Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association
Massachusetts & Rhode Island
ELECTION OF OFFICERS WAS HELD ON JUNE 13, 2018
AT THE WINTHROP ELK'S
I am happy to report that our newly elected officers are:
President - Peter Diamond
Vice-President - Michael Deane
Secretary/Treasurer - Nicholas Catizone
Congratulations to you Gentlemen
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Membership Renewal Forms will be going out the
last week of August 2020 for fiscal year 2020 - 2021
Your dues must be paid in full in order to be able to vote in November. If you are not paid up prior to the November Meeting 2020, you will not be eligible to vote. Payment of your membership at the November meeting will not make you eligible to vote or run for Office for upcoming fiscal 2020-2021 Year.
Emergency Amendment to 527 CMR 12.00 Massachusetts Electrical Code Article 230.85 Effective June 26, 2020
237 CMR 17.00: MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION (MCE)
Section 17.01 : Requirements for Licensees
17.02 : Requirements for Continuing Education Providers and Seminars/Courses 17.01: Requirements for Licensees
(1) Continuing Education Requirement.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in 237 CMR 17.01, each licensee of the Board, as a condition for license renewal, shall present evidence satisfactory to the Board that, in the three-year period before license renewal, he or she has completed 21 clock hours of continuing education.
(b) Of the required 21 clock hours, 15 clock hours shall be on topics related to 527 CMR 12.00: Massachusetts Electrical Code (Amendments), business, law, and related topics with a Provider in an area of study approved by the Board. Courses offered for Master Electricians and Journeyman Electricians shall focus on 527 CMR 12.00 and other laws and regulations as they pertain to Electrical Work. Courses for Systems Contractors and Systems Technicians shall focus on the applicable chapters of 527 CMR 12.00, the adopted version of NFPA 72, and other laws and regulations as they pertain to Systems Work. The Board may require specific content to be contained in any approved courses. It shall be the licensee's responsibility to ensure that their Provider has been approved by the Board.
(c) Of the required 21 clock hours, six clock hours shall be in areas chosen by the licensee for professional development in the subjects of Electrical Code, business, law, first aid, safety, Building Code, and related topics. Said instruction need not be offered by a Board approved Provider.
(d) Notwithstanding the previous provisions of 237 CMR 17.01, Inspectors of Wires, appointed pursuant to M.G.L. c. 166, § 32, electrical inspectors/ investigators employed by the Division of Professional Licensure, and licensed members of the Board, shall complete the required 15 hours of mandatory continuing education within the first year of the release of the updated edition of 527 CMR 12.00: Massachusetts Electrical Code (Amendments) as a condition of license renewal.
(e) In addition to the 21 hours for renewal as provided, each Inspector of Wires appointed pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L. c. 166, § 32 shall complete in each license cycle six hours of continuing education in courses approved by the Board (for a total of 27 clock hours). The Board may designate one or more associations of Inspectors of Wires or other Providers to offer these courses.
(2) Extensions and Exemptions from Continuing Education Requirement. The Board may, at its discretion, consider a written request for an extension or exemption from the deadlines for the continuing education requirement under the following circumstances:
(a) Illness or Disability. A request for an extension based on illness, disability, or other medically-related condition, shall be in writing, under oath, and accompanied by a letter addressed to the Board, written and signed by a licensed medical doctor, stating the nature of the licensee's medical condition and the correlation between that condition and the licensee's inability to work in any trade capacity, as well as to complete the required continuing education within the required period.
(b) Exemption of 15/Six Hour Programs. Instructors who teach two 15 clock-hour seminars/courses and/or two six-hour professional development courses per cycle shall be deemed to have met the continuing education requirements.
(c) Issuance of License 90 Days Preceding Renewal Date. Any holder of a Journeyman Electrician or Systems Technician license issued by the Board following examination or by reciprocity during the 90 days preceding the license renewal date shall be exempt from the continuing education requirement for the license renewal cycle in effect at the time of licensure.
(3) Failure to Complete Continuing Education Requirement. Any licensee who does not complete the required hours of continuing education shall not be eligible for license renewal. A licensee who misrepresents completion of continuing education in a license renewal shall be subject to disciplinary action which could include fines and/or license suspension or revocation.
(4) Reinstatement of Lapsed Licenses. A licensee who allows their license to lapse beyond 90 days, who did not complete their continuing education prior to their license expiration, shall not be eligible to reinstate their license until they complete the latest Board approved version of the 15 hour continuing education course and a six hour professional development course. In addition to the above requirements, if a license has been expired for more than three years (one license cycle), even if originally obtained by reciprocity, the former licensee shall be required to pass the Massachusetts examination for the license they previously held in order to reinstate their license.
(a) Upon successful completion of the 15 clock hours of continuing education, each licensee shall receive from their CEP a certificate of completion. Each licensee shall retain such documentation for ten years, and shall furnish it to the Board for verification of completion of the required continuing education if so requested. This requirement shall not be deemed to waive the requirement that CEP's also maintain records as required in 237 CMR 17.00.
(b) Upon successful completion of the six clock hours of professional development, each licensee shall receive from the sponsor a certificate of completion as covered in 237 CMR 17.02(3)(b). Each licensee shall retain such documentation for ten years and shall furnish it to the Board for verification of completion of the professional development if so requested.
(c) Appointed Inspectors of Wires pursuant to M.G.L. c. 166, § 32 shall provide to the Board successful completion and documentation of the required 27 clock hours of mandatory continuing education and certification programs as required by the Board pursuant to these regulations indicating qualification for initial or continuing appointment as an Inspector of Wires.
17.02 : Requirements for Continuing Education Providers and Seminars/Courses
(1) CEP's Must Be Board Approved. The Board may withdraw its approval of any provider or course for good cause shown.
(2) CEP's shall notify the Board in writing of any change of his or her instructors within ten days of the change.
(a) All course instructors, whether teaching independently or employed by an approved provider, shall be Massachusetts licensed electricians.
(b) CEP's shall attend any Board-sponsored seminars/courses on the proper content, administrative procedures and data transfer.
(3) Seminar/Course Sponsors Records.
(a) CEP's shall maintain for a period of ten years complete and accurate records on each licensee who has completed continuing education;
(b) Certificate of Completion of Continuing Education Seminar/Course. CEP's shall provide attendees certificates of completion which contain the following:
1. CEP number;
2. CEP name and Massachusetts license number;
3. Instructor signature signed under pains and penalties of perjury;
4. Date of course and hours completed;
5. CEP contact phone number;
6. Name of attendee and license number(s).
(c) Certificate of Completion of Professional Development Seminar/Course. As the Board generally does not approve Professional Development sponsors, Licensees shall be solely responsible for obtaining certificates of completion from their sponsor for any Professional Development seminars/courses taken. Such certificates of completion must contain the following:
1. Subject matter;
2. Date of course and hours completed;
3. Course Sponsor's name;
4. Speakers name;
5. Name of attendee.
(d) CEP's shall maintain in electronic medium the names, license number(s), of all licensees attending the continuing education seminar(s). A copy of such shall be submitted to the Board within ten working days of the completion date of such seminar.
(4) Falsification of any information relating to the requirements of 237 CMR 17.00 by a CEP shall be grounds for the withdrawal of Board approval of the CEP and, where Board licensee(s) are found to be involved, the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings against such licensee(s).
(5) Renewal of application for providership shall be submitted on a prescribed form or other medium acceptable to the Board for its review and approval not later than 90 days prior to the adoption of an Electrical Code.
237 CMR 17.00: M.G.L. c. 141, § 2.
James Mello Supervisor
Electric Meter Technical
Can be reached by Cell (508) 397-9785
Any question on a buried or non-accessible Meters call James
The Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association
and the Martin Electrical School
will be presenting a 6 hr. Course.
To comply with the mandated requirements
of 237 CMR 17.01 (1) (a)
Wednesday March 14, 2018
Martin Electrical School
190 Kerry Place, Norwood, MA 02062
This course will begin at 9:00 AM
Registration will begin at 8:00 AM
The cost will be $ 60.00
Seating is limited Pre-Registration is requested,
By phone to Nick Catizone – (339) 927-3098 or
Rick D’Amato – (781) 964-4171
By Mail Please fill out the form below
City or Town: ______________________________________________
Make Checks payable to, Paul Revere IAEI.
Mail to: Rick D’Amato 18 Birch Street Peabody, MA 01960
Jeffrey S. Sargent
Regional Electrical Code Specialist at
National Fire Protection Association
Author and Editor - National Electrical Code Handbook
Staff Instructor - NFPA Hosts 5th Electrical Inspector's Forum
Education: - Master electrician's license
A little bit of information about Jeffrey Sargent,
Before joining the NFPA, Jeff worked for the State of New Hampshire Electricians Licensing Board, where he served as a state electrical inspector. In addition to inspecting and approving electrical installations and providing technical assistance to municipal code enforcement officials, Jeff also has taught electrical courses for apprentice and licensed electricians at New Hampshire Technical College.
Jeff is also a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, he is certified through its certified electrical inspector program and is a licensed Master electrician.
He is also an author/editor of several NFPA technical publications including the National Electrical Code Handbook and Electrical Inspection Manual.
Senior Electrical Specialist, Senior Technical Editor is also executive secretary of the NFPA Electrical Section and staff liaison to several NFPA technical committees.
Jeff has received the organization’s Percy Bugbee Award. This honor, named for NFPA's First President, an outstanding achievement award based on nominations by fellow employees.
Jeff provides technical support and training for the National Electrical Code and other NFPA electrical standards.
The New NEC 2020 Code book is now available,
MECA, (781) 320-9811, Contact Beth
NFPA, Quincy (617) 770-3000 xt. 8500 (Customer Srv)
Electrical Board Education Subcommittee Meeting
The Inspector of Wires Education !!
This presentation, a six hour education program for the "Inspector of Wires".
Will go into effect on January 2018.
More information to follow.
MASS AMEMDMENTS CODE FOR 2020
ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS
From the Desk of the Secretary
We the Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Celebrating 132 Years in Operation.
I am proud to be a member of such a great Association, and proud of how far we have come as group of Inspectors. With a variety of members we have in age and gender, we hold a very vast knowledge of information in this Electrical Industry. And if you were to add up all the years of knowledge that we have in this organization it far surpass the years that this association has been around. We need to continue with updating ourselves with new information and product installations as they come about. You know we never stop learning even though we are inspectors we are all teachers to a degree, in that when you do your job as inspectors you point out, and inform the electrician that his or her installation weather or not it is correct and point out where the error is/are.
It is also a good practice to let the electrician know that they did a good job and everything looks nice and neat and professional.
We all like to hear that we are doing a good job. Criticism comes faster than Compliments. Your compliment doesn't make a weak Inspector or a push over it makes you a Respected Inspector.
Thank you for your continued support of the "Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association of Massachusetts & Rhode Island"
The Oldest Association in the Country "Since 1887" December 28, 1887
Nick Catizone, Jr.
During our past meetings at our various locations. Members have expressed the concerns with all the talking and private table chatter at various tables. Members can not hear what was being said by the speaker and other members. Please, when the gavel is wrapped, respect the person either at the podium or standing on the floor. The information that is being provided is for all to hear, and you should be willing to respect the members who would like to get this information.
Please remember we are all in this together and if you do not pay attention, the subject matter discussed could just go over your head and one day this could happen to you in the field.
So please respect others while they are talking from the floor or podium, keep the noise DOWN.
Here is a question posted to the members by a member with concerns, please read and lets discuss this at the Next Meeting..
The question is with regards to One and Two Family Dwellings. Emergency Disconnects for first responders.
If you have a service disconnect on a two family dwelling you would wire the inside panel as a sub-panel, by isolating the equipment grounding conductor and grounded conductor. This would require a 4 wire from the outside disconnect to the inside panel to accomplish isolation. Will putting a label that reads emergency disconnect not service equipment, eliminate the need for isolation and 4 wire? Whether or not the disconnect is rated as an emergency disconnect? As an electrician should I be taking liability for making a label that states "emergency disconnect - not service equipment" even if the equipment is rated suitable as service equipment, and not listed as an emergency disconnect?
If it is a disconnect in the form of a (Main) Breaker I believe isolation is required or, should we do away with sub-panels???
What do you think you should do, What is the procedure ?
From: Mark Elsner, Inspector of Wires
Date: October 31, 2019
To: Municipal Electrical Inspectors Association / Secretary
Subject: PV Rack Bonding
My office received a call regarding the requirement that PV racks be inspected prior to the panel installation. The PV company said that most communities and AHJ's DON'T require this inspection and note it is not necessary.
This is a SAFETY issue! The companies install the system in usually 1 day and call for a final inspection.
I'm posing a question to the body to see if this companies statement is true and DON'T perform this important safety inspection.
Are we ALL being consistent with what the NEC requires regarding PV grounding and bonding?
Attention all Inspectors of Wires:
Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement
As mandated by 237 CMR 17.01(1)(a), all Inspectors of Wires must complete six (6) hours of mandatory continuing education specific to Inspectors, in addition to the twenty one (21) hours required for license renewal by the 2019 renewal date (7/31/2019). Information regarding mandatory continuing education seminars may be obtained through various Associations and participating Providers, a list of which is provided below. Failure to complete this requirement will render you ineligible to be considered a certified Inspector of Wires who is authorized in performance of your duties as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). In addition, continuing to perform such duties in the absence of fulfilling this mandate may also make your license subject to sanctions by the Board.
Approved Providers for Inspector of Wires Six (6) Hour Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Go to this Web-Site to get the list of Approved providers;
BFPR Advisory - 527 CMR 12, s 406.4 (D)(4):
AFCI Receptacle Outlet Replacement
To: Interested Parties
From: Board of Fire Prevention Regulations
Date: June 5, 2014
RE: Interpretation 527 CMR 12
QUESTION: “For receptacle outlets subject to mandatory AFCI protection under current requirements in the Massachusetts Electrical Code, does 406.4(D)(4) require receptacle replacements in such location to have AFCI protection either inherently or on their supply side, and regardless of the reason for the replacement or the previous status of AFCI protection?”
Important Events Mark Calendar
Eastern Section Meeting - Seminar
This years Eastern Section Meeting and Code discussion will be held.
September 29th to October 1st, 2017
Will be at the,
Radisson Valley Forge Casino Resort
King of Prussia, PA
Contact Jim Rogers
Go To the
IAEI Eastern Section website
for more information.