Inspector certifications

Scope of work

Residential electrical inspectors conduct electrical inspections and plan reviews on one- and two-family dwellings, townhouses, manufactured dwelling parks, recreational parks, organizational camps, and picnic parks; as well as any portion of a solar photovoltaic installation​ up to 25 kw. Inspectors work to ensure compliance with the following codes and standards:

  • ​Oregon Residential Specialty Code (ORSC)
    ​​​*​​​​​The residential electrical provisions are located in the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC)
  • Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR 3280 and 3282
  • OAR 918-500 - Manufactured dwellings
  • Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Installation Specialty Code (OMDISC)
​Applicable rules: OAR 918-098-1015(5)(a)(D) and 918-098-1215

Certification pathways​

There are two ways to obtain this certification: apply to take the division exam or enroll in the division CAE training course​. Review the following qualifications to decide which path is best for you.

Core qualifications

An individual seeking this code certification must first obtain the Orego​n Inspector Certification (OIC). In addition, one of the following must be met:

  • ​Two years of experience performing building permit inspections or plan reviews for or on behalf of a jurisdiction
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in architecture or engineering; or be a certified architect or engineer​.

Individuals who do not meet one of the above qualifications may instead complete a code certification training course administered by the division. (If hired by a municipality, this requirement must be met within six months of hire.)

Specific qualifications

To qualify using inspection experience you must have one of the following:

To qualify using trade experience you must have two years experience installing electrical systems as a limited residential journeyman electrician (LR), a general journeyman electrician (J) license, or equivalent.

To qualify using education and training you mus​t have 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours education and training in electrical engineering, which includes designing or installing electrical systems, through a college or community college.

An individual can also qualify using a combination of experience or education totaling three years.​