Event Details

Electrical Rules (SSB 6126 Implementation)

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
9 a.m.


Department of Labor & Industries
7273 Linderson Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

To join on your computer or mobile app (Zoom):
Passcode: Hearing!1

To join by phone (audio only):
1-253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 879 5130 2240
Passcode: 434720791

The hearing will start at 9:00 a.m. and continue until all oral comments are received.

L&I encourages the submittal of written comments, due by 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2023.


The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend the qualifications for journey level electrician examinations under WAC 296-46B-945. Amendments are required to implement Substitute Senate Bill 6126 (SSB 6126) (Chapter 249, Laws of 2018). SSB 6126 enacted apprenticeship requirements for journey level electrician examination candidates that take effect July 1, 2023. SSB 6126 gives L&I the authority, until July 1, 2025, to permit applicants that have obtained experience and training equivalent to a journey level apprenticeship program to take the examination, if the applicant has “good cause” for not completing the minimum hours of work applicable on July 1, 2023 (RCW 19.28.195). L&I is authorized to exercise this discretion until July 1, 2025. Under the adopted rule, L&I is exercising the discretion provided in the law to allow temporary alternative pathways to qualify for the 01 journey level electrician examination through a “good cause” exemption. The amendments include updating language for general housekeeping, such as reference corrections, renumbering, formatting, and replacing written numbers with numerals.