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The Academy of Electrical Contracting was established in Philadelphia On October 11, 1968. On that date, the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Contractors Association authorized the addition of Article XI to the NECA Bylaws, thus establishing the Academy to recognize exceptional and outstanding service to the electrical contracting industry.

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Purpose of the Academy

The Academy of Electrical Contracting honors outstanding leaders in the electrical contracting industry, and it preserves and utilizes their wealth of experience and knowledge for the benefit of the industry.

Fellows of the Academy have rendered exceptional service to the industry and the National Electrical Contractors Association and that service is continued and enhanced through their fellowship in the Academy. This is accomplished through the Academy’s Working Group, special papers presented by Fellows, participation in the Annual Meeting and the general camaraderie among Fellows.


The NECA Board of Governors adopted an amendment to the NECA Bylaws on October 23, 1999 which permitted some changes to the Academy Rules. Subsequently the NECA Bylaws were restated on October 16, 2004 and what was Article XI became Article XIII.

The specific language follows:
Article XIII The Academy of Electrical Contracting
There shall be established and maintained, within the Association, an Academy of Electrical Contracting. There may be admitted to the Academy, as Fellows, individuals whose services to the electrical contracting industry are so exceptional and outstanding as to be deserving of the highest honor and recognition. The Academy may adopt such operating rules and procedures, and engage in such activities, as are consistent with the Bylaws of the Association, and are approved by the Board of Governors.