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Licensing Process Standardization -
HB 2181 Rule Highlights

Administrative rules effective July 1, 2006 create standard license application, renewal, and continuing education requirements for electrical, elevator, boiler, and plumbing licenses, without changing the scopes of individual licenses. The following are highlights of the rules.
 
License application
Experience verification
Renewal
Examination
Re-testing
Continuing education provisions affecting licensees
Information for continuing education providers
 
License application
  • Application and testing fees are due with the application and any re-application.

  • The division must approve applicants before they are allowed to take a licensing examination.
 
Experience verification
  • Proof of completion of a registered apprenticeship program, or referral from either the registered training agent or from a board-approved training program.

  • The division will accept a reciprocal license only from a reciprocating state in which the applicant has tested.

  • Previously licensed individuals are not required to re-qualify unless the license qualifications have significantly changed since the license was issued.

  • Applicants submitting equivalent experience must provide verification from a current or previous employer.

    • If an employer is not available, an individual who supervised the work may verify experience. The verifier does not need to be licensed.

    • If neither an employer nor supervisor is available, a co-worker who was directly involved may verify experience.

  • Experience verification forms are no longer required to be notarized.
 
Renewal
  • All electrical, plumbing, elevator and boiler licenses are transitioning to a 3-year renewal cycle.
 
Examination
  • The passing score for all licensing exams is 75% correct or better.
 
Re-testing
  • Applicants who fail an exam may reapply immediately by reapplying and paying the application and exam fees.

  • All applicants must wait 30 days after each failure before retaking an exam.

  • BCD sends a strength/weakness report to all license applicants who fail an exam.

  • In-person exam review is eliminated.
 
Continuing education provisions affecting licensees
  • Licensees can accrue code-change continuing education credit any time during the 3-year renewal cycle.

  • During each three-year license cycle, individuals will be required to complete either 24, 16, eight, four or zero hours of continuing education.

  • No continuing education requirements for contractors.