By Dan O'Donnell, Chief
Electrical Division
Reprinted from Code Works! Fall 2010 newsletter from the Michigan Bureau of Construction Codes

Bureau of Construction Codes logoEffective September 1, 2010, the Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC), Electrical Division, implemented the statutory requirements set forth in 1956 PA 217, the Electrical Administrative Act. MCL 338.883e (1) and (2) and MCL 338.883h (1) and (2) of PA 217 requires apprentice electricians and fire alarm specialty technician apprentices in the state of Michigan to be participating in a training program approved by the Electrical Administrative Board (EAB) and implemented by BCC, Electrical Division.

The EAB authorized the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (USDOL-OA) to be the approving agency for training programs throughout Michigan in conjunction with the statutory requirement as they have a long history of experience in the apprenticeship arena across many different disciplines. Electrical and fire alarm contractors and the apprentices they employ must register with the USDOL-OA and set up their individual apprentice training programs.

Electrical and fire alarm apprentices who have completed their related technical instruction (RTI) or had previously taken related courses through accredited programs prior to the September 1, 2010, implementation date will receive credit for the related instruction.

The apprentice electrical and fire alarm training programs commencing after September 1, 2010, must be done while an electrical or fire alarm apprentice is sponsored by an employer. Individuals are not discouraged from taking electrical or fire alarm training courses prior to being sponsored by an employer; however, the core requirements must be completed while an apprentice is indentured in an approved electrical apprenticeship training program. The core subject matter approved by EAB may contain many different levels of competency to facilitate the different needs of students the RTI providers may encounter. An individual may be credited up to 1,000 hours of related RTI toward the journey electrician examination.

It is important that electrical apprentices maintain their registration within the state of Michigan on an annual basis as required by statute. An electrical or fire alarm apprentice, journey electrician, or master electrician shall not perform electrical work if their license or registration is not current. Any hours accrued on a license or registration that is not current will not be credited toward examination.

Questions regarding the requirements for electrical apprentices or any other electrical licensing issues may be directed to the Electrical Division at (517) 241-9320.