors, cables, raceways, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for heat, light, or power functions, or for fire warning, security, or signaling, or comparable power limited functions where such wiring is permanently connected to a source of electricity or that is permanently controlled through the use of electrical signals, including optical fiber cables.

"Fire warning system" means an inherently power-limited system of wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances installed and interconnected electrically or electronically for the detection of heat, smoke, or products of combustion, or for the transmission of signals or audible alarms.

"Hardships" shall mean, but are not limited to, serious illness, disability, transfer of employment or other good cause shown.

"Inherently power-limited system" means a system requiring no overcurrent protection due to design and construction.

"Initial Education Provider (IEP)" means a provider approved by the Board that provides education required to obtain a Board issued license. 

"Journeyman electrician" means a holder of a Class B license and a person qualified to do the work of installing, repairing, or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for heat, light, power, fire warning or security system purposes.

"Learning objective" shall mean an individual Electrical, Security, fire alarm, or other systems subject as provided in section 22.01 of this regulation.

"License renewal year" shall mean July thirty first every third year, commencing July thirty first, nineteen hundred and eighty nine.

"Licensee" means holder of a license issued by the Board.

"Licensee of Record" shall mean a licensed Master Electrician or Systems Contractor who holds a qualifying officer or manager position with a business entity who has been approved by the Board to authorize and be responsible for all electrical or systems work undertaken by that business entity. 

"M.G.L." means Massachusetts General Laws.

"Master electrician" means a holder of a Class A license and a person, firm, or corporation having a regular place of business who, by the employment of journeymen or apprentices, performs the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for light, heat, power, fire warning or security system purposes; provided, however, that no journeyman electrician so employed shall have more than one apprentice under his supervision; and provided, further, that not more than one such apprentice shall be employed for each journeyman electrician purposes.

"Provider" means a provider of education approved by the Board.

"Related classroom" means instruction consisting of a curriculum approved by the Board relating to electrical and systems installation.

"Score Report" shall mean written documentation indicating an over all score and the number of questions answered correctly or incorrectly on each major section of the examination.

"Security system" means an inherently power-limited system of wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances installed and interconnected electrically or electronically to permit access control, proprietary signaling, surveillance and the detection of burglary, intrusion, holdup, or other conditions requiring response or the transmission of signals or audible alarms.

"Substantial interruption" shall mean an unacceptable absence as determined by the Board on a case by case basis from a regularly scheduled objective or course in which the applicant has entered into an agreement with the provider.

"Successful completion" shall mean completion of the clock hours as established for each learning objective(s) as provided in section 22.01 of this regulation. Provided further the enrolling student is in compliance of all terms and conditions set in a contractual agreement between the provider and the enrolling student.

"System" means a fire warning, security or other inherently power-limited system, wire, conduit or device which conducts or consumes electricity and is electrically or electronically activated.

"Systems contractor" means a holder of a Class C license and a person, firm, or corporation having a regular place of business who, by the employment of systems technicians or apprentices, performs the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for systems; provided, however, that no systems technician so employed shall have more than one apprentice under his supervision; and provided, further, that not more than one such apprentice shall be employed for each systems technician.

"Systems technician" means a holder of a Class D license and a person qualified to do the work of installing, repairing or maintaining wires, conduits, apparatus, devices, fixtures or other appliances used for systems.

"Systems work"  shall mean the installation, testing, repair, or maintenance of conductors, cables, raceways, apparatus, devices, fixtures, or other appliances used for fire warning, security, or signaling, or comparable power limited functions where such wiring is permanently connected to a source of electricity or that is permanently controlled through the use of electrical signals.

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Regulatory Authority:
M.G.L. c.13 §32A; c.112 §61; c.141; c. 13 §32; c. 30A. §9