NASCLA will offer three different open-book electrical
trade examinations through the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program: Electrical Contractors, Journeyman
Electricians and Residential Electrician/Residential Electrical
Contractors. They are expected to be launched in late 2017.
Subject matter experts from around the country came
together to work with NASCLA in developing the job analyses for each examination to represent the work performed
in jurisdictions throughout the United States. NASCLA conducted national surveys of electricians in each category to aid
the SMEs in the creation of each job analysis. The SMEs developed items based on the job analysis and vetted those questions
during follow-up meetings.
The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program
has been developed to improve the overall quality and validity
of trade licensing examinations for electricians. Participating
states will provide contractor mobility by allowing electricians
the opportunity to work across state borders without having
to take multiple electrical examinations. Once a candidate has
taken and passed a NASCLA Accredited Examination, their
information is stored in the NASCLA National Examination
Database. Candidates can electronically send a regulatory
agency their transcript through the database to alert the agency
that they have passed one or more of the examinations. Regulatory agencies can then pair the transcript with the candidate’s
Updates Announced for
NECA Safety Meeting App
NECA announced new updates to the Safety Meeting App
that improve its performance and increase its functionality for
smart devices and tablets.
The app assists NECA members in complying with
requirements for documenting mandatory safety meetings
and other incidents that occur on job sites. In addition to
documenting safety meetings and incidents and providing
links to NECA resources, the app has added functionality
through several useful checklists and job briefing forms that
find effective use, and most importantly, accurately document
these required actions electronically.
The app has continued to grow, responding to members’
suggestions and industry needs by providing revisions that
serve NECA members and their employees. The app expanded
to include the option of having multiple users within an organization that has separate departments or divisions.
For more information about the NECA Safety Meeting
App, visit www.necasafetyapp.com.
NECA Partners with NASCLA to Create Accredited Electrical
The National Electrical Contractors Association is one of several industry stakeholders that have partnered with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) to create one nationally recognized accredited trade examination for electricians.
NECA Develops Guide for
NECA has developed the NECA Guide to Policies and
Best Practices for NFPA 70E, a publication to assist contractors in communicating safety policies and best practices to
employees when working around electricity.
By utilizing this guide, a company can develop specific
policies and best practices for their company to better
manage their electrical safety program. Having this as a
resource also shows a commitment to electrical safety and
an adherence to the requirements in NFPA 70E, Standard
for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.
The guide provides a template for use in creating policies and best practices and includes samples and tools for
companies to develop written programs that are easily communicated to employees and customers. Policies included
in the guide include overall compliance with NFPA 70E,
what dictates a “qualified person,” and electrical safety
training. A few of the best practices include voltage testing,
job briefings and temporary power on construction sites.
For information on all NECA Safety products, visit
ELECTRI Council Initiates Research Agenda for 2017
The ELECTRI Council has initiated its 2017 research agenda, backing a variety of projects that are vital to the electrical construction industry’s strength and continued growth. Two projects will be funded from ELECTRI International’s investment fund.
The first project is An Electrical Contractor’s Guide for Recommended Strategies to Address Unfair Payment Clauses, from Michael
McLin of Maxim Consulting Group. This investigation will address concerns and challenges that the electrical construction industry
has with payment clauses. The second project is Quality in Construction—Improving Productivity and Reducing Rework by Establishing a BIQ Program, from Professor Lonny Simonian, California Polytechnic State University. The purpose of this research is to
prepare electrical contractors to develop and implement a Built-In Quality (BIQ) program.
One project is being conducted for the electrical construction industry pro bono by ELECTRI Council member MCA Inc.:
Supply Chain Disruption: A Research-Based Approach to Prove the Value of Subcontractor Procurement, from Dr. Perry Daneshgari.
The final project is funded with direct grants from Southwire and Graybar, both members of the ELECTRI Council: Diversity in
the Electrical Construction Industry, from Ben Bigelow, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.