New Jersey Electrician Exam

Electrician Practice

Need of a License: Electrical contractors need a license to work in New Jersey. Journeyman electricians do not need a license.

Who Grants a License: Electrician licenses are granted by the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors.

Qualifications Needed to Receive a License

Contractor: A candidate must be over 21 years of age and hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

A candidate must also have completed one of the following:

  • Five years’ hands-on experience in installation, alteration, or repair of wiring for electric light, heat or power
  • Four-year apprenticeship
  • Qualification as a qualified journeyman electrician and completion of at least one year of practical hands-on experience
  • A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and two years’ practical hands-on experience

Exam Requirements: A candidate for an electrical contractor license must pass the Electrical Contractor Examination.

How to Apply for a License: A candidate for licensure must complete/send an application to the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. The telephone to reach the department is (973) 504-6410.

Test Content

The electrical contractor exam is an open-book exam consisting of 50 questions on Business & Law with a time limit of 2 hours and 100 questions on Electrical Contracting with a time limit of 4 hours. A candidate needs at least a 70% grade to pass.

The exam covers the following subject areas:

  • Business Organization
  • Licensing
  • Estimating and Bidding
  • Contract Management
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management
  • Safety
  • Labor Law
  • Financial Management
  • Tax Law
  • Lien Law
  • General Electrical Knowledge
  • Raceways and Enclosures
  • Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits
  • Overcurrent Protection
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Grounding and Bonding
  • Equipment for General Use
  • Special Occupancies
  • Special Equipment and Conditions
  • Motors and Controls
  • Low Voltage and Communications Circuits
  • Safety

Fees: There is an examination fee.

Who Administers the Test: PSI - They can be contacted at 800-733-9267 or online at

License Renewal Requirements: Licenses must be renewed every third year before March 31st.

Applicable Code: NEC 2020


To prepare for your electrician exam, use the following two practice exams by Ray Holder (Master Electrician and Certified Electrical Trade Instructor) which have 300 questions with fully explained answers:

For more information on licensing and exam prep, go to's Journeyman and Master Electrician Test Guide.

And take's free Journeyman Electrician Practice Test and the Master Electrician Practice Test.

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