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 bookState of New Hampshire Electricians' Board Licensing Requirements

 

The Electrican's Board licenses or registers those who are performing eletrical installations, as defined in RSA 319-C:2, III, for heat, light and power puposes regardless of the voltage. Therefore, it is not the voltage of the circuit that determines the requirements of licensure, it is the type of circuit. For example, no license is currently required for fire alarm installations as these are signaling circuits. Signaling circuits by definition are not considered circuits for heat, light or power purposes.

The catagories for licensing are Master, Journeyman and High/Medium Voltage electricans. The Electricians' Board registers apprentice electricans and high/medium voltage trainees.

CHAPTER Elec 300  LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

PART Elec 301  APPLICATION PROCEDURE

          Elec 301.01  Forms.

          (a)  Whenever a person is required to complete a form, the following shall apply:

(1)  Forms shall be filled out completely; and

(2)  Forms shall be typewritten or completed in a legible manner.

          Elec 301.02  Incomplete Form.

          (a)  All forms shall be reviewed by the board in accordance with RSA 541-A:29.

          (b)  The submitting party shall be notified of any apparent errors or omissions and allowed to resubmit the form to the board.

          Elec 301.03  Failure to Comply with Statute or Rule.

          (a)  In the event an applicant fails to comply with an applicable statute or rule, the application shall not be processed.

          (b)  The applicant shall be notified of the reason(s) for the rejection.

          Elec 301.04  Application Forms.

          (a)  Each applicant for a corporation/partnership, master, journeyman or high/medium voltage electrician license or apprentice or high/medium voltage trainee identification card shall make application on forms supplied by the board.

          (b)  Application forms may be obtained from the electricians’ board, NH Joint Board, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301, or electronically at http://www.nh.gov/jtboard/elecforms.htm.

          (c)  Completed application forms shall be mailed to the electricians’ board, NH Joint Board, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH 03301, or submitted in person to the address listed in (b) above.

          (d)  Each corporation or partnership applicant shall furnish the following on the prescribed form:

(1)  Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the corporation or partnership;

(2)  Corporation type, whether electrical or high medium voltage;

(3)  Information pertaining to the person directly in charge of the electrical business affairs of the corporation or partnership, including:

a.  Name, address, telephone number and title;

b.  Duties; 

c.  License number of master or high/medium voltage electrician; and

d.  Status as full-time or part-time and average hours per week;

(4)  Signature of the president or director of the corporation or the other partner in the partnership under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed;

(5)  Signature of the master or high/medium voltage electrician directly in charge of the electrical business affairs of the corporation or partnership under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed; and

(6)  Certificate of good standing from the NH secretary of state's office for the corporation or partnership.

          (e)  Each master or journeyman applicant shall furnish the following on the prescribed form:

(1)  Name, address and telephone number;

(2) E-mail address;

(3)  Date of birth;

(4)  Information pertaining to the electrical employers used for verification of on-the-job training in (8) below, including:

a.  Name(s) and address(es);

b.  Dates of employment; and

c.  Nature of employer’s business;

(5)  A description of the duties as an employee pertaining to the electrical installations and date employment started;

(6)  Names and addresses of 3 references of persons unrelated to the applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s professional character;

(7)  Whether the applicant has any felony criminal convictions that have not been annulled by the court and if so:

a.  Date of conviction;

b.  Nature of the offense;

c.  The penalty imposed by the court, including any terms of probation; and

d.  Any continuing court requirements;

(8)  Whether the applicant’s electrician license has been suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction and if so:

a.  Name and location of the particular administrative licensing agency;

b.  An explanation of the circumstances;

c.  Date of administrative licensing agency’s action or loss of electrician license; and

d.  Reason for the administrative licensing agency’s action, including whether it was a result of settlement;

(9)  Show a minimum total of 8000 hours of on-the-job training for journeyman and an additional 2000 hours for master with a certification for each place of employment in the electrical trade, including:

a.  Dates of employment;

b.  Type of work performed; and

c.  Signature of a licensed electrician;

(10)  High school and higher education, including:

a.  Name and location of school;

b.  Date of high school graduation;

c.  Courses and certificates obtained;

d.  Major and degree awarded, if applicable; and

e.  Dates attended;

(11)  Photograph of the applicant taken no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

(12) The applicant’s social security number required pursuant to RSA 161-B:11, VI-a; and

(13)  Applicant’s signature under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed.

          (f)  Each high/medium voltage electrician applicant shall furnish the following on the prescribed form:

(1)  Name, address and telephone number;

(2)  Date of birth;

 (3) E-mail address;

(4)  Information pertaining to the high/medium voltage employers used for verification of on- the-job training, including:

a.  Name(s) and address(es);

b.  Dates of employment; and

c.  Nature of employment;

(5)  A description of the duties as an employee pertaining to the electrical installations and date employment started;

(6)  Names and addresses of 3 references of persons unrelated to the applicant, who have knowledge of the applicant’s professional character;

(7)  Whether the applicant has any felony criminal convictions that have not been annulled by the court and if so:

a.  Date of conviction;

b.  Nature of the offense;

c.  The penalty imposed by the court, including any terms of probation; and  

d.  Any continuing court requirements;

(8)  Whether the applicant’s electrician license has been suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction and if so:

a.  Name and location of the particular administrative licensing agency; 

b.  An explanation of the circumstances;

c.  Date of administrative licensing agency’s action or loss of electrician license; and

d.  Reason for the administrative licensing agency’s action, including whether it was a result of settlement;

(9)  High school and higher education, including:

a.  Name and location of school;

b.  Date of high school graduation;

c.  Courses and certificates obtained;

d.  Major and degree awarded, if applicable; and

e.  Dates attended;

(10)  Photograph of the applicant taken no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

(11)  Certification showing proof of:

a.  Completion of a state, federal or employer certification program approved by the board pursuant to Elec 306; and

b.  Signature of licensed master or high medium voltage electrician;

(12) The applicant’s social security number required pursuant to RSA 161-B:11, VI-a; and

(13)  Applicant’s signature under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed.

          (g)  Each apprentice applicant shall furnish the following on the prescribed form:

(1)  Name, address and telephone number;

(2)  Date of birth;

(3) E-mail address;

(4)  Name and address of current employer, nature of employer’s business, and date employment started; 

(5)  Name and address of most recent former electrical employer;

(6)  Names and addresses of 3 references of persons unrelated to the applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s professional character;

(7)  Whether the applicant has any felony criminal convictions that have not been annulled by the court and if so:

a.  Date of conviction;

b.  Nature of the offense;

c.  The penalty imposed by the court, including any terms of probation; and

d.  Any continuing court requirements;

(8)  Whether the applicant’s right of apprenticeship has been suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction and if so: 

a.  Name and location of the particular administrative agency;

b.  An explanation of the circumstances;

c.  Date of administrative agency’s action; and

d.  Reason for the administrative agency’s action, including whether it was a result of settlement;

(9)  High school and higher education, including:

a.  Name and location of school; 

b.  Date of high school graduation;

c.  Courses and certificates obtained;

d.  Major and degree awarded, if applicable; and

  e.  Dates attended;

(10)  Photograph of the applicant taken no more than 6 months prior to the date of the         application;

(11)  If the applicant has been licensed as an electrician in another state, the name of that state;

(12)  Signature of supervising master electrician and his/her master electrician’s license number;

(13) The applicant’s social security number required pursuant to RSA 161-B:11, VI-a; and

(14)  Applicant’s signature under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed.

          (h)  Each high/medium voltage trainee applicant shall furnish the following on the prescribed form:

(1)  Name, address and telephone number;

(2)  Date of birth;

(3) E-mail address;

(4)  Name and address of current employer, nature of employer’s business, and date employment started;

(5)  Name and address of most recent former employer;

(6)  Names and addresses of 3 references of persons unrelated to the applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s professional character;

(7)  Whether the applicant has any felony criminal convictions that have not been annulled by the court and if so:

a.  Date of conviction;

b.  Nature of the offense;

c.  The penalty imposed by the court, including any terms of probation; and

d.  Any continuing court requirements;

(8)  Whether the applicant’s right to train as a high/medium voltage electrician has been suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction and if so:

a.  Name and location of the particular administrative agency;

b.  An explanation of the circumstances;

c.  Date of administrative agency’s action or loss of electrician license; and

d.  Reason for the administrative agency’s action, including whether it was a result of settlement;

(9)  High school and higher education, including:

a.  Name and location of school;

b.  Date of high school graduation;

c.  Courses and certificates obtained;

d.  Major and degree awarded, if applicable; and

e.  Dates attended;

(10)  Photograph of the applicant taken no more than 6 months prior to the date of the application;

(11)  If the applicant has been licensed as a high/medium voltage electrician in another state, the name of that state;

(12)  Signature of supervising high/medium voltage or master electrician and his/her high/medium voltage or master electrician’s license number;

(13) The applicant’s social security number required pursuant to RSA 161-B:11, VI-a; and

(14)  Applicant’s signature under the penalty of unsworn falsification and date signed.

          (i)  Pursuant to RSA 319-C:6-b, a fee of $50.00 shall be submitted along with each initial  application set forth in this section. Once an application is accepted by the board, no refund shall be granted. Apprentice electricians pursuant to Elec 303.02 and high/medium voltage trainees pursuant to Elec 303.04 shall not be charged an application fee.

PART Elec 302  APPROVAL PROCESS

          Elec 302.01  Approval of Corporation or Partnership.

          (a)  A corporate or partnership license shall be issued when the applicant:

(1) Submits a completed application, along with the appropriate fee, pursuant to Elec 301.04(d) and (i);

(2)  Meets the qualification requirements of Elec 303; and

(3) Submits a certificate of good standing from the NH secretary of state's office for the corporation or partnership.

          (b)  A corporation shall include limited liability companies. A partnership shall include limited liability partnerships and limited partnerships.

          (c)  All corporations and partnerships shall be registered with the NH secretary of state’s office, including foreign corporations and partnerships doing business in NH.

          (d)  All corporations and partnerships performing electrical installations or high/medium voltage power distribution installations in which the master or high/medium voltage electrician, directly in charge of all aspects of the electrical installations, has a controlling interest, may be licensed as a corporation or partnership pursuant to RSA 319-C:10. All other corporations or partnerships doing electrical installations shall be licensed pursuant to RSA 319-C:10.

          (e)  Each corporation or partnership performing electrical installations shall have a currently licensed NH master electrician directly in charge of all aspects of its electrical installations.

          (f)  Each corporation or partnership performing high/medium voltage electrical installations shall have a currently licensed NH master or high/medium voltage electrician directly in charge of all aspects of its high/medium voltage electrical installations.

          (g)  The board shall issue a corporation/partnership identification card and license to the NH master electrician who is directly in charge of a corporation or partnership’s electrical business affairs or the NH master or high/medium voltage electrician who is directly in charge of a corporation or partnership’s high/medium voltage electrical business affairs.

          (h)  An applicant who has been denied a corporation or partnership license shall be provided an opportunity for an administrative hearing before the board in accordance with the requirements of Elec 207.

          (i)  The initial fee for a corporation or partnership license shall be $125.00.

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Elec 302.02  Approval of Master Electrician.

         (a)  A master electrician license shall be issued when the applicant:

(1)  Submits a completed application, along with the appropriate fee, pursuant to Elec 301.04(e) and (i);

(2)  Meets the qualification requirements of Elec 303.01;

(3)  Meets the examination requirements of Elec 304, as applicable;

(4)  Has no disqualifying felony convictions pursuant to Elec 301.04(e)(7); and

(5)  Has not had his/her electrician’s license suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction pursuant to Elec 301.04(e)(8).

          (b)  For the purposes of (a)(4) above, a felony conviction shall be considered disqualifying if:

(1)  The date of conviction is 10 years old or less; and

(2)  One of the following applies:

a.  The conviction involves theft, forgery, fraud or other purpose to deprive the property of another; or

b.  The conviction involves perjury, unsworn falsification or other falsification of official matters; or

  c.  The conviction has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to be licensed as an electrician.

          (c)  An applicant who has been denied a master electrician license shall be provided an opportunity for an administrative hearing before the board in accordance with the requirements of Elec 207.

          (d)  The initial fee for a master electrician license shall be $90.00 for each year or portion of a year remaining of the 3-year license period.

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Elec 302.03  Approval of Journeyman Electrician.

(a)  A journeyman electrician license shall be issued when the applicant:

(1)  Submits a completed application, along with the appropriate fee, pursuant to Elec 301.04(e) and (i);

(2)  Meets the qualification requirements of Elec 303.01;

(3)  Meets the examination requirements of Elec 304, as applicable;

(4)  Has no disqualifying felony convictions pursuant to Elec 301.04(e)(7); and

(5)  Has not had his/her electrician’s license suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction pursuant to Elec 301.04(e)(8).

          (b)  For the purposes of (a)(4) above, a felony conviction shall be considered disqualifying if:

(1)  The date of conviction is 10 years old or less; and

(2)  One of the following applies:

a.  The conviction involves theft, forgery, fraud or other purpose to deprive the property of another; or

b.  The conviction involves perjury, unsworn falsification or other falsification of official matters; or

c.  The conviction has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to be licensed as an electrician.

          (c)  An applicant who has been denied a journeyman electrician license shall be provided an opportunity for an administrative hearing before the board in accordance with the requirements of Elec 207.

          (d)  The initial fee for a journeyman electrician license shall be $50.00 for each year or portion of a year remaining of the 3-year license period. 

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Elec 302.04  Approval of High/Medium Voltage Electrician.

(a)  A high/medium voltage electrician license shall be issued when the applicant:

(1)  Submits a completed application, along with the appropriate fee, pursuant to Elec 301.04(f) and (i);

(2)  Meets the qualification requirements of Elec 303.03;

(3)  Has no disqualifying felony convictions pursuant to Elec 301.04(f)(7); and

(4)  Has not had his/her electrician’s license suspended, revoked or sanctioned in any jurisdiction pursuant to Elec 301.04(f)(8).

          (b)  For the purposes of (a)(3) above, a felony conviction shall be considered disqualifying if:

(1)  The date of conviction is 10 years old or less; and

(2)  One of the following applies:

a.   The conviction involves theft, forgery, fraud or other purpose to deprive the property of another; or

b.  The conviction involves perjury, unsworn falsification or other falsification of official matters; or

c.  The conviction has a direct bearing on the applicant’s ability to be licensed as an electrician.

          (c)  An applicant who has been denied a high/medium voltage electrician license shall be provided an opportunity for an administrative hearing before the board in accordance with the requirements of Elec 207.

          (d)  The initial fee for a high/medium voltage electrician license shall be $90.00 for each year or portion of a year remaining of the 3-year license period.

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PART Elec 303  QUALIFICATIONS

          Elec 303.01  Journeyman and Master Electrician Qualifications.

          (a)  For the purposes of this part, “practical experience” means time accumulated while performing electrical installations in a classroom setting or in the field as part of a course curriculum in a school that meets the criteria of Elec 303.01 (d).  

          (b)  For the purposes of this part, “field experience” means time accumulated while performing electrical installations in the field under the direction of a master electrician. The term does not include time accumulated in a classroom setting or in the field as part of a course curriculum.

          (c)  Each applicant for a license as a journeyman electrician as defined in RSA 319-C:2, IV, shall:

(1)  Obtain 8000 hours practical or field experience as an apprentice to a journeyman or master electrician licensed by the board; and

(2)  At least one of the following:

a.  Obtain 600 hours of electrical schooling, including a minimum of 24 hours on electrical safety, either:

1.  Accomplished in blocks of 150 hours per year, including a minimum of 6 hours on electrical safety; or

2.  By having an associate or higher degree in an electrical curriculum;

b.  Have 10 years of experience as a journeyman or master electrician licensed in another jurisdiction; or

c.  Have previously taken the journeyman or master exam in NH.

          (d)  The board shall, with documentation specifying hours by certificate, transcript or official letter from the attending school, give credit for the documented amount of practical experience, not to exceed 2000 hours, towards the practical experience requirement for completion of prescribed courses in electrical installations at the following schools:

(1)  All N.H. community technical colleges;

(2)  N.H. Technical Institute, Concord;

(3)  National Joint Apprenticeship Schools run by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors’ Association;

(4)  Vocational training schools approved by the NH board of education; and

(5)  Any out-of-state school approved by a regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

          (e)  Field experience may be accumulated by any student working part-time for a master electrician during his/her full-time post secondary education.

          (f)  Any student pursuant to (e) above, shall provide proof of field experience as follows:

(1)  Dates of employment;

(2)  Type of work performed; and

(3)  Signature of the master electrician.

          (g)  Time credited towards practical and field experience pursuant to (d) and (e) above, shall not be accumulated concurrently.

          (h)  Each applicant for a license as a master electrician as defined in RSA 319-C:2, V, shall pass the journeyman examination and obtain 2000 hours of field experience as a journeyman in performing electrical installations as defined in RSA 319-C:2, III, prior to being allowed to take the master examination.

Elec 303.03  High/Medium Voltage Electrician Qualifications.

Each applicant for a license as a high/medium voltage electrician shall have certification showing completion of a state, federal or employer certification program approved by the board pursuant to Elec 306.

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Reciprocal Licensing

The Electrical Safety Section currently has two types of reciprocal agreements in place. There are long standing agreements with the States of Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont and the Electrical Safety Section also participates in the National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA) formally known as the Multi-State Electrical Reciprocal Licensing Group.

Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont Reciprocal Agreements

The Electrical Safety Section currently has active reciprocal agreements for the master and journeyman license with the States fo Maine, and Vermont and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These are long standing agreements that recognize the master and journeyman licenses of these areas as being substantially equal to those of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Electricians wishing to reciprocate their license with any of these states or the Commonwealth should contact the reciprocating agency directly for the necessary application and fees. A certified letter can be obtained from the Electrical Safety Section which will be necessary at the time of application as verification of licensure and the applicant is in good standing with the Sate of New Hampshire.

Applicants applying to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a reciprocal master license will be required to reciprocate their journeyman license as well as the masters. If have you let your journeyman license lapse due licensure as a master electrician, it can be reinstated for reciprocity purposes by filing the proper application and paying the normal fee for licensure.

National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA)

In the Fall of 2005 the State of New Hampshire became a member of the Multi-State Reciprocal Licensing Group, now known as National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA) and therefore has reciprocal licensing agreements, for the journeyman license only, with the States of: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Maine (see above for additional agreement with Maine), North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

New Hampshire electricians wishing to apply for a reciprocal license with a participating state under the NERA agreement must contact that state for the specific requirements, applications and fees.  Applicants applying for a reciprocal license with a participating state must:

  • Hold a current journeyman license from the State of New Hampshire for at least one year.
  • Be active and in good standing with the State of New Hampshire.
  • Have passed the New Hampshire journeyman examination with a minimum grade of 70%.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 8000 hours of practical experience in an apprenticeship program or equivalent.

    Applicants holding “grandfather” licenses or who have not passed the New Hampshire journeyman examination are not eligible for reciprocity under the NERA agreement.

    Once the application is submitted the reciprocating state with all applicable forms and fees, the reciprocating state will contact the State of New Hampshire electronically for verification of Items 1 - 4 above. Once the verification process has taken place, the reciprocating state should issue the journeyman license

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