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STATE OF MAINE

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Electrical Examinations

Master Electrician

Complete at least 4,000 hours of service as a journeyman electrician or at least 12,000 hours of experience in electrical installations, as defined in section 1101, and complete a program of study comprising 576 hours as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution. The 576 hours must consist of 450 hours of required study including a course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 126 hours of degree-related courses.

 

Required Study (450 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls II

Basic Electricity II National Electrical Code (45 hours)

Basic Electronics I Math I

Blue Print Reading/Drafting Motors

Controls I Transformers

Journeyman Electrician

Complete at least 8,000 hours of service as an apprentice or helper electrician or at least 8,000 hours of experience in electrical installations, as defined in section 1101, and satisfactorily complete a program of study comprising 576 hours as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution. The 576 hours must consist of 225 hours of required study  including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code; and 351 hours of elective study, comprised of all trade-related electives, or 135 hours of the 351 hours of elective study can be degree related;

 

Be a graduate of an accredited regional vocational high school two-year electrical program, have worked 8,000 hours in the field of electrical installations under the supervision of a master electrician or the equivalent and have completed a course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code;

 

Be a graduate of an accredited Maine community college electrical program, have worked 4,000 hours in the field of electrical installations under the supervision of a master electrician or the equivalent and have completed a course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code. If you qualify under this paragraph, you may take the journeyman’s exam upon graduation if application is made within one year of graduation; or

 

Be an electrical apprentice registered with the Maine State Apprenticeship and Training Council and have completed 576 hours of related instruction, as defined in this paragraph, prescribed in their apprentice program, the 8,000-hour approved work hours and a course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code. If you qualify under this paragraph, you may take the journeyman’s exam after completion of 576 hours of instruction, if application is made within one year of the completion of the instruction.

 

Pre-Exam Requirements

Electrical Examinations

 

Required Study (225 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

Basic Electricity II Math I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Limited License

Low Energy, including Fire Alarms

A limited electrician in low energy, including fire alarms, must have 270 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 4,000 hours of experience, at least 2,000 hours of which must be in low energy installations. If you have a limited license in fire alarms or experience in the installation of low-energy electronics (as defined by the National Electrical Code) prior to June 14, 1987, you will automatically be licensed as a limited electrician in low energy. (4,000 hours of experience in the installation of low-energy electronics will still have to be documented.

 

Required Study (270 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

Basic Electricity II Blueprint Reading

Electronics I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

 House Wiring

A limited electrician in house wiring must have 225 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 4,000 hours of experience, at least 2,000 hours of which must be in installing house wiring. The privileges of practice will be restricted to one-family and two-family dwellings, including modular and mobile homes.

 

Required Study (225 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

Basic Electricity II Blueprint Reading

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Gasoline Dispensing

A limited electrician in gasoline dispensing must have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which must be in installing gasoline dispensing equipment. The privileges of practice will be restricted to electrical work between the branch circuit and the power supply.

 

Required Study (135 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Pre - Exam Requirements

 

Outdoor Signs, Including Sign Lighting

A limited electrician in outdoor signs, including sign lighting, must have 135 hours of limited electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which must be in installing outdoor signs and sign lighting. The privileges of practice do not include branch circuit wiring.

 

Required Study (135 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Refrigeration

A limited electrician in refrigeration must have 270 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 6,000 hours of experience, at least 3,000 hours of which must be in installing refrigeration. Graduates of a Maine vocational-technical institute electrical program in refrigeration approved by the Board or from an accredited institution will be credited with 4,000 hours of experience upon graduation. Privileges of practice will be restricted to all associated wire from the loadside of distribution.

 

Required Study (270 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

Basic Electricity II Controls II

Motors/Transformers

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Traffic Signals, including Outdoor Lighting of Traffic Signals

A limited electrician in traffic signals, including outdoor lighting of traffic signals, must have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which must be in installing traffic signals.

 

Required Study (135 hours)

Basic Electricity I Electronics I/Controls I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Water Pumps

A limited electrician in water pumps must have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 2,000 hours of experience, at least 1,000 hours of which must be in installing water pumps. The privileges of practice will be restricted to electrical work between branch circuits and power supplies.

 

Electrical Examinations

 

Required Study (135 hours)

Basic Electricity I Motors/Controls I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Crane Technician

A limited electrician as a crane technician must have 135 hours of electrical education as approved by the Board or from an accredited institution including an approved course of not less than 45 hours in the National Electrical Code and 2,000 hours of experience. Privileges of practice covers the installation of electrical equipment and wiring used in connection with cranes, monorail hoists, hoists and runways.

 

Required Study (135 hours)

Basic Electricity I Controls I

National Electrical Code (45 hours)

 

Scheduling an State Exam

 

Important You have two years from the exam approval date to sit for and pass the exam. After two years, you will need to reapply as a new candidate with the Board and pay all applicable fees. Special consideration

 

You must bring the approved references, including the correct edition of the

National Electrical Code with you to the test center. The Hardcover Handbook is not allowed. Highlighting and hand-written notes are permitted in the Code Book if done prior to arriving at the test site. During the exam, you may not write in the Code Book

 

YOU’RE EXAM RESULTS

 

Only silent, handheld, solar or battery-operated, nonprogrammable calculators (without paper tape-printing capabilities or alphabetic keypads) may be used. Calculators will be available at the test center.

 

At the end of your exam, your score will be shown on the screen and you will receive a printed score report. The report indicates your overall score and grade, including the numerical percentage of questions answered correctly and whether you passed or failed.

 

Passing Score - A score of 70 percent or above is required to pass each exam.

Scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly. You will not be given credit for any question answered incorrectly, marked with more than one answer or left blank. Once the exam scores have been released to the Board, the Board will mail a licensing application to candidates who pass the exam.

 

Release of score information - Exam scores are released only with the candidate’s written consent. The exam registration form constitutes written authorization for testing center to release exam scores to the Board.

 

Following are the content outlines for the exams. Each outline indicates the total questions on the exam and the maximum time allowed. It also lists all topics covered in the exam and the percentage of questions asked about each topic.

 

All Exams Are Open Book. They consist of multiple-choice questions, with all questions weighted equally. Some questions may refer to a figure, drawing, table or chart in the exam booklet.

 

Exam References Each outline lists references that were used to develop the exams, including references that are allowed in the exam room. You are allowed to use the National Electrical Code during your exam and must bring a copy with you to the test center.

 

Exam Content Outlines

Master Electrician

Open Book

100 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the design, plan, installation, repair, alteration, and maintenance of electric conductors, raceways, and equipment for light, heat, and power.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Wiring and Protection 25

Wiring Methods and Materials 20

Equipment for General Use 20

Special Occupancies 10

Special Equipment 5

Special Conditions 5

Communications Systems 5

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory

3. Print Reading Based on National Electrical Code

 

Journeyman Electrician

Open Book

80 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the planning, installation, repair, alteration, and maintenance of electric conductors, raceways, and equipment for light, heat, and power.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Wiring and Protection 25

Wiring Methods and Materials 30

Equipment for General Use 20

Special Occupancies 5

Special Equipment 3

Special Conditions 2

Communications Systems 5

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory.

3. Print Reading Based on the National Electrical Code

 

Limited Electrician – Low Energy and Fire Alarms

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to low energy and fire alarm systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Fire Detection 16

Intrusion Detection 16

Class 1, 2, and 3 Remote Control, Signaling, and Power Limited Circuits 12

Communications Systems 10

Sound and Video 10

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 6

Conductors and Cables 6

Special Occupancies 4

 

References allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

2. National Fire Alarm Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Industrial Motor Control

 

Exam Content Outlines

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

3. Low Voltage Wiring: Security/Fire Alarm Systems

4. Basic Electrical Theory

5. Telecommunications Wiring

 

Limited Electrician – House Wiring

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to house wiring systems and equipment. The privileges of practice are restricted to one- and-two-family dwellings, including modular and mobile homes.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits 30

Grounding and Bonding 20

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Conductors and Cables 10

Equipment for General Use 10

Low Voltage Circuits 10

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1.    National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory

 

Limited Electrician – Gasoline Dispensing

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to gasoline dispensing systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Feeders and Branch Circuits 10

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 14

Conductors and Cables 8

 

Exam Topic Percent

Motors and Controls 12

Special Occupancies 30

Signaling Circuits 6

 

References allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

2. Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing and Repair Garages

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory

 

Limited Electrician – Outdoor Signs and Sign Lighting

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to outdoor signs and sign lighting systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits 20

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Conductors and Cables 10

Equipment for General Use 10

Special Equipment 30

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1.    National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Basic Electrical Theory

2. Neon Techniques

3. Electric Signs and Outline Lighting

 

Exam Content Outlines

Limited Electrician – Refrigeration

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to refrigeration systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Feeders and Branch Circuits 10

Grounding and Bonding 8

Raceways and Enclosures 16

Conductors 18

Motors and Controls 30

Special Occupancies 8

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory

3. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

 

Limited Electrician – Traffic Signals, Including Outdoor Lighting of Traffic Signals

 

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to traffic signaling, including outdoor lighting of traffic signaling systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits 30

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Conductors and Cables 10

Equipment for General Use 10

Special Equipment 20

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Basic Electrical Theory

 

Limited Electrician – Water Pumps

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work related to water pumping systems and equipment.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Feeders and Branch Circuits 16

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Conductors and Cables 10

Motors and Controls 30

Equipment for General Use 8

Special Occupancies 6

 

References allowed during the exam

 

1. Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection

2. National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Electric Motor Control

3. Basic Electrical Theory

 

Exam Content Outlines

 

Limited Electrician – Crane Technician

Open Book

50 questions

3 hours

 

Scope – Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the installation and service of electrical work associated with stationary and moving cranes.

 

Exam Topic Percent

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Feeders and Branch Circuits 20

Grounding and Bonding 10

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Conductors and Cables 10

Motors and Controls 10

Special Occupancies 10

Special Equipment 20

 

Reference allowed during the exam

 

1. National Electrical Code

 

References not allowed during the exam

 

1. Current Fundamentals

2. Electric Motor Control

3. Basic Electrical Theory

 

 

 

CSO Business, Law and Management Practice Test coincides with the required State Contractor’s Manual.

Please note: Inventory Pricing - Contractors State Bonding and Subjects may change without notice.

 

Construction Work Regulated:

Plumbing and electrical work is regulated at the state level as well as asbestos abatement and underground oil storage tank installation and removal.

Prequalification is rarely required on Department of Transportation contracts.


License Requirements

Asbestos:

  • Contractors shall be certified annually, after completing an approved training course. A trade examination is required with a passing score of 70%. As of December 1995 there were 55 licensed contractors. The average application processing time is two weeks.

Underground Oil Storage Tanks:

  • Certificates of Installers and removers are renewed for two year periods. Upon the payment of a $150 fee and completion of 8 hours of approved continuing education. The certification of installers require the passing of an initial examination, the installation of 6 underground tanks and passing a final exam. Applicants for a removal certificate must pass an examination and complete one (1) supervised removal (by Environmental Protection).

Other:

  • Unless otherwise exempted public works contracts exceeding $50,000 require a performance and a payment bond equal to the amount of the contract.

Reciprocal Agreements

The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may enter into reciprocity agreements with states having similar licensing and certification requirements for asbestos abatement projects.

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