Standards as High as Your Own
NECA Online Help Desk Please leave a message
Comment on Code Question of the Day for 04-08-2020.
As always, I appreciate the insight you bring to code clarification. Keep up the good work. Response to this answer provided on 4/9/2020: The answer is no. The NEC does have multiple rules that require qualified persons which is defined in Article 100. Regulating the qualifications and certificates of contractors and electrical workers is beyond the scope of the NEC and is typically handled at the state or local jurisdictional level. The second part of this question is also a jurisdictional issue. Some jurisdictions exempt systems and installations of less than 50 volts from any permit or electrical inspections. The NEC does have rules that pertain to such systems. It's is always a good practice to verify the specific requirements regarding licensing with the local jurisdiction. I would like to add that certain systems that may fall below 50 volts such as: fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, or fuel monitoring systems, that may fall under the jurisdiction of other codes, such as NFPA 72, and may be under jurisdiction of an authority other than the electrical inspector, such as the Fire Marshall. Depending on the state and local requirements, these types of installations may in fact require state licensure or certification and local permitting and approval for those engaged in that type of work. And as you clearly stated, it's always best to check with your local building department official to verify prior to commencing with the work.
ABOUT CQD: The Code Question of the Day (CQD) is NECA and ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine’s flagship National Electrical Code (NEC®) public forum for the industry, sponsored by EATON. The daily distribution of Q&A generates a lively dialogue and shares relative Code-based practical responses.
SUBMIT YOUR CODE QUESTION: Click here to submit a question to for inclusion in an upcoming edition of the Code Question of the Day, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARLIE TROUT: Charles M. Trout, better known as Charlie, was a nationally known NEC® expert and author. He served on several NEC® technical committees and is past chairman of CMP-12. In 2006 Charlie was awarded the prestigious Coggeshall Award for outstanding contributions to the electrical contracting industry, codes and standards development, and technical training. Even though Charlie passed away in October of 2015, his work continues in spirit. NECA continues to maintain this question forum for its many subscribers in memory and recognition of all his significant contributions to making the NEC what it is today.
NECA STANDARDS: NECA publishes the National Electrical Installation Standards™ (NEIS™), a series of ANSI-approved performance and quality standards for electrical construction. NEIS can be purchased in the NECA Store in three formats: a printed or PDF download of a standard or, as an annual subscription service.
NECA SAFETY PRODUCTS & PUBLICATIONS: NECA produces electrical safety publications and products for the industry including jobsite safety guides, handbooks and resource kits. View a full listing of available resources and products »
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Unless the question requests a response based on a specific edition, all answers are based on the latest edition of NFPA 70® National Electrical Code®.
This correspondence is not a formal interpretation of the NEC® and any responses expressed to the questions are opinions and do not necessarily represent the official position of NECA, NFPA, the NEC Correlating Committee any Code-making panel or other electrical technical committee. In addition, this correspondence is neither intended, nor should it be relied upon, to provide professional consultation or services.
UPDATE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PREFERENCES: Subscribe or Unsubscribe from this list.
© 1999 – 2014 National Electrical Installation Standards. All rights reserved.
Brought to you by NECA. NECA is the voice of the electrical contracting industry NATIONAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION STANDARDS, NEIS and the NEIS logo are registered trademarks of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
Created by Matrix Group International, Inc.