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RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA
*** THIS DOCUMENT IS CURRENT THROUGH THE 10/31/02 CUMULATIVE SUPPLEMENT ***
TITLE 121: STATE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSING BOARD
CHAPTER 121-2 QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSURE
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-2-.01 (2002)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

121-2-.01 Statewide Electrical Contractor License.
121-2-.04 Statewide Low-Voltage Contractor License.
121-2-.05 Statewide License by Endorsement.
121-3-.01 Application for Statewide License.
121-3-.03 Applicant Review Course.
121-4-.02 Renewal, Reinstatement, and Expiration.
121-4-.03 Replacement.
121-4-.07 Continuing Education for Electrical Contractors.

121-2-.01 Statewide Electrical Contractor License. Amended.

(1) To obtain a statewide class I or class II electrical contractor license, a person must submit a completed application, meet the experience requirement as described in Paragraph (2) of this rule, obtain a score of seventy (70) on the appropriate examination, and pay the fees required by the Board. An applicant must submit three references on the required form from persons who can attest to the applicant's good character and electrical experience to the satisfaction of the Division. At least one reference must be from a licensed electrical contractor who shall include his or her registration number. Statewide class I electrical contractor licenses are restricted to electrical contracting involving single-phase electrical installations which do not exceed 200 amperes at the service drop or the service lateral. Class II electrical contractor licenses are unrestricted.

(2) Applicants for statewide electrical contractor license must be a minimum of 21 years old and document a minimum of 4 years experience in the electrical field as would be covered by the Georgia Electrical Code or the National Electrical Code. Such experience must be Primary Experience. No more than one (1) year of experience may be credited based on Secondary Experience or Education. Secondary Experience time will be credited at a rate of fifty percent (50%). (For example, three (3) years of Primary Experience and two (2) years of Secondary Experience would meet the 4 years experience requirements). Applicants for Class II Licenses must document experience with installations in excess of single phase, 200 amperes systems.

(3) Primary Experience shall mean working experience gained through the direct installation of electrical systems of a type covered by the National Electrical Code and directly related activity. Primary Experience involves installation of electrical systems. The public welfare and overall life safety responsibility require that an electrical contractor have actual in-the-field experience and be competent in all phases of electrical work. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to permit the unlicensed practice of electrical contracting. Applicants for Class II licenses must document prior experience in all of the following, and applicants for Class I license must document primary experience in at least 6 of the following:

(a) Installation of raceway systems, including pull boxes, junction boxes, conduit bodies and the connections in the system and to cabinets, panelboards, switchboards, and boxes, which meet all Code use and installation requirements.

(b) Installation of conductors, including flexible cords, cables, splices, taps, terminations, bonding jumpers, overcurrent protective devices, metering devices, etc., in cabinets, panelboards, switchboards, boxes and conduit, which meet all Codes use and installation requirements, such as to sizing, ampacity, voltage, etc.

(c) Installation of service entrances, metering devices, cabinets, switchboards, service risers and fasteners, overcurrent protective devices, disconnecting means, ground electrodes, main bonding jumpers, and ground fault protectors which all meet Code installation requirements, such as to sizing, rating, clearances, and weatherproofing.

(d) Installation of motors and generators with feeders, branch circuits, overcurrent protective devices, disconnect means, and controllers all of which meet Code installation requirements, such as sizing, rating, usage, and location.

(e) Installation of switches, disconnects, controls, etc., which supply lighting fixtures, appliances, electrical circuits, controls for heating and air conditioning equipment, other utilization and general use equipment, according to use and Code installation requirements.

(f) Installation of materials and equipment required for use in special occupancies according to use and Code installation requirements, as defined by Chapter 5 of the National Electrical Code.

(g) Bonding of interior metal piping systems, installation of properly sized equipment grounding conductors, grounding of exposed noncurrent carrying metal parts of electrical equipment, andprotection of grounding conductors from physical damage.

h) Determination of general lighting loads, minimum branch circuits, minimum ampacity ofconductors in feeder and branch circuits, maximum allowable conductor fill for raceways, netloads, using specified or optional methods, rates or demand factors, and derating factors given in the Code.

(4) Secondary Experience shall mean work or training experience related to electrical contracting work involving electrical systems covered by the National Electrical Code. Examples of Secondary Experience may include:

(a) Instruction received on electrical installation, theory, and code by a full-time secondary or postsecondary instructor in an established class at a recognized learning center.

(b) Inspection of electrical wiring by a full-time municipal or county inspector.

(c) Electrical engineering design by a registered professional engineer.

(d) Work for a licensed electrical contractor with sole responsibility in at least three (3) of the following areas: estimating; project management; scheduling and assigning work; preparing progress charts (CPM's or other flow charts); sales and cash flow responsibilities such asbudgetary, preparation of pay request, invoices, etc.

(e) Installation of electrically lighted signs.

(5) Education may be applied toward the experience requirements as follows:

(a) Completion of a two (2) academic year minimum diploma.

(b) Completion of a two (2) academic year minimum certificate program of a vocational-technicalschool may be credit as no more than one (1) year of experience.

6) The Board, in its discretion, may allow for the oral administration of the examination. Requestsfor oral administration of the examination must be received in writing and approved by the Division prior to the examination being scheduled. In conjunction with any request for oral administration of the examination, the applicant shall give full and complete explanation of anyphysical, emotional, or educational limitation. The decision of the Division concerning such arequest is final.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-2-.04 (2002)

121-2-.04 Statewide Low-Voltage Contractor License. Amended.

(1) To obtain a statewide class LV-A, Class LV-T, Class LV-U, or class LV-G contractor license, a person must submit a completed application, meet the prerequisite experience requirements, obtain a score of seventy (70) on the appropriate examination, and pay the required fees. Statewide class LV-A low voltage contractor licenses are restricted to alarm and general system low-voltage contracting. Statewide Class LV-T low voltage contractors licenses are restricted to telecommunication and general system low-voltage contracting. Statewide class LV-G low voltage contractor licenses are restricted to general system low-voltage contracting. Statewide LV-U low-voltage licenses are unrestricted.

(2) To qualify for taking the examination, applicants for statewide low voltage contractor license must have a minimum of one (1) year experience in low-voltage wiring in the category of licensure for which the applicant is applying. Completion of courses in electronics through a school of engineering technology or a technical trade school will be credited as experience equivalent to the actual instructional time up to a maximum of six (6) months.

(3) General low-voltage systems mean any electrical systems, other than alarm or telecommunication systems, involving low-voltage wiring, as defined in Code Section 43-14-2-10.3, including, but not limited to stand alone intercom systems and call alert systems (audio or visual); distribution wiring for alarm systems and telecommunications systems including local area network systems; sound systems; public address systems; the low voltage side of energy management systems; antenna systems and satellite dish systems, except CATV systems exempted in Code Section 43-14-13(i); irrigation system wiring; and low voltage lighting.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-2-.05 (2002)

121-2-.05 Statewide License by Endorsement. Amended.

(1) A person may be issued a contractor, master, journeyman, or manager license by submitting a completed application which documents that he meets the prerequisite experience requirements and holds a current out of state license in an appropriate classification based on passing an examination issued and conducted by a licensing board qualifying under paragraph (2) of this rule, with the required application fee and license fee.

(2) To qualify for purposes of this rule, an out of state licensing board must conduct examinations and have requirements which are substantially equal to the examination and requirements of this board at the time the application for license is filed with this board, provided that a similar privilege is offered to persons licensed under this board, and that a formal written agreement exists between the subject's licensing boards. The type and classification of license issued will be determined by this Board based on the requirements of the other licensing board.

(3) The appropriate division of the board may deny a license under this rule if it appears that the applicant is attempting to circumvent the requirements of Georgia law by first becoming licensed in another state, or if the applicant has been the subject of disciplinary action in the state in which licensed or has committed any act which would be grounds for disciplinary action in this State.

(4) Persons licensed under grandfather provisions who have not passed an examination conducted by a licensing board qualifying under paragraph (2) of this rule will not qualify for license under this rule.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-3-.01 (2002)

121-3-.01 Application for Statewide License. Amended.

(1) Applications for license or certification and requests for scheduling of examination must be completed in full on a form approved by the division, submitted with the required fee, and received by the deadline date established by the division.

(2) The application fee, examination fee, and re-examination fee will be approved by the Board in order to recover costs associated with processing application and administering the examination. Fees will be published in a separate schedule and will be made available to all applicants. The application fee is non-refundable. The examination fee or re-examination fee may be refunded only if the applicant submits a request for refund prior to being scheduled for the examination, however a partial refund of any unexpended portion of the examination fee for scheduled applicants may be approved, at the Board's discretion.

(3) Reference and other examination material which are provided to applicants by the Divisions of the Board and replacement of such material requested by applicants may be provided subject to a fee approved by the Board. Such fees will be published in a separate schedule and will be made available to all applicants.

(4) All applicants for license or certification must report to the Board, prior to becoming licensed, any findings or pleas of guilty or pleas under nolo contendere or under the "First Offender Act" for the commission of any felony or misdemeanor, other than minor traffic violations, except that any misdemeanor committed more than five years prior to application need only be reported upon request.

(5) The divisions of the Board may take disciplinary action on the license or certification of any person guilty of a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude or crime involving a violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

(6) The Board will provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The request for an accomodation by an individual with a disability must be made in writing and received in the Board office by the application deadline along with appropriate documentation, as indicated in the Request for Disability Accommodation Guidelines.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-3-.03 (2002)

121-3-.03 Applicant Review Course.

(1) Any applicant for conditioned air contractor, electrical contractor, master plumber, or journeyman plumber license who takes and fails the examination twice after July 1, 1989, must submit documentation of completion of a review course before being scheduled for a third examination. The review course must meet the qualifications under board Rule 121-2-.06. The documentation of completion must include:

(a) the name of the school;

(b) the course title;

(c) the name and license number of the instructor if the course was conducted by other than a college or postsecondary technical school;

(d) the topics covered by the course;

(e) the number of instruction hours; and

(f) the date of completion.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-4-.02 (2002)

121-4-.02 Renewal, Reinstatement, and Expiration. Amended.

(1) Licenses and certificates will be renewed biennially by the expiration date as provided by Rules of the Joint Secretary, State Examining Board, 295-2. The renewal fees, late fees, and reinstatement fees will be approved by the Board in order to recover costs of administering the licensure requirements. Fees will be published in a separate schedule and will be made available to all persons licensed under this Board.

(2) Licenses or certificates if not renewed by the expiration date shall be not current and shall be deemed invalid. Any person holding such a license or certificate shall not be authorized to engage in the business or profession for which licensed.

(3) Persons may apply for renewal by submitting on or before the expiration date a completed renewal application and renewal fee.

(4) Neither the failure of the board to send nor the failure of the licensee or certificate holder to receive a renewal form shall excuse the failure to renew the license or certificate.

(5) Persons not renewing a license or certificate on or before the expiration date may apply for late renewal within six months of the expiration date by submitting a completed renewal application form with the renewal fee and late fee. Licenses and certificates not renewed within 6 months of the expiration date shall be deemed revoked. Reinstatement of such license or certificate shall be at sole discretion of the appropriate division.

(6) Persons not renewing within the 6 months late period may apply for reinstatement of the license or certificate by submitting a reinstatement application with a fee equal to the total of all current and missed renewal fees, the penalty fee, and the reinstatement fee. The reinstatement of any license or certificate shall be at the sole discretion of the appropriate division and such division may deny the license or certificate or approve such license or certificate with any conditions it may deem necessary, including but not limited to the retaking of the licensure examination. However, if the reinstatement application is submitted more than 3 years after the expiration date of the license or certificate, the applicant shall submit the required fee and meet all current qualifications for an applicant for a new license or certification, including reexamination, in addition to any other conditions required by the appropriate division.

(7) Applications for renewal or reinstatement of licenses and certificates must include, but is not limited, to the following:

(a) any findings or pleas of guilty or pleas under nolo contendere or under the "First Offender Act" for the commission of any felony or misdemeanor, other than minor traffic violations, made after approval of the previous renewal application or licensure application;

(b) authorization for division to receive any criminal history record information pertaining to the applicant which may be in the files of any state or local criminal justice agency;

(8) Applications for renewal or late renewal of conditioned air contractors, electrical contractors, master plumbers and journeyman plumbers licenses shall include a statement from the licensee indicating whether or not continuing education requirements provided for in this Chapter of the Board Rules have been completed. Licensees must submit documentation of completion of the continuing education requirements to the division upon request.

(9) Applications for reinstatement of conditioned air contractors, electrical contractors, master plumbers, and journeyman plumbers licenses must include evidence of completion of 4 hours of continuing education as defined in this Chapter for each year since the last renewal of the license. If a license has not been renewed or reinstated since the issuance of the license, the application for reinstatement must include evidence of completion of 4 hours of continuing education for each year since the initial issuance of the license.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-4-.03 (2002)

121-4-.03 Replacement. Amended.

(1) A replacement certificate may be issued to a licensee who provides an affidavit to the appropriate Division identifying the cause for loss of his original certificate and submits a fee of $ 10.00. A certificate will be considered issued upon receipt by the licensee.

(2) A replacement pocket identification card may be issued upon approval by the appropriate Division following the licensee's documentation of the cause for the loss of the original pocket identification card and payment of a fee of $ 5.00. All duplicate identification cards will be plainly marked as a duplicate. An identification card will be considered issued upon receipt by the licensee.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. r. 121-4-.07 (2002)

121-4-.07 Continuing Education for Electrical Contractors.

(1) Electrical Contractors are required to complete, prior to license renewal, continuing education as described in this Rule. Failure to document completion of the continuing education requirements to the satisfaction of the Division of Electrical Contractors shall be grounds for disciplinary action, including denial of renewal of the license or revocation of the license.

(2) Any applicant for renewal of electrical contractor license is required to complete four (4) hours of continuing education per year. However, an applicant for renewal who has been initially licensed for less than two (2) years, but more than 1 year must have completed four (4) hours of continuing education while licensed prior to initial renewal. An applicant for renewal who has been initially licensed for one (1) year or less is not required to complete continuing education prior to initial renewal.

(3) Credit for continuing education hours occurs at a rate of one hour for each hour of instruction.

(4) Continuing education courses shall be in the area related to electrical contracting as prescribed by the division. Such continuing education courses must be conducted by an accredited college or university; a post secondary institute under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Board of Technical and Adult Education or the equivalent agency of another state or local government; an organization consisting of members of a trade, technical, or professional group; a public utility; or an electrical equipment manufacturer. However, courses conducted by manufacturers specifically to promote their products shall not be approved under this Rule.

(5) Applicants for renewal of electrical contractor license must report on the application for renewal whether or not all applicable continuing education requirements have been met. Licensees shall maintain, for at least five years after completion of the course, records confirming attendance at and completion of continuing education courses, including the following information:

(a) school, company, or organization conducting the course;

(b) title of course;

(c) location and date of the course;

(d) course outline or topics covered;

(e) hours of instruction;

(f) documentation of attendance and satisfactory completion.

(6) Licensees must provide to the division the records described in paragraph (5) of this Rule upon request.

(7) The requirements for continuing education may be waived by the Division of Electrical Contractors based on documentation of hardship, disability, or illness which, to the satisfaction of the Division, prevented the applicant from completing the requirements, or under such other circumstances as the Division deems appropriate. The decision of the division as to the waiver of the requirements shall be conclusive.

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