In the January 3, 2022 New Jersey Register the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors proposed regulations updating the continuing education requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:31-1.7.
The proposed changes are as follows:
1. Up to eight (8) hours per triennial licensing period of a USDOL OSHA approved on-line safety course will be approved to meet the CEU requirement. (Limitation to eight hours asynchronous learning for CEUs in #4 below do not apply to this provision).
2. Up to twenty-four (24) hours per triennial licensing period of programming approved by the State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors will be approved to meet the CEU requirement, provided the topics are consistent with the practice of electrical contracting per NJAC 13:31-1.7c).
3. Up to two (2) hours per triennial licensing period of programming related to the installation or repair of natural gas or manufactured gas piping connected to generators will be approved to meet the CEU requirement.
4. Up to eight (8) hours per triennial licensing period may be earned though on-line asynchronous learning, i.e., no interaction between instructor and licensee, a pre-recorded webinar, video, etc., will be approved to meet the CEU requirement.
5. There is no limitation per triennial licensing period to the number of credits that may be earned though on-line synchronous learning, i.e., there is the ability for instructor and licensee to interact in real-time.
6. The ten (10) hour code/law course cannot be taken on-line it must be in person. According to the Board, “The Board believes that licensees and registrants must take the NEC course in-person because the content of the course has public safety implications and, therefore, the attendees must be able to demonstrate, in-person, familiarity with the Board’s requirements how to navigate the NEC.”
Comments are due by March 4, 2022.