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Title 815 | Chapter 035 | Regulation 060


815 KAR 35:060.Licensing of electrical contractors, master electricians, and electricians.

Section 1.

Initial Application Requirements.

(1)

Filing the application.

(a)

Electrical contractor. An applicant seeking an electrical contractor's license shall submit to the department:

1.

A completed Electrical Contractor's License Application, Form EL-2;

2.

An application fee of $200 for a twelve (12) month license;

3.

The name and license number of the master electrician affiliated with the applicant; and

4.

Proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c).

(b)

Master Electrician. An applicant seeking a master electrician license shall submit to the department:

1.

A completed Electrical License Application, Form EL-3;

2.

An application fee of $100 for a twelve (12) month license; and

3.

Proof of the applicant's experience as established by KRS 227A.060(2)(b) and this administrative regulation.

(c)

Electrician. An applicant seeking an electrician license shall submit to the department:

1.

A completed Electrical License Application, Form EL-3;

2.

An application fee of fifty (50) dollars for a twelve (12) month license; and

3.

Proof of the applicant's experience as established by KRS 227A.060(3)(b) and this administrative regulation.

(d)

The application fees may be prorated for not less than seven (7) months or more than eighteen (18) months and shall expire on the final day of the applicant's birth month.

(2)

Photograph requirement. All electrical license applicants shall submit a passport-sized color photograph of the applicant taken within the past six (6) months.

(3)

Voiding of application.

(a)

The initial application shall remain pending until all requirements are met, up to a period of one (1) year after the date the application is submitted.

(b)

At the end of one (1) year, the application shall be void.

Section 2.

Reciprocity. An applicant for reciprocity shall:

(1)

Comply with:

(a)

The requirements established in the reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and the state in which the applicant is licensed;

(b)

The general application requirements in Section 1(2) of this administrative regulation;

(2)

Provide:

(a)

A copy of the applicant's license from the participating state;

(b)

A letter of good standing from the licensing authority of the state in which the applicant is currently licensed; and

(3)

If applying for an electrical contractor's license, proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c).

Section 3.

Verification of Experience.

(1)

Records of experience. Proof of experience shall be provided by:

(a)

Tax returns or other official tax documents that indicate the applicant's occupation or the nature of the applicant's business activities, including Federal Schedule C, Form 1040 Form 1099, or local occupational tax returns;

(b)

A copy of a business license issued by a county or municipal government that did not issue electrical contractors, master electrician's, or electrician's licenses prior to June 24, 2003, if the business license indicates the applicant operated as an electrical contractor or worker;

(c)

A sworn affidavit, on the affiant's letterhead, certifying that the affiant has personal knowledge that the applicant has worked as a master electrician or an electrician for at least one (1) of the following:

1.

An electrical workers union;

2.

A certified electrical inspector; or

3.

An employer that employed the applicant as an electrician or a master electrician; or

(d)

Records of a branch of the United States Armed Forces that indicate the applicant performed a function that primarily involved electrical work. Experience gained while in the military shall be deemed to have been earned in Kentucky.

(2)

An applicant for a master electrician license or electrician license attending an accepted electrical training program in accordance with 815 KAR 35:090 shall provide the following with his or her application:

(a)

An affidavit from the director or authorized agent of the electrical training program confirming the applicant's participation in the electrical training program; and

(b)

Documentation that the applicant has completed the required number of hours in accordance with 815 KAR 35:090.

(3)

Additional proof of experience shall be requested by the department, prior to or after licensing, if the department has reason to believe that the experience shown is insufficient or nonexistent.

(4)

One (1) year of electrical experience shall consist minimally of 1,600 hours of electrical work in a contiguous twelve (12) month period.

Section 4.

Examinations.

(1)

An applicant for an electrical contractor's license, master electrician's license, or electrician's license shall pass an examination administered by an approved examination provider.

(2)

A passing score shall be valid for a period of three (3) years.

(3)

Reasonable accommodations shall be made to provide accessibility to disabled applicants, upon request.

(4)

For an electrical contractor's license, an applicant that is a business entity shall designate a person to take the examination on behalf of the applicant. The designee shall be:

(a)

An owner of the applicant's business;

(b)

An officer of the applicant's business;

(c)

A director of the applicant's business; or

(d)

A full-time employee of the applicant's business.

(5)

Upon application by a testing agency, a national code group, or by an applicant for licensure, the department may recognize another examination as equivalent to an examination administered by an approved examination provider. The person or group submitting the examination shall demonstrate that the examination covers the same material and requires the same level of knowledge as the approved examinations.

Section 5.

Appeal Procedure.

(1)

An applicant denied a license may appeal the decision to the commissioner of the department. The applicant shall submit written notice of the appeal to the department within ten (10) business days of receiving notice that the license application has been denied.

(2)

The appeal shall be conducted pursuant to KRS Chapter 13B by a hearing officer appointed by the commissioner of the department.

Section 6.

Proof of Insurance.

(1)

An electrical contractor's insurance policy shall name the department as the certificate holder.

(2)

The applicant shall provide proof of workers' compensation insurance by providing:

(a)

An insurance certificate from an insurance provider approved by the Kentucky Department of Insurance; or

(b)

A notarized statement that the applicant is not required to obtain workers' compensation coverage and the reason why the coverage is not required.

(3)

Each electrical contractor shall require the contractor's liability and workers' compensation insurers to provide notice to the department if a policy:

(a)

Is cancelled, terminated, or not renewed; or

(b)

Limit is lowered.

(4)

An electrical contractor shall advise the department of a:

(a)

Change in the contractor's insurance coverage, including cancellation or termination of any policy;

(b)

Change in the insurer providing the coverage; or

(c)

Changed circumstances that require the contractor to obtain coverage.

Section 7.

Inactive License Status.

(1)

A licensee may request that a license be placed in inactive status.

(2)

An electrical contractor licensee in inactive status shall not be required to maintain liability insurance or provide proof to the department of compliance with workers' compensation laws.

(3)

A certified electrical inspector may be licensed as an electrical contractor, master electrician, or electrician, but shall maintain that license as inactive while having an active electrical inspector certification.

(4)

A licensee shall not perform electrical work while the license is inactive. Performing electrical work that requires a license while holding an inactive license shall be grounds for revocation or suspension of all electrical licenses and certifications held by the licensee.

Section 8.

Renewal Requirements.

(1)

A license shall be valid for one (1) year and shall be renewed on or before the last day of the licensee's birth month. For electrical contractor licenses issued to corporations, partnerships, or business entities without a birth month, the renewal month shall be the month the license was issued.

(2)

Filing for renewal. An electrical contractor, a master electrician, or an electrician shall submit to the department:

(a)

A completed form:

1.

Electrical Contractor's License Application, Form EL-2 for an electrical contractor; or

2.

Electrical License Application, Form EL-3 for a master electrician and electrician;

(b)

A renewal fee of:

1.

$200 for an electrical contractor;

2.

$100 for a master electrician; and

3.

Fifty (50) dollars for an electrician;

(c)

Proof of annual continuing education attendance in accordance with 815 KAR 2:010; and

(d)

Proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c) and this administrative regulation for an electrical contractor.

(3)

(a)

A license that is in inactive status shall be exempt from annual renewal.

(b)

An inactive license shall be reactivated upon payment of the annual renewal fee, the reactivation fee, and upon compliance with the continuing education requirements established in 815 KAR 2:010.

(4)

(a)

A licensee who applies for reissuance of a license pursuant to 2018 Ky. Acts ch. 186, sec. 2 shall submit to the department:

1.

A completed:

a.

Electrical Contractor's License Application, Form EL-2 for an electrical contractor; or

b.

Electrical License Application, Form EL-3 for a master electrician and electrician;

2.

Proof of licensure as described in 2018 Ky Acts ch. 186, sec. 2;

3.

A reissuance fee of $100; and

4.

Proof of insurance as required by KRS 227A.060(1)(c) and this administrative regulation for an electrical contractor.

(b)

The reissued license shall be valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance. The reissued license holder shall obtain a full license if the reissued license holder passes the corresponding license examination pursuant to Section 4 of this administrative regulation.

(c)

If the individual with the reissued license fails to take and pass an examination within one (1) year of reissuance, the department shall terminate the license.

(5)

A licensee who has not previously provided a passport-sized color photograph shall provide one (1) with the licensee's next application for renewal.

Section 9.

Reinstatement and Late Fees.

(1)

Application, renewal, reinstatement, and late fees shall not be refundable.

(2)

The reinstatement fee for a terminated license pursuant to KRS 227A.100(4) shall be equal to the license renewal fee and shall be paid in addition to the license renewal fee.

(3)

The late renewal fee shall be fifty (50) dollars. If all documents required to be submitted for renewal are postmarked on or before the last day of the renewal month, the filing shall be considered timely and a late fee shall not be assessed.

Section 10.

Change of information.

(1)

An electrical contractor and a master electrician shall notify the department of any change to the name of the electrical contractor's or master electrician 's business and its address, employer, and the employer's address each time a change of employment is made.

(2)

(a)

Except as stated in subsection (3) of this section, if an electrical contractor designated by an entity as established in Section 4(4) of this administrative regulation leaves the employment or no longer maintains an interest in that entity, the entity shall designate another person who either:

1.

Has passed the electrical contractor's examination; or

2.

Successfully passes the electrical contractor's examination within thirty (30) days.

(b)

Failure to have a designee that has passed the examination shall render the licensee no longer qualified to be licensed.

(3)

Death of an electrical contractor or master electrician.

(a)

If the electrical contractor or master electrician representing a company dies, the company shall notify the department within ten (10) days of the electrical contractor's or master electrician's death.

(b)

The 180 day interim period established in KRS 227.480 and KRS 227A.140 shall begin on the date the electrical contractor or master electrician dies.

(c)

The company shall not be required to renew the deceased's electrical contractor or master electrician license, if the license renewal date falls within the 180 day interim period.

(d)

The company shall not use the deceased electrical contractor's or master electrician's license after the expiration date of the interim period.

(e)

The company shall notify the department when the company has a replacement electrical contractor or master electrician to represent the company on or before the expiration date of the interim period.

Section 11.

Provisional License.

(1)

Application. An applicant seeking a provisional electrician license shall submit to the department:

(a)

A completed Provisional Electrical License Application Form, EL-14;

(b)

An application fee of fifty (50) dollars;

(c)

A passport-sized color photograph of the applicant taken within the past six (6) months; and

(d)

Proof of the applicant's experience as established by KRS 227A.060(4)(a)2.

(e)

The proof requested in paragraph (d) of this subsection shall be satisfied with the documents listed in Section 3(1) of this administrative regulation.

(2)

Responsibilities. A provisional electrician license holder shall have the same rights and responsibilities as an electrician licensed pursuant to KRS 227A.060(3) and this administrative regulation.

(3)

Termination.

(a)

A provisional electrician license shall be valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance. The provisional electrician license shall immediately terminate on the date of the one (1) year anniversary of the issuance of the provisional electrician license.

(b)

The provisional electrician license holder shall no longer have the rights and responsibilities of an electrician licensed pursuant to KRS 227A.060(3) and this administrative regulation. The provisional electrician license holder shall revert to the individual's unlicensed status as before the issuance of the provisional license.

Section 12.

Incorporation by Reference.

(1)

The following material is incorporated by reference:

(a)

"Electrical Contractor's License Application", Form EL-2, May 2020;

(b)

"Electrical License Application", Form EL-3, May 2020; and

(c)

"Provisional Electrician License Application, Form EL-14, May 2020.

(2)

This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction, Electrical Licensing, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is available online at http://dhbc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

HISTORY: (31 Ky.R. 234; 569; eff. 9-15-2004; 1907; 32 Ky.R. 86; eff. 8-5-2005; 2377; 33 Ky.R. 417; eff. 9-1-2006; 3279; 4184; eff. 7-6-2007; 35 Ky.R. 195; Am. 568; eff. 10-3-2008; 36 Ky.R. 688; 1037; eff. 12-4-2009; 37 Ky.R. 3000; 38 Ky.R. 242; eff. 9-2-2011; 39 Ky.R. 1782; 2026; eff. 5-3-2013; 45 Ky.R. 845, 1570; eff. 1-4-2019; TAm eff. 5-29-2020.)

7-Year Expiration: 1/4/2026

Last Action: 12/15/2021


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