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House Bill 09-1136 enacts continuing competency requirements for electricians who apply to renew, reinstate or reactivate their license on or after January 1, 2011. The affected license types are:
Continuing Competency (CC) is an individualized program created to help licensees assess their professional work, identify areas of growth and stay current with the profession. The Colorado approach to Continuing Competency for electricians has three components:
The CC program requires licensees demonstrate 24 Professional Development Units (PDUs) in order to renew a license. An electrician may be awarded up to 24 PDUs for their performance on that Assessment. If they are awarded fewer than 24 PDUs, they will need to execute a Learning Plan to accrue PDUs prior to the next license renewal. The electrical renewal cycles occur every three years to coincide with the National Electric Code (NEC) updates. Generally, the renewal period will open in mid-August and remain open through November of renewal years. Licensees that are not renewed during that time will lapse on December 1st.
The Colorado Electrical Board does not pre-approve courses or programs for the Continuing Competency program. Vendors that advertise their courses as “DORA” or “Board Approved” are false. It is incumbent upon the licensee to ensure that a learning activity or course meet the criteria established by the Board.
The Board deems the following types of activities to be acceptable. Online participation in training programs or courses may be acceptable if in compliance with the below criteria and meeting the definition of a PDU which consists of 50 minutes of instruction, presentation or activity in a structured education effort.
When shopping for PDU credit, licensees should ensure the activity meets the following criteria:
The Continuing Competency Assessment consists of 26 multiple-choice questions and is divided into four competency categories:
Reservations for the assessment can be made by calling Pearson Vue at (800) 275-8244, option 6 to schedule an assessment date and time. The assessment is open book, but Pearson Vue will NOT provide books. If you choose to bring your own copy of the current NEC, please ensure there are no notes inside the book and that tabs are "commercially ordered."
Categories with a zero on the Pearson Vue score report indicate that you met the "Acceptable Level of Performance" (ALP) for that category; an eight indicates that you did not obtain the ALP, so 8 PDUs were assigned in order for you to achieve the full 24 PDUs.
One PDU is equal to 50 minutes of active learning. Therefore, 8 PDUs would equate to 6.67 hours of active learning. The Colorado State Electrical Board ("Board") does not have approved providers, but will accept for-credit academic courses, non-credit academic courses as well as industry training programs. Please view the Continuing Competency Program Manual using the button on the left side of the screen to read about the PDU and Documentation criteria.
You already took the CC Assessment in order to renew your license. If you were assigned any PDUs, you must accrue those PDUs and document their completion on your online Learning Plan using the CC Portal by clicking the button along the menu bar on the left-side of the screen.
To renew your license in 2014, you must:
Please note: taking the CC Assessment does not renew your license. Your license is not renewed until you have submitted a renewal application and paid the applicable fee. The renewal period for 2011 is now closed. If you have not received a new wallet card in the mail, your license may have lapsed. Please verify the status of your license by clicking here
For licensees seeking to reinstate or reactivate a license:
Please download the CC Program Manual for complete information and CC requirements. The CC Program Manual is your step-by-step guide for the program. Download your Manual by selecting the "CC Program Manual" button to the left.
You may complete the CC program using the online portal. The portal is your one-stop-shop for complying with new renewal requirements. From the portal you may:
Persons holding a Colorado license to practice as a Residential Wireman, Journeyman Electrician, Master Electrician or Electrical Contractor:
The expiration date has changed for licenses that expire on February 28, 2011. The new expiration date is September 30, 2011. From then on, licenses will expire September 30th every three years. As a result of this change you will not need to renew your license by February 28, 2011. You will be notified 6-8 weeks prior to September 30, 2011.
New wallet cards were mailed to licensees during the month of November 2010. The wallet cards and all correspondence were mailed to the most recent address DORA has on file for your license. You may verify your address and make changes here.
If you did not receive your new wallet card, you may order a replacement here.
Pursuant to statute, any group or association proposing a mandatory continuing education requirement or a continuing competency requirement for any regulated occupation or profession, in any bill before the General Assembly, must first submit information concerning the need for such a requirement to the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform reviews and analyzes the evidence and the proposal and reports in writing to the General Assembly within 45 days whether continuing competency with mandatory continuing education or mandatory continuing education alone would likely protect the public served by the practitioners.
In 2009, certain Colorado electricians used this process and found support to propose a bill before the General Assembly. As a result, House Bill 09-1136 was drafted, debated and eventually signed into law by Governor Ritter.
Once House Bill 09-1136 became a law, it was passed to the State Electrical Board to establish rules for the new requirement. The Board convened a diverse workgroup of electricians to develop and recommend rules for continuing competency. The workgroup drafted their recommendations and submitted them to the Board for review. The Board adopted rules for the continuing competency program. Click here to view the workgroup meeting minutes and the Board meeting minutes.
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