Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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In Rockland County, NY, a homeowner can also receive a license for one year to perform electrical work on their home. They are required to take an exam, administered by the Rockland County Board of Electrical Examiners; the licensing body. Now, in actuality, there may be 2 exams; one for service mast/drop/meter pan/entry cable, and the other for main panel and branch circuits.
The test is open book. I'm told that about 85% of those who take this exam cannot pass it. I took both exams and did, indeed, pass.
At that point, the "licensee homeowner" must apply for an electrical permit with the NYBFU electrical inspector, just the same as a regular licensed electrician. All work is subject to inspection.
But, unlike with some electricians who the inspector may be bamiliar with (and whose work may now always ne carefully scrutinized), not so with the "licensee homeowner" To the contrary, the homeowner's work is overly scrutinized.
The exam was designed so that no homeowner should be able to pass it. It's pretty tough, and contains stuff that a journeyman electrician usually knows. No walk in the park, even with the book. It covers wiring diagrams, load calcs, NEC rules and regulations, theoretical troubleshooting, etc.
I believe that the homeowner who passes this exam, gets an electrical permit, and whos work passes inspection, may inded have a superior job to what many licensed electrical contractors typically produce...
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