Last year, the Kentucky legislature passed an electrical license law requiring â€œanyone involved in installing or servicing light, heat, or powerâ€ to have the same training as a master electrician, said KBFAA president Doug Vernon.
â€œThey hadnâ€™t even considered certification of low voltage installers,â€ he said. â€œHaving to have a master electrician would have been cost prohibitive for us.â€
After speaking with lawmakers, Vernon found they were very â€œamicableâ€ to his case.
â€œAfter we explained, we needed to come up with new regulations for the quality of people who do low-voltage work,â€ he said.
With the help of the NBFAA, Vernon and his organization worked with the government to develop a new set of regulations for low voltage installers.
The new code reads that installers must have a minimum of two years experience and then take a certification exam over the NFPA Electrical Code 70 set of regulations, a 500-page document.
Vernon said the new regulations will raise the standards for entering the security business in Kentucky.
â€œLots of people have been involved with installing home theater, central vacuuming, and garage doors without anyone really looking [at their qualifications]. Our profession is very much for standards that are a baseline for what someone must know,â€ he said.
To read the new regulations, go to http://hbc.ppr.ky.gov/
electrical_licensing_index.htm. For information on testing and to request application forms, contact Vernon at firstname.lastname@example.org.