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Posted by on March 25, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Proposed Administrative Regulation – Kentucky 815 KAR 35:072. Certification of low-voltage installers

Overview –

• Based on Statutory Authority: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 198B.990, 227A.150)

• KRS 227A.150 provides the statutory authority for the “Department”, the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC), to establish administrative rules to govern low-voltage installations.

Nothing in KRS 227A.010 to 227A.140 shall apply to low-voltage, power-limited installations for control or coordination of interconnected devices separated from a power source by a Class 2 or Class 3 transformer installed by a low-voltage installer certificate holder. The department shall set the standards for experience and testing for issuance of a low-voltage installer certificate by administrative regulation . . .(KRS 227A.150, effective July 15, 2010)

General Definitions and who is included

• Fire Alarm systems- any low voltage system, device, or combination of devices used to detect a fire or emit or transmit an alarm, trouble, or supervisory signal in the event of a fire, including all circuits controlled or powered by the fire alarm system.

• Mass Notification System- a low voltage system used to provide information and instructions simultaneously to all people in a building, area site, or other space.

• General Alarm Systems (intrusion, medical emergency, equipment failure or other predetermined event other than fire),

• General low-voltage electrical systems (includes intercoms, PERS, LAN, sound systems, energy management, antenna, satellite, irrigation and low-voltage lighting systems.

• Low-voltage definition includes power-limited circuits meeting Class II or Class III circuits as defined by NEC


• Gives licensed Electricians and Master Electricians reciprocal authority for all low-voltage work without obtaining low-voltage certification.

• Uncertified workers must be under direct supervision of a licensed Electrician, Master Electrician or certified low-voltage installer to install, alter or repair low-voltage systems.


• Class LV-G: General. May install, alter or repair General Alarm or General low-voltage systems.

• Class LV-U: Unrestricted. May install all LV-G systems as well as Fire and Mass Notification systems.


• All certifications are issued to the individual, not the company.

• General low-voltage installer shall:

o have two (2) years’ experience immediately preceding the application for certification (one year equals minimum of 1,600 hours in 12 month period)

o pass ICC Kentucky Low Voltage exam with at least 70.

• Unrestricted low-voltage installer shall:

o have two (2) years’ experience immediately preceding the application for certification

o pass ICC Kentucky Low Voltage exam with at least 70

o possess and maintain NICET Level 2 certification in fire protection engineering technologies and fire alarm systems.

• Work experience can be demonstrated by

o providing tax returns that indicate the applicant’s occupation,

o a sworn affidavit by a licensed electrician, master electrician or certified low-voltage installer on affiant’s letterhead verifying experience, or

o provide records from military that demonstrate low-voltage experience.



The following information was received from Tina Quire who is the Assistant Director for the electrical division at The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction.

Follow Step 1 and Step 2 instructions below to register for the ICC low voltage exam:



> go to

> Under “view program information” select “contractor/trades”

> Right side of screen select “create account”

> Under “create account-select type” select “non-authorized candidates”

> Agree to terms

> Select “no. I do not have my ICNON ID” (You be assigned one later in the process)

> Complete the personal, email, and security info

> Write down name, password, ICNON ID info for next step


STEP 2….REGISTER FOR EXAM (when you think you are ready)

> go to

> Under “view program information” select “contractor/trades”

> sign in

> Under “non-authorized candidates” select “reschedule-cancel my account”

> View exams

> In search box type “218” and select “KY Low Voltage Electrician” go

> select “schedule this exam”

> select Kentucky

> Proceed to scheduling

> Select Pearson Vue testing Center of choice (I have used the Bishop Lane Center)

> Select date and time

> Finish checkout and payment

> You should receive email confirmation


If anyone runs into problems registering call Pearson Vue at 1-877-234-6082


There is not a grace period but we will be working with everyone to get certification as soon as possible. You can start having your techs take the exam now and once we are able to send out the applications we will and get everything reviewed and the certification to you all as quickly as we can.

At this time that is all I have…it is a new process for everyone.

Tina Quire

Assistant Director

Electrical Division

101 Sea Hero Rd. Ste 100

Frankfort, KY 40601


Fax 502-573-1598



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