Who Grants a License: Electrician licenses are granted by The State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.
Qualifications Needed to Receive a License:
Electrical Contractor: For Unlimited Classification, a candidate must have 7 years’ experience, at least 5 of which is primary experience.
For Limited Classification, a candidate must have 4 years’ experience, at least 2 of which is primary experience.
Journeyman Electrician: There are no state licensing requirements for journeymen.
Exam Requirements: A candidate for a master electrician license must pass the Master Electrician Examination.
How to Apply for a License: A candidate for licensure must complete/send an application to the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. The telephone to reach the department is 919-733-9042.
The application for the electrical contracting license can be found here.
Electrical Contractor - The electrical contractor exam consists of 100 questions with a time limit of 6 hours. A candidate needs at least a 75% grade to pass.
The exam covers the following subject areas:
- BONDING AND GROUNDING
- Systems and equipment requiring grounding and ground-fault protection
- Location of connection and required interconnections
- Grounded, grounding, and grounding electrode conductors
- Methods of grounding and bonding, equipment and conductor specifications
- Bonding conductor connections
- Bonding/bonding grid
- OVERCURRENT PROTECTION
- Location in circuit
- Sizing requirements
- Circuit breakers
- Plug and cartridge fuses
- Enclosures and locations
- WIRING METHODS AND TERMINATIONS
- Raceway systems
- Cable systems
- Switchboards, panelboards, switches, and cabinets
- Special conditions
Fees: There is an examination fee.
Who Administers the Test: PSI - They can be contacted at 800-733-9267 or online at https://candidate.psiexams.com/.
License Renewal Requirements: Licenses are renewed annually. Renewal must be preceded by 10 hours of continuing education.
Applicable Code: NEC 2011
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