How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Kevin Your Own Question

Kevin
Kevin, Licensed Electrician
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 1199
Experience:  27 years as a Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, 5 year college Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma in Digital Electronics, Former Illinois Licensed Home Inspector
71008832
Type Your Electrical Question Here...
Kevin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

NEC 2008, Low Voltage, 90va or less. what is the scope of

Customer Question

NEC 2008, Low Voltage, 90va or less.

what is the scope of the license ... can I open a 200amp load center and reset a breaker ?
will this licsence make me the fire alarm expert ?

Our Master Electrician of record was fired and now the boss wants/go around code to be able to fuction the facility with out master electrician.... It is smelling fishy right.

I do not want to loose my card (90)va and be on the black list at the electrical inspectors office.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.

Hello.....my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question. My goal is to exceed your expectations on Just Answer!

 

1) There is nothing within any edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) that pertains to any type of low or high voltage licensing. The NEC is the recognized code within the United Sates for any electrical distribution system that pertains to installation standards, best practices and approved installations.

 

2) The NEC does not issue any types of electrical licenses and there is no scope within the code that pertains to a license. The closest that you will find within the NEC is in Article 100 Definitions under a "Qualified Person". Yet the "Qualified Person" definition never mentions a license within the NEC verbiage. The scope of your low voltage license is based upon the agency that issued your license.

 

Your local electrical commission or electrical board (state level, county level or local municipality level) or the local Authority Having Jurisdiction is in charge of issuing any type of low and/or high voltage electrical license. Of course, all applicants taking such a licensing examination are examined based upon their knowledge of the NEC, local electrical codes as well as education (trade school, IBEW apprenticeship, etc.) and/or related electrical work experience.

 

3) Depending upon your local area and/or state requirements and how the local electrical commission (state or county or municipality level) has created their rules, licenses come in various forms such as "Low Voltage", High voltage Class "A", Class "B", Class "C", Master Electrician, Electrical Contractor, Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural, Communications License, Fire Alarm and Signs.

 

4) To the best of my knowledge, in most states a Fire Alarm license is a separate license from the traditional Master Electrician's license and examination. Typically, a Master Electrician cannot perform maintenance on a Fire Alarm system unless the individual also holds a separate Fire Alarm license. Maintaining and/or activating a Fire Alarm system requires a Fire Alarm license.

 

5) Resetting a tripped circuit breaker does not require any type of electrical license. A breaker is nothing more than a glorified switch that is expected to trip a circuit upon an overload condition. However, if installing a circuit breaker and/or any related components within the electrical distribution system may be a different story depending upon the local or state or county or municipal requirements. Thus the appropriate electrical license may need to be required in order to perform such work. Typically the only time an electrical inspector becomes involved to inspect a project is if a permit is pulled. Permits are usually pulled only on new construction and/or large remodeling projects. Permits are seldom pulled on routine maintenance jobs or running new circuits or replacing components. Thus a Master Electrician's or Supervising Electrician's license is not always a requirement. However it is highly recommended that a facility that performs daily electrical maintenance or new services within the building that the electrician hold's the appropriate licensing.

 

6) Unfortunately, there is no uniform electrical licensing throughout the United States and many states or counties or local municipalities have their own rules, regulations, examinations, local electrical codes, criteria, etc. Many states or counties or local municipalities do not recognize licensing reciprocity. Just because an electrician holds a license within a certain county and/or local municipality may not give them the authorization to pull an electrical permit from an adjacent county or municipality. In some cases, the electrician will either need to pass another electrical examination for the particular area. This is very common with states that do not issue an electrical license at the state level. In summary, there are many variables across the United States that pertain to the many types of electrical related licensing. Some states are very strict upon their electrical licensing requirements and rules, other states or counties or local municipalities are more lenient.

 

7) If you only hold a low voltage type of licensing and you are instructed by your management to perform high voltage work, I would highly recommend that you discuss this with the management team and explain to them that your license is only acceptable for low voltage type of work and not high voltage. I would also recommend that you apply for a high voltage license examination if you have the training and/or qualifications for the exam. If you only hold a low voltage license, probably not a good idea to install a new 277/480 3-Phase panel. If installing this type of high voltage project and the electrical agency that issued your low voltage license may cite you for violations. If you are employed at a union shop, this is most important.

 

 


Hope this helps.........If you have any additional questions, let me know and I'll be glad to answer them for you.

 

Otherwise, don't forget to rate me before you log Off.

The next time you have an electrical question, you can also request for me at:http://www.justanswer.com/home-improvement/expert-your-electrician
..........Thanks..............Kevin!



JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future. Jimmy Bagley, IA
< Last | Next >
  • You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future. Jimmy Bagley, IA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Mike

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1425
    Licensed Master Electrician - OnQ Certified Data Voice Audio Video Installer
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mikepettinato/2009-9-4_41145_DSC005132.jpg Mike's Avatar

    Mike

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1425
    Licensed Master Electrician - OnQ Certified Data Voice Audio Video Installer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/WI/WireitUp/2012-6-17_18212_Photo00006.64x64.jpg Jason's Avatar

    Jason

    Service Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    3278
    Over 15 years of experience in all types of installations, troubleshooting, and repairs.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MI/MikeG2010/2012-6-7_192640_IMG01612.64x64.jpg Mike G.'s Avatar

    Mike G.

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    5318
    Proven Professional 45 years Experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AS/AssuredElectrical/2011-9-13_221243_me.64x64.gif AssuredElectrical's Avatar

    AssuredElectrical

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2149
    Contractor-40 Years in the ElectricalTrade
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/electrifier/2008-12-16_200429_headbob1.jpg electrifier's Avatar

    electrifier

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1454
    Electrical contractor and electrical inspector for over 24 years with phone and networking expertise
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/rich03dungo/2010-3-17_101556_tshirt2.jpg Rich's Avatar

    Rich

    Master Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1115
    Over 35 years residential, commercial, industrial wiring, install, troubleshoot, service, maintain
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/UR/urelectrician/2012-9-28_223652_JustAnswerPic.64x64.jpg Kevin's Avatar

    Kevin

    Licensed Electrician

    Satisfied Customers:

    993
    27 years as a Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, 5 year college Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma in Digital Electronics, Former Illinois Licensed Home Inspector
 
 
 
Chat Now With An Electrician
Kevin
Kevin
Electrician
1199 Satisfied Customers
27 years as a Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, 5 year college Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma in Digital Electronics, Former Illinois Licensed Home Inspector