Power Limited Technician (PLT) Licensing:

 

** PLT Licensing Bulletin ** Downloadable

 

BOARD SUPPORTS LEGISLATIVE BILL FOR POWER LIMITED TECHNICIAN LICENSING AND IS LOOKING FOR INTERESTED PARTIES TO COME & TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL DURING 2019 SESSION

If you are a company presently doing power limited work, you really need to come out and testify in support of this proposed bill Because of the increased creation of various power limited systems for homes and businesses, the board has been contemplating a power limited technician license or another class of electricians. The board feels this is a necessary license, similar to the electrical license, to ensure individuals have the understanding and are trained in installing power limited systems and are educated in the requirements of the National Electrical Code and the ND Wiring Standards articles that are associated with power limited work.

We will be posting the legislative committee meeting dates on our website so if you are interested you would have an opportunity to testify.

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A few key points pertaining to a PLT license:

1. Individuals associated with a company currently working on power limited circuits will have the opportunity to be grandfathered in by showing their current work experience/credentials and by filing an application.

2. Expand the current relationship with NERA member and neighboring states to include PLT licensing reciprocity similar to that of ND licensed electricians.

3. “Power Limited Systems”: means systems covered by the National Electrical Code, articles 640, 720, 725, 727, 770, 800, 810, 820, 830, 840 and other NEC and ND Wiring Standards pertaining to installation requirements.

4. Power Limited Technician Apprentice (PLT Apprentice) means an individual registered with the Board has at least 6,000 hours in not less than 3 years under direct supervision of a PLT.

5. Power Limited Technician (PLT) means a licensed individual working under a PLT Contractor or Master electrician in contracting status.

6. Power Limited Technician Contractor (PLT Contractor) must have worked for 1 year as a PLT.

7. Assurance that individuals installing PLT systems have proper training.

8. PLT installer awareness of hazardous locations and special occupancy NEC requirements.

9. When required, wiring certificates will need to be taken out for inspection purposes.

10. PLT apprentice ratio requirements: 3 PLT apprentices to 1 PLT.

11. PLT exam to include NEC code articles pertaining to installation/workmanship practices along with grounding/bonding, etc.

12. All licensed PLTs and PLT apprentices will need 8 hours of continuing education annually.

13. Future journeyman and master electrician exams will also include questions from the PLT code articles.

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This area of our industry has expanded exponentially. One major concern was how critical it was in classified, hazardous and special occupancy locations to have low voltage wiring done properly by qualified individuals knowing the NEC. We have studied numerous other states requirements for power limited systems.

We have received and are very thankful for all of the public comments and suggestions which have been very helpful in the process.

The Board is still seeking written comments and suggestions from the public, so if you have thoughts or comments please send them to us:

Email at: electric@nd.gov -or-  Mail to: ND State Electrical Board

Your support would be greatly appreciated, and if you have any questions, please call us at (701) 328-9522.