Notice of Intended Action

Standards for electrician and electrical contractor licensing—reciprocity, disqualifying convictions, fee structure, military spouses, amendments to chs 500, 502, 506

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PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT[661]

Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to standards for electrician and electrical contractor licensing and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Electrical Examining Board hereby proposes to amend Chapter 500, "Electrician and Electrical Contractor Licensing Program—Organization and Administration," Chapter 502, "Electrician and Electrical Contractor Licensing Program—Licensing Requirements, Procedures, and Fees," and Chapter 506, "Military Service, Veteran Reciprocity, and Spouses of Active Duty Service Members for Electricians and Electrical Contractors," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code chapter 272C and section 103.6.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 272C and section 103.6.

Purpose and Summary

These proposed amendments update the standards for electrician and electrical contractor licensing in keeping with 2020 Iowa Acts, House File 2627, signed into law by the Governor on June 25, 2020. This law relaxed the licensing requirements for several professions, including those of electrical contractor and electrician. These amendments relax the standards for reciprocity, disqualifying convictions, fee structure, and military spouses as they relate to electrician and electrical contractor licensing.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.

Waivers

Pursuant to the provisions of rule 661—10.222(17A), the Department does not have authority to waive requirements established by statute. Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to the provisions of rule 661—10.222(17A).

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Board no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 11, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Brian Young

Department of Public Safety

Oran Pape State Office Building

215 East 7th Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Email: byoung@dps.state.ia.us

Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making actions are proposed:

Item 1. Amend rule 661—500.2(103) as follows:

661—500.2(103) Definitions. The following definitions apply to all rules adopted by the electrical examining board.

"Approved by the board" means the approval of any item, test or procedure by the electrical examining board by adoption of a resolution at a meeting of the board, provided that the approval has not been withdrawn by a later resolution of the board. A list of any such items, tests, or procedures that have been approved by the board is available from the board office or from the board Web site website.

"Board" means the electrical examining board created under 2007 Iowa Acts, chapter 197, section 12 Iowa Code section 103.2.

"Complete criminal record" means the complaint and judgment of conviction for each offense of which the applicant has been convicted, regardless of whether the offense is classified as a felony or a misdemeanor, and regardless of the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred.

"Conviction" means a finding, plea, or verdict of guilt made or returned in a criminal proceeding, even if the adjudication of guilt is deferred, withheld, or not entered. "Conviction" includes Alford pleas and pleas of nolo contendere.

"Department" means the department of public safety.

"Directly relates" or "directly related" means either that the actions taken in furtherance of an offense are actions customarily performed within the scope of practice of the profession; or that the circumstances under which an offense was committed are customary to the profession.

"Disqualifying conviction" or "disqualifying offense" means a conviction directly related to the practice of the profession.

"Division" means the fire marshal division of the department of public safety.

"Documented experience" means experience which an applicant for licensing has completed and which has been documented by the applicant's completion and submission of a sworn affidavit or other evidence required by the board.

"Eligibility determination" means the process by which a person who has not yet submitted a completed license application may request that the board determine whether one or more of the person's convictions are disqualifying offenses that would prevent the individual from receiving a license or certification.

"Emergency installation" means an electrical installation necessary to restore power to a building or facility when existing equipment has been damaged due to a natural or man-made disaster or other weather-related cause. Emergency installations may be performed by persons properly licensed to perform the work, and may be performed prior to submission of a request for permit or request for inspection. A request for permit and request for inspection, if required by rule 661—552.1(103), shall be made as soon as practicable and, in any event, no more than 72 hours after the installation is completed.

"Executive secretary" means the executive secretary appointed by the board.

"Farm" means land, buildings and structures used for agricultural purposes including but not limited to the storage, handling, and drying of grain and the care, feeding, and housing of livestock.

"Final agency action" means the issuance, denial, suspension, or revocation of a license. If an action is subject to appeal, "final agency action" has occurred when the administrative appeal process provided for in 661—Chapter 503 has been exhausted or when the deadline for filing an appeal has expired.

"Full-time" means a minimum of 1,700 hours of work in a one-year period.

"Issuing jurisdiction" means the duly constituted authority in another state that has issued a professional license, certificate, or registration to a person.

"Registered apprenticeship program" means an electrical apprenticeship program registered with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training of the United States Department of Labor or an electrical apprenticeship program registered with a state agency whose registration program is accepted by the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training in lieu of direct registration with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

"Residential electrical work" means electrical work in a residence in which there are no more than four living units within the same building and includes work to connect and work within accessory structures, which are structures no greater than 3,000 square feet in floor area, not more than two stories in height, the use of which is incidental to the use of the dwelling unit or units, and located on the same lot as the dwelling unit or units.

"Routine maintenance" means the repair or replacement of existing electrical apparatus or equipment of the same size and type for which no changes in wiring are made. The performance of routine maintenance in itself does not require a person to obtain or hold a license as an electrician or electrical contractor.

"Special residential electrician" means a person who holds a current special electrician license with a residential endorsement.

"Transferring jurisdiction" means the specific issuing jurisdiction on which an applicant relies to seek licensure in Iowa by verification under this chapter.

Item 2. Amend 661—Chapter 500, implementation sentence, as follows:

These rules are intended to implement 2007 Iowa Acts, chapter 197 Iowa Code chapters 103 and 272C.

Item 3. Amend rule 661—502.2(103) as follows:

661—502.2(103) License requirements.

502.2(1) and 502.2(2) No change.

502.2(3) A class A master electrician license may be issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:

a. Has completed one year of experience as a licensed journeyman electrician, and has passed a supervised written examination for master electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application; or

b. As of December 31, 2007, held a current valid license as a master electrician issued by a political subdivision in Iowa, the issuance of which required passing a supervised written examination approved by the board, and one year of experience as a journeyman electrician; or

c. Holds a current class B master electrician license and has passed a supervised written examination for master electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application.

502.2(4) No change.

502.2(5) A residential master electrician license may be issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements: holds

a. Holds a current residential electrician or journeyman electrician license, has 2,000 hours of verified experience as a residential electrician or a journeyman electrician, and has passed a residential master electrician examination approved by the board ; or with a score of 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application.

b. Holds a current special electrician license with a residential endorsement, has 4,000 hours of verified experience, and has passed a residential master electrician examination approved by the board.

502.2(6) A class A journeyman electrician license may be issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:

a. Has successfully completed a registered apprenticeship program, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application, and has completed four years of experience as an apprentice electrician.

b. Holds a current class B journeyman electrician license and has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application.

c. Holds a current electrician license in another state, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application, and has satisfied the sponsorship requirements for testing for a journeyman class A license by providing evidence of all of the following:

(1)Current licensure as a journeyman or master electrician from another state which required passing a test sponsored by that state.

(2)Completion of 18 hours of continuing education units approved by the board.

(3)Completion of 1,000 hours of work in Iowa as an unclassified person.

d. Holds a current license issued by the board, excluding a special electrician license other than special residential electrician license; has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application; has completed 54 hours of continuing education approved by the board; and has completed 16,000 hours of electrical work while licensed by the board, except as a special electrician other than a special residential electrician, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board. The 16,000 hours must include at least the following minimum number of hours of work on commercial or industrial installations in the categories indicated: 500 hours of preliminary work, 2,000 hours of rough-in work, 2,000 hours of finish work, 2,000 hours of lighting and service work, 500 hours of troubleshooting, and 500 hours of motor control work. At least 4,000 hours of the 16,000 hours must have been completed by the applicant within the five years immediately preceding the submission date of the application.

Exception: On or before December 31, 2019, a maximum of 10,000 of the required 16,000 hours of verified work experience may have been completed between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2007, without licensure from the board or from any political subdivision.

e. Holds a current license issued by the board as a residential electrician or residential master electrician, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application, and has completed 4,000 hours of work on commercial or industrial electrical installations while licensed by the board, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board. The 4,000 hours must include at least the following minimum numbers of hours in the categories indicated: 100 hours of preliminary work, 500 hours of rough-in work, 500 hours of finish work, 500 hours of lighting and service work, 100 hours of troubleshooting, and 100 hours of motor control work.

f. Holds a current license issued by the board, has satisfactorily completed an approved postsecondary electrical education program, has passed a supervised written examination for journeyman electrician approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application, and, subsequent to beginning the postsecondary electrical education program, has completed at least 6,000 hours of electrical work while licensed by the board, as verified by a master electrician licensed by the board.

502.2(7) No change.

502.2(8) A residential electrician license may be issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets one of the following requirements:

a. to d. No change.

e. Has successfully completed a registered residential electrician apprenticeship program and passed a supervised written residential electrician examination approved by the board with a score of 75 70 or higher within 24 months of submission of a new application.

502.2(9) A special electrician license may be issued to a person who submits to the board a completed application with the applicable fee, who is not disqualified from holding a license pursuant to rule 661—502.4(103), and who meets the qualifications for any endorsement entered on the license. Each special electrician license shall carry one or more endorsements as specified in paragraphs "a" through "d.""c."

a. Endorsement 1, "Irrigation System Wiring," shall be included on a special electrician license if the licensee requests it and has passed a supervised examination approved by the board or has completed two years, or 4,000 hours, of documented experience in the wiring of irrigation systems.

b. Endorsement 2, "Disconnecting and Reconnecting Existing Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems," shall be included on a special electrician license if the licensee requests it and has passed a supervised examination approved by the board or has completed two years of documented experience in the disconnecting and reconnecting of existing air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Note: An individual who holds any of the following licenses issued by the plumbing and mechanical systems board established pursuant to Iowa Code section 105.3 is not required to hold a license issued by the electrical examining board in order to perform disconnection and reconnection of existing air conditioning and refrigeration systems:

1.Master HVAC refrigeration.

2.Journeyperson HVAC refrigeration.

3.Master mechanical.

4.Journeyperson mechanical.

c. Endorsement 3, "Sign Installation," shall be included on a special electrician license if the licensee requests that it be included. This endorsement does not authorize a licensee to connect power to a sign that has a voltage greater than 220V and an ampere rating greater than 20 amps. Initial installation or upgrading of the branch circuits supplying power to the sign shall be completed by a licensed master electrician or by a licensed journeyman electrician under the supervision of a master electrician.

d. Endorsement 4, "Residential Electrician," shall be included on a special electrician license if the licensee requests it and has passed a supervised written examination approved by the board or has completed four years of documented experience performing residential electrical work. A political subdivision may, by enactment of an ordinance filed with the board prior to its effective date, require that a special electrician performing work authorized by this endorsement be supervised by a master electrician. Special electrician licenses with "residential electrician" endorsements shall not be issued after December 31, 2010. Renewals of special electrician licenses with "residential electrician" endorsements shall not be issued after December 31, 2013.

502.2(10) to 502.2(13) No change.

502.2(14) Reciprocal journeyman licensing. A journeyman class A license may be issued, without examination, to a person who holds a license from another state provided that:

a. The board has entered into an agreement with the other state providing for reciprocal issuance of licenses and that the agreement recognizes the equivalency of the examination required for the license issued by the other state and the examination required for the Iowa license to be issued; and

b. The applicant has successfully completed a supervised written examination approved by the other state with a score of 75 70 or higher in order to obtain the license from the other state; and

c. to e. No change.

502.2(15) Reciprocal master licensing. A master class A license may be issued, without examination, to a person who holds an equivalent license from another state provided that:

a. The board has entered into an agreement with the other state providing for reciprocal issuance of licenses and that the agreement recognizes the equivalency of the examination required for the license issued by the other state and the examination required for the Iowa license to be issued; and

b. The applicant has successfully completed a supervised written examination approved by the other state, with a score of 75 70 or higher, in order to obtain the license from the other state; and

c. to e. No change.

Item 4. Adopt the following new subrules 502.3(7) and 502.3(8):

502.3(7) The fee for submitting a petition for eligibility determination as defined in subrule 502.8(2) is $25.

502.3(8) The board shall waive any fee charged to an applicant for a license if the applicant's household income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines and the applicant is applying for the license for the first time in this state.

Item 5. Amend subrule 502.4(5) as follows:

502.4(5) The applicant may be denied a license if the applicant has previously been convicted of a criminal offense involving, but not limited to, fraud, misrepresentation, arson or theft, or if the applicant is currently delinquent in paying employment taxes to the state of Iowa or the United States. If the denial is based upon conviction of a criminal offense, the board shall examine the specific circumstances of the offense and may grant the license if, in the judgment of the board, sufficient time has passed since the conviction and there is no further evidence of criminal conduct on the part of the applicant has been convicted of a disqualifying offense in the courts of this state or another state, territory, or country. A file-stamped copy of the final order or judgment of conviction or plea of guilty in this state or another state constitutes conclusive evidence of the conviction.

Item 6. Amend rule 661—502.5(103) as follows:

661—502.5(103) License application.

502.5(1) Any person seeking a license from the board shall submit a completed application to the board accompanied by the applicable fee payable by check, money order, or warrant to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The memo area of the check should read "Electrician Licensing Fees." The application shall be submitted on the form prescribed by the board, which may be obtained from the board office.

502.5(2) Upon receipt of a completed application, the board executive secretary or designee has discretion to:

a. Authorize the issuance of a license, certification, or examination application.

b. Refer the application to a committee of the board for review and consideration when the board executive secretary determines that matters raised in or revealed by the application, including but not limited to prior criminal history, chemical dependence, competency, physical or psychological illness, professional liability claims or settlements, professional disciplinary history, education or experience, are relevant in determining the applicant's qualifications for a license, certification, or examination. Matters that may justify referral to a committee of the board include, but are not limited to:

(1)Prior criminal history, which is reviewed and considered in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 272C and rule 661—502.8(272C).

(2)Chemical dependence.

(3)Competency.

(4)Physical or psychological illness or disability.

(5)Judgments entered on, or settlements of, claims, lawsuits, or other legal actions related to the profession.

(6)Professional disciplinary history.

(7)Education or experience.

502.5(3) Following review and consideration of an application referred by the board executive secretary, the committee may at its discretion:

a. Authorize the issuance of the license, certification, or examination application.

b. Recommend to the board denial of the license, certification, or examination application.

c. Recommend to the board issuance of the license or certification under certain terms and conditions or with certain restrictions.

d. Refer the license, certification, or examination application to the board for review and consideration without recommendation.

502.5(4) Following review and consideration of a license, certification, or examination application referred by the committee, the board shall:

a. Authorize the issuance of the license, certification, or examination application;

b. Deny the issuance of the license, certification, or examination application; or

c. Authorize the issuance of the license or certification under certain terms and conditions or with certain restrictions.

502.5(5) The committee or board may require an applicant to appear for an interview before the committee or the full board as part of the application process.

Item 7. Adopt the following new rules 661—502.8(272C) to 661—502.10(272C):

661—502.8(272C) Use of criminal convictions in eligibility determinations and initial licensing decisions.

502.8(1) License application. Unless an applicant for licensure petitions the board for an eligibility determination, the applicant's convictions will be reviewed when the board receives a completed license application.

a. Full disclosure required. An applicant must disclose all convictions on a license application. Failure to disclose all convictions is grounds for license denial or disciplinary action following license issuance.

b. Documentation and personal statement. An applicant with one or more convictions must submit the complete criminal record for each conviction and a personal statement regarding whether each conviction directly relates to the practice of the profession in order for the license application to be considered complete.

c. Rehabilitation. An applicant must, as part of the license application, submit all evidence of rehabilitation that the applicant wishes to be considered by the board. The board may deny a license if the applicant has a disqualifying offense, unless the applicant demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the applicant is rehabilitated.

d. Nonrefundable fees. Any application fees will not be refunded if the license is denied.

502.8(2) Eligibility determination. An individual who has not yet submitted a completed license application may petition the board for an eligibility determination. An individual with criminal convictions is not required to petition the board for an eligibility determination before applying for a license. To petition the board for an eligibility determination, a petitioner must submit all of the following:

a. A completed eligibility determination form, which is available on the board's website;

b. The complete criminal record for each of the petitioner's convictions;

c. A personal statement regarding whether each conviction directly relates to the practice of the profession and why the board should find the petitioner is rehabilitated;

d. All evidence of rehabilitation that the petitioner wants the board to consider; and

e. Payment of a nonrefundable fee in the amount of $25.

502.8(3) Appeal. A petitioner found ineligible or an applicant denied a license because of a disqualifying offense may appeal the decision in the manner and time frame set forth in the board's written decision. A timely appeal will initiate a nondisciplinary contested case proceeding. The department's rules governing contested case proceedings apply unless otherwise specified in this rule. If the petitioner or applicant fails to file a timely appeal, the board's written decision will become a final order.

a. Presiding officer. The presiding officer will be the board. However, any party to an appeal of a license denial or ineligibility determination may file a written request, in accordance with rule 661—10.306(17A), requesting that the presiding officer be an administrative law judge. Additionally, the board may, on its own motion, request that an administrative law judge be assigned to act as presiding officer. An administrative law judge assigned to act as presiding officer in a nondisciplinary contested case proceeding under this rule must possess a Juris Doctor degree. When an administrative law judge serves as the presiding officer, the decision rendered will be a proposed decision.

b. Burden. The office of the attorney general shall represent the board's initial ineligibility determination or license denial and shall have the burden of proof to establish that the petitioner's or applicant's convictions include at least one disqualifying offense. If the office of the attorney general satisfies this burden by a preponderance of the evidence, the burden of proof shall shift to the petitioner or applicant to establish rehabilitation by clear and convincing evidence.

c. Judicial review. A petitioner or applicant must appeal an ineligibility determination or a license denial in order to exhaust administrative remedies. A petitioner or applicant may only seek judicial review of an ineligibility determination or license denial after the issuance of a final order following a contested case proceeding. Judicial review of the final order following a contested case proceeding shall be in accordance with Iowa Code chapter 17A.

502.8(4) Future petitions or applications. If a final order determines a petitioner is ineligible, the petitioner may not submit a subsequent petition for eligibility determination or a license application prior to the date specified in the final order. If a final order denies a license application, the applicant may not submit a subsequent license application or a petition for eligibility determination prior to the date specified in the final order.

661—502.9(272C) Licensure by verification. Licensure by verification is available under the following circumstances.

502.9(1) Eligibility. A person may seek licensure by verification if all of the following criteria are satisfied:

a. The person is licensed, certified, or registered in at least one other issuing jurisdiction;

b. The person has been licensed, certified, or registered by another issuing jurisdiction for at least one year;

c. The scope of practice in the transferring jurisdiction is substantially similar to the scope of practice in Iowa;

d. The person's license, certification, or registration is in good standing in all issuing jurisdictions in which the person holds a license, certificate, or registration; and

e. The person either:

(1)Establishes residency in the state of Iowa pursuant to rule 701—38.17(422); or

(2)Is married to an active duty member of the military forces of the United States and is accompanying the member on an official permanent change of station.

502.9(2) Board application. The applicant must submit all of the following:

a. A completed application for licensure by verification.

b. Payment of the appropriate fee or fees.

c. A verification form completed by the transferring jurisdiction, verifying that the applicant's license, certificate, or registration in that jurisdiction complies with the requirements of Iowa Code section 272C.12. The completed verification form must be sent directly from the transferring jurisdiction to the board.

d. Proof of current Iowa residency, or proof of the military member's official permanent change of station. To demonstrate Iowa residency, the applicant shall submit proof that:

(1)The applicant currently maintains a residence or place of abode in Iowa, whether owned, rented, or occupied, even if the individual is in Iowa less than 183 days of the calendar year; and

(2)One or more of the following:

1.The applicant claims a homestead credit or military tax exemption on a home in Iowa, or

2.The applicant is registered to vote in Iowa, or

3.The applicant maintains an Iowa driver's license, or

4.The applicant does not reside in an abode in any other state for more days of the calendar year than the individual resides in Iowa.

e. Documentation of the applicant's complete criminal record including the applicant's personal statement regarding whether each offense directly relates to the practice of the profession.

f. A copy of any relevant disciplinary documents, if another issuing jurisdiction has taken disciplinary action against the applicant.

502.9(3) Applicants with prior discipline. If another issuing jurisdiction has taken disciplinary action against an applicant, the board will determine whether the cause for the disciplinary action has been corrected and the matter has been resolved. If the board determines the disciplinary matter has not been resolved, the board will neither issue a license nor deny the application for licensure until the matter is resolved. A person whose license was revoked, or a person who voluntarily surrendered a license, in another issuing jurisdiction is ineligible for licensure by verification.

502.9(4) Applicants with pending licensing complaints or investigations. If an Iowa applicant is concurrently subject to a complaint, allegation, or investigation relating to unprofessional conduct pending before any regulating entity in another issuing jurisdiction, the board will neither issue a license nor deny the application for licensure until the complaint, allegation, or investigation is resolved.

661—502.10(272C) Licensure by work experience in jurisdictions without licensure requirements.

502.10(1) Work experience.

a. An applicant for initial licensure who has relocated to Iowa from another jurisdiction that did not require a license to practice the profession may be considered to have met the applicable educational and training requirements if the person has at least three years of full-time work experience within the four years preceding the date of application for initial licensure. For each application submitted under this rule, the board will determine whether the applicant's prior work experience was substantially similar in nature and scope to a training or education program typically applicable for the license sought.

b. The applicant must satisfy all other license requirements, including passing any required examinations, to receive a license.

502.10(2) Required documentation. An applicant seeking to substitute work experience in lieu of satisfying applicable education or training requirements bears the burden of providing all of the following by submitting relevant documents as part of a completed license application:

a. Proof of current residency in the state of Iowa pursuant to rule 701—38.17(17A), or proof of the military member's official permanent change of station. To demonstrate Iowa residency, the applicant shall submit proof that:

(1)The applicant currently maintains a residence or place of abode in Iowa, whether owned, rented, or occupied, even if the individual is in Iowa less than 183 days of the calendar year; and

(2)One or more of the following:

1.The applicant claims a homestead credit or military tax exemption on a home in Iowa, or

2.The applicant is registered to vote in Iowa, or

3.The applicant maintains an Iowa driver's license, or

4.The applicant does not reside in an abode in any other state for more days of the calendar year than the individual resides in Iowa.

b. Proof of three or more years of full-time work experience within the four years preceding the application for Iowa licensure, which demonstrates that the work experience was substantially similar in nature and scope to a training or education program typically applicable for the license sought. Proof of work experience may include, but is not limited to:

(1)A letter from the applicant's prior employer or employers documenting the applicant's dates of employment and scope of practice;

(2)Paychecks or pay stubs; or

(3)If the applicant was self-employed, business documents filed with the secretary of state or other applicable business registry or regulatory agency in the other jurisdiction.

c. Proof that the applicant's work experience involved a substantially similar scope of practice to the practice in Iowa, which must include:

(1)A written statement by the applicant detailing the scope of practice and stating how the work experience correlates to an applicable apprenticeship program approved by the United States Department of Labor; and

(2)Business or marketing materials detailing the services provided.

d. Proof that the other jurisdiction did not require a license to practice the profession, which may include:

(1)Copies of applicable laws;

(2)Materials from a website operated by a governmental entity in that jurisdiction; or

(3)Materials from a nationally recognized professional association applicable to the profession.

Item 8. Amend 661—Chapter 502, implementation sentence, as follows:

These rules are intended to implement 2007 Iowa Acts, chapter 197 Iowa Code chapters 103 and 272C.

Item 9. Amend 661—Chapter 506, title, as follows:

MILITARY SERVICE , AND VETERAN RECIPROCITY, AND SPOUSES OF ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS FOR ELECTRICIANS AND ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

Item 10. Rescind the definition of "Spouse" in rule 661—506.1(272C).

Item 11. Amend subrules 506.3(1) and 506.3(2) as follows:

506.3(1) A veteran or a spouse with an electrical license in another jurisdiction may apply for licensure in Iowa through reciprocity, based on the reciprocity procedures for licensed electricians as set out in the administrative rules in effect at the time that the application is made, and in compliance with any agreements with other jurisdictions regarding reciprocity. A veteran or a spouse must pass any examinations required for licensure to be eligible for licensure through reciprocity. A fully completed application for licensure submitted by a veteran or a spouse under this subrule shall be given priority and shall be expedited.

506.3(2) An application shall contain all of the information required of all applicants for licensure who hold unrestricted licenses in other jurisdictions and who are applying for licensure by reciprocity, including, but not limited to, completion of all required forms, payment of applicable fees, disclosure of criminal or disciplinary histories and, if applicable, a criminal history background check. In addition, the applicant shall provide such documentation as is reasonably needed to verify the applicant's status as a veteran under Iowa Code section 35.1(2) or spouse of an active duty service member of the military forces of the United States.

Item 12. Adopt the following new rule 661—506.4(272C):

661—506.4(272C) Spouses of military members. A person who is married to an active duty member of the military forces of the United States, and who is accompanying the member on an official permanent change of station, may seek licensure by verification in accordance with rule 661—502.9(272C).

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Iowa Code 103 Iowa Code 103.2 Iowa Code 105.3 Iowa Code 17A Iowa Code 272C Iowa Code 272C.12 Iowa Code 35.1(2) Iowa Code 91C
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