Under the law of the state of Wisconsin, any person who is not registered as an electrician by the departments can not install, repair, or maintain any electrical wiring without obtaining a license first. Licensing requirements are essential and are available to registered individuals only. This is to understand and create a separate relevant hierarchical structure to sieve the best electricians who promote quality of work and follow the requisite standard of care. Thus, the formulation of pre-licensing conditions and continuing education requirements have been framed to promote the licensing and registration of skilled electricians.
What Are The Continuing Education Requirements in Wisconsin?
Wisconsin electrical continuing education guidelines mandate that a registered electrician with the department of safety in Wisconsin must undergo 24 hours of continuing education every four years. The continuing education guidelines are binding on the new and aspiring licensees and previous holders who want to renew their licenses. The license renewal deadline, therefore, is on June 30, every four years.
Every year, the Department of Safety and Professional Services puts up a list indicating the website’s professional course providers. This is to ensure that only pre-approved courses from approved course providers count towards the continuing education requirements. Only upon completion of the approved courses does the department send a completion to the candidate via email.
Here is the list of approved courses –
- Changes to the National Electrical Code (part 1) – 8 hours
- Changes to the National Electrical Code (part 2) – 8 hours
- Wiring Methods – 8 hours
- Electrical Theory and Calculations – 4 hours
- Understanding Grounding and Bonding –4 hours
The continuing education requirements for various gradation of employees is different for different employees. It is generally the case that a uniform stipulation of commitment hours is mandated. However, the State of Wisconsin mandates different commitment hours for different electricians.
- The State of Wisconsin mandates that Industrial Journeyman, Residential Journeyman, and Residential Master Electricians must complete at least 18 hours of continuing education in the requisite courses.
- For the Journeyman, Master, and Registered Electricians, the commitment hours for continuing education requirements are fixed 24 hours.
- The Continuing Education Requirement for Master and Journeyman electrical positions has a deadline of June 30 after every four years to ensure that the timely amendments and updates are duly mastered.
- It is also stipulated that Registered electricians must have completed their continuing education requirements on an annual basis. Although this depends on the date their license is issued, it still means that the renewal of the license based on the CE requirements will continue to be an annual process rather than others’ four-year process.
- It must be duly noted here that the Continuing education requirements after passing the examination are not mandatory in the initial term. In such a case, the continuing education requirement is essential only if the credential for the registration is obtained without examination.
What Are The Differences In Roles And Responsibilities Between A Registered And Licensed Professional?
The distinction in the licensed and registered individual’s role, although not much, is still quite significant. This is because the underlying compliances to obtain the requisite license or registration differ essentially.
Licensing requirements are the final steps for the electrical professional. In the Wisconsin regulations, any person holding registration with the state department can carry out similar functions as a licensed electrician. The difference lies in the fact that a registered electrician can carry out only wiring activities, too, under the supervision of the licensed electrician, as per the state department’s regulations. In such a circumstance, the person holding the license and supervising a registered electrician’s work must be either a Master Electrician or a licensed Journeyman Electrician.
Furthermore, such registered electricians can perform electrical wiring related activities under monitored guidance by the appropriately licensed electrician only if the wiring is related to dwellings, dwelling units, such as carports, garages, swimming pools, and gazebos.
Suppose the wiring activities are related to the business establishment or industrial property or commercial establishment facilities where an Industrial Journeyman is employed. In that case, a registered electrician can perform electrical wiring related activities if the activities are directly supervised by the Industrial Journeyman employed in such a factory or facility.
In any case, the continuing education requirements and the period of validity of the CE requirements vary from 4 years to an annual basis for Licensed individuals and registered individuals, respectively. This means that a licensed individual’s CE requirements are far more rigorous and intensive than a registered professional, thereby providing the right assurance of the safety and quality standards.
It is important to understand that the professionals’ licensing and registration aspects vary in degree per the professional space. Only after achieving the requisite stipulations in terms of commitment hours and other valid reasons can an individual perform any wiring related activities.