Examinations

The electrical contracting examinations are designed for persons interested in qualifying for a North Carolina electrical contracting license in the following classifications:

Electrical Contracting Examinations are based on the contents of the Electrical Contractors Licensing Law: General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 4 and Title 21, North Carolina Administrative Code Chapter 18B, National Electrical Code, NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management-North Carolina Electrical Edition, and the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA72).

Exam Provider

The Board has contracted with PSI Services, LLC, a national testing company that provides a variety of licensing and certification services to regulatory agencies, to administer and score the computer based examinations. You will schedule and take your exam at one of PSI’s testing locations.

Dates & Locations

PSI Services, LLC has seven available testing centers located in the following cities:  Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.

You will have the convenience of scheduling your own examination date at one of these locations that is suitable to you.  

Approval & Registration

After your exam application is approved, you will receive an approval letter via mail. The approval letter will list your authorization period and detail your next steps for registering. You may make exam reservations by contacting PSI Services, LLC using the website or phone number given in your approval letter.

Exam Authorization Period

Your approval letter will list an authorization period. This period is a three (3) month window in which you have to schedule and take your examination. 

If you fail to take the qualifying examination during your given authorization period, or miss your scheduled exam session, you will forfeit your examination fee and will be required to reapply to the Board’s office for any future examinations.

What To Expect

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. Code books, calculators and all other necessities will be provided at the site.

The examination is designed as an “OPEN BOOK” examination.  Each candidate will be furnished with a copy of the current National Electrical Code (NEC) and the current edition of NFPA-National Fire Alarm Code and 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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

ALL CLASSIFICATIONS:  $90.00

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.

A person who fails an examination in the same classification three times must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 hours of classroom education on the electrical code provided by a board-approved continuing education sponsor before retaking the examination.

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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Raleigh, NC  27609

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