North Carolina

Licensing Requirements:

There are 10 different classifications of electrical contracting licenses. Each license has a specific scope and limitation of work allowed.
License Classifications
Unlimited Classification:
• 7 years of experience, of which at least five years shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.
Limited Classification:
•4 years of experience, of which at least two years shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.
Exam Given By:    Pearson VUE 1-877-224-0225
Candidate Booklet:
Test NEC edition:    2008
Passing Grade:    75%
Exam:     6 hours 100 questions (L, I, and U); Includes 2008 National Electrical Code, North Carolina Electrical Contractors Licensing Law, Business & Project Management for Contractors – NC Electrical Contractors Edition and NFPA-72 National Fire Alarm Code.
License Application:
Renewal:    Annual; licenses expire one year after the date of issuance.
Continuing Ed:    8 hours; at least one half of CE hours must be obtained by in-person classroom or seminar attendance.
Extra hours shall be carried forward in multiples of two hours and treated as hours earned in the following one or two additional license periods.
License Reciprocity:    Between North Carolina and the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Other license types:
Limited (L), Intermediate (I), and Unlimited (U)
- classifications allow a licensee to perform residential, commercial and industrial work.
The Residential dwelling license (SP-SFD)
- permits electrical contracting projects pertaining to single-family detached residential dwellings.
Special Restricted Licenses
There are also six (6) special restricted electrical contracting classifications which allow only a limited phase of electrical contracting work: Low Voltage (SP-FA/LV), Elevator (SP-EL), Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning (SP-PH), Groundwater pump (SP-WP), Electric Sign (SP-ES), Swimming Pool (SP-SP).
4 hours of Continuing Education for special restricted low voltage, elevator, electric sign

State Board:
Board of Examiners of Electrical Contactors
P.O. Box 18727
Raleigh, NC 27619
(919) 733-9042 Fax: (919) 733-6105

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