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!
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. Read a synopsis of the changes from the NC Electrical Board here.
Information Applicable for Licensed Electricians:
During the August meeting of the Rules Review Commission, the 2020 State Electrical Code was objected by the Commission because the electrical code contains new provisions for one- and two-family dwellings. This is because in 2019, the North Carolina Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings is prohibited by statute from revision until January 1, 2025. The 2020 State Electrical Code will be sent back to the Rules Review Commission for review.
Should the Rules Review Commission accept the Building Code Council’s modification, the 2020 State Electrical Code would be effective November 1, 2021, but One- and Two-Family Dwellings would remain at 2017. Care should be taken not to refer to the 2017 NEC as the “residential code” and the 2020 NEC as the “commercial code” because residential is much more the one- and two-family dwellings.
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 (or March 1st, 2022). There is still to be discussion if the updated exams for electrical inspectors should also be modified to match the Licensing Board.
This doesn’t mean that you should put a halt to your study efforts. We are able to cater to both those studying for the 2017 NEC and those studying for the 2020 NEC; study materials will be tailored accordingly. We’ve continued to have high success rates from those testing in various states in various NEC code cycles due to our method of teaching – not to worry!
Keep your final testing date in mind when lining up your studies. Are you testing this year? You’ll want the 2017 NEC. Are you testing past March 2022? You’ll want the 2020 NEC. 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.
Whether they decide to move forward to 2020 with one-and-two family dwellings or not, it may not affect your testing. It is not uncommon for states to have a “split code”. For example- Utah is on 2020 Commercial and 2014 One- and Two-Family Dwellings, but has still moved forward to test on 2020. We won’t know what the state decides to do with testing until the final decision for Code adoption has been made.
State Electrical Code and Interpretation– https://www.ncosfm.gov/codes/state-electrical-division/state-electrical-code-and-interpretations
(Bookmark Electrical Code Coalition to monitor updates on additional state code adoptions.)
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 2020 Code Changes into all our classes as the Code is updated.
Last Updated 09/28/2021