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NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 206
Raleigh, NC  27609

Telephone: 
(919) 733-9042

Fax: 
(800) 691-8399

Our Mission...

To protect the life, health and property of the public through examination of applicants, education of licensees and discipline of individuals to promote quality electrical contracting in accordance with NC General Statutes Chapter 87-Article 4.

Section .1100

SECTION .1100 CONTINUING EDUCATION

.1101. CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: LISTED QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS.
.1102. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE SPONSOR APPROVAL.
.1103. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.
.1104. CONTACT HOURS.
.1105. COMPUTATION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS.
.1106. LIST OF APPROVED COURSE SPONSORS AND INSTRUCTORS.
.1107. ADVERTISEMENTS BY APPROVED COURSE SPONSORS AND INSTRUCTORS.
.1108. REVOCATION OF COURSE SPONSOR OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL.

.1101. CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: LISTED QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS

(a) Every listed qualified individual, including listed qualified individuals pursuant to G.S. 87-50, shall complete continuing education for each annual license period to renew the license on which the qualified individual is currently listed, for the next annual license period, except as follows:

(1) individuals becoming qualified by examination during the 12 month period immediately preceding the license renewal date;
(2) qualified individuals unable to fulfill the required number of hours as the result of illness as certified in writing by the attending physician; or
(3) persons presenting approved courses of continuing education.

(b)  The number of required contact hours for every listed qualified individual shall be determined by the classification of license on which the qualified individual is currently listed as follows:
        (1)  qualified individuals currently listed on a license in the limited, intermediate, unlimited and special restricted single family dwelling classifications shall complete at least eight hours of approved continuing education for license renewal, and
        (2)  qualified individuals currently listed on a license in the special restricted fire alarm/low voltage (SP-FA/LV), special restricted elevator (SP-EL), special restricted plumbing and heating (SP-PH), special restricted ground water pump (SP-WP), special restricted electric sign (SP-ES) and special restricted swimming pool (SP-SP) classifications shall complete at least four hours of approved continuing education for license renewal.

(c) The Board, pursuant to Rules .1102 and .1103 of the Section, approves course sponsors and instructors, and courses.  Because of differences in the electrical contracting industry and individual needs of listed qualified individuals, each qualified individual must exercise judgment in selecting courses for which continuing education is claimed and in choosing only those courses that will advance the individual’s knowledge.

(d) Course sponsors may be colleges or universities, community colleges, trade associations, providers of self-study programs, employers, third party professional examination companies, private instructors and the like.

(e) North Carolina listed qualified individuals residing within the state must obtain the required continuing education hours by taking a course provided by an approved sponsor.

(f) North Carolina listed qualified individuals residing outside of North Carolina, including listed qualified individuals pursuant to G.S. 87-50, may obtain credit for courses offered in North Carolina.  They may also obtain credit for courses offered in their state, province or country of residence provided the Board subsequently approves the courses taken, pursuant to Rule .1102(b) of this Section.

(g) Effective for renewals on or after July 1, 2008, all persons seeking to renew qualification must demonstrate that a minimum of one-half the continuing education hours for each annual license period were obtained by in-person classroom or seminar attendance.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990;
Amended Eff. January 1, 2010; January 1, 2006; March 1, 1999.
 

.1102. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE SPONSOR APPROVAL

(a) Each course sponsor shall submit an application for continuing education course sponsor approval to the Board on a form provided by the Board by March 1 prior to the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) in which the course will be offered. The application shall include:

(1) the name of the sponsor;
(2) sponsor contact person, address, telephone number and email address;
(3) course title and outline;
(4) course contact hours;
(5) schedule of courses, if established, including dates, time and locations;
(6) course fee; and
(7) names and credentials of each instructor.

(b) To qualify as an approved continuing education course sponsor:

(1) all courses offered by the sponsor shall last no fewer than two contact hours required for the license classification pursuant to Rule .1101(b) of this Section; and
(2) all courses offered by the sponsor shall cover articles of the current National Electrical Code; NFPA 72 and reference materials for Fire Alarm Systems; G.S. 87, Article 4; NCAC 18B; or other subject matter satisfying the requirements in G. S. 87-44.1 as approved by the Board.

(c) The course sponsor or instructor shall provide the Board with a certified class roster of all attending qualified individuals within 10 days after the completion of each course.
(d) The course sponsor or instructor shall provide each attending qualified individual with a certificate of completion within 10 days after completion of each course.
(e) The Board shall approve or deny applications at its regularly scheduled meetings.
(f) Upon approval of the application, each approved sponsor shall agree to conduct courses in accordance with this Section and the applicant shall indicate its agreement by signing a continuing education sponsor agreement form provided by the Board.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990;
Amended Eff. July 1, 2011; January 1, 2010; January 1, 2006; March 1, 1999.

.1103. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR COURSE INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL

(a) Each course instructor shall submit an application for continuing education course instructor approval to the Board on a form provided by the Board by March 1 prior to the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) in which the course will be offered. The application shall include:

(1) The name of the instructor;
(2) Instructor’s address, telephone number and email address;
(3) The name of the course sponsor;
(4) Course title and outline;
(5) Course contact hours; and
(6) Qualifications of instructor.

(b) The Board shall approve courses when:
      (1)   The proposed course outline demonstrates content related to the technical, practical and business aspects of electrical contracting 
              so as to have educational value consistent with the number of hours credit sought and the class is to beoffered at a location conducive
              to learning; and
      (2)  The course is to be taught by qualified individuals as defined in G.S. 87-41.1, by persons who have demonstrated subject matter
             knowledge on a test administered by the Board, by persons holding qualifications as a code enforcement official issued by the Code
             Officials Qualification Board or by persons who otherwise establish knowledge of the material in the course outline.
     
(c) The Board may deny an application for course approval if it finds that the sponsor or proposed instructor has previously failed to comply   with the terms of any agreement as provided in Paragraph (g) of this Rule or the rules of the Board.
(d) The course instructor application shall be submitted together with the application for continuing education course sponsor approval as prescribed in Rule .1102 of this Section.
(e) The Board shall approve or deny applications at a regular meeting of the Board.
(f) Appeals from denials shall be heard by the Board at the next regular meeting of the Board.
(g) Upon approval of the application, each sponsor and the instructor teaching the approved courses shall agree to conduct courses in accordance with this Section and the information represented on the application, and shall indicate his agreement by signing a continuing education agreement form provided by the Board.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990;
Amended Eff. July 1, 2011; January 1, 2006; April 1, 1993.

.1104. CONTACT HOURS

(a) Approved courses must be offered for no fewer than two contact hours.
(b) Credit shall be granted to the qualified individual only upon completion of an entire course.
(c) When a qualified individual has completed more than the required number of hours of continuing education in any one license period, the extra hours shall be carried forward in multiples of two hours and treated as hours earned in the following one or two additional license periods.  Extra hours are subject to the provisions of Rule .1101(g) or this Section.
(d) No credit shall be granted for courses attended prior to being qualified by examination.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990; Amended Eff. February 1, 2006; March 1, 1999.

.1105. COMPUTATION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS

(a) Group Courses: Non-college. Continuing education credit for a group course that is not part of a college curriculum is given based on contact hours. A contact hour is 50 minutes of instruction. Credit is granted only for full contact hours.
(b) College Courses. Continuing education credit for a college course in the college curriculum is given based on college credit hours. One semester hour of college credit is 16 contact hours; and one continuing education unit is 10 contact hours.
(c) Self-Study Courses. Continuing education credit for a self-study course is given based on the average number of contact hours needed to complete the course. The course shall include study text and a written examination having a minimum of 25 questions for each two contact hours course credit and a minimum passing grade of 70.  A sponsor must determine the average number of contact hours it takes to complete the self-study course and submit this information with its application for continuing education course sponsor approval.
(d) Examination. Continuing education credit for an examination is given based on the type of examination, number of questions, number of hours permitted to take the examination, and passing grade. The examination shall include a minimum of 25 questions and a minimum passing grade of 70.  A sponsor must set the number of hours permitted to take the examination and submit this information with its application for continuing education course sponsor approval.
(e) Totaling Annual Hours. No credit shall be allowed for a course having fewer than two contact hours required for the license classification pursuant to Rule .1101(b) of this Section. Credit hours for more than one year are subject to the provisions of Rule .1104(c) of this Section.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990; Amended Eff. January 1, 2006; March 1, 1999.

.1106. LIST OF APPROVED COURSE SPONSORS AND INSTRUCTORS

In July of each year the Board shall post a link on the Board website that shall include:

(1) All approved course sponsors and instructors for that fiscal year; and
(2) Contact information for all approved course sponsors and instructors.

 Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990.
Amended Eff. January 1, 2006.

.1107. ADVERTISEMENTS BY APPROVED COURSE SPONSORS AND INSTRUCTORS

Approved course sponsors and instructors who state in their advertisements, brochures or other course descriptions that a particular course meets the requirement of the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for continuing education shall so state exactly as follows:

This course, when offered during fiscal year ________, meets the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for ________ contact hours of continuing education credit. This course is not sponsored by the Board.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990.

.1108. REVOCATION OF COURSE SPONSOR OR INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL

(a) The Board may revoke, suspend or terminate the agreement with any approved continuing education course sponsor and/or instructor if the Board determines that either has failed to comply with the terms of the agreement or the Rules of the Board.

(b) The Board shall have the authority to monitor courses to determine whether the course sponsor and instructor are complying with the terms of the agreement and the rules of the Board.

Statutory Authority G.S. 87-42; 87-44.1;
Eff. October 1, 1990.