Master Electrician Equivalency
Since the inception of the Certified Master Electrical Code Professional® (CMECP®) was conceived, we have been getting bombarded by questions regarding how individuals could become CMECP® Members without having a formal Master Electricians License. We also have individuals asking us to clarify the intent of the use of the term "Or Equivalent" regarding our requirements on the CMECP® application page.
So to resolve these questions we have defined our guidelines for what is considered "equivalent" below.
Note: The completion of the CMECP® Apprenticeship Program permits Journeyman Electricians to join our program. However, they must complete the program within 12 months. Completion will move the CMECP® Apprentice to Step 3 in the CMECP® Program.
Journeyman Electricians will not qualify until they become Master Electricians unless the state to which they are licensed lacks a Master Electrician designation. In those states where a formal Master Electrician license program doesn't exist here are the guidelines for potential admission.
a) Eight years of practical experience in the trade and 240 hours of formal vocational training in the trade. Experience in excess of eight years may be substituted for formal vocational training at a ratio of one year of experience for 80 hours of formal training, but not to exceed 200 hours; or
b) An associate or bachelor's degree or a certificate of completion from at least a two-year program in a tradesman-related field from an accredited (unaccredited will be considered upon detailed review) community college or technical school as evidenced by a transcript from the educational institution and two years of practical experience in the trade as a licensed journeyman electrician.
Electrical Engineers will not qualify unless they meet the following criteria showing a major portion of their involvement in the electrical industry is based on the engineering design of electrical systems using the National Electrical Code®.
a) A bachelor's degree or equivalent received from an accredited (unaccredited will be considered upon detailed review) college or university in an engineering curriculum related to the trade and 8 years of practical experience in the utilization and implementation of the National Electrical Code®.
The 8 years will be verified by supplying no less than (2) two letters of reference from engineering establishments where the CMECP® candidate has worked directly in the design of electrical systems that utilize the National Electrical Code®.
The Electrical Engineer CMECP® Candidate can be recommended by an existing CMECP® who may provide an affidavit of experience and accepted into the program if less than 8 years of experience.
Electrical Inspectors and Electrical Plans Examiners will not qualify unless they meet the following criteria:
a) Eight years of practical experience as a certified electrical inspector and/or certified electrical plans examiner. The applicant must verify credentials of certification via a governmental agency that requires certification via the International Code Council (ICC) level E2 and E3 and/or any active IAEI REI or CEI Certification or;
b) An associate or bachelor's degree or a certificate of completion from at least a two-year program in a tradesman-related field from an accredited (unaccredited will be considered upon detailed review) community college or technical school as evidenced by a transcript from the educational institution and two years of practical experience that focuses on the interaction with the National Electrical Code®.
Note: NFPA Certifications are NOT Accepted.
There is a SPECIAL Exemption into the CMECP® Ranks that are awarded by executive board ruling procedures. Any applicant that has contributed to the electrical industry at the highest level can apply for Honorary inclusion. The criteria for special exemption is as follows:
Must have served as an active speaker/educator in the electrical code industry for at least 15 years.
Must be sponsored by an Active CMECP® Member.
Must agree to serve as an ambassador for the CMECP® Program.
Must serve at least (1) 12-month term on the CMECP® Review Board.
Must agree to use the acronym CMECP® in their title.
Note: upon application, the CMECP® BOD may waive any of the above stipulations in written and documented formation.