Montana

Licensing (PV)
The Montana State Electrical Board does not have requirements for installations on solar projects.  However, if the electrical work exceeds 90 volts, then a Montana licensed electrician will be needed to perform the work. If the solar PV system is grid tied, the work must be performed by a licensed electrician.

A homeowner may wire his/her own home, garage and premises using a state homeowner’s electrical permit. Inspections are conducted by state electrical inspectors and permits are obtained from the BUREAU.

Licensing (Solar thermal)
The service of a Montana licensed master plumber is required on all public/commercial buildings.

Education requirements

Residential electrician: Completion of an approved residential apprenticeship program in the electrical trade or completion of an appropriate training program conducted by a bona fide union or trade association.

Journeyman electrician: Completion of an approved residential apprenticeship program in the electrical trade or completion of an appropriate training program conducted by a bona fide union or trade association.

Master electrician: An applicant must have either education “A” or experience “B” to apply for a license.

A. Education Requirements: Written evidence of being a graduate as an electrical engineer of an accredited college or university and having minimum of (2,000) hours of legally obtained practical experience.

B. Experience Requirements: Must be on a form prescribed by the board or as noted on the application.

  1. A third party verification of (8,000) hours of legally obtained journeyman level experience in wiring for, installing, and repairing of electrical apparatus and equipment for light, heat and power, with no less than 20 percent, but not more than 50 percent residential experience.

C. Examination Information: Applications for examination must be approved by the State Electrical Board. Currently, exams are based off the 2014 NEC.

Electrical code: NEC 2014 edition

Licensing body
Montana Board of Plumbers, Montana State Electrical Board

Reciprocity
Plumbing license:  Montana has reciprocal agreements with Oregon, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota for Journeyman licensure ONLY.

Permitting notes
Any person who is engaged in the business, trade or work having to do with the installation, removal, alteration, or repair of plumbing and drainage systems or parts thereof must obtain a plumbing permit from the Bureau of Building and Measurement Standards if you are in the states jurisdiction.

Homeowners do not need to obtain a plumbing permit provided he/she is doing the plumbing installation themselves and the residence is for the owner’s personal use and not built on speculation of resale or intended as a rental property.

State electrical permits are required on all electrical work performed in Montana, except in cities, counties and towns certified to issue electrical permits and conduct inspections.

Resources:

  1. Montana Department of Labor and Industry
  2. State Electrical Board
  3. Montana Board of Plumbers
 

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