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What can people tell me about becoming an electrical code inspector? I have been looking and most places require you to take the ICC exam. It looks like another exam simular to the journeyman's exam. 60 questions and 3.5 hours to complete it. Any thoughts?


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Just be sure you take the right test for your area. I did the whole series of IAEI tests (2A,2B,2C) and then found out Florida only accepted SBCCI. It was good training tho. I blew through the SBCCI tests in about 1/3d the allotted time. The questions were very similar and by the time I got to my 5th test (SBCCI residential) I was just clicking them off, out the door in 45 minutes. The only real down side was all the extra money I spent.
There is usually some "experience" ticket you need punched too.


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Check with the State dept that controls licensure for whatever the requirements are in your locality.

Here in NJ we have 2 levels of elec inspector (ICS/HHS) then 'Sub-Code', which equates to 3 test modules. If you want NJ info, I can get you the link Monday.



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as replied before check with your state and see what the requirements are.
I have taken ICC test and i think it is too easy. they need to make these tests a bit more challenging. IMO.

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What happened to the idea that ... before one could become an inspector .... they were first expected to be competent in the trade?

I'm not sure I like this test-taking nonsense. I an seeing far too many inspectors who couldn't wire a light switch. Some junior colleges even have nine-month certificate programs in "inspection technology!"

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Originally Posted by renosteinke
What happened to the idea that ... before one could become an inspector .... they were first expected to be competent in the trade?

I'm not sure I like this test-taking nonsense. I an seeing far too many inspectors who couldn't wire a light switch. Some junior colleges even have nine-month certificate programs in "inspection technology!"


I have been in the trade for 13 years now. I have just finally decided to take my tests to be OFFICIALLY in the trade.


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Link to NJ DCA re: license application requirements

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/licensingunit/pdf/licens_info_bklet.pdf

Experience within field is required in most cases, unless you are an Architect or Lic. PE/EE. Happy reading, 47 +/- pages PDF


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