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    I am writing an article on the history of electrical licensing in Washington. Electrical licensing started in 1919, and electricians were required to be certified in 1974. Any information on when other states started electrical licensing would be most appreciated.
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    Ancora Imparo

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    Wisconsin started licensing electricians around 1987, although some cities did have their own licensing before that. An electrical license was not required to do electrical work until 4/1/2014.

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      #3
      VA was 1995.
      "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


      Derek

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        #4
        Dont forget to mention the oddball states like PA, MO, and NY that dont have state licensing. Here in NY, geographically most of the state doesnt have any licensing.
        Ethan Brush - East West Electric. NY, WA. MA

        "You can't generalize"

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          #5
          Originally posted by jumper View Post
          VA was 1995.
          "I did not know that!" ~ Johnny Carson

          I've been licensed much longer than that. What was in place before?
          Master Electrician
          Electrical Contractor
          Richmond, VA

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            #6
            Georgia required licensing starting in 1980 (rule 122-2-01), and it was an absolute free-for-all as far as grandfathering people in. Pay the money, get a license.

            We are now finally starting to see the very last of these guys go. Some of them were well-qualified, most were not. When I got my license 13 years ago, there were over 10,000 Class II license holders in the state, more than half of which were grandfathered in. The next highest was HVAC at 5,000, and then plumbing with less than 2500. I have no idea what the numbers are now as I haven’t looked in years. I do remember at the time my county with a population of 100k had at least 150 licensed electrical contractors.




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              Originally posted by LarryFine View Post
              "I did not know that!" ~ Johnny Carson

              I've been licensed much longer than that. What was in place before?
              Let me clarify.

              Statewide tradesman licensing began in 1995. I do not know about contractor licensing.

              You may have been licensed locally in Richmond, Henric Co, etc. IDK, only lived in VA 1999-2010.
              "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


              Derek

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                #8
                Originally posted by jumper View Post
                Let me clarify.

                Statewide tradesman licensing began in 1995. I do not know about contractor licensing.

                You may have been licensed locally in Richmond, Henric Co, etc. IDK, only lived in VA 1999-2010.
                I took and passed a state wide "master" exam in 1981.

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                  Illinois doesn't have a state license either. You have to get a separate license in each municipality that you work/permit in. The closest thing is to have a Chicago license, it transfers anywhere in the state that I am aware of.
                  The world is round, you will get there no matter what path you take.

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                    #10
                    Back in the early '70s I held a Fremont, Nebr., masters license and remember my delight to be "grandfathered" when Nebraska established State wide electrical licensing in 1975 or '76. Kwired may recall more exactly the date.

                    Minnesota established a Minnesota State Electrical Act in 1899 that established (but did not fund) the inspection of all new wiring done, State wide.

                    Minnesota individual and business licensing came after, but I can't find the history at the moment.
                    Another Al in Minnesota

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                      #11
                      I believe New Jersey started licensing in August 1962 in accordance with this licensing law :

                      http://www.pceca.net/images/stories/...ractor_law.pdf

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                        #12
                        Iirc, Vermont instituted electrical licensure in 1971 .....there is a place to ask>>>
                        https://firesafety.vermont.gov/licen...ectrical/board

                        ~RJ~

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by LarryFine View Post
                          "I did not know that!" ~ Johnny Carson

                          I've been licensed much longer than that. What was in place before?
                          Me too!
                          But it was a test administered by localities for the state. Took mine in Roanoke county. Journeyman's and Master's.
                          Sometimes I don't know whether I'm the boxer or the bag.

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                            #14
                            I too passed the Virginia test about 1980. Took classes at Richmond Technical Center. Master license was issued by the City of Richmond. I forgot when I started getting the blue on white card to replace the black on white city issued card, could have been about 1995. City issued card was accepted in the other localities I worked in (all close to Richmond).

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                              #15
                              Hey I’d be interested in reading the article when it’s completed.


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