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Board of Electrical Examiners

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Gives examinations for electrician's licenses and certifications, approves or disapproves applications for electrician's licenses and certificates, and issues or revokes electrician's licenses or certificates. The City Council makes five appointments to this six member board. Membership must include a registered professional engineer, a licensed electrical contractor, a licensed electrician, and two laypersons. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in August.

Members & Terms:

  • Paul Sharp - Term Ending August 1, 2018
  • Todd Noordsy - Term Ending August 1, 2018
  • Vacant - Term Ending August 1, 2019
  • Richard Shanker - Term Ending August 1, 2019
  • Fred Malicoat - Term Ending August 1, 2019
  • Curt Lichty (Community Development Department Designee - Nonvoting)

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 6-32. Amendments.
The 2006 International Code Council Electrical Code Administrative Provisions adopted by this article is hereby amended by substituting the following sections in lieu of those sections with corresponding numbers in the code, or, where there is no corresponding section in the code, the following sections shall be enacted as additions to the code:

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SECTION 304 BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS

304.1 Board of electrical examiners: A board of electrical examiners consisting of six (6) persons is hereby created. One (1) member shall be the director of community development or the director's designee, who shall be a non-voting ex-officio secretary to the board; the remaining five (5) members shall be appointed by the city council. One (1) member shall be a registered professional engineer, one (1) member shall be a licensed electrical contractor, one (1) member shall be a licensed electrician, and two (2) members shall be laymen. The first two (2) persons appointed to the board shall serve for three (3) years, the second two (2) persons shall serve for two (2) years, and the last person shall serve for one (1) year. Thereafter, each member of the board shall serve for three (3) years and until a replacement is appointed and qualified. The board shall select one (1) of its members to serve as chair and the code official shall designate a clerk from the department to serve as secretary to the board, who shall keep a detailed record of all proceedings on file in the building and site development division. The board of electrical examiners shall be empowered to give examinations for electricians' licenses and certificates, to approve or disapprove applications for electricians' licenses and certificates, and to issue or revoke electricians' licenses or certificates, and to issue or revoke electricians' licenses or certificates. The board shall meet upon the call of the chair, or upon the call of a majority of its membership, however, it shall meet within at least thirty (30) days after filing of an application for examination as an electrician for the purpose of examining such applicant or applicants. The chair of the board is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a board meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) percent of the regular board meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair to promptly notify the council of the vacancy. Applicants scheduled for examination shall be notified of the date, time and place of examination at least three (3) days prior to the date of examination. A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) must be submitted with the application. The fee shall be refunded to the applicant if the applicant appears at the board meeting at which the examination is scheduled.

304.2 Certificate of competency: It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring, equipment, apparatus or fixtures for light, heat or power purposes; installation or additions to sound, audio visual or communication equipment in or on any building, structure, or premises within the corporate limits of the City of Columbia, Missouri, unless issued a certificate of competency by the board of electrical examiners, except as provided by section 401.4 exception 2. This shall not be construed to cover cases where the connected electrical load is not increased or where no new electrical wiring is required.

304.3 Types of certificates: The board of electrical examiners is herein empowered to provide for the following types of certificates:
1. Electrical Contractor or Master Certificate (Type A).
2. Electrical Sign Contractor Certificate (Type B).
3. Journeyman Certificate, 8,000-Hrs (Type C-8 General).
4. Journeyman Certificate, 6,000-Hrs (Type C-6 General).
5. Sign Wireman Certificate (Type D).
6. Security-Fire Alarm Certificate (Type F).
7. Communication and Sound Certificate (Type G).
8. Maintenance Electrician Certificate (Type H).
9. Apprentice Electrician Certificate (Type E).

304.3.1   Requirements:  Certificates will be issued to applicants who meet the following requirements:
Apprentice (Type E)  Submit application stating name, address and telephone number and employer's signature.  No fee required.
Journeyman (Type C-8)
1. Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2. Prove 8,000 hours active employment as an apprentice electrician. Time in an appropriate electrical apprenticeship program or trade schools may be considered for credit toward 8,000 hours requirement.
3. List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice electrician.
4. Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.
Journeyman (Type C-6) 
1. Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2. Prove 6,000 hours active employment as an apprentice electrician. Time in an appropriate electrical apprenticeship program or trade schools may be considered for credit toward 6,000 hours requirement.
3. List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice electrician.
4. Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.  
Contractor or Master (Type A)
1. Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2. Prove 4,000 hours active employment as journeyman electrician C-8, 6,000 hours as journeyman electrician C-6 or be registered with the State of Missouri as a professional engineer or architect and be actively engaged in the business of electrical contracting.
3. List names, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked as an apprentice or journeyman electrician.
4. Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.
General Security-Fire Alarm (Type F)  Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested, along with a certificate or statement to install manufacture system.
Communication and Sound (Type G)  Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested, along with a certificate or statement to install manufacture system.
(Type B, D, and H)
1. Submit application to director of community development stating name, address, telephone number and type of certificate requested.
2. List name, address and telephone number of all previous employers under which applicant worked in a capacity similar to that covered by the requested certificate.
3. Successfully complete examination required by the board of electrical examiners.

304.4.   Application for certificate:  The board of electrical examiners shall approve or disapprove the issuance of a certificate upon (1) the filing of the proper application, (2) completion of examination when required, (3) payment of the required fee.  This section shall not apply to apprentice electricians.

304.5  Type of examination required:  The type of examination required will be determined by the board of electrical examiners and will be selected from the standard examination list as prepared and published by Thomson Prometric,  1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108, or the ICC National Standardized Examinations Program, www.iccsafe.org/contractor (1-877-STD-Exam), or any state issued and approved exam.

304.6  Reciprocity:  The board of electrical examiners will honor licenses issued from other jurisdictional areas provided the applicant meets the minimum experience requirements of the City of Columbia, Missouri, and provides certification of having satisfactorily completed the Thomson Prometric or ICC examination applicable for the type of license requested.

304.7   Work authorized by type of certificate:  The scope of work authorized by each type of certificate shall be as follows:
1. The Electrical Contractor or Masters Certificate (Type A) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the installation, repair, altering, and making additions to electrical wiring, heating devices, lights, motors, fixtures, conduits, generators, appliances and appurtenances and to supervise construction or installation of same.
2. An Electrical Sign Contractor Certificate (Type B) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting for the fabrication, installation, repair, alteration or making additions to electrical signs, and to make the electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the work authorized to be installed.  Any electrical sign contractor personally performing electrical sign work shall be a certificated sign wireman.
3. An Electrical Journeyman, Type C-8 shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work under persons or firms holding contractor license (Type A).
4. An Electrical Journeyman, Type C-6 shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work under persons or firms holding contractor license (Type A).
5. A Sign Wireman Certificate (Type D) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work on any electrical sign and to make connections to or disconnections from the power source within five (5) feet of an electrical sign.
6. Security-Fire Alarm Certificate (Type F) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting and to install, repair and make alterations on burglar and fire alarm equipment and to make electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the equipment authorized to be installed.
7. Communication and Sound Certificate (Type G) shall authorize the grantee to engage in the business of contracting and to install, repair and make alterations on communication and sound equipment and to make electrical connections thereto within five (5) feet of the equipment authorized to be installed.
8. A Maintenance Certificate (Type H) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical routine maintenance only, on equipment applicable to his trade and for a specified employer.  In addition, with 6,000 hours the grantee shall be authorized to take the journeyman electric exam.
9. An Apprentice Electrical Certificate (Type E) shall authorize the grantee to perform electrical work only when under the immediate supervision of an electrician holding a Type C, D, G or H Certificate.  The ratio shall not exceed three apprentices to one master or journeyman electrician.

304.9   Insurance requirements:  It shall be unlawful for any person holding a Type A, B, F or G Certificate to engage in work authorized by such certificate in the corporate limits of the city without first having filed with the city business license administrator a certificate of comprehensive liability insurance with a minimum of $100,000 per claim bodily injury, $100,000 per claim property damage with $300,000 aggregate per occurrence.  Such insurance shall insure the proper construction, erection, and maintenance of the electrical work in accordance with the provisions of this code and shall insure the city from any and all claims or demands for damages by reason of any negligence of the electrical contractor or his agents, or by reason of defects in the construction, or damages resulting from any part thereof.  The city requires a thirty (30) day cancellation notice from the insurance company.

304.10 Work allowed under license:  No person who has obtained an Electrical Contractor's Certificate (Type A) shall allow his name to be used by another person for the purpose of obtaining permits, or for doing business or work under his license.  Every person licensed shall notify the board of the address of his place of business, if any, and the name under which such business is carried on, and shall give immediate notice to the board of any change in either.

304.11   Re-examination:  Any person, who fails to pass the examination, as prescribed by the board, may apply for re-examination.

304.12   License Fees:  Electrical contractors with Type A, B, F or G Certificate shall pay annual business license fees to the city in an amount to be determined under the provisions of chapter 13 of the Code of Ordinances.

304.13 Certificate Issuance:  All applicants approved by the board for Journeyman certificate shall pay a thirty dollar ($30.00) fee prior to the issuance of the certificate.  Master certificates shall require a payment of ninety dollars ($90.00) prior to the issuance of the certificate. Certificates issued in September, October, and November of the renewal year are not required to pay a renewal fee in December.

304.14   Certificate Renewal:  All certificated electricians holding Type A, B, C, D, F, G and H certificates shall renew their certificate every three (3) years and pay a renewal fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) for a Journeyman certificate, and ninety dollars ($90.00) for a Master certificate. The first renewal date is January 1.  Failure to renew by the January 1 date of the renewal year will result in the certificate expiring.  Individuals holding expired certificates will be required to make application for a new certificate, and pay a renewal fee. 

(Ord. No. 14116 § 1, 7-5-94; Ord. No. 14248 § 1, 10-10-94; Ord. No. 15394, § 1, 10-20-97; Ord. No. 17505, § 1, 11-4-02; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 19352, § 1, 1-2-07; Ord. No. 20907, § 1, 3-21-11; Ord. No. 20955, § 1, 5-2-11; Ord. No. 21095, § 2, 9-19-11; Ord. No. 21605, § 1, 2-4-13; Ord. No. 21805, § 1, 9-16-13 )