Electricians' Examining Board

Welcome to the website of the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation, an agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. We appreciate your visit to our homepage and we look forward to assisting you.

Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.

Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation

Purpose

The Electricians' Examining Board was established to protect the public from hazards arising from the use of electricity for light, heat, power and other purposes through the regulation of electricians in Maine.

The primary responsibility of the Board is to ensure the competency of electricians through examination; to issue licenses to those qualified to hold the title of Master electrician, Journeyman electrician, Limited electrician, Apprentice electrician, Journeyman-in-training electrician or Helper electrician; to investigate complaints of noncompliance with or violations of the law and board rules; and to issue permits.

Notice Regarding License Verification Requests (PDF)

Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4220. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.

Licenses and other communications from the Electricians' Examining Board will be sent to you by email, so please be sure to keep your contact information current. Follow this link to verify your contact information.

*Depending on your email security settings communications from the board, including licenses, may be directed to your junk/spam folders. Please be sure to check these folders for board communications from noreply@maine.gov.*

How to apply for a license

2020 NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE ADOPTION DATE INFORMATION:

The Board's current intent is to adopt and make effective the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC), Board Rules, Chapter 120, no sooner than May 31, 2021

Information and Resources

Examination Information Bulletin

The Electricians' Examining Board has contracted with PROV, Inc. to provide its examinations for approved candidates. The Candidate Information Bulletin (PDF) helps explain the rules and processes candidates will need to undertake to complete the testing requirements for their professional licenses.

Rulemaking

Notice of Agency proposed rulemaking - Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Electricians' Examining Board - Chapter 160 (Power Generation Systems as Electrical Installations) Public Hearing scheduled:  May 21, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. via remote access (Zoom)

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal Chapter 160 Power Generation Systems as Electrical Installations (PDF)

Notice of Agency proposed rulemaking - Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Electricians' Examining Board - Chapter 120 (Electrical Installation Standards) Public Hearing scheduled: March 19, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. via remote access (Zoom)

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal Chapter 120 Electrical Installation Standards (PDF)

Notice of Agency proposed rulemaking - Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation - Electricians' Examining Board - Chapter 100 (Definitions) and Chapter 115 (Advisory Rulings) Public Hearing scheduled: December 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. via remote access.

Zoom Remote Meeting Link

Rulemaking Fact Sheet (PDF)

Notice of Agency Rulemaking Proposal (PDF)

Chapter 100 (PDF)

Chapter 115 (PDF)

List of Towns that issue Electrical Permits (Effective 11/2020)

PERMITS - Towns that issue their own (PDF)

Streetlight Installation/Replacement Advisory

Municipally Owned Streetlight Installation/Replacement Advisory (PDF)

Veterans Preference Policy (adopted February 2017)

MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation wants to make sure that individuals who have military experience and training and who wish to obtain an electricians license receive appropriate credit for their military training and experience. If you have military experience and training in the electrical field and want to become licensed in Maine as a Master, Journeyman or Limited Electrician, please contact Bob LeClair via email at robert.v.leclair@maine.gov by telephone at 207-624-8678 or email the office before submitting an application. We will explain the application process and assist you in preparing your application for licensure. Please also see our Veterans Preference Policy (PDF), adopted by the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation, February 2017.

Electrical Inspector Jurisdiction Map

Map - Effective January 2021 (PDF)

License Reciprocity Information

Reciprocity License Application Instructions (PDF)

Lighting Retrofits Require an Electrical Permit

Permit Requirements for Lighting Retrofits (PDF)

Electrical Wiring of Medical Marijuana Facilities

Electrical Wiring of Medical Marijuana Facilities (PDF)

Clarification of Incidental Work

Clarification of Incidental Work (PDF)

Common 2017 National Electrical Code Violations

Common 2017 National Electrical Code and Electricians Law Violations (PDF)

Memorandum of Understanding for the Installation of Mini Split Heat Pumps

Memorandum of Understanding for Installation of Mini Split Heat Pumps (PDF)

2017 Approved Provider(s) for NEC Courses

On the next page, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose the option "Search Courses" and on the following page in the "In Content Area" box choose either 15-hour NEC code update course or 45-hour NEC code update course.

Electrical Permits

Easy, Fast, and Convenient Applications - File Online!

All Electrical Permit Applications must be applied for electronically:

Apply Online Now

Requirement to Report Convictions and Changes of Contact Information Within 10 Days of the Occurrence

10 Day Notification

The Maine State Bureau of Identification contains an online site to provide electronic access to request criminal history record maintained by the Maine State Police, State Bureau of Identification. This records search will provide you with all the conviction and adjudication information for crimes committed within the State of Maine that the Bureau of Identification currently has on record, as well as pending cases less than one year old.

Laws and Rules

New Law Takes Effect June 10, 2019

Public Law Chapter 261 (LD1240) An Act To Provide Career and Technical Training Options for Electricians
http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0901&item=5&snum=129 (PDF)

Below is a summary of the new law.  Please read the full text of the new law.

  • Graduates from a secondary school career and technical education electrical program are qualified to sit for the journeyman electrician examination and are credited 1,000 hours in the field of electrical installations toward the requisite 8,000 hours to become licensed.

Informational

Continuing Education Agreement between the states of Maine & Massachusetts

Effective April 21, 2017 (PDF)