Objective and Function
The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Electrical Examiners is to protect the general public from unsafe practices and practices which tend to reduce competition or fix prices for electrical services. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board
- develops standards for professional competency
- promulgates rules and regulations
- adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.
The Board issues licenses to apprentices, journeypersons, master electricians, master electricians special, limited electricians, and limited electricians special. Master special and limited special licenses limit practice to certain specialties such as elevators or HVAC. The Board also licenses electrical inspection agencies.
The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 14.
The Board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., except August and December. All meetings are open to the general public and are held at 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Cannon Building Conference Room A, Dover Delaware.
To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.
NEW EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT FOR JOURNEYPERSON APPLICANTS: House Bill 172 revises the license requirements for journeypersons. Effective for applications received on or after October 1, 2013, a journeyperson applicant must pass a Board-designated examination when applying on the basis of 8,000 hours of supervised experience. However, a journeyperson applicant who successfully completes a Board-approved apprenticeship program—such as a program approved by the Department of Labor—in which he or she has passed a final examination, is not required to pass another Board-designated examination. For information on this provision, see 24 Del. C. §1408(a)(5) and Journeyperson Electrician.
NEW DUTY TO REPORT UNLICENSED PERSONS: House Bill 172 also adds provisions designed to prevent unlicensed persons from performing electrical work. It requires owners, operators, managers and supervisors of businesses performing electrical services to:
- Report any unlicensed person performing electrical work to the Board, in writing, within 10 days of learning that the person is not properly licensed.
- Verify that employees or independent contractors are licensed before allowing them to perform electrical services.
For details on this requirement, see 24 Del. C. §1423.
Phone - Fax - Email
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904