National Credential
Credential: Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)
Credentialing Agency: International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)

The International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI), Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M) is for individuals who possess electrical inspection principles, knowledge, and code application skills at the Master Electrical Inspector level as defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Electrical Inspection Manual. To earn the CEI-M certification, applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent and meet a training, higher education or experience requirement. Applicants must also pass a written exam and complete a field practicum requirement.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 91D Tactical Power Generation Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted K7 Avenger Master Gunner ASI some          
Enlisted S3 Electrical Equipment Maintenance (Power Station) ASI some          
Enlisted T4 Patriot Master Gunner ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4000 hours
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
901 Waterfall Way, Ste. 602
Richardson, TX  75080-7702
Phone: 972-235-1455
Fax: 972-235-6858
Contact Page

Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

Applicant must have a high school diploma or GED.

Option 1: Applicant must have completed a Registered Electrical Apprenticeship Training Program.

Option 2: Applicant must have an associate degree in Electrical Construction Technology (or equivalent).

Option 3: Applicant must be a Journeyman Electrician (or equivalent) or Master Electrician.

Option 4: Applicant must have a BS in Electrical Engineering or PE in Electrical Engineering.

Option 5: Applicant must have 8,000 hours as an electrician.

Option 6: Applicant must have 4,000 hours as an electrical inspector.

Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

  • General Requirements
  • Wiring Methods Checklists
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch-Circuits
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Dwelling Units
  • Commercial and Industrial
  • Hazardous Locations
  • Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Conditions
  • Swimming Pools and Related Installations
  • Emergency and Standby Systems
  • Signaling and Communication Circuits

Thirty inspections must be conducted and reported. An applicant must complete items on a performance checklist and a verification form must be signed by a supervisor for each inspection.

Additionally, a Supervisor’s Evaluation Form is required to indicate an applicant's pass/fail for at least eight inspections. The 30 inspections must include the following (a senior inspector or manager must supervise eight of the following inspections):

  • At least five must be one and two family dwellings. Five must be supervised inspections.
  • At least one must be a multi-family dwelling. One must be supervised.
  • At least five must be commercial or industrial inspections. One must be supervised.
  • At least five must include service inspections. One must be supervised.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M) credential has the following recertification information:

Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M)

Additional considerations for the Certified Electrical Inspector-Master (CEI-M) include:

  • It is recommended that applicants already be employed as an electrical inspector in order to complete the practicum requirement.