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
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.
An individual seeking this code certification must first obtain the Oregon 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.)
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 must 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.