FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) – The Kentucky Senate has passed legislation designed to address a shortage of entry-level electricians across the Bluegrass State by a 26-10 vote.
“Everyone agrees that we do not have enough electricians,” said Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R-Hopkinsville), who sponsored the measure, known as Senate Bill 78. “Every year we lose more electricians than we gain.”
SB 78 would allow an applicant to sit for the electrician-licensing exam if the applicant has four years of experience or two years of experience plus an acceptable training course in electrical work. Under the current law, the qualifications to sit for the exam are greater.
The second clause in SB 78 would also create a nonrenewable provisional license for an applicant with a minimum of six years of experience in the trade. The provisional license holder would then have one year to pass the exam.
And a third clause would allow an electrician, whose license has lapsed, to retake the exam and get their license reinstated.
SB 78 now goes to the House for further consideration.