IR #2006-21
Friday, May 12, 2006

Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini

California Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) announces confirmations and changes to deadline for electrician certification

San Francisco - The California Apprenticeship Council (CAC) revisited the electrician certification deadlines, confirming some and revising others. The CAC confirmed the deadline to take and pass the exam for certification for general electrician and fire/life safety technicians as January 1, 2006. Electricians working in these classifications who are not certified are doing so illegally, unless they submitted an application and fees to take the exam on or before December 30, 2005.

In addition, the deadline for the residential electrician has been extended to January 1, 2007.

"DAS continues to be current in the processing of applications for electrician certification and electrician trainee applications. There are now 33 approved schools throughout the state and testing dates are plentiful," said Dave Rowan, chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. "Any electrician who needs to get into compliance and work legally as an electrician in California should be able to so with little to no difficulty."

To date, of the estimated 70,000 electricians working in the state, more than 49,000 applicants have been authorized to take the exam; fewer than 31,000 have taken the exam; and of those applicants, less than 24,000 have passed the exam and can legally work for a C-10 contractor.

"The law to establish minimum standards was passed in 1999 and regulations became effective in 2002. There have been a few extensions granted since that time, however, no further extensions are allowed by law," added Rowan.

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