NJES Moving Forward

Have you registered or are considering registering for an upcoming NJES course.

With the health, safety, and wellbeing of all concerned, New Jersey Education and Seminars (NJES) does not plan on cancelling upcoming classes in March at this time.

Anyone that has signed up that would like to cancel will be refunded or if preferred rescheduled to a later date.

The Current New Normal

The NJES plan moving forward.

All classes will be conducted only at our Neptune location.  The classroom choice regarding size will based upon the confirmed head count, not exceeding to 25 people at any one class. NJES will only allow the course to proceed if ample space between our attendees can be achieved.  We have been provided adequate cleaning resources for both prior to and after each course conducted. At this time any advertised food will no longer be served.

We ask all prospective attendees to self evaluate your health and to cancel if you feel your health may have a negative affect on others.

As the business owner of an electrical contracting company for over 16-years, I know stopping your life is not a possibility.  I will practice what I preach and continue to conduct business by performing continued education courses for those that choose to attend until the moment it is not to the benefit of those that attend.

Click here, If you would like to register for an upcoming course in Neptune 

Thank you,

Don Clare

NJES Attendee Update for Coronavirus disease COVID19

How New Jersey Education and Seminars, LLC. (NJES) will manage the Corona Virus for our attendees.

First, I think it is important to view the problem in an informed and calm manor. With that said, the following link is to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Here you will find the most current information available. What you need to know about the Coronavirus disease COVID19

As a nation, stopping completely the way we operate could be as catastrophic as any health emergency. So with this NJES will move forward cautiously, with health and safety of our attendee’s paramount to all.

Anyone that has signed up for a course and chooses not attend may reschedule without question. The NJES website will be updated to provide the ability to reschedule. Unfortunately, all website modification are designed and implemented by me and therefore, take longer to activate. I will make these changes available ASAP.

In accordance with the CDC, how we will operate as follows until further notice:

Classroom protocol

  • All attendees must first, self-screen to decide if their current health is suitable to attend a public event such as an NJES course.
  • NJES will provide a visual screening of each attendee, prior to sign up and during all events.
  • NJES will maintaining a clean environment for all attendees. Although basic provision will be made, each person is called upon to maintain and keep clean their individual space and the area clean.
  • Access to sanitizing products including but not limited to; such as soap and water in the men’s and lady’s room and surface cleaner will be confirmed.
  • Maintaining proper spacing 6’ between attendee seating in the classroom.

More on this later today.

For the safety of all, NJES reserves the right to deny access to any attendee.

At this time, no NJES courses are cancelled. All attendees will be contacted directly should a cancellation occur.

Please excuse the brevity of this message.



Don Clare



Did you know,


5:23-1.4 Definitions

“Minor Work” means construction work undertaken in existing structures, requiring no prior approvals and no plan review, not altering in any way the structural members of a building and meeting the definition set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A.


5:23-2.17A (c) Minor Work:

1. Minor Work shall mean and include:

i. The construction or total replacement of any porch or stoop which does not provide structural support for any roof or portion of a building;

ii. Renovation or alteration work in an existing one or two-family dwelling, provided that no primary structural members are altered in any way, and further provided that the work does not constitute reconstruction; and

iii. The removal and replacement of more than 25 percent of the exterior siding of a one or two-family dwelling;

2. Minor work shall also mean and include the replacement of any existing plumbing piping work with new and approved material of like capacity; the installation of drinking fountains and condensate drains in existing structures; the replacement of existing low pressure water heaters with new ones of like capacity; and the new installation of lavatories, water closets, bathtubs, showers, clothes washers or dishwashers, and garbage disposers in existing space of one and two-family dwellings where the new installation of additional fixtures can be accommodated with no increase in the size of the water distribution system, water service or house drain;

3. Minor work shall also mean and shall include the replacement of existing low pressure boilers, warm air furnaces, air conditioning units and air conditioning condensing units with new appliances of like capacity;

4. Minor work shall also mean and include new electrical work incidental to the installation of air conditioning, equipment, clothes dryers, and ranges or ovens in one and two-family dwellings; the installation of five or fewer 125 or 250 volt receptacles or fixtures where existing circuits and/or available space circuits and service are adequate to support the load; the replacement of existing wiring with new wiring of the same capacity provided that the new wiring shall be of a type approved for the use by the code;

5. Minor work shall also mean and include the following:

i. The installation of any fire detection or suppression device in any one-or two-family dwelling;

ii. The installation of a radon mitigation system in an existing one-or two-family dwelling;

iii. The installation of a burglar alarm or security system in any structure;

iv. The installation of communications wiring in any Class 1 or Class 2 structure or any Class 3 structure involving the penetration of a fire-resistance rated assembly.

(1) For the purposes of applying this provision, communications wiring shall mean any wiring covered by Chapter 8 of the electrical subcode. Communications wiring shall also include data circuits between computers/information technology equipment, which may be classified as “communications circuits,” in accordance with Article 725 of the electrical subcode; and

v. Any change of an existing transmission means from a digital alarm communicator transmitter to a fire alarm supervising station.

(1) For the purposes of applying this provision, transmission means shall mean the existing phone line(s) that transmit fire alarm signals from a digital alarm communicator transmitter to the supervising station. A certified fire alarm service company, licensed fire alarm company or licensed electrical contractor shall submit Form F-391 signed by the contractor to provide a verification statement in writing to the fire subcode official within 24 hours that all required signals remain operational after the new transmission means is installed.


5:23-2.14 Construction permits–when required

Minor Work as defined by N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A shall require a permit. However, work may proceed, upon notice to the enforcing agency, before the permit is issued;


5:23-2.17A Minor Work

(d) Inspection of Minor Work:

1. Inspections shall be required for minor work and the enforcing agency shall inspect any such work within 30 days of the request for inspection;

i  Exception: The replacement of an existing transmission means shall not require an onsite inspection by the fire subcode official as long as the verification form required by (c) 5v (1) above is received within 24 hours of installation; and

2. The construction official shall issue a certificate of approval stating that the work performed under a Minor Work Permit substantially complies with the UCC. The inspection shall be based upon what is visible at the time of said inspection and the certificate of approval shall so indicate.

The above is not the complete list of Minor Work”.  Want to learn more click here or click here to sign-up to receive emails, updates on courses, code changes, and other important information concerning your profession.

Source: NJ Administrative Code, Uniform Construction Code.

Ordinary Maintenance

Did You Know?

Ordinary Maintenance – Shower Valves

At N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.7(c)2vii, the section on ordinary maintenance includes the “replacement of valves (including shower or combination bath/shower valves in a single family dwelling).”

The question is: Is the replacement of a two-handle and diverter bath/shower valve by a combination single bath/shower valve in a single-family dwelling ordinary maintenance? If not, is a permit required?

The answer is that it is ordinary maintenance and, therefore, no permit is required. Whether the valve is replaced with like-for-like or with another type of valve where minor piping modifications would be needed, the replacement would be ordinary maintenance and would not require a permit.

Should you have any questions, you may contact Thomas Pitcherello at 609-984-7609.

Article Source: Code Communicator
Author: Thomas C. Pitcherello
Code Assistance Unit