North Carolina Electrical License Renewal: What Really Matters

By Eugenia Dickerson

Professionals usually operate with authorities or permits that can be revoked either as a result of professional misconduct or when the validity period is over. This is the practice across all professions and in all the states. The State of North Carolina is not an exception. The practicing electrical technicians normally have to renew their working licenses periodically in order for them to be considered valid. Given the simplicity with which the North Carolina electrical license renewal takes place, it remains highly beneficial to the practitioners to have their licenses renewed.

This therefore means that all those who have licenses that have been inactive for one year or longer will need to reactivate them. This is because licenses get automatically revoked when the owner fails to renew it within the stated period by the Board of Examiners. The requirement is that an applicant complete 16 hours of active education in order to reactivate the permit.

Among other requirements of a renewal process, an applicant will be required to complete a minimum of eight educational hours. At least four of these hours must involve active class attendance in person by the applicant. The requirement is particularly for those whose licenses get revoked for inactivity and failure to renew on time.

The educational hours of each of the applicant is then posted on the board by the NCBEEC. The same information is usually available in the website of NCBEEC and the applicant can choose to ether proceed online or manually. For those who take online option, they can access the renewal form on the same website, fill it and then submit followed by payment of the required fee. Those who choose the manual option also fill the same form and return the same to the premises of NCBEEC which are located at Raleigh, NC.

The applicant is also required to have been actively involved in an occupation or any other engagement that the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors considers to be electrical contracting or any other category that can be considered be of equivalent to electricity contracting. The active involvement process is considered for a period of one year that precede the time of application the occupation must have been the primary activity for the applicant.

Some of the requirements for successful reinstatement include 8 hours of continuous education for class U, I and L types of permits. Four hours of these must be spent in classroom per year. One cycle can take up to 24 hours and this can apply for the type L, I and U.

The requirements for class I, U and L licenses are normally similar. These are the 8 educational hours and the 4 hours of personal class attendance in addition of activity in the last 12 months.

North Carolina electrical license renewal is an easy process that every electrician should take advantage of. Allowing the permit to expire is not only a career threat as it is illegal to practice without a valid permit but is also uneconomical as the owner loses out of many opportunities. However, with the simplified process of reinstatement and minimal fee required, it is highly beneficial to hold an active valid license.

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