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EFFECTIVE 02-01-2021

The Board has voted to allow candidates to bring their own reference materials for use during examinations.

The examinations are OPEN BOOK. The references listed below are the ONLY references allowed in the examination center. References shall be softbound, spiral, or hardbound. Loose leaf references are not allowed. Candidates are responsible for bringing their own references to the examination center.

Reference materials may be highlighted, underlined, and/or annotated prior to the examination session. Notes on the pages of the reference materials are allowed. However, if notes are written in pencil, they MUST be highlighted; if written in pen, they DO NOT need to be highlighted. NO partial references will be allowed as acceptable reference materials for exams.

References may not be written in during the examination session. Any candidate caught writing in the references during the examination will have the references confiscated and will be reported to the Board. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) within their approved references. Any additional materials will be removed from the references and confiscated.

References may be tabbed with permanent tabs only. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes or stapled tabs, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin. Likewise, divider tabs are not allowed.

Writing in the references, bringing unpermitted additional papers into the test center or presence of improper tabs, shall be considered evidence of cheating and grounds for invalidation of the exam, disqualification for future exams, and discipline.

The following list of tabs may be used. These items may be purchased at local office supply stores.

Acceptable Tabs: Redi-Tag Self-Stick Permanent Adhesive Index Tabs

Unacceptable Tabs: Post-It Index Flags, Post-It Flags, Self-made tabbing, or reinforcement of any kind.

Reference Materials to bring to testing center:

  1. The National Electrical Code, 2017 edition.
  2. National Fire Alarm Code, 2013 edition (Limited, Intermediate, Unlimited, SP -SFD and SP -FA/LV).


  • Electrical Contractors Licensing Law: General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 4 and Title 21(found in our Exam Information Handbook)
  • North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 18B (found in our Exam Information Handbook)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC), 2017 Edition (available at www.nfpa.org)
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management-North Carolina Electrical Edition (available at www.nascla.org)
  • National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA72), 2013 Edition (available at www.nfpa.org)
The electrical contracting examinations are designed for persons interested in qualifying for a North Carolina electrical contracting license in the following classifications:


All examinations are computer based. You will receive your examination score the same day.  

When you arrive, you will be required to present two forms of identification, one of which must include a government issued photograph such as your drivers license. Candidates MUST bring their own reference materials. Calculators and all other necessities will be provided at the site.

The examination is designed as an “OPEN BOOK” examination.  Each candidate should bring with them a copy of the current National Electrical Code (NEC) and the current edition of NFPA-National Fire Alarm Code. Candidates will be allowed to refer to any part of the NEC and the National Fire Alarm Code during the examination.

The examination questions based on the Electrical Contractors Licensing Law, General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 4 and Title 21, North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 18B, are designed as closed book questions. Questions affiliated with the NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management-North Carolina Electrical Edition are designed as closed book questions.


Limited, Intermediate & Unlimited Exams

Limited, Intermediate and Unlimited Examinations consist of one hundred multiple-choice questions and each examinee will have a maximum time of six hours to complete the examination.



Fire Alarm/Low Voltage Exams

 Fire Alarm/Low Voltage (SP-FA/LV), consists of fifty multiple-choice questions and each examinee will have a maximum of three hours to complete the examination.


Special Restricted Exams

Special Restricted Examinations: Single Family Detached (SP-SFD), Plumbing Heating (SP-PH), Electric Sign (SP-ES), Elevator (SP-EL), and Groundwater Pump (SP-WP) consist of forty multiple-choice questions and each examinee will have a maximum time of three hours to complete the examination.


Swimming Pool Exams

Swimming Pool Bonding (SP-SP), consists of twenty-five multiple-choice questions and each examinee will have a maximum of one hour to complete the examination.

Examination Fee


Results of the Exam

A minimum grade of 70 is required for passing any qualifying examination administered by the Board for any class of electrical contracting license. Examination results are mailed to examinees approximately three weeks following the last scheduled examination.

Waiting Period Between Examinations

A person who fails a qualifying examination shall not be eligible to take another examination in the same classification until three months after the date of the failed examination. 

An examinee can reapply to take an exam in an alternate classification immediately after an unsuccessful attempt only if the examinee meets the experience requirements for the classification.

Examination Review

All examinations are held in the Board’s office for one year following the date of taking the examination. Each examinee has the privilege of reviewing his examination one time during this one year period. Exam reviews are held as group sessions every three (3) months. The review fee is $25.00.

To register for a review, complete the Exam Review form on our Forms and Documents page. 

Michelle Ames

Administrative Assistant, Examinations
Telephone Number: (919) 733-9042 ext. 206
Fax Number: (800) 691-8399
E-mail Address:  mames@ncbeec.org

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