Code of the District of Columbia

Part F. Electricians.


§ 47–2853.91. Scope of practice for electricians.

(a) For the purposes of this part, the term “electrician” means any person who designs, installs, maintains, alters, converts, changes, repairs, removes, or inspects electrical wiring, equipment, conductors, or systems in buildings or structures or on public and private space for the transmission, distribution, or use of electrical energy for power, heat, light, radio, television, signaling, communications, or any other purpose, except elevators, platform lifts, stairway chair lifts, manlifts, conveyors, escalators, dumbwaiters, material lifts, automated people movers, and other related conveyances.

(b) This part shall not apply to an elevator contractor or mechanic licensed under part F-i of this subchapter if the elevator contractor or mechanic is performing work incidental to work licensed under part F-i of this subchapter.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 2151(d), 57 DCR 181.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.91.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-111 rewrote the section, which had read as follows: “For the purposes of this part, the term ‘electrician’ means any person who designs, installs, maintains, alters, converts, changes, repairs, removes or inspects electrical wiring, equipment, conductors, or systems in buildings or structures or on public and private space for the transmission, distribution or use of electrical energy for power, heat, light, radio, television, signaling, communications or any other purpose.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2151(d) of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2151(d) of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).


§ 47–2853.92. Eligibility requirements.

(a) An applicant to be an apprentice electrician shall be registered by the Mayor, without examination, upon providing such information as may be required by the Board of Industrial Trades and payment of appropriate fees. An apprentice electrician shall work only under the direct personal supervision and control of a licensed master electrician or licensed master electrician specialist.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (b-1) of this subsection, an applicant for licensure as a journeyman electrician or a master electrician limited (low voltage) shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Industrial Trades that he or she has satisfactorily completed a class on Title 12C of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations or equivalent code within 2 years prior to submittal of the application and has:

(1) Worked as an apprentice electrician for at least 8,000 hours over at least 4 years;

(2) Graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in electrical engineering, and has at least 2 years of practical experience in electrical work, which has been certified by a licensed master electrician; or

(3) Has comparable experience or a combination of education and experience that the Board deems equivalent to the above; and

(4) Has supplied any additional evidence as the Board determines is necessary for the particular specialty license sought by the applicant.

(b-1)(1) The Board shall accept, in lieu of examination and the requirements set forth in subsection (b) of this section, a certificate from a national certifying organization certifying that the applicant for licensure as a journeyman electrician:

(A) Has passed the organization’s required examination;

(B) Is designated by the organization as a journeyman electrician; and

(C) Has not been disciplined or otherwise disqualified by the organization.

(2) For the purposes of this subsection, the term “national certifying organization” shall include a nationally recognized trade organization or labor union.

(c) An applicant for licensure as a master electrician shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant has met the requirements of subsection (b) of this section and in addition has worked as a journeyman electrician for at least 4 years.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142; Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-111, § 2151(e), 57 DCR 181; Feb. 24, 2012, D.C. Law 19-82, § 2(b), 58 DCR 11022.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.92.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 47-2853.12.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 18-111 rewrote the lead-in text of subsec. (b), which had read as follows: “(b) An applicant for licensure as a journeyman electrician, a master electrician limited (low voltage), or a master electrician limited (elevator/escalator), shall establish to the satisfaction of the Board of Industrial Trades that he or she has satisfactorily completed a class on the National Electrical Code within two years prior to submittal of the application and has:”.

D.C. Law 19-82, in subsec. (b), substituted “Except as provided in subsection (b-1) of this subsection, an” for “An”; and added subsec. (b-1).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2151(e) of Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Second Emergency Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-207, October 15, 2009, 56 DCR 8234).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2151(e) of Fiscal Year Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2009 (D.C. Act 18-260, January 4, 2010, 57 DCR 345).


§ 47–2853.93. Certain representations prohibited.

Unless licensed in accordance with this subchapter, no person shall use the words or terms “electrician,” “licensed electrician,” “master electrician,” or any words describing an electrician specialty authorized by the Board that imply that the person is authorized to perform the services of an electrician in the District.


(Apr. 20, 1999, D.C. Law 12-261, § 1002, 46 DCR 3142.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 47-2853.93.