North Carolina

One of the best sources of information comes from the Electrical Contractors Examination Candidate Information Bulletin downloadable here or from the North Carolina Electrical Board website. This bulletin not only provides the forms you will need to apply to take the exam, it also supplies you with 2 of the 5 sources of information on which you will be tested.

You will need:

  • 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC®) Book (open book)
  • Current Edition of NFPA-National Fire Alarm Code Book (NFPA-72) (open book)
  • General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 4 & Board’s Rules for the Implementation of the Electrical Contractors Licensing Law (located in the Candidate Information Bulletin) (closed book)
  • NASCLA Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management (closed book)
  • *Lighting and Power Plans (Special-Plumbing/Heating, Limited, Intermediate, and Unlimited Only) & (located in the Candidate Information Bulletin)

Whether you choose to purchase the NFPA-72 and the NASCLA Contractor’s Guide is up to you. We highly recommend in your studies to at least borrow it to that you can familiarize yourself with the material.  Our 500+ Study Book includes questions from each of these sources.

Also, keep in mind that North Carolina will give you a fresh 2017 NEC® and NFPA-72® upon entering the testing facility. So, you can mark up your text all you want but you will not be able to bring it in with you to the testing facility.  The other items are closed book only.

Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia is an open-book exam format for both Journeyman and Master’s Level of Licensure and is based off of the following materials:

  • 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC®)
  • Virginia Board for Contractors, Individual LIcense and Certification Regulations
  • American Electricians’ Handbook

Links to each of these resources is available in the Virginia Individual License and Certification Candidate Information Bulletin.

 

South Carolina

Electrical Contractors must take 2 tests in SC. The first is the Business Law and Management exam comprised of 50 questions and based solely off of NASCLA’s Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management – South Carolina. This exam is required even if you hold a license in a reciprocal state, exempting you from taking the electrical exam. SC wants to make sure you are familiar with the following items:

  1. Business Management (2 questions)
  2. Estimating and Bidding (10 questions)
  3. Contracts and Agreements (12 questions)
  4. Project Management (5 questions)
  5. Insurance and Bonding (2 questions)
  6. Safety Recordkeeping and Reporting (1 question)
  7. Labor Laws and Employment Records (3 questions)
  8. Financial Management (6 questions)
  9. Tax Laws (3 questions)
  10. Liens (3 questions)
  11. Environmental Laws and Regulations (3 questions)

The Electrician Examination has 80 questions (you must score at least a 70%) and you have 5 hours to complete. This course covers the following items:

  1. General Electrical Knowledge (9 questions)
  2. Service, Feeder, and Branch Circuits (9 questions)
  3. Grounding and Bonding (9 questions)
  4. Conductors and Cables (9 questions)
  5. Raceways and Boxes (9 questions)
  6. Special Occupancies and Equipment (2 questions)
  7. Electrical Power (7 questions)
  8. Motors (7 questions)
  9. Low Voltage (2 questions)
  10. Lighting (5 questions)
  11. Illuminated Signs (2 questions)
  12. Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (2 questions)
  13. Safety Information (8 questions)

Questions are pulled from the following reference materials:

2014 NEC®, NFPA 72-National Fire Alarm Code (check on edition prior to study, big changes occur in updated editions), American Electrician’s Handbook – 16th edition, & Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1926 – OSHA

Tennessee

Electrical Contractors must take 2 tests in TN. The first is the Business Law and Management exam comprised of 50 questions and based solely off of NASCLA’s Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law and Project Management – Tennessee. This exam is an open book test and is required even if you hold a license in a reciprocal state, exempting you from taking the electrical exam. TN wants to make sure you are familiar with the following items:

  1. Business Organization (7 questions)
  2. Estimating and Bidding (7 questions)
  3. Contracts and Agreements (6 questions)
  4. Project Management (6 questions)
  5. Licensing Requirements (2 questions)
  6. Labor Laws and Employment Records (5 questions)
  7. Tax Laws (5 questions)
  8. Risk Management (4 questions)
  9. Environmental Laws and Regulations (5 questions)

The Electrical Contractor Examination has 100 questions (you must score at least a 73%) and you have 4.5 hours to complete. This course covers the following items as found in the Candidate Information Bulletin:

  1. General Electrical Knowledge (14 questions)
  2. Service, Feeder, and Branch Circuits (10 questions)
  3. Grounding and Bonding (10 questions)
  4. Conductors and Cables (8 questions)
  5. Raceways and Boxes (8 questions)
  6. Special Occupancies, Equipment, and Hazardous Locations (12 questions)
  7. Overcurrent Protection (4 questions)
  8. Motors, Transformers, and Generators (10 questions)
  9. Low Voltage, Alarms, Signaling Systems, and Communications (7 questions)
  10. Lighting, Signs, and General Use Equipment (6 questions)
  11. Building Code Requirements (5 questions)
  12. OSHA and NFPA-70, Safety Information (6 questions)

Questions are pulled from the following reference materials which are all allowed in the examination center.

2017 NEC®, NFPA 72-National Fire Alarm Code (2011 edition), NFPA 70E, International Building Code (2012), Code of Federal Regulations – 29 CFR Part 1926 – OSHA, and Ugly’s Electrical References.

The Limited Licensed Electrical Exam consists of 40 questions with a breakdown of material covered and reference materials on which it is based found within the Candidate Information Bulletin.

Florida

Electrical Contractors must take 2 tests in FL. The first is the Business exam comprised of 50 questions and based heavily off of Florida Contractors Manual. This exam is an open book test and is required even if you hold a license in a reciprocal state, exempting you from taking the electrical exam. JCR’s Online Exam Preparation Program has questions relating to the topics below and pulled from NASCLA’s Contractor’s Business Guide.  FL wants to make sure you are familiar with the following items:

  1. Maintaining Cash Flow (3 – 5 questions)
  2. Estimating and Bidding (5 – 7 questions)
  3. Contracts and Agreements (4 – 6 questions)
  4. Purchasing Control (0 – 2 questions)
  5. Contract Scheduling (3 – 5 questions)
  6. Obtaining Insurance and Bonding (4 – 6 questions)
  7. Complying with Contracting Laws and Rules (5 – 7 questions)
  8. Personnel Management ( 3 – 5 questions)
  9. Complying with Payroll and Sales Tax Laws (6 – 8 questions)
  10. Interpretation of Financial Statements and Reports (4 – 6 questions)
  11. Management Accounting (2 – 4 questions)

The Electrical Contractor Examination is open book and has 100 questions (you must score at least a 75%) and you have 5 hours to complete. JCR’s Online Exam Preparation Course covers all topics marked with an astericks (*). This course covers the following items as found in the Candidate Information Bulletin:

  1. General Theory and Electrical Principals* (19 – 21 questions)
  2. Plan and Specification Reading and Interpretation* (7 – 9 questions)
  3. Wiring and Protection* (13 – 15 questions)
  4. Wiring Methods and Materials* (11 – 13 questions)
  5. Special Occupancies and Situations* (13 – 15 questions)
  6. OSHA, Safety, Procedures for Testing and Use of Tools and Equipment* (8 – 10 questions)
  7. Life Safety and Americans with Disabilities Act (4 – 6 questions)
  8. Electrical Signs, Outline Lighting, and Structural Considerations (2 – 4 questions)
  9. Alarms/Limited Energy* (14 – 16 questions)

Questions are pulled from the following reference materials as listed in the Candidate Information Bulletin.