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DIA becomes DIAL!

On July 1, 2023, multiple programs across four agencies became part of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) as a new organizational structure for state government goes into effect. DIA is now the Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL). 

Electrical Examining Board - Electrical Licensing-Permits

In the dynamic world of the electrical industry, technologies, codes and standards, and customer requirements are constantly changing. Therefore, Iowa-licensed electricians are required to participate in continuing education to maintain their electrical licenses. These courses help electrical professionals gain and maintain the essential skills that are necessary to be successful in today’s competitive electrical industry. Within each three year license-cycle, licensed electricians are required to attend no fewer than 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) of which at least 6 CEUs must be on the most recent electrical code and the remainder on electrical code-related topics. If you have not had your license for the full 3-year term, you will need 6 CEUs for each year of the license-cycle in which you held a license, with at least 6 hours over the National Electrical Code. The Electrical Examining Board approves each instructor and their respective courses, with the course information posted on our website.

PLEASE NOTE: Instructors have 30 days from the date of the class to submit continuing education credit hours to our website. If your online license account does not reflect a class you attended, please contact the instructor.

Continuing Education Requirements

Approved Continuing Education Courses:

To view upcoming approved continuing education classes, please go to  DO NOT LOG IN. Click on the “Course” Search link located on the top left of the page. At the bottom of the next page, under the words “Available Continuing Education Courses by Date”, then click on a date on the calendar. This will then populate current approved classes available and who to contact for registration and questions. Specific online and in-person classes are approved for Iowa credit. Not all instructors advertise their classes on our website.

CEUs are not required for Apprentice, Unclassified Person, Special Electrician, Residential Electrical Contractor, and Electrical Contractor licenses.

To view your current continuing education credits, go to  and click the bottom orange tab that says “Electrical Licensing System”. Log in with your email address and password. Click on your active license number. Your credited continuing education hours will be listed. If you do not see hours for a class you attended and it has been more than 30 days past the class date, please reach out to the instructor. Electrical Examining Board staff cannot enter continuing education hours.

If you have not logged into this website, you can establish your personal online license account by going to: and clicking the bottom orange tab that says “Electrical Licensing System”. Then set up your account by clicking on “NEW USER”. If you have held a license issued by the State of Iowa, the first and last names MUST match what was listed on the previous license-card. Enter your name exactly as shown on your Iowa electrical license. When your online license account is set up, you will see your license number listed on your personal license web page. Click on your active license number. Your continuing education credit hours will be listed.

File a Complaint on a CEU Instructor 

Email Complaint form to or fax to 515.725.6151