North Carolina Electrician Exam

Electrician Practice Need of a License:  Electrical contractors need a license to work in North Carolina.  Journeyman electricians do not need a state license, but municipalities and counties may have qualifying requirements.
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.
Test Content:
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:
    1. Systems and equipment requiring grounding and ground-fault protection
    2. Location of connection and required interconnections
    3. Grounded, grounding, and grounding electrode conductors
    4. Methods of grounding and bonding, equipment and conductor specifications
    5. Bonding conductor connections
    6. Bonding/bonding grid
    7. Termination
    1. Location in circuit
    2. Sizing requirements
    3. Circuit breakers
    4. Plug and cartridge fuses
    5. Enclosures and locations
    6. High-voltage
    1. Raceway systems
    2. Cable systems
    3. Conductors
    4. Switchboards, panelboards, switches, and cabinets
    5. Special conditions
    6. High-voltage
For more information about the test, see the Candidate Booklet.

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 are renewed annually.  Renewal must be preceded by 10 hours of continuing education.
Applicable Code:  NEC 2017
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Ray Holder Journeyman Electrician Practice Exam

Ray has worked in the electrical industry for over 45 years as an apprentice, journeyman, master, field engineer, estimator, business manager, contractor, inspector, consultant and instructor.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education and a lifetime Vocational Education teaching certificate from the Texas Education Agency.

Ray is a certified instructor of electrical trades. His classes are presented in a simplified, easy-to-understand format for electricians. Ray is currently the Director of Education for Electrical Seminars, Inc.

He is an active member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and a retired member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers