I have a topic that I do not know if it has been brought up before or not. I am an Instructor at a Kansas Community College. I read through these forum pages often, and ask some qeustions and make some comments to see how others answer them so I can help my students out. But the qeustion is how many of you have states that require C.E. And how many of you agree or disagree with it. I know we can get into OSHA requirements on Qauified and Un-Qauified but they do not state how much or not. Kansas does not require anymore testing or training after you pass the exams. Just wanting to know your thoughts.
I believe that there should be retests at least every three years or at a minimum, required, documented attendance of a code change seminar of either 8, 16 or 24 hours.
As you mentioned, there are facility "electricians" out there that just know what they need to get by and don't always do things right. We've all come in behind them to fix either related or unrelated problems and seen shotty work.
Also, here in PA, there are general contractors that will have people that they employ as their "electricians" that only know what they need to know to get by for wiring anything from warehouses to town houses.
It's a pet peeve of mine how we can get underbid by "contractors" that we're sure are not up on the current codes and there for cannot possibly do as well a job.(the first time anyway)
I, myself take every oportunity and encourage my employees to take every oportunity to learn as much as they can about the NEC and changes. Especially when someone is offering free seminars.
PS - I also believe that people 70 years old and older should have to retake their drivers test every couple of years also...but thats another topic.
The state of Washington requires it. I think all states should. The code changes every 3 years and technology changes all the time. It only makes sense. To me it is also practical from a contractors point of view; imagine the AHJ adopting the new code and some of the employees not up to speed on the new code. It could potentialy lead to major $$$$$$$$$ replacing what is not compliant.