Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I find out what CE courses are available?
- How can I find out how much CE credit I have?
- How many CE credits do I need to renew my license?
- How can I become a Continuing Education Sponsor / Instructor?
- How can I vote for the Continuing Education Instructor of the Year?
- I don’t understand the CE Credit Search page or search results for my license.
- How can I have my name added to my employer’s license?
- How can I get a Company/Employer’s name removed from my license?
- How can I find out if a name is being used already?
- Is there any alternative to the required statement of bonding ability?
- Does North Carolina reciprocate license with any other states?
- How can I apply for license with one of the reciprocal licensing states?
- How do I change my license from part-time to full-time?
- How long does it take to receive my license?
- How do I make my license inactive?
- If I incorporate my business, do I need to change the name on my license? What forms do I need to send in?
- I passed the examination, but i’m not ready to start working. How long do I have to activate my license?
- Do I have to take the exam if I have a license in another state?
- How can I upgrade my license?
- How can I change the name on my license?
- How can I reactivate my expired license?
- Do all persons with a firm have to be licensed?
- Can a listed qualified individual serve on more than one license?
- How can I get an exam application?
- I’ve paid for my exam but can’t make it. Can my fee be applied to the next exam?
- If I’ve taken the test before, do I still have to complete a new packet?
- What study guides are available to prepare for the exam?
- What courses can I take to prepare for the exam?
- How much does it cost to take an examination?
- When can I take the exam?
- Where will the exam be given?
- When can I apply for my examination?
- How can I qualify for an examination?
- How long does it take to be approved for an exam?
- How can I change my scheduled examination date?
- I’ve paid for my exam but can’t make it. Can I get a refund?
- Once I get approved to take the examination how long do I have to schedule my examination?
- How do I verify my experience if I am self-employed?
How can I find out what CE courses are available?
A list of approved continuing education courses can be viewed online. Click here to find upcoming courses.
With your license number, company name or qualified individuals name you can view continuing education credits. Click to view Credits.
Listed qualified individuals in the Unlimited, Intermediate, Limited & SP-SFD classifications are required to complete 8 hours per year. Listed qualified individuals in the special restricted classifications are required to complete 4 hours per year. Half of hours must be classroom.
To become a new sponsor/instructor you must submit an application for continuing education course sponsor approval to the Board on a form provided by the Board by March 1 prior to the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) in which the course will be offered. The application shall meet the requirements of Boards Continuing Education Rules .1100. After review by Staff, application will be submitted to the Boards Continuing Education Committee for approval at the next scheduled Committee meeting.
Visit our Forms & Documents page for the CE Sponsor/Instructor Application.
If you have had an instructor who gave you valuable information during an approved continuing education class and quality time for your required continuing education, please submit the Nomination Form for the Continuing Education Instructor of the Year Award.
Visit our Forms & Documents page for the Instructor of the Year Nomination Form.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE CE CREDIT SEARCH PAGE OR MY SEARCH RESULTS.
You can search for your Qualifier account using any of the boxes on the CE Credit Search page; remember, when searching, less is more.
After clicking search, you’ll see your search results listed under the “Search” button. Select the appropriate account by clicking the name listed in blue under “Qualifer”. The CE Credit Details page will appear.
The license number and company associated with the selected qualifier will appear in bold at the top of the CE details. This is followed by the current “License Status” and the license “Expiration Date”.
“Has CE Hours Needed for Renewal”: “True” means you have enough CE hours on file to renew your license. “False” means that more CE hours are required before you can renew the license.
“CE Hours Available / Required”: The first number is the current number of CE hours you have on file. The second number is the CE hours required to renew your license each year. For example, 12/8 would mean there are 12 CE hours available on the account and 8 hours are required to renew the license.
Examination Information Handbooks can be downloaded from our website. You can find the Handbook download and other exam information by visiting our Examinations page. Booklets can also requested by calling our office at (919-733-9042).
You can also find Exam applications and related documents on our Forms & Documents page.
Examination fee(s) for the current examination do not carry over to the next examination. If applicant is unable to attend, exam fees will be forfeited.
If applying for the same classification previously taken, only the exam application page is necessary. If upgrading a license, additional information may be required. Visit the Examinations page for more information.
All examinations are based on the current National Electrical Code and other references. A reference list is available in the Exam Information Handbook. WE ENCOURAGE ALL APPLICANTS TO READ THE EXAM INFORMATION HANDBOOK. You can download the Handbook and find other exam information by visiting the Examinations page.
There are several preparatory classes available through local Community Colleges and private instructors. Many Continuing Education sponsors offer courses. To search for a Continuing Education course click here.
$30.00 Application Fee and $60.00 Examination Fee for all classifications.
Computer based testing is offered throughout the year. A person who fails a regular qualifying examination shall not be eligible to take another examination in the same classification until three months after the date of the failed examination. Once approved for the examination, your approval letter will list your “Authorization Period” which is the three month window you have to schedule and take your examination in. The approval will also detail how to create your account with PSI, our testing provider, where you will then select you own test date and location.
All qualifying examinations are now computer-based and administered by PSI Services LLC. Testing centers are located in Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington and Winston Salem. Some out-of-state locations are also available. When registering for your examination with PSI online, you will be able to select your desired testing location and date.
Applicant may apply anytime throughout the year. Once applicant receives authorization from the Board, applicant will then be able to set up a testing date and location with PSI Services.
Experience varies by classification. Requirements are listed in Section .0200 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations, printed in the back of the Exam Information Handbook and online. Visit the Examinations page for more information.
The Board receives several applications daily. Please allow 5-10 business days for approval notification.
To change or cancel your reservation, you must properly notify PSI Services before your scheduled examination. With proper notification (four days) applicant will be able to reschedule without penalty.
Upon written request, explaining circumstances, the Board may grant a full, partial or no refund of fees paid for an examination. The application fee is non-refundable.
Applicant will have an authorization period of three months. Authorization period begins on the day of approval by the Board. The “Authorization Period” can be found on your examination approval letter.
The Board has affidavit forms which may be used to verify your experience if you are self employed. Call the Board’s office and staff can evaluate your form needs.
An Add/Drop Form needs to be completed to add or drop qualifiers on your license. Visit our Forms & Documents page for the Add/Drop Form.
Send our office written notification or complete an Add/Drop form. All forms can be found on our Forms & Documents page. Keep in mind, you will need to complete a Reissuance of License/Name Change Application to add a different company to your license.
The Board will accept a letter from your financial institution verifying a line of credit in excess of $60,000.00 for Intermediate & in excess of $150,000.00 for Unlimited.
Current reciprocal agreements exist with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & West Virginia. Visit the Reciprocity page for more information.
North Carolina licensees should call the licensing board of the state you wish to reciprocate to (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV) for the appropriate application packet. Visit the Reciprocity page for more information.
Send written notification to the Board’s office; be sure to include your license number.
License certificates are mailed within 5-10 business days of application approval.
Send written notification to the Board. Licenses not renewed by the expiration date each year automatically become inactive.
IF I INCORPORATE MY BUSINESS, DO I NEED TO CHANGE THE NAME ON MY LICENSE? WHAT FORMS DO I NEED TO SEND IN?
Any changes to your business name require your license be updated and require a Reissuance of License/Name Change application. If you are licensed in the Intermediate or Unlimited classification, a statement of bonding ability may also be required. You can find the Reissue/Name Change Application on our Forms & Documents page.
I PASSED THE EXAMINATION, BUT I’M NOT READY TO START WORKING. HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO ACTIVATE MY LICENSE?
You are not required to activate a license because you passed the exam; however, additional information may be required if more than 12-months elapse from your examination.
A test may not be required if you are licensed in a reciprocal state. The Board reciprocates certain licenses from several states. Visit the Reciprocity page for more information.
If you’re already qualified (meaning you have passed the exam) in a higher classification, you can complete a License Upgrade Application. The Upgrade application can be found on our Forms & Documents page.
You should verify that your chosen name is available. Names can be checked using the License Search or by calling our offices at (919) 733-9042. Once you’ve verified name availability, you will need to complete a Reissuance of License/Name Change Application. You can find the application on our Forms & Documents page.
Licenses expired for more than 12-months may be reactivated by filing a Reactivation Application along with verification of 500-hours primary experience as defined in rule .0202. Primary experience must be within the most recent twelve months. You must also pay the current fee requirements set forth in 21 NCAC 18B .0404, pay the late fee set forth in 21 NCAC 18B .0405, and meet the continuing education requirements as set forth in 21 NCAC 18B .1101.
You can find the Reactivation Application on our Forms & Documents page.
No. Each place of business of a licensed firm must have at least one listed qualified individual regularly on active duty to supervise and direct all electrical work performed by the bona-fide employees of the licensed firm.
No listed qualified individual shall be indicated on more than one license certificate at the same time, except where a place of business has one listed qualified individual with licenses issued in different classifications such as SP-PH and SP-WP.
PLEASE EXPLAIN THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR A CONTRACTOR INTENDING TO BID OR ENGAGE IN ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING WORK ON A FEDERAL PROJECT LOCATED ON FEDERALLY-OWNED PROPERTY.
Where certain land has been coded to the Federal Government under NCGS 104-7 and a Federal project is to be constructed on such land, state licensing regulations would not be applicable to a contractor bidding or hired to work on the project. This would mean that an electrical contractor not licensed in North Carolina could perform work on a Federal project located on federally-owned land within North Carolina without having to first obtain a North Carolina license. Generally, such a Federal construction project would take place on land ceded by the State to the Federal Government for military installations such as Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Camp Lejeune, New River Marine Corps Air Station, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, or the US Coast Guard Air Station at Elizabeth City. The situation would be different if the land were only leased by the Federal Government, but still owned by the state or others. In such a case, North Carolina licensing regulations would continue to be applicable and any contractor bidding or performing electrical work on such project would have to conform with the state’s licensing requirements.
Upon loss of the listed qualified individual (resignation, termination, or death), a (former) licensee may continue electrical work where all of the following conditions are met:(A) There is a substantiated Electrical Contract for the particular structure and specific location prior to the removal of a Qualified Individual from an Electrical Contracting License.
(B) There is an electrical permit issued for the particular structure and specific location prior to the removal of a Qualified Individual from an Electrical Contractor’s License.
(C) Electrical work has begun at the specific location prior to the removal of a Qualified Individua from an Electrical Contractor’s License.
(D) Board staff and the local electrical inspector investigate and confirm that Electrical Journeymen on the site possess the skills and knowledge to continue the electrical project and (in case of several projects) management moves expeditiously to replace the qualifier.
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