The Skanner Information – Oregon and Washington Create Reciprocity Settlement for Common Electricians

From the Skanner News Published: August 27, 2020

SALEM / TUMWATER – The Oregon Building Codes Division and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) have signed a mutual agreement that allows general travel electricians licensed in a state to obtain a license in the apply to another state without taking a mutual license exam under certain conditions.

With this agreement, qualified applicants would fill out a form, document the required qualifications and pay a fee to be able to work in the neighboring state.

“One of the lessons we have learned from COVID-19 is that efficient systems and flexibility are a benefit that enables us to better serve people,” said Lori Graham, interim administrator of the Oregon Building Codes Division, which is part of the Department is of Consumer and Business Services.

“With more than 400 miles of common border, this agreement only makes sense for both states.”

The agreement came into force on August 17th and will continue until states denounce it.

“We are proud to work with the state of Oregon and the Washington Electrical Board to ensure public safety and support economic recovery during and after the pandemic,” said Annette Taylor, assistant deputy director of field services and public safety at L & I. “We’re excited to simplify and streamline the process for electricians on a general travel level.”

Details of the agreement

Here are some of the specifics:

Oregon Mutual Licenses are generally available to those who have earned a Washington General Travel Level Electrician (01) Certificate after completing an 8,000 hour training course and passing their Washington exams. Anyone who has a master’s degree in Washington (01) electrician certificate is also eligible. Oregon has changed its rules to allow exam results from other states to be passed if so specified in a mutual agreement set out in this agreement. Find out more about reciprocity and apply here.

Those who require a Washington State license review must include the Review Document with a Reputation Application (F500-128-000) and a fee of $ 26.40. Send everything to the address in the upper left corner of the letter with the good shape.

Washington Reciprocal Certifications are generally available to electricians who have completed their 8,000-hour training and passed their Oregon exams and are licensed to be a Journeyman Electrician (J) in Oregon. Anyone holding an Oregon General Supervising Electrician (S) license acquired through the Oregon exam is also eligible. To apply, submit an application for a Level 01 Mutual Electrician Certificate (F500-148-000).

There are no mutual agreements on other electrical specialties. For more information on reciprocity, visit the L&I website.

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