Oregon

Licensing (General)

  • Oregon requires trade licenses for people installing solar energy equipment, and contractor licenses for the companies that do construction
  • Companies with an electrical contractor license may engage in the business of making electrical installations. Similarly, a plumbing contractor license allows a company to engage in the business of making plumbing installations. Companies must also meet licensing and bonding requirements by the Construction Contractors Board

Licensing (PV)

  • Individuals doing installations must hold a trade license. Solar electric installers must either hold an Electrical Journeyman’s License or a Limited Renewable Energy License (LRT). General Journeymen can do all aspects of solar electric work, whereas the LRT license is limited to the DC side of systems under 25kW
  • Education/experience:  The Journeyman’s license requires 8,000 hours of on-the-job training whereas the LRT requires only 4,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • License duration:  3 years or less depending on the date of issue; During Each three-year license period, all licensees shall compete a minimum of 4 hours of approved code change continuing education, unless otherwise directed by the board

 Licensing (Solar thermal)

  • Solar thermal installers must either hold a Plumbing Journeyman’s License or a Solar Heating and Cooling System Installer License (STL). General Journeymen can do all aspects of solar plumbing work, whereas the STL license is limited to the non-potable side of systems
  • Education/experience:  The Journeyman’s license requires 8,000 hours of on-the job training whereas the STL requires only 2,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • License duration:  Three year cycle

Training for the solar specialty licenses (LRT and STL) are provided through the Renewable Energy Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (RE JATC) in Oregon. They offer three apprentice programs that are approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: (1) Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) program, (2) the Solar Thermal License (STL) program, and (3) the Combined Renewable Energy program (which combines the LRT and STL). For more information about the apprentice programs, check the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association website.

Reciprocity:
General Journeyman Electrician- Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming
General Supervising Electrician- Arkansas, Utah
Journeyman Plumber- Idaho and Montana

 Resources

  1. Oregon Building Codes Division
 

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