National Electrical Contractors Association

The Voice Of The Electrical Construction Industry


FAQ for the Press

Frequently Asked Media Questions

  • How should a homeowner do a certain electrical installation?

    Generally, NECA does not recommend that homeowners perform electrical work in their
    homes. Permitting, inspection and insurance/liability issues are the primary reason for this; also, most homeowners don’t have the necessary training to ensure safe electrical installations.

    Learn more about residential electrical contracting here,
  • Do you know an electrical contractor who has installed photovoltaics/wind turbines/manufacturing equipment/electric car charging stations or worked on a nuclear power plant/wind farm/hospital/smart home/LED fixtures?

    Yes, NECA contractors perform all forms of electrical construction, retrofits, upgrades and
    maintenance. Whether it’s lighting or security controls or miles of new power lines, NECA has a contractor ready to answer your questions about electrical construction projects.
  • I have a question about electrical safety or hazards.

    When it comes to safety, NECA has in-house sources that can quickly answer technical
    questions about electrical safety procedures, Personal Protective Equipment, the National
    Electrical Code and other electrical installation standards and regulations. More information about electrical safety is available in our Safety section.
  • What about organized labor?

    Ensuring fair wages and benefits, as well as a unified skill set and training, for electrical workers serves the best interests of the industry and NECA customers. NECA’s national office, chapters, and member contractors have long practiced constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the world’s oldest and largest union of electrical workers.

    NECA does not speak for the IBEW or comment on positions taken by the union.
  • What is involved in electrical training?

    Many electrical contractors and electricians are trained through the industry apprenticeship program that combines classroom and hands-on training. Apprentices earn wages and benefits for every hour they work on the job and can earn college credit for their training.

    The National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee coordinates
    apprenticeship training for more than 300 local training programs.
  • View a complete listing of NECA's resources and industry information by topic.
  • NECA’s education programs provide innovation, business trends and effective leadership exclusive to electrical contractors.
  • NECA is working every day to ensure you have every opportunity available to stay on top of the issues affecting your business and to be directly in touch with your Senators and your Representative in Congress.
  • NECA communities are member-initiated groups where contractors and industry professionals sharing common interests and business concerns can come together.
  • NECA membership isn’t just about saving your firm time and money; it’s also about helping your company make more money and achieve success!
  • NECA contractors employ the most highly trained and reliable workforce in the industry. They will get your job done right the first time, on time, without disrupting your business.