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Chapter 29  |  Article 29 - 3C  |  Section 9

1 - DIVISION OF CULTURE AND HISTORY

1A - COMMISSION ON UNIFORM STATE LA

1B - COMMISSION ON INTERSTATE COOPE

1C - INTERSTATE COMMISSION ON THE P

1D - OHIO RIVER VALLEY WATER SANITA

1E - SOUTHERN STATES ENERGY COMPACT

1F - WHEELING CREEK WATERSHED PROTE

1G - INTERSTATE COMPACT ON AIR POLL

1H - APPALACHIAN STATES LOW-LEVEL R

1I - VOLUNTARY VETERANS MEMORIAL CH

1J - JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE PROJECT

2 - GEODETIC AND GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

2A - STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION

2B - WEATHER MODIFICATION

3 - FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ACT

3A - AUTHORITY OF LOCAL FIRE DEPART

3B - SUPERVISION OF ELECTRICIANS

3C - CERTIFICATION OF ELECTRICAL IN
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3D - SUPERVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION

4 - NOTARIES PUBLIC AND COMMISSIONE

4A - DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE

5 - BUREAU OF NEGRO WELFARE AND STA

5A - STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

6 - CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM

6A - GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STATE

7 - POET LAUREATE

8 - BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICA

9 - INDUSTRIAL AND PUBLICITY COMMIS

10 - STATE PLANNING BOARD

11 - SURPLUS PROPERTY AGENCY

12 - STATE INSURANCE

12A - GOVERNMENTAL TORT CLAIMS AND

12B - WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH CARE PR

12C - PATIENT INJURY COMPENSATION

12D - WEST VIRGINIA PATIENT INJURY

13 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

14 - STATE COMMISSION ON AGING

15 - STATE COMMISSION ON MENTAL RE

16 - DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL

17 - THE WEST VIRGINIA ARTS AND HU

18 - WEST VIRGINIA STATE RAIL AUTH

19 - SOLICITATION OF CHARITABLE FU

20 - WOMEN'S COMMISSION

21 - PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES

22 - STATE LOTTERY ACT

22A - RACETRACK VIDEO LOTTERY

22B - LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY

22C - WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY RACETR

23 - WEST VIRGINIA BOUNDARY COMMIS

24 - TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

25 - AUTHORIZED GAMING FACILITY

26 - WEST VIRGINIA COURTHOUSE FACI

27 - NATIONAL COAL HERITAGE AREA A

28 - COAL HERITAGE HIGHWAY AUTHORI

29 - VOLUNTEER FOR NONPROFIT YOUTH

WVC 29- CHAPTER 29. MISCELLANEOUS BOARDS AND OFFICERS.
WVC 29 - 3 C- ARTICLE 3C. CERTIFICATION OF ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 1 §29-3C-1. Purpose.
This article is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and to protect public and private property by assuring the competence of persons who perform electrical inspections of dwellings and other structures through certification by the state fire marshal.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 2 §29-3C-2. Definitions.
(a) As used in this article, the terms:

(1) "Certified electrical inspector" means a person who is certified by the state fire marshal as qualified to perform electrical inspections. "Electrical inspector" does not include an inspector employed by the office of miners' health, safety and training pursuant to the provisions of section eleven, article one, chapter twenty-two-a of this code.

(2) "Electrical inspection" means any inspection required by this code and any inspection of a building to which electrical service is connected, wherein the inspector certifies that the electrical system in the building is in compliance with the national electrical code, state fire code and the state building code.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 3 §29-3C-3. Certification of electrical inspectors required.
After the first day of January, two thousand three, no electrical inspections may be performed, offered or engaged in for compensation or hire within the state of West Virginia by any person who is not certified pursuant to this article: Provided, That any person who is employed by this state or any subdivision of this state and who in the normal course of his or her business conducts electrical inspections may perform electrical inspections as within the scope of his or her employment without certification pursuant to this article.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 4 §29-3C-4. Certification program; duties of the state fire marshal; rulemaking.
(a) The state fire marshal shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to establish a program for the certification of electrical inspectors. Proposed rules shall provide: Standards and procedures for certification, including applications, examinations, fees, qualifications, procedures for investigating complaints, revoking or suspending certifications and for renewing licenses. The state fire marshal is also authorized to propose emergency rules to implement the provisions of this article: Provided, That the emergency rules specify an initial certification fee of fifty dollars.

(b) The state fire marshal shall certify an electrical inspector upon a finding that the applicant possesses the requisite qualifications.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 5 §29-3C-5. Denial of license; suspension and revocation of license.
The state fire marshal shall deny certification to any applicant who:

(1) Fails to establish that he or she holds any other required qualifications for certification established pursuant to rules promulgated pursuant to section four of this article; or

(2) Is not a licensed master electrician in accordance with rules promulgated pursuant to section four of this article.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 6 §29-3C-6. Suspension or revocation of certification.
The state fire marshal may, upon complaint, upon a request or referral, or upon his or her own inquiry suspend or revoke the certification of any person upon a finding that:

(1) The certification was granted upon an application, or upon documents supporting the application, that materially misstated the applicant's qualifications or experience;

(2) The certified electrical inspector knowingly subscribed to or vouched for a misstatement by an applicant for certification;

(3) The certified electrical inspector incompetently performed an electrical inspection;

(4) The certified electrical inspector failed to comply with a provision of this article, or any rule promulgated pursuant to section four of this article; or

(5) The certified electrical inspector failed to comply with the reporting requirements of section eight of this article.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 7 §29-3C-7. Prohibited acts.
A certified electrical inspector may not:

(1) Approve nor disapprove work of which he or she does not have personal knowledge;

(2) Misrepresent his or her authority or responsibility; (3) Use his or her certification as an electrical inspector to secure special favors or treatment;

(4) Inspect any electrical installation for which he or she has performed any part of the work; or

(5) Perform an electrical inspection of any work furnished by a private contractor that employs him or her on a full-time, part-time or incidental basis: Provided, That an employee of a contractor performing electrical installation may inspect electrical work performed by other employees of the same employer, as long as the inspection is not intended to be relied on by any person other than the employer, and the electrical inspector does not certify to an electric utility or to any person that the work is in compliance with applicable building codes, electrical codes or other standards.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 8 §29-3C-8. Required reporting of violations.
Any certified electrical inspector having knowledge of violations of this code or rules promulgated pursuant to this code by the fire marshal or the fire commission shall submit the information, together with available evidence, to the state fire marshal.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 9 §29-3C-9. Noncompliance with article; failure to obtain certification; penalty.
(a) Any person performing electrical inspections without being certified pursuant to this article is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than one hundred fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, or confined in the county or regional jail for not more than ninety days, or both; and upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense, shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars, or confined in the county or regional jail for not more than ninety days, or both.

(b) Any person who conducts an electrical inspection without the required certification is subject to being issued a citation or a civil action in the name of the state in the circuit court of the county where the inspection was or is being performed for an injunction. A circuit court by mandatory or prohibitory injunction may compel compliance with the provisions of this article, with the lawful orders of the state fire marshal and with any final decision of the state fire marshal or state fire commission. The state fire marshal shall be represented in all proceedings instituted pursuant to this subsection by the attorney general or his or her assistants.

WVC 29 - 3 C- 10 §29-3C-10. Disposition of fees and other receipts.
All fees or moneys received as a result of actions under this article shall be deposited in the special account created pursuant to section twelve-b, article three of this chapter. Expenditures from the fund shall be for the purposes set forth in this article and article three of this chapter.

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