JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly came to fruition on Monday as the state rolled out a statewide electrical contractor’s license.
On Monday, the Office of Statewide Electrical Contractors began accepting applications for licensure. The new certification was adopted and promulgated in 2017 as SB 240, defended by Republican Senator Dave Schatz.
“These highly trained technicians, whose responsibilities include everything from replacing an electrical outlet to wiring a newly constructed home or building, provide a service that helps the modern world go round,” said Katie Steele Danner , director of the Missouri division of professional recording. “The new category of volunteer licensing aims to remove barriers for those working in multiple jurisdictions around Missouri. ”
The measure, which was amended in 2018 as part of SB 862, improved the standardization of licensure in the state of Missouri and allowed electrical contractors to work in locations across the state without being required to obtain a permit in each political subdivision. Political subdivisions can still authorize political entrepreneurs in their individual jurisdictions, although they are required to recognize a statewide license.
Staff at the Professional Registration Division held nine public meetings statewide to explain the new law and accepted comments on their website before drafting the final rules.
Individuals can submit a request through the Office of Statewide Electrical Contractors website. Those interested in applying for a license to practice must present documentation of the required experience and proof of having passed an approved exam, as well as proof of liability insurance and deposit, if applicable.
Alisha Shurr was a reporter for the Missouri Times and the Missouri Times Magazine. She joined The Missouri Times in January 2018 after working as an editor for her hometown newspaper in southern Oregon. Alisha graduated from Kansas State University.