1.1 To perform “electrical services” or “electrical work” means to perform, maintain, troubleshoot or supervise any electrical work covered by the National Electrical Code (NEC) as adopted by the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission which may include but is not limited to the installation, erection, or repair of any electrical conductor, molding, duct, raceway, conduit, machinery, apparatus, device, or fixture for the purpose of lighting, heating, or power in or on any structure or for elevators, swimming pools, hot tubs, electric signs, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, oil burners, solar electrical work, generators, windmills and overhead and underground primary distribution systems.
1.2 A licensee under this chapter shall perform all electrical services or electrical work in accordance with the standards established in the National Electric Code (NEC) as adopted by the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission and in any applicable local building code. The version of the NEC applicable to a particular project is determined by the Delaware Fire Prevention Commission.
1.3 Every individual who receives a license with the exception of Journeypersons and Apprentice Electricians shall prominently display the words “Licensed Electrician” and the license number on the exterior of all vehicles used for work in not less than three inch letters and numbers. This section is satisfied by any abbreviation readily understood to mean “Licensed Electrician” such as “Lic. Elec.” along with the license number.
1.4 Solar Electrical Services means to install, erect, repair any electrical conductor, duct, conduit, or array which is used for grounding and bonding of the array or any part thereof, which generate, transmit, transform, disconnect, or utilize electrical energy in any form or for any purpose.
2.1 Applications may be obtained in person during regular business hours, on the Division of Professional Regulation (“Division”) website or by mail. Applications must be made in the name of the individual, not a company. The Board shall approve the application form to insure that it contains all of the information necessary to satisfy the statutory requirements for licensure.
2.2 Applications which are incomplete shall be retained for one year to allow an applicant the opportunity to supplement the application. After one year, incomplete applications are destroyed. Thereafter, an applicant must resubmit a new application with the appropriate fee.
2.3 Applications approved for testing will be valid for two years from the date approved for examination. If the test is not taken, the application is destroyed. Thereafter, an applicant must resubmit a current application with the appropriate fee.
3.1 An applicant shall submit proof of qualifications verified by affidavit on a form approved by the Board. Proof of experience requires an affidavit from the supervising licensed electrician describing the nature of the experience. If an applicant cannot obtain the required affidavit from the supervising licensed electrician, W‑2 tax forms showing full‑time employment may be substituted at the discretion of the Board. The required experience and training must be completed prior to taking the licensure exam.
3.2 Applicants relying on military training and experience must submit official documentation from the supervising officials showing type and approximate hours of work experience. Other official military documentation that reliably verifies military training and experience may be accepted at the discretion of the Board when supervisory officials are not available or cannot be located.
3.3 The requirement of two years of technical training under 24 Del.C. §1408 (a)(1)(c) can be met by successful completion of two years of technical training related to electrical technology in a vocational/technical high school or by completion of 48 credit hours in technical training related to electrical technology at an accredited post-secondary school.
3.4 The experience necessary under 24 Del.C. §1408 to qualify for a particular license must relate to the activity authorized by such a license as defined in 24 Del.C. §1402(10) - (13).
As a condition of licensure, applicants shall obtain a grade of 75% on the Division-approved test. Only the National Electrical Code Book can be used during the test as a reference. Applicants should submit a completed application with all necessary credentials for Board approval at least 45 days before the test is given. As long as the credentials have been approved, a license may issue from the Division of Professional Regulation upon proof of obtaining a passing score on the test, proof of insurance (in accordance with subsection 6.1), and payment of the fee as provided herein. A member of the State Board of Electrical Examiners may attend the examination. All scores will be presented to the Board at the first meeting after the examination results are available. The roster of persons qualified for licensure will appear in the minutes.
6.1 Licensees with the exception of Journeypersons and Apprentice Electricians shall maintain general liability insurance of at least $300,000.00. Proof of insurance must be submitted with licensure applications and maintenance of the required insurance during the licensure period shall be attested to in the course of each licensure renewal.
6.2 The insurance requirement is satisfied for a licensee who is performing work as an employee as long as the employer is insured for the risk on the work performed as required under these regulations. A licensee who also works independently from his employer must maintain separate insurance for that risk as provided under these regulations.
6.3 Master and Limited Special Elevator Electricians do not need general liability insurance if the licensee’s employer has general liability insurance. Elevator applicants and licensees agree to work only for an elevator company who maintains a general liability insurance policy for all of its employees, in the minimum amount of $300,000.00.
7.2 Renewal. It is the responsibility of the licensee to file a renewal application with the Board. The Board is not required to notify licensees of expiration dates. Renewal may be accomplished online at .
7.2.1 Renewal applications will be randomly audited by the Board to ensure their accuracy. Licensees selected for random audit will be notified of that selection within 60 days after the renewal deadline. Licensees must then submit the documentation requested by the date indicated on the audit notice.
7.2.2 As a condition of renewal, applicants must attest to completion of continuing education (CE) as required by Section 8.0 and must also attest to maintenance of the liability insurance required by Section 6.0. Attestation shall be completed electronically. Licensees selected for random audit will be required to supplement their attestations with documentation of CE attendance and maintenance of insurance both at the time of renewal and during the biennial period that is the subject of the audit.
7.3 A licensee may renew an expired license within one year after the renewal deadline by meeting all requirements and paying a late fee set by the Division. All late renewals will be audited for compliance with the CE and insurance renewal requirements.
7.4 A licensee with an active license may request in writing to be placed on inactive status. Inactive status can be renewed electronically on a biennial basis by attestation of completing the required CE for licensure. Inactive licenses may be reactivated by the Board upon written request with proof of insurance (as required in accordance with Section 6.0) and payment of the appropriate fee set by the Division.
7.6 An individual whose license has expired for more than one year must reapply as a new applicant. Any prior training and experience can be used to satisfy the requirements under 24 Del.C. §1408(a). However, the applicant must take the examination required by §1408(5) and achieve a passing score unless he or she previously passed an approved licensure test that covered the National Electric Code that is the standard in Delaware at the time of the new application.
8.1 Continuing education (CE) is required of all licensees and shall be completed by June 30 of any year in which a license is to be renewed. Extra continuing education hours do not carry over to the next licensing period. Licensees will only get CE credit for their first attendance of CE courses during each licensing period. Licensees may retake a CE course in the same licensing period but will not receive additional CE credit.
8.2 Courses must be approved by the Board in order to qualify as CE. Approved courses appear on the website of the Division of Professional Regulation at . Licensees may also contact the Administrative Specialist of the Board at the Division of Professional Regulation to determine whether particular courses have been approved.
8.2.2 Sponsors or licensees can obtain Board approval of courses at any time by completing a form approved by the Board and including a course outline with the number of classroom hours showing breakdown of time allotted for each part of course content, the curriculum vitae or resume of the instructor and the appropriate fee set by the Division. The completed application will be presented for review at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
8.3 Licensees shall complete 10 hours of approved CE during each renewal period with the following exceptions - a person licensed less than one year does not need to complete CE at the first renewal; a person licensed one year but less than two years must submit 5 CE hours at the first renewal. Beginning with the licensee’s second renewal, 5 of the 10 CE hours required for renewal must be related to the National Electrical Code.
8.4 Journeypersons and Apprentice Electricians shall complete 5 hours of approved CE during each renewal period with the following exceptions – a person licensed less than one year does not need to complete CE at the first renewal; a person licensed one year but less than two years must submit 2 CE hours at the first renewal. Apprentice training (proof of enrollment in a Board approved apprenticeship program) will count towards CE hours during that licensure period.
9.1 A procedure permitting temporary practice after loss of a licensee to avoid business interruption is provided in 24 Del.C. §1418 and is necessary only where there is no currently employed licensee to assume the duties of the former license holder.
10.1.1.1 An electrical engineer who is recognized by their company as the person responsible for facility repairs, maintenance, or electrical additions, and who is registered with the Board, or a professional electrical engineer who is registered with the Board and who is licensed and listed on the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers;
10.1.1.2 An electrical engineer or electrical engineering technician, recognized by the manufacturing or industrial company as qualified, working in a laboratory environment conducting basic research and development;
10.1.1.3 An "in-house" electrical engineer, electrical engineering technician, or other person conducting research and development building and testing a custom panel designed by the company and not commercially available, provided that such exception shall not extend to the permanent installation of the equipment;
10.1.2 The Department of Transportation, or a contractor, for work performed by or under the supervision of the Department for the installation erection, construction, reconstruction and/or maintenance of drawbridges and traffic control devices
10.1.4 Persons performing the work of any light or power company, electric or steam railway company, telegraph, high voltage certified testing agency or telephone company when the work is part of the plant or service used in rendering authorized service to the public such as power delivery by an electric company. This exception ends at the point of service, termination box, or demarcation point;
10.1.6 A communication and low voltage contractor that installs, services and maintains all types of communication and low voltage systems which are energy limited. These systems include, but are not limited to telephone systems, sound systems, cable television systems, closed circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas, instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting, directional boring, networking systems, communication systems, security and burglar systems. Low voltage fire alarm systems are specifically not included in this section.
10.1.9 Factory trained, authorized and employed representatives; provided such persons do only maintenance, start up, commissioning and repair work directly on their factory manufactured equipment and may not supervise non-licensees as part of such work.
11.1 An applicant for licensure by reciprocity shall complete an application approved by the Board and cause a certificate of good standing to be sent to the Board from the licensing agencies of all jurisdictions where the applicant is or has been licensed. Upon request an applicant for licensure under this provision must submit to the Board a copy of reciprocal state’s current licensure requirements.
11.2 If the reciprocal state’s requirements are not substantially similar to those of this State, as determined by the Board, the applicant shall submit proof of practice for at least five years after licensure. Proof of practice requires an employer’s affidavit describing the nature of the applicant’s experience. If an applicant cannot obtain an affidavit from the employer, W‑2 forms or other tax documents showing 5 years full‑time employment may be substituted at the discretion of the Board.
12.1 Every licensee, with the exception of Journeypersons and Apprentice Electricians, shall file an application for an inspection by a licensed inspection agency no later than five working days after the commencement of electrical work. The inspection agency shall perform an inspection no later than five working days after the inspection has been requested. It shall be beyond the scope of a Journeyperson or Apprentice Electrician to file for an inspection for electrical work.
12.2 An application for an inspection shall be filed with the inspection agency on a form, signed by the licensee, or person authorized under subsections 12.7, 12.8, or 12.9, containing at least the following information:
12.3 A licensee who signs an application for inspection form is deemed to have authorized and shall be responsible for the work described in the form.
12.5 An inspection agency is responsible to ensure that the standards for its inspection are those established in the National Electric Code as adopted by the Delaware Fire Commission and in any applicable local building code. The version of the Code applicable to a particular project is determined by the Delaware Fire Commission.
12.7 Any professional engineer excepted from licensure shall at least annually file with the Board a certificate of inspection by a licensed inspection agency and a letter stating that all repairs, maintenance, and additions to a manufacturing or industrial plant meet the Standards of the National Electrical Code. The annual inspection should include a representative sampling of the work performed by the authority of the responsible professional engineer.
12.8 Any person performing electrical work on agricultural structures excepted from licensure shall nevertheless obtain a certificate of inspection from a licensed inspection agency for new installations.
12.10 Fire Alarm Signaling Licensees installing conductors covered under the licensing requirements of the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall nevertheless obtain a certificate of inspection from a licensed inspection agency for new installations prior to filing for a final inspection from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. This rule will be effective 12/31/2012.
13.2.1 President - The president shall preside at all meetings, designate subordinates when provided by law, sign correspondence on behalf of the Board, and perform other functions inherent in the position. In conducting meetings or hearings, the President may limit or exclude evidence as provided under the Administrative Procedures Act unless overruled by a majority of the Board.
13.2.4 Complaint officer - The complaint officer shall be a member who works with the investigator of the Division of Professional Regulation when complaints are investigated pursuant to 29 Del.C. §8807. The complaint officer shall report to the Board when complaints are closed and recuse himself or herself from participating in disciplinary hearings involving matters that have been reviewed in his or her capacity as complaint officer.
14.1 The Division of Professional Regulation is authorized to issue homeowners’ permits pursuant to an application process approved by the Board. Only owner-occupants who perform the work themselves qualify for homeowners’ permits.
15.1 Inspection agencies shall be licensed in accord with the provisions of 24 Del.C. §1421 in order to operate in Delaware. An application on a form approved by the Board must be filed at the Division of Professional Regulation. Licenses must be renewed annually on June 30 by completing the renewal form and paying the fee determined by the Division.
15.2 No inspection agency will be approved until it produces proof of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000.00 and errors and omissions insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000.00.
15.3 Inspection agencies must submit, to the Division of Professional Regulation, the names of its employees who are inspectors and proof of compliance with the statutory requirements for inspectors. Inspectors must have seven years of experience in residential, commercial, or industrial wiring. Proof of experience shall be submitted by affidavit of the named employer, a tax form W-2, or tax Schedule C. The experience requirement for an inspector employed by an approved inspection agency on July 20, 1999 is satisfied with seven years of inspection experience. Each inspector shall also submit a passing score for the Electrical one and two family dwelling and the Electrical General examinations within 18 months of employment and the Electrical Plan Review examination within 24 months of employment. For inspectors employed by the inspection agency on July 20, 1999, the time for taking said examinations shall run from the date these regulations become effective and not the date first employed.
15.4 An employee of an inspection agency shall confirm that the person who has filed for an inspection is a licensee under this chapter, a homeowner having a permit, or a person who has performed work allowed under an exception to licensure. Licensure verification is available online, free of charge at www.dpr.delaware.gov.
15.5 If a violation found in an inspection is not corrected within 15 days as provided in 24 Del.C. §1421(g), the inspection agency shall notify the Board in writing and include a copy of the notice of violation. The Division of Professional Regulation will send, on behalf of the Board, the notice of violation to the other inspection agencies and to any local building inspector having jurisdiction over the structure.
15.6 An inspection agency shall notify the Board in writing within 10 days when an employee leaves the agency or when a new employee is hired by the agency. This notification shall include the full name and address of the inspector. The date a new employee is hired by an inspection agency marks the beginning of the period in which the inspection examinations in subsection 15.3 must be successfully completed.
15.7 As used in 24 Del.C. §1421(j), “salary” means compensation of employees at a set figure with installments paid weekly, monthly, or other fixed period or compensation based on time worked, i.e. paid by the hour. “Salary” does not include compensation based on the number of inspections performed. Inspectors may not be compensated based on the number of inspections performed or given any other incentive to increase the speed at which they perform inspections.
A voluntary treatment option is available for chemically dependent or impaired professionals as provided in 29 Del.C. §8807(n) who are reported to the Board or Division using the following procedures:
16.1 If the report is received by the president of the Board, that president shall immediately notify the Director of Professional regulation or his/her designate of the report. If the Director of Professional Regulation receives the report, he/she shall immediately notify the president of the Board, or that president’s designate or designates.
16.2 The president of the Board or that president’s designate or designates shall, within seven (7) days of receipt of the report, contact the individual in question and inform him/her in writing of the report, provide the individual written information describing the Voluntary Treatment Option, and give him/her the opportunity to enter the Voluntary Treatment Option.
16.3 In order for the individual to participate in the Voluntary Treatment Option, he/she shall agree to submit to a voluntary drug and alcohol screening and evaluation at a specified laboratory or health care facility. This initial evaluation and screen shall take place within thirty (30) days following notification to the professional by the participating Board president or that president’s designate(s).
16.4 A regulated professional with chemical dependency or impairment due to addiction to drugs or alcohol may enter into the Voluntary Treatment Option and continue to practice, subject to any limitations on practice the participating Board president or that president’s designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate may, in consultation with the with the treating professional, deem necessary, only if such action will not endanger the public health, welfare or safety, and the regulated professional enters into an agreement with the Director of Professional Regulation or his/her designate and the president of the Board or that president’s designate for a treatment plan and progresses satisfactorily in such treatment program and complies with all terms of that agreement. Treatment programs may be operated by professional Committees and Associations or other similar professional groups with the approval of the Director of Professional Regulation and the President of the Board.
16.5 Failure to cooperate fully with the Board president or that president’s designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/ her designate in regard to the Voluntary Treatment Option or to comply with their requests for evaluations and screens may disqualify the regulated professional from the provisions of the Voluntary Treatment Option and the Board president or that president’s designate or designates shall cause to be activated an immediate investigation and institution of disciplinary proceedings, if appropriate, as outlined in 29 Del.C. §8807(h).
16.6.1 Entry of the regulated professional into a treatment program approved by the Board. Board approval shall not require that the regulated professional be identified to the Board. Treatment and evaluation functions must be performed by separate agencies to assure an unbiased assessment of the regulated professional’s progress.
16.6.2 Consent to the treating professional of the approved treatment program to report on the progress of the regulated professional to the president of the Board or to that president’s designate or designates or to the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate at such intervals as required by the president of the Board or that president’s designate or designates or the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate, and such person making such report will not be liable when such reports are made in good faith and without malice.
16.6.4 Agreement by the regulated professional to be personally responsible for all costs and charges associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option and treatment program(s). In addition, the Division of Professional Regulation may assess a fee to be paid by the regulated professional to cover administrative costs associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option. The amount of the fee imposed under this paragraph shall approximate and reasonably reflect the costs necessary to defray the expenses of the Board, as well as the proportional expenses incurred by the Division of Professional Regulation in its services on behalf of the Board in addition to the administrative costs associated with the Voluntary Treatment Option.
16.6.5 Agreement by the regulated professional that failure to satisfactorily progress in such treatment program shall be reported to the Board’s president, or his/her designate or designates or to the Director of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate by the treating professional who shall be immune from any liability for such reporting made in good faith and without malice.
16.7 The regulated professional’s records of participation in the Voluntary Treatment Option will not reflect disciplinary action and shall not be considered public records open to public inspection. However, the participating Board may consider such records in setting a disciplinary sanction in any future matter in which the regulated professional’s chemical dependency or impairment is an issue.
16.8 The Board’s president, his/her designate or designates or the Direction of the Division of Professional Regulation or his/her designate may, in consultation with the treating professional at any time during the Voluntary Treatment Option, restrict the practice of a chemically dependent or impaired professional if such action is deemed necessary to protect the public health, welfare or safety.
16.10 Failure to enter into such agreement or to comply with the terms and make satisfactory progress in the treatment program shall disqualify the regulated professional from the provisions of the Voluntary Treatment Option, and the Board shall be notified and cause to be activated an immediate investigation and disciplinary proceedings as appropriate.
16.11 Any person who reports pursuant to this section in good faith and without malice shall be immune from any civil, criminal or disciplinary liability arising from such reports, and shall have his/her confidentiality protected if the matter is handled in a non-disciplinary matter.
17.1 Conviction of any of the following crimes, or of the attempt to commit or of a conspiracy to commit or conceal or the solicitation to commit any of the following crimes, is deemed to be a crime substantially related to the work of an electrician in the State of Delaware without regard to the place of conviction:
17.1.1 Offensive touching. 11 Del.C. §601
17.1.2 Menacing (felony). 11 Del.C. §602
17.1.3 Reckless endangering in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §604
17.1.4 Assault in the second degree.11 Del.C. §612
17.1.5 Assault in the first degree.11 Del.C. §613
17.1.6 Manslaughter. 11 Del.C. §632
17.1.7 Murder by abuse or neglect in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §633
17.1.8 Murder by abuse or neglect in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §634
17.1.9 Murder in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §635
17.1.10 Murder in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §636
17.1.11 Unlawful sexual contact in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §768
17.1.12 Unlawful sexual contact in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §769
17.1.13 Rape in the fourth degree. 11 Del.C. §770
17.1.14 Rape in the third degree. 11 Del.C. §771
17.1.15 Rape in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §772
17.1.16 Rape in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §773
17.1.17 Sexual extortion. 11 Del.C. §776
17.1.18 Sex offender unlawful conduct against a child. 11 Del.C. §777A
17.1.21 Continuous sexual abuse of a child. 11 Del.C. §778
17.1.22 Dangerous crimes against a child. 11 Del.C. §779
17.1.23 Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §781
17.1.24 Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §782
17.1.25 Kidnapping in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §783
17.1.26 Kidnapping in the first degree.11 Del.C. §783A
17.1.27 Arson in the second degree.11 Del.C. §802
17.1.28 Arson in the first degree.11 Del.C. §803
17.1.29 Criminal mischief. 11 Del.C. §811
17.1.31 Burglary in the third degree. 11 Del.C. §824
17.1.32 Burglary in the second degree.11 Del.C. §825
17.1.33 Burglary in the first degree.11 Del.C. §826
17.1.34 Home invasion. 11 Del.C. §826A
17.1.35 Robbery in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §831
17.1.36 Robbery in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §832
17.1.37 Carjacking in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §835
17.1.38 Carjacking in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §836
17.1.40 Theft; false pretense (felony). 11 Del.C. §843
17.1.41 Theft of services. 11 Del.C. §845
17.1.42 Extortion. 11 Del.C. §846
17.1.43 Theft of rented property (felony). 11 Del.C. §849
17.1.45 Receiving stolen property. 11 Del.C. §851
17.1.46 Identity theft. 11 Del.C. §854
17.1.47 Forgery. 11 Del.C. §861
17.1.48 Falsifying business records. 11 Del.C. §872
17.1.49 Tampering with public records in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §873
17.1.50 Offering a false instrument for filing. 11 Del.C. §877
17.1.51 Issuing a false certificate. 11 Del.C. §878
17.1.52 Unlawful use of credit card. 11 Del.C. §903
17.1.53 Deceptive business practices. 11 Del.C. §906
17.1.54 Criminal impersonation of a police officer. 11 Del.C. §907B
17.1.55 Securing execution of documents by deception. 11 Del.C. §909
17.1.56 Insurance fraud. 11 Del.C. §913
17.1.57 Home improvement fraud. 11 Del.C. §916
17.1.58 New home construction fraud. 11 Del.C. §917
17.1.59 Dealing in children. 11 Del.C. §1100
17.1.60 Abandonment of child. 11 Del.C. §1101
17.1.61 Endangering the welfare of a child. 11 Del.C. §1102
17.1.62 Crime against a vulnerable adult. 11 Del.C. §1105
17.1.63 Unlawfully dealing with a child. 11 Del.C. §1106
17.1.64 Endangering children. 11 Del.C. §1107
17.1.65 Possession of child pornography. 11 Del.C. §1111
17.1.66 Sexual offenders; prohibitions from school zones. 11 Del.C. §1112
17.1.67 Sexual solicitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1112A
17.1.68 Sexual exploitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1108
17.1.69 Unlawful dealing in child pornography. 11 Del.C. §1109
17.1.70 Sexual solicitation of a child. 11 Del.C. §1112A
17.1.71 Perjury in the second degree. 11 Del.C. §1222
17.1.72 Perjury in the first degree. 11 Del.C. §1223
17.1.73 Falsely reporting an incident. 11 Del.C. §1245
17.1.74 Hate crimes. 11 Del.C. §1304
17.1.75 Stalking. 11 Del.C. §1312
17.1.77 Adulteration. 11 Del.C. §1339
17.1.78 Possession of a firearm during a felony. 11 Del.C. §1447
17.1.79 Theft of a firearm.11 Del.C. §1451
17.1.80 Organized crime and racketeering. 11 Del.C. §1503
17.1.82 Unlicensed practice as an Electrician 24 Del.C. §§1407; 1422
17.2 Crimes substantially related to the work of an electrician shall be deemed to include any crimes under any federal law, state law, or valid town, city or county ordinance, that are substantially similar to the crimes identified in this rule.