I never like getting mail from the government. I can't remember too many pieces of mail that made me jump for joy. No, most of the time it's something they want. It can be a bill, a form they need, a license renewal or something along that line. I've never received a birthday card, a get well soon wish or a personal note telling me they feel bad about my dog dying.
So, today, when I received a letter from the state government, I initially had the sick feeling I always get, and then I was curious. Then I thought, "Oh, yeah, it's probably my electrical license renewal." It wasn't. It was a letter telling me that my license was not renewed. What? Nope, it wasn't renewed. After nearly 30 years of being licensed, my license was renewal was declined.
Why? Was it the shoddy work I did on the last two houses that burned down? Nope. Actually, I have a stellar track record of safe quality work. I've never had any damage to any property. Was it because I'm no longer qualified after nearly 40 years of training and experience? Nope, I'm more than qualified.
So, what's the deal? My CE provider didn't send my continuing ed credits to the state. This is a warning for any and all professions that use an online continuing ed provider. I never have used an online provider for my electrical license CEs. I've always gone to a class, but this time I was short on time. So, I took a state recognized CE provider. It was OK, but I will not likely do it again.
Once I put out there fire that erupted in my head, I contacted them to find out where the breakdown happened. Their excuse? They didn't have my correct birthday. Then I find out they only send the CEs to the state once a week. So, if you complete your CEs online on Sunday afternoon and your license expires on Wednesday, and they send the state your information on Friday you can't practice your craft.
Check out online providers before you sign up. Talk to them. Ask questions. Get answers, and make sure they are on their game, because they last thing you need is for your license to be denied because someone else dropped the ball.