Inspector certifications

Scope of work

Electrical specialty code inspectors conduct inspections and plan reviews on commercial and residential electrical work ​to ensure compliance with the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC).

Applicable rules: OAR 918-281-0020(1)​

Certification pathways

​To obtain this certification you must qualify and take the division exam.

Core qualifications

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.)​​​​​​

Specific qualifications

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

  • Four years of experience as a licensed general journeyman electrician and a valid Oregon general supervising electrician license
  • Equivalent experience or qualifications approved by the board

To qualify using education and training you must have one of the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, plus three years approved experience in design, inspection, or supervision of installations covered by the National Electrical Code or the OESC
  • ​Equivalent experience or qualifications approved by the board​​​

Certification pathways