About NERA

The Alliance is organized to:

  • Allow the member states to respond quickly to emergencies, natural disasters, and construction booms where the demand for skilled labor cannot be met locally.
  • Encourage the development and use of electrical examination questions, structure, and delivery methods that are common and acceptable to member states.
  • Share best practices regarding electrician and electrical contractor licensing and certification, inspection techniques, regulatory language, etc.
  • Encourage support and networking among member states to improve the standardization for all regulatory aspects of the electrical industry.
  • Encourage the membership of other states who have similar electrical regulatory requirements, practices, and oversight of electricians and electrical contractors and are willing to reciprocate on a similar basis with the member states.
  • Create a strong alliance where member states focus on the many similarities of their training systems, inspection techniques, and regulatory oversight with the belief that each member state holds the inspection, training, licensing, and certification of electricians and electrical contractors as the key to protecting the general public and workers.
  • Members collaborate frequently, via email, throughout the year on various electrical code issues.
  • Continually keep members abreast of changing electrical licensure and code requirements in their respective states.

History of NERA

NERA states map

The National Electrical Reciprocal Alliance (NERA) was originally established in 1995 as the Multi-State Reciprocal Electrical Licensing Group with the aim of identifying similarities in state electrical regulatory requirements and fostering collaboration to improve the electrical industry.

Since its inception, NERA has grown to encompass all the states marked in yellow on the map. Through ongoing efforts, NERA has identified states with similar licensing requirements, marked in red on the map.

NERA's mission is to enhance the electrical industry by promoting reciprocity among participating states and facilitating mutual recognition of electrical licenses. By working together, NERA member states aim to streamline licensing processes, promote consistency in regulations, and foster professional development in the electrical field.

NERA provides a platform for member states to share best practices, exchange information on regulatory updates, and collaborate on initiatives to improve the electrical industry. The organization also serves as a resource for electrical professionals seeking licensure in multiple states, helping them navigate the complexities of varying regulatory requirements.

Over the years, NERA has played a significant role in promoting harmonization among state electrical licensing requirements, leading to greater efficiency and consistency in the industry. Through its collaborative efforts, NERA continues to enhance the electrical industry by fostering cooperation and mutual recognition among participating states.


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