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! These virtual options are only approved until June 2022 though, so take advantage and “bank” those classroom hours; you can hold up to three years worth of hours with the NC Electrical Board.

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.

What this means:

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.

At the October regular meeting of the Code Officials Qualifications Board, the Q-Board voted to modify electrical inspector testing from January 1, 2022, to March 1, 2022.

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. Now that the Code has officially been changed, they will be updating the examinations. It is in their best interest to have the 2020 Examinations ready by March 1st, 2022 (although no official date has been announced). This also appears to be the belief of PSI exam centers as this is the message they have been giving examinees.

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 before March? 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.

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 01/12/2022