Cory Tate, 2014-2015 President
When I started my career in the electrical trades industry more than 25 years ago, most of the contractors I worked for were based in the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia has for many years maintained a journeyman electrician’s certification program for tradesmen that demonstrate a minimum level of competency. I can tell you from personal experience that having a journeyman certification makes a big difference in the wages you can earn as an employee working under a licensed electrical contractor. Furthermore, electrical contractors, especially those who work for state and Federal agencies, often need to prove a minimum skill level for the tradesman employed on government projects.
At the next meeting of the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (Feb. 13, 2014), the Board will consider a rule change that could create a program in North Carolina similar to Virginia’s Journeyman Electrician program. If approved and implemented by the Board, this program would provide a means for tradesmen to prove minimum competency levels while providing the electrical contractor with employees who can provide on-site supervision.
The proposed rule change, if enacted, would create a certification called Special Restricted Electrical Technician (SP-ET). This person would be licensed as a result of having passed a qualifying examination approved by the Board. In order to actively use this certification, the Special Restricted Electrical Technician must be a bona-fide employee of a NC licensed electrical contractor, who works under the general supervision of a listed qualified individual duly licensed by the Board. A Special Restricted Electrical Technician is qualified to provide only on-site supervision of electrical contracting work undertaken by the licensee.
A person licensed as an electrical technician is authorized to work as a bona-fide employee of a licensee of the Board, and to supervise the work of others on the jobsite in the absence of the listed qualified individual. A person licensed as an electrical technician shall not contract or offer to contract work defined as electrical contracting in G.S. 87-43. It is important to note that a person is not required to hold a Special Restricted Electrical Technician License in order to be employed by a licensed electrical contractor.
A Special Restricted Electrical Technician license is issued to a person having passed the qualifying examination approved by the Board. This license is valid throughout North Carolina, and is not transferable. To take an examination for the Special Restricted Electrical Technician license classification, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age; must submit a completed application to the Board on a form provided by the Board; must submit an examination application fee of ninety dollars ($90.00). Along with the application, the applicant must submit written statements from at least two persons attesting to the applicant's good character and written verification of at least four years of secondary experience, as defined by the Board’s rules.
An applicant with a failed examination score may review their failed examination for a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). All reviews are supervised by the Board or staff. Any fee retained by the Board shall not be creditable toward any future examination or examination review; and must meet all other applicable requirements of the Board’s rules.
In order to apply for a license in the special restricted electrical technician classification, the applicant must pass a qualifying examination approved by the Board, and then submit a completed application to the Board on a form provided by the Board accompanied by the initial license fee of fifty dollars ($50.00). Once issued, the Special Restricted Electrical Technician license will be valid for one year from date of original issuance. During the license period, the licensee shall notify the Board within 30 days of any change in mailing address, telephone number and email address. To renew a license in the Special Restricted Electrical Technician classification, the license holder must complete at least four hours of approved continuing education annually. The license holder will be able to carry forward additional credit hours for up to two additional license periods. A complete list of approved continuing education courses and sponsors is available on the Board’s website at www.ncbeec.org .
To renew a license in the Special Restricted Electrical Technician classification, the license holder must complete the required continuing education, and file a license renewal application accompanied by the $50.00 renewal fee at least 30 days prior to the license expiration
Several municipalities and other branches of local government across the state have local journeyman electrician programs. Under the rules governing this new Special Restricted Electrician Technician classification, a local municipality or county may not require a person to hold a local government license if that person holds the Special Restricted Electrical Technician License issued under this rule and is working within the scope of that license.
The end result of this certification, if put into place, will be a better product. Electrical contractors will be able to more easily select employees when a certain level of competence is required. Electrical inspectors will be able to more accurately assess whether or not work was completed under competent supervision, which in turn could reduce the number of failed inspections and cut down on the number of complaints referred to the licensing board for investigation.
Cory Tate, Chapter President
W. Cory Tate
Town of Duck, NC
P.O. Box 8369
Duck, NC 27949
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New Faces and Places
J. Michael Whitt has joined Greensboro Inspections Division. Mike is a long time Ellis Cannady Chapter member, electrical contractor, and an Associate member of the Chapter’s Board of Directors.
Terry Parks started 8-22-13 at Level 3 electrical probationary for the Winston-Salem Inspections Department.
Brian Seick started 9-3-2013 at Level 3 electrical probationary for the Winston-Salem Inspections.
George Brendle retired on 12-31-13 after 18 years of service for Winston-Salem Inspection Department. Thanks for your service to the department and to the community!
We don’t often publish items about people outside of North Carolina, but Tarry Baker was a friend to many of our Chapter members, and a great friend of the IAEI and Southern Section. Tarry worked tirelessly in the Florida Chapter IAEI, creating many presentations, giving classes, mentoring and helping out whenever asked. Tarry really loved North Carolina, and we always looked forward to his visits.
Tarry Lee Baker, 67, of Coconut Creek Fl, passed away after a long illness, Saturday, January 18, 2014. Tarry was born in Erwin TN December 20, 1946. He is survived by his wife, Beckie Baker, of over 43 years. Tarry and Beckie have twin daughters, Carrie, who passed away 8 years ago and Nicole Baker of Boynton Beach. They have 3 grandsons: Zackary Carrie Grant-18, Bryant Lee Robinson-12, and Bryson Thomas Beneby-3. Also, Tarry is survived by his mother and step-father, Edward and Mildred Scheick of Port Orange, FL.; sister, Nancy Mathis of Deltona, Fl; brothers: Eddie Scheick of Columbia MD, Anthony Scheick of Ft Lauderdale and Joseph Scheick of McDonough GA along with a large extended family. Tarry worked 39 years with Broward County, the last 22 years with the Board of Rules and Appeals as the Chief Electrical Code Compliance Officer. He retired in 2012. Memorial service on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, 138 NE First Street at 11:00 a.m. Donations can be made to First Baptist Church or the Wounded Warrior Project. Arrangements were made by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Phone: 954-941-4111
There will be a memorial service for Tarry on Saturday January 25th, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Pompano Beach at 11:00 AM. First Baptist Church is located at 138 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach Fl. 33060. Becky Baker said that Flowers will be appreciated and should be sent to the Church. In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Tarry's name to the "Wounded Warriors" foundation be sent to the Church. Please make all contributions payable to First Baptist Church. Friends visited Tarry, Becky and family on Saturday January 18. He was comfortable and well taken care of by his loving family and many friends. Tarry will be missed by everyone who ever knew him. He touched many lives. Rest In Peace Tarry
2013 Annual Meeting – NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte NC
The NC Ellis Cannady Chapter IAEI annual business meeting and continuing education was help in Charlotte November 3-4, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Attendees visited the exhibits and enjoyed the history and many participated in the driving simulation. The classes were well attended and the new Officers were installed at the banquet. Thanks to outgoing President John West and all who helped to make this meeting a success!
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