By the Division of Professional Licensure

12.01: Definitions

For the purpose of 237 CMR 12.00, the terms listed below shall have the following meanings, however, none of these terms shall be construed beyond the scope of the provisions of M.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. c. 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.

Board-approved means approved by a majority vote of the Board members present at any regular or special meeting.

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 inches by 11 inches 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 60-minute hour.

Code shall mean the Massachusetts Electrical Code as currently promulgated in three year intervals by the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations

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.

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.

Current Education shall mean education which was completed, without substantial interruption, within six years of the current Code.

Direct Supervision means direct, personal on-site supervision.

Electrical/Security Business shall mean a corporation, partnership, firm, unincorporated association, sole proprietorship or other legal entity engaging or proposing to engage in activity regulated by M.G.L. c. 141.

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.

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 237 CMR 22.01.

License Renewal Year shall mean July 31st every third year, commencing July 31, 1989.

Licensee means holder of a license issued by the Board.

M.G.L. means Massachusetts General Laws.

Master Electrician means a 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.

NFPA means the National Fire Protection Association.

Officer of a Corporation means an officer of a corporation or other business entity of the qualifying employer, as defined in bylaw or in the case of an LLC or LLP, a manager by agreement or such other individual approved by the Board.

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

Qualified Employer means a person, firm, or corporation properly licensed by the Board to employ systems technicians, journeymen electricians and/or apprentices, or persons, firms or corporations who regularly employ electricians to perform electrical work.

Qualified Officer means an officer of a corporation who is also a Master Electrician or Systems Contractor, licensed by this Board. In the case of an LLC or LLP, a manager, in the case of a partnership/firm, a partner. This individual is responsible for all actions of the firm, company, corporation, LLC, or LLP and its employees relative to electrical or systems installations.

Related Classroom means instruction consisting of a curriculum approved by the Board or Massachusetts Department of Education 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.

Secretary means the Executive Secretary of the State Board of Examiners of Electricians.

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 signalling, 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 237 CMR 22.01. 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:
237 CMR 12.00: M.G.L. c. 13, § 32A; c. 112, § 61; c. 141; c. 13, § 32; c. 30A, § 9.