In Idaho, low voltage installation and repair work is regulated by the Idaho Division of Building Safety. To work in this field, a Low Voltage Systems (LVS) contractor license is required. This license is necessary for anyone who installs, maintains, alters, or repairs any low voltage systems, including access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, security systems, and structured cabling.
The requirements for obtaining a LVS contractor license in Idaho include:
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Having a minimum of four years of experience in the low voltage field
- Pass a written exam that covers the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Idaho Electrical Code, and the Idaho Administrative Rules related to low voltage systems.
To get started on the licensing process, you can visit the Idaho Division of Building Safety’s website and find the “Licensing” section. There you can find information about the LVS contractor licensing process, the application form and other materials. Additionally, you will find on their website the study materials, exam schedules, and the list of approved continuing education courses.
It’s important to note that holding a LVS contractor license does not authorize the holder to perform electrical work, which is regulated by the Idaho Division of Building Safety. Additionally, it’s important to follow the Idaho Electrical Code, the NEC, and Idaho Administrative Rules which are subject to updates and changes.
In summary, obtaining a Low Voltage Systems (LVS) contractor license is mandatory for anyone who wants to install, maintain, alter or repair any low voltage systems in Idaho. The Idaho Division of Building Safety requires four years of experience, passing an exam, and being at least 18 years old. License holder must follow the NEC, Idaho Electrical Code and Idaho Administrative Rules, and also keep their licenses current by completing continuing education courses.
Links for more information:
- Idaho Division of Building Safety: https://dbs.idaho.gov/
- Electrical Licenses Application Form: https://dbs.idaho.gov/licensing-continuing-education/electrical-licenses/
- Electrical Statutes and Rules: https://dbs.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Electrical-Exams-Information-Bulletin-2022.pdf
- Continuing Education: https://dbs.idaho.gov/licensing-continuing-education/
It’s advisable to check the Idaho Division of Building Safety website regularly for updates and new laws and regulations.