Inspector certifications

Scope of work

Specialized electrical inspectors conduct electrical inspections in buildings less than 75 feet above grade as defined in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) where the building service or feeder to the electrical installation being inspected is not more than 400 amps at less than 150 volts to ground or 200 amps at 150 volts or more to ground.

An SEI may not inspect:

  • Separately derived systems, other than renewable energy, rated more than 150kw;
  • Renewable energy systems rated more than 25 kw;
  • Occupancies classified as Assembly or Education, or any (I)- Institutional Occupancies as defined in the Oregon Structural Specialty Code;
  • Installations governed by Chapter 5 or Articles 610, 668, 669, 695, and 700 of the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code, except for the following:
    • Electrical connection to or alteration of a single mobile home, recreational vehicle, or manufactured dwelling, including the service but excluding park construction, alteration, or enlargement;
    • Agricultural buildings that do not contain excessive dust or corrosive areas as defined in the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code 547.1(A) and (B);
  • New or replacement motor loads over 100 HP.

Applicable rules: OAR 918-098-1580​

Certification pathways

​To obtain this certification you must enroll in the division SEI training course.

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​

Specific qualifications

As a condition of entering an SEI training course, the applicant must have the following:

  • ​A valid Residential Electrical Inspector certification (CAE) for at least one year and
  • ​Be employed as a residential electrical inspector for at least one year prior to applying.​
Note: A person does not need one year of experience if they completed the division residential electrical certification course.

​​Certification pathways