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Ron Fuller, Chief Electrical Inspector Stakeholder Meetings for 2002

Vol. 5 No. 2

February 2002

The department is again offering 4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for those who attend the meetings and score at least 70% on a take-home examination.

April 16

7-9 PM April 17

Colville – Community Colleges of Spokane, Institute for

Extended Learning, 985 S. Elm St. Pullman – City Hall-Community Cente

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April 18

7-9 PM

Spokane – Community College, Lair Bldg., 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane, WA.

7-9 PM

325 S. E. Paradise

Electrical Board Recruitment

Four Electrical Board appointments are scheduled to expire on July 7, 2002. There is one position each representing: licensed electrical contractors, certified electricians, telecommunications utilities, and citizens. Incumbent members and new interested qualified persons may apply for these positions.

The Electrical Advisory Board consists of fourteen (14) members appointed by the Governor for a regular term of four years per member. Representation on the Board includes three electrical contractors, one electrical utility representative, one manufacturer, three certified electricians, one combination electrical/RCDD certified engineer, one general public member, one telecommunications worker, one telecommunications contractor, one telecommunications service provider and one building official (non- voting).

An Application for Gubernatorial Appointment to a Board or Commission form is necessary. Requests for copies of the application and any questions may be directed to Angie Wharton at (360) 902-5259 or Rhonnda Jenkins at (360) 902-5572. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, completed application form, and current resume to the office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, PO Box 44460, Olympia, WA 98504-4460, by no later than April 1, 2002.

Continuing Education Audits

WAC 296-401B-130(2)(b) requires that individuals seeking renewal of their electrician’s certificate of competency provide accurate evidence of at least 8 hours of approved continuing education units (CEU’s) for each year of the previous work period. WAC 296-401B-800 and 850 allow the department to issue civil penalties and suspend or revoke an electrician’s certificate when false CEU’s are claimed on a renewal form.

The Department is commencing random audits of electrician renewals to verify compliance with the CEU requirements. Any electrician providing false CEU statements on electrician renewal forms will be sent a notice of intent to: suspend the certificate for 3 months and issue a civil penalty for submitting false information. Anyone suspended through this process will be required to obtain a trainee certificate to retain the ability to work in the electrical construction industry during the period of suspension. All persons working as a trainee must work under supervision. In order to clear up any discrepancies, anyone who has concerns with the information submitted on their renewal should contact Gerry Jessen at (360) 902-5247.

Move-on Buildings and Structures

RCW 19.28.010(2) states that residential move-on buildings/structures are not subject to “all” the requirements of the RCW so long as the occupancy is not changed and there has not been substantial remodeling as a result of the move. Commercial buildings/structures are not covered in this exemption and are subject to all current wiring requirements.

The exemption in RCW 19.28.010(2) does not preclude an electrical safety inspection of any building/structure. Moved-on residential buildings/structures must meet all National Electrical Code

Electrical Section Internet Address: www.lni.wa.gov/scs/electrical

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