January 2022

· 5 min read

Understanding the Steps to Rolling Over Your Electrical Certification

Rolling over your electrical certification from another organization doesn't have to be an overwhelming process — learn the steps in this video.

Below is a transcript of this video clip.

If you're certified and you're doing the due diligence of your quarterly audits. You're telling your certification body of any changes upcoming. So, what's this rollover certification? What is that about? Rolling over certification is maybe you've got your food and sanitation certification with one agency and maybe your electrical certification somewhere else. Or maybe you have a performance test with one agency and your electrical somewhere else.

Rolling over is a consolidation. It's taking your existing NRTL certification and moving it to another NRTL. One benefit of that is having fewer agencies doing audits of your production facility, fewer sets of documents to deal with, fewer emails to worry about.

It's also potential cost savings. You have fewer people coming in, so there's consolidated combined audits typically. And for the agency that you work with, they have a deeper understanding of what your product is, how it works, how you and your company work and function, and a deeper relationship with you to make sure we can solve problems for you before they really are truly big problems.

And then also, this is the important part: the mark is still accepted. That's why we are an OSHA NRTL. The AHJs are looking for that NRTL mark to show that it's safe and that product complies. And they are still recognized everywhere within the United States and Canada. And if there's ever a question about it, that's why we're here: to support you in what that mark means and to talk to anyone that needs to be talked to about our scopes and what we've done with this rollover process.

How do you do this rollover? It's generally gathering information and then hopefully, that's it. It's an application saying, "I want to do this. Here's my information where I'm making my product. It's the same location somewhere else, potentially. Here is my product information. Here is my descriptive report." We have many names for these types of information. Each agency will have a different name for it, so that's why I've left it as a general name.

We also have audit reports we need to review. That way, we can ensure that yes, you are still in good standing. You don't have any deficiencies or non-performances to worry about. Everything is still compliant. And then we evaluate your most recent test reports to make sure again, everything's been tested and evaluated. There's not anything outstanding and it's compliant.

And then we review data plates and labels for use of the new NRTL mark. Because marks are NRTL specific, you need use the new mark. And I didn't mention it before, but that's where oftentimes with rollovers, we actually see a transition period where you have a dual listing with two agencies. Because you may want to work down existing inventory with the mark, or just sometimes it takes some time to get everything to use the new mark, whether it be your website, your literature, marketing pieces. It can just take a little time. That's often why you have a dual listing period for a few months to maybe a year with both agencies.