No worry…we haven’t fallen behind while we have all been in quarantine: 

NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors assisted all actively licensed electricians by granting a year of continuing education in March 2020. Those continuing education credits would be used to renew your license for that renewal period. Now that we’ve entered 2021, we are back to the routine continuing education requirements (half classroom). If you are not yet comfortable coming in person to a workshop we are now offering Virtual Workshops. These Virtual Workshops have been approved by the NC Board to cover your classroom requirements!

Update: These virtual options are now permanently approved for your classroom hours! NC Electrical Board still asks you to complete a survey after your workshop so that they can monitor that this is still a desired option for electricians.

Ok, so what’s the status now on the Code: 

Background: The NEC is revised every three years using public input, commentary, and technical sessions. 

NC Board Status Update

Effective Date November 1, 2021

(2020 NEC with State Amendments; excluding one- and two-family dwellings, see Amendments 10.1 & 10.2)

The 2020 State Electrical Code was accepted by the Rules Review Commission on October 21, 2021. The 2020 National Electric Code includes requirement updates in four significant areas: surge protection, GFCI protection, firemen’s disconnect and solar power.

2020 State Electrical Code is effective November 1, 2021, and is not applicable to one- and two-family dwellings. The 2017 State Electrical Code (2017 NEC with 2017 State Amendments) will remain effective for one- and two-family dwellings including their accessory structures such as swimming pools and PV equipment.

Knowledge of a previous Code must be retained, similar to current projects permitted under a previous cycle.

The Amendment to exclude one- and two-family dwellings from the 2020 State Electrical Code is located in sections 10.1 and 10.2. An interpretation to clarify the scope of the Residential One- and Two-Family Code will soon follow and be posted at the link below (see State Electrical Code and Interpretation) in the usual place for electrical interpretations.

State Electrical Code and Interpretation:

 https://www.ncosfm.gov/codes/state-electrical-division/state-electrical-code-and-interpretations

 

Information Applicable for those Testing:

At a meeting of the State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, the Licensing Board voted to modify testing on the 2020 NEC from January 1, 2022, to no less than 120 days after the effective date of the adoption of the 2020 NEC.

As of March 1st, 2022, North Carolina is currently testing on the 2020 NEC.

Keep your final testing date in mind when lining up your studies. Keep on your time schedule for studying the material, coming to a class, and scheduling with PSI! See open PSI test dates for taking your exam: https://candidate.psiexams.com/testdate/testdate.jsp.

How JCR Productions, Inc. is here for you:

JCR Productions, Inc. continues to be here for you and to help you keep up with your educational needs and requirements as we navigate this novel virus. We have started by offering smaller classes to adhere to quarantine guidelines and have since added live virtual workshops for continuing education. We will continue to offer premium ongoing exam preparation and continuing education courses integrating Code Changes into all our classes.

2023 changes….yes, already:

The NFPA has approved the 2023 edition of the National Electrical Code as of September 1st, 2022. This does not mean that all states have announced when they are adopting the 2023, but no worries, we will keep you updated. Or check in with the NEC Code Status by state here- https://www.nfpa.org/nec/nec-adoption-and-use/nec-adoption-maps

Last Updated/Reviewed: 09/29/2022